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.

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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 #15 – February Challenge

This was another very strange one to work out! It started out as something completely different. It took a while for me to work out where to take it but I’ve ended up here, with a bit of classic surrealism. I’ve called it ‘Door Portrait’. The paint was getting a bit muddy at this point so i had to stop. I did toy around with the idea of placing a tiny figure on the top of the tongue, just in the doorway. This one took 5 hours.

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Soundtrack for this evening was kt Tunstall and Kathryn Williams.

Half Way through – February Challenge

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I’m just about half way through my February painting challenge now. It’s really great to see a new body of work building up in such a short space of time. Even though the paintings are random ideas without one particular theme running through them, they seem to sit nicely together when laid out together. People have been asking if i am going to exhibit the work, which has inspired me to look into putting on a show. February – 29 paintings in 29 days. Could be a goer 🙂

Painting #8 – February Challenge

Painting #8 in my daily painting challenge is called ‘A Room With A View’. I’m trying to be quicker but I start to get frustrated as I naturally want to add more detail and to refine the work so it looks more ‘finished’. This one took four hours to get to this stage but it could do with some more work. More colour and detail on the eye.

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Playlist for today was Goldfrapp and a Mighty Boosh audio book.