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!!!

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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.

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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 🙂

February Challenge – What I Learned

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So, last month was very interesting. I completed a painting everyday for 28 days, without any real idea what i was going to do at the start of each painting. I set the challenge for a few reasons. For one, i wanted to do something different to my usual art practice which can be a long process of planning, thinking, more planning and more distraction…ur, I mean thinking. Secondly, i wanted to do something that would help form the habit of a consistent, daily art practice. So, to challenge myself to complete one painting everyday for one month seemed like a good start. Posting the work on Facebook was very helpful due to people getting involved with discussing the work. This was a lovely surprise actually and quite a few people remarked on how they looked forward to seeing what i would come up with each day.

I think the biggest thing i have learned is that i have been harboring a lack of self confidence in my own abilities. There has been a big need for control in my work and i feel slightly daft for not recognizing it before. This need for control and the lack of confidence is actually something i can trace back to childhood. It was born out of trauma and it creeps in through the cracks and glides past, in plane sight because it probably knows I’m not paying it a blind bit of attention . It was right.

Completing this work in a short space of time was sometimes frustrating but it was mostly very enjoyable. There was a sense of freedom and a very different energy about the work, which must have come from being in the moment with the paint and my thoughts. I was very aware of time during this challenge and I had to stop myself from being too fussy and hesitant. There were times when i completed a painting so quickly that i was very surprised with myself. Other times, i had to reassess what i was doing and change things to make them sit better on the canvas.

I very much enjoyed painting straight onto a blank canvas without any prep work. I think this was the thing that surprised me the most. In my usual art practice, i meticulously plan a full size drawing of whatever I’m doing. I plan it all out so i don’t have to worry about mistakes when it comes to transferring it into paint. There are positives and negatives to this of course. It does create a beautifully detailed and refined piece of work. What it doesn’t do is allow room for happy accidents and things that might surprise me. On the other hand, i could say that i go through that process in my planning stage but there is a very different energy between the meticulously planned and the unplanned.

I loved every minute of this challenge and i think it shows in the work. I also loved interacting with people about the work. It was very interesting to hear how other people interpret some of the ideas and eight of the paintings have already been sold. Wonderful!

‘February’ – 28 paintings in 28 days, will be on display at DKP Gallery, Hereford, from Friday the 10th March till Friday the 17th March.

Painting #25 – February Challenge

Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny. Only joking! Here’s painting #25 in my February Challenge. This painting took 3 hours (UPDATE: This painting has now sold). Whilst i was working on this piece, I made the decision to keep the last remaining paintings in this challenge under wraps, because…..

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This is happening and I’m so excited about it!

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All the paintings will be for sale along with some limited edition prints. I can’t wait!

Painting #23 – February Challenge

It felt like i was lacking in, one of my five a day. This little poisoned apple took 3 and a half hours. I don’t think I’ve ever painted fruit before! Weird. I’m actually really fond of this one 🙂

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Soundtrack for this evening was more Muchuu and some Cherryshoes.