New Plans – New Skills

I’m leaving Hereford! The time has come to seek new opportunities away from the shire… A much needed change I feel! My studio is all packed up and all my art materials are tucked away in boxes ready for moving. While my studio activities have been put on hold, I have been doing something new.

I initially started a embroidery project with the intention of using it for some merchandise for my band, but I got a bit carried away with other ideas. Here is my customized ‘Roses Are Dead’ jacket. I have also started another jacket which is going end up looking like a surreal landscape.

This eye will form part of the top ‘sky’ panel. I’m interested to see what this jacket will look like when it’s finished as this is something different for me.

I will keep you all posted 🙂

Bristol, here I come!

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My Body Is My Queen

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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

My everything.

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Happy New Year!

IMG_20171231_132233Wishing 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:

Work hard

Be healthy

Be art

Be music

Be kind

I hope you all find happiness and inspiration in 2018!

 

Out Of The Darkness

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.

 

 

 

 

 

RAINBOW EYE – new painting

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’

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This is an oil on canvas painting measuring 8×8 inches.

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Which also looks totally amazing through my bf’s psychedelic, kaleidoscope filter

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This painting is now available through my Etsy Shop

 

 

 

ART GIVEAWAY!

So, these are all my freebie mash-ups. I’m currently giving ‘Fly’ away via my facebook page.

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‘Sing’ was left at a location in Hereford on Friday and it was pretty much picked up straight away. Cool!

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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!!!

What have i been doing? – I QUIT MY JOB!

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.

Scary

Exciting

Irresponsible

Life saving

Yay

VIVA LA VIDA

 

COMMISSIONED WORK – BRITPOP!

Here is one of my latest commissioned pieces titled ‘Parklife’.

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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

Commissioned Work – Pilchard

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.

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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.