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.

Ria ©

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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!!!

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.

Commissioned Work

BRUCE – Pencil & ink on PaperBRUCE

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.

Private View of ‘February’ – 28 paintings in 28 days.

On Friday the 10th of March, i held the private view for my ‘February’ exhibition at De Koffie Pot in Hereford and it was an absolute joy. Some lovely friends and also some new faces gathered to share the evening of art, music and beer. For me, it was lovely to see people enjoying the work. There is a lot of variety in the collection and it was interesting to see which personalities were drawn in by a particular painting. The general feedback was that the work was thought provoking and vibrant.

17 of the original paintings have sold which is wonderful, especially considering i started the project with no intention of exhibiting or even thought about whether or not people might like them, so a big thank you to everyone who has bought work.

I was also very happy with how the limited edition prints turned out. They really capture the energy and vibrancy of the original paintings which doesn’t always happen. I decided to go for very limited runs with the prints. Only 20 copies in each edition.

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Painting number 28 in the collection was dedicated to the idea behind the exhibition. OK, so i may have cheated a bit with the final painting. I knew i wanted to do a portrait of Andy Warhol and display it alongside a quote of his, as it seemed to sum up the spirit of the exhibition nicely. I knew in my head that i was going to paint him as a banana, which was partly inspired by the Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground album cover but also because i work in a supermarket (sigh) and I was staring at bananas all morning when the idea popped into my head.

Thanks for the inspiration Andy.

The evening was a success due to so many people coming out to share the experience and getting involved. I want to say thank you to everyone who came along to see the show and also to De Koffie Pot for hosting my exhibition at such short notice. The fact that i was able to hold the exhibition so close to finishing this body of work made a big difference and kept the energy up. I’m pretty sure some of the paintings still had wet paint! I also want to say thanks to Ben Davis of Black Boxes for asking me what i planned to do with all the paintings once i had finished them. That was definitely the thing that inspired me to put on this exhibition. Cheers Ben!

The exhibition runs till Friday the 17th of March.

Hang time! Setting up my exhibition

It’s been a while since I last put on a solo exhibition. Gone are the days where you could just bang a nail in a wall “sigh”. My best buddy and occasional stress reliever, Mr Blu Tack has been banished too. Today I was at De Koffie Pot Gallery on Hereford’s Left Bank Village, hanging my new exhibition.  The complex is situated on the banks of the river Wye and has a beautiful feel to it. It’s a nice slice of city/country life.

Today was great. I had fun hanging my work and listening to all the activity going on around me. My February collection filled up the wall space nicely and I’m pleased with how it’s all looking. I have a few more finishing touches to add tomorrow morning and then the setup is complete and ready for the private view on the evening. I’ve made a playlist of the music i was listening to throughout my painting challenge which will be played at tomorrow nights viewing. I’m looking forward to it! Just got to decide what to wear 🙂