Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Worked around 6 hours today..all on the tree.I'll post a view tomorrow showing you the scale of the picture..you'll understand why it is slow going! I'm actually concerned about the weather tomorrow and Sunday..the 'Met Office' has issued severe weather warnings for Derbyshire over the next 24 hours..with the ground already soaked to capacity, the prospect of further flooding is very real..stay tuned for news tomorrow!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
1. I'm a big 'Marvel Comics' fan. I used to collect lots of comic books during my early teenage years...and I still have most of them..some very valuable now. My favourite character was The Silver Surfer (pictured above).He always spoke a very poetic language and highlighted Man's obsession with destroying itself and how things should be so very different if only we'd learn to care for our neighbour and help those who suffer.
2. I once appeared on a television news programme as a homeless person eating a bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. (I worked at the homeless centre, we were given a large amount of money by a national funding body , no actual homeless people wanted to be in the film ..so I stood in.)
3.I have in the past really enjoyed dressing up for fancy dress parties..I've been: A gorilla, a Snowman, a French Maid, a ST. Trinians school girl , A nurse, A fairy, a Sheppard...etc I love hosting parties but have not been able to do so for a few years now.
4.At school aged 14 I was able to throw a javelin over 40 metres!
5.When I was still at school, my career plans were to be either an RAF Fighter Pilot or an Artist.(one out of two ain't bad!)
6. When I pour milk on cereal, I like to leave it to go all soggy. ( I love the taste of the milk at the end)
7.I am distantly related to William Ewart Gladstone who used to be British Prime Minister to Queen Victoria!
8.I really enjoy (and here I lose all credibility if I had any) watching Australian Soap 'Neighbours'..I've watched it since 1986!...my favourite character is Joe Mangle.
Now you know a little bit more about me..consider yourself now (if your not already) Tagged.Let me know if you're taking part by leaving me a comment!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Then i listened to a reporter on the local radio station telling us how the river Derwent threatened to burst it's banks alongside the gallery where my work is hanging..as far as i know, it didn't. So you'll understand why I stayed at home today.
I'll attempt to get in tomorrow....meanwhile you can view other photos by clicking the link below!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
You'll hopefully forgive my slower pace at the moment as I go to my exhibition tomorrow..I'm hoping to hang around 50 pictures and have around 50 mounted and wrapped signed prints all ready for sale. Be sure to drop by this way tomorrow when I'll tell you how it all went!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I've had a very interesting chat with my eldest son this evening..my Fatherly advice was along the lines of.."Don't ever be a slave to convention"..I am so lucky that i don't have to sit in an office eight hours a day, wear a suit and dream of my four weeks annual leave.
I did chuckle as I had caught myself saying " you won't catch me sitting behind a desk all day!"..of course that is exactly what I do!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The same applies to characters. I doodle away for ages trying out various faces, attitudes and suddenly land on something that stands out from the rest. Above you can see where I've marked the face in the bottom left corner "This one!"I will then draw a more 'finished' sketch which i can then photograph and put on my PC where I can alter the size to fit my composition. When I'm happy with that, I will take a tracing of it to transfer to the page. For the current piece, I have five components sketched and traced up for transfer...it all takes place on an A3 piece of watercolour paper.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The main process begins in my sketch book where I draw rough maps of the areas in the composition, this it to get the balance right...I then start to assemble the various items by photographing sketches and transferring them to the paper by means of tracings.In this picture you can make out a pencil outline of a main character..there is also the 'dark clown' who I intend to be holding a human skull..a tracing has yet to be made. All figures are of my own design.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I find i have no shortage of ideas at the moment and have even had inspiration for the completion of 'Lines' which I had on the go earlier in the year.............only time will tell!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The meaning Magritte wanted to relate in this picture is not difficult to unravel. He is quoted as saying he wanted to juxtapose the scale and familiarity of two objects: the Steam Engine and the fireplace..both of which burn coal and have chimneys. It is for this reason that 'Surrealism' strikes a chord with me..the act of putting a familiar object in a totally familiar but unexpected context.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
I've begun to put more background in..as I'm making things up as I go along, it's a case of weighing up many options before committing something.I'll get off to work in a Little while and see what comes out today.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I've included a Garden Spider in the picture today..a little bit uneventful but for my intention to put a dark sky in the background, so it will show up better then. I do realise that the tree is not in leaf, Cow Parsley is early in the Spring whilst Garden Spiders reach this level of maturity at the end of the summer!
You have no idea how important it is to me to have your comments..I'm rather like a performing seal..throw me a fish once in a while and I'll blow the horn and balance the ball!