My Body Is My Queen (work in progress) – oil on canvas.
She speaks when I don’t listen
She sees me when I’m lost
She’s not always forgiving
Because she pays the cost
I only know I love her
Cause she’s my only one
I’m sorry for the damage
That cannot be undone
She tells me everything
That I need to know
If I don’t listen good
In sickness it will show
There’s nothing in between
My body never lies to me
My body is my queen
My ruler, my guide, everything
My body is my queen
Wishing you all a very happy 2018! Thank you to everyone who has followed my work in 2017. Your support and interaction has been wonderful. Lets hope this year brings more positive possibilities. This year has been an extremely challenging one for me. My everyday life seems to be woven with frustrating obstacles that get in the way of my creative life. Art, music and storytelling is always a sanctuary of inspiration and comfort and I love the connections it creates with people who are attuned to it. The more I can incorporate these into my everyday existence, the more I become closer to the person I wish to be. Hopefully one day, my art life and everyday life will feel more like one thing, rather than the one fighting the other.
Above everything else, having a positive connection to the people and the world around me is so important.
What I hope to achieve in 2018:
I hope you all find happiness and inspiration in 2018!
oil & egg tempera on linen
I recently came across some photos of old paintings and i totally fell in love with them. At this time i was really focused on merged body parts with a more grotesque feel. I love it! I remember being really focused on this style of work but galleries in the uk didn’t seem to be interested. In fact, i remember one gallery saying they would be happy to show my work, as long as i ‘toned it down a bit’. Too freaky! Honestly, i loved doing more disturbing paintings. They were more directly linked to how i was feeling at the time. Putting these feelings into pictures was amazingly fulfilling.
It’s great to be back painting again! I’m starting to feel like a normal human being again after quitting my job! Well, almost normal. Here’s ‘Rainbow Eye’
This is an oil on canvas painting measuring 8×8 inches.
Which also looks totally amazing through my bf’s psychedelic, kaleidoscope filter
This painting is now available through my Etsy Shop
So, these are all my freebie mash-ups. I’m currently giving ‘Fly’ away via my facebook page.
‘Sing’ was left at a location in Hereford on Friday and it was pretty much picked up straight away. Cool!
I’m planning on leaving a mash-up print at Down On The Farm Festival next weekend where my band January Girl are playing. Please…don’t rain!!!
In Celebration of me quitting my awful job, I’m working on some limited edition print ‘mash-ups’ to give away. Some of them will be left at a location for people to find and others will be given away through my facebook page.
More details coming soon….
I’m not going to lie here. I hate my job. My brain hates it. My brain had started to turn against me by pulling it’s shutters down, turning up the white noise and setting itself to a soupy simmer. I tried to gain control over this disorientating, mushy feeling by being very stubborn and ignoring it. It didn’t work…
I don’t have another job lined up (cue ominous chords). I just have this feeling that i needed to change something and to reconnect fully to my art and my creative process.
VIVA LA VIDA
Here is one of my latest commissioned pieces titled ‘Parklife’.
My friend Kirsty asked me to create an original painting with a ‘Britpop’ theme for a charity event she is organizing soon. She’s hosting a 90’s & Britpop night at The Booth Hall in Hereford. The painting will be auctioned off on the night along with lots of other cool britpop goodies. All profits for the evening go to St Michael’s Hospice.
I didn’t want to do the obvious thing for this brief, for example, a painting of a mod target with a guitar in the middle, or a portrait of Liam Gallagher. No! Instead, i decided to take inspiration from a britpop classic. Plus, I’ve never painted a pigeon before and thought it was rather fun coupled up with the opening lyrics to Parklife. This painting was completed quickly in 4 and a half hours.
I really like the idea of illustrating song lyrics! This has given me a cool idea for another possible, themed exhibition. Yay.
Check out the link for more info on Kirsty’s event.
Britpop & 90’s night at The Booth Hall on the 3rd June
Pilchard – coloured pencil on paper
I completed another commissioned drawing today. This cat looks like a total badasss to me. The Godfather of cats! The Big Cheese. Mr Cat.
I’m really pleased with how this drawing has turned out and it was very nice to get my coloured pencils out again. It was hugely satisfying to use my new pencil sharpener too (thanks Mom). Those pencils were super sharp! I’m trying not to be too fussy with my work at the moment, which is the concept i embraced during my February painting project. I can really see how this will benefit my work in future. I’m working towards a realistic feel but one that isn’t too flat and lifeless. I want to see a bit of movement in the medium. I’m looking forward to embracing this idea more in my original work. Yay.
BRUCE – Pencil & ink on Paper
It’s been a while since i posted anything, so i thought i would write a little update about what I’ve been getting up to since my February Exhibition. I get asked quite regularly to do portraits. When i was first teaching myself to draw, i would sit and copy photographs to sharpen up my drawing skills. After a while, people took notice and would ask me to do a drawing for them, usually a traditional style portrait of a family member or a pet. At the time, i wasn’t thinking about drawing in a particular style. For me, it was simply ‘drawing practice’. It helped me develop and lay down the building blocks for a bigger vision that i had for my personal work. Over the years though, this type of traditional drawing has given me the opportunity to get paid work while i continue to work on building my own creative vision.
At the moment, I’m working on two commissions which i will write about over the next few weeks. My last commission was ‘Bruce’, a pencil & ink portrait drawing.