Monday, April 30, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 44

Not sure what to write about this know all about what I'm up can see the progress being know I'm never satisfied with what I'm working know that my mind is turned to and expectant for the next piece ( which of course will be my master piece and therefore perfect!). But..and here's the big but ( and not the one on my lovely cello girl!)...I'm actually quite enjoying this at the's an awful anatomical proportions are all wrong...the details on the plants are lack of resourcing my own photography is poor...(see I told you I'm never happy with my work)...but I'm quite enjoying it...shouldn't be too long till I finish....all I have to do is keep going..


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 43 and Echinops.

did I tell you that I really love the Globe Thistle?...Echinops come in an aray of different varieties all having spidery leaves and flower heads that bloom in blue before forming globe shaped thistles. They are usually very hardy plants and can often be seen growing along railway embankments, but keen gardeners are happy to have them in their borders.I first became aware of this plant whilst visiting my friends in North Berwick in Scotland...travelling by train from Edinburgh , there are swathes of the thistles along certain areas and depending on the time ( they bloom in mid to late summer)...they appear as a cloud of blue...looking closely the globes look like  blue stars in a green nebula...Below I've posted a few pics which hopefully illustrate what I mean!

You'll probably be surprised to know that despite my enthusiasm for these wonderful plants, I don't actually have any in my garden!...My aim this summer is to rectify that!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Influences and inspiration. - Jean Rollin

Now..I'm certainly NOT an expert on the life and movies of Jean Rollin( that's why I've posted a link to a Jean Rollin dedicated blog at the bottom of this post!)...but I've seen a few, and I love his use of space...atmosphere and low budget filming. what Hollywood and multimillion dollar CGI production can achieve in seconds...Rollin weaves subtle and dreamlike sequences to achieve a poetic and hypnotic scape of fantasy and horror.

I particularly like his Vampire movies which often feature religious symbolism and winsome girls walking through cemeteries and deserted beaches. I love the cinematography..the bleached out colours..the lack of dialogue and composition. the acting leaves a little to be desired, but these 'art house' horror movies are to those prepared to fore go their preconceptions, tales of beauty, fantasy and morality.
love him or hate him, Jean Rollin secured a niche in the market by producing stylish and cult favourites. the series of photos here represent what I consider the more attractive reasons to view his movies, and I for one can releate totally with his framing and subject matter!...Head on over to the link below to find out more!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 42

Thought about an all over pattern for the stockings, but this would I think be overpowering I designed a subtle border of butterfly's which if you look carefully you'll see. I was quite pleased with the knees too!

Viscount Bubbles - 40

Work today centred around the fox and the globe thistles behind him...also to the back ground behind the Cello girl. I like my Cello girls...each time I draw them , they become a little more elaborate. I shall continue to develop them don't you worry! For those of you who might be wondering..the white of the aircraft will also be dimmed down...I will address that little subject when I render the bubbles. This will be towards the finish of the piece.

* NB. this post somehow got saved as a draft and wasn't please forgive the fact that it's out of sequence!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 41

Went for a run this morning...I ran my usual route, but did it in reverse (no stupid...I didn't run backwards!)...simple idea, but it made the route fresh again. Trouble was, I usually run at night, so when I got home just before lunch, I was exhausted... I've therefore only worked this afternoon. However, as is so often the case, whilst running, I'm able to think in a very objective but also creative way...I was musing over the concept for my next picture ( good to have a basic concept as for this current piece I had no overall prior concept...just a subject matter)...I was able to tie together the various themes and symbols to make a whole..I'm excited ! It's just a matter of finishing this one!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 39

I'm feeling quite empty at the moment. I'd like to see the back of this i'm trying to push's having the opposite effect...but I'm probably about 5/6 of the way there much more..I reached 130 hours..should probably take another 20 or so. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 38

I've settled on a butterfly theme for the gloves which I'll carry on into her stockings . Tomorrow I'll show you what's going on with the rest of the picture.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 37

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 36

It looks at the moment as if she's wearing black latex gloves...whilst they would be a nice's not what I'm intending. I will develop a pattern on the gloves...I might opt for black dots..but I'm thinking of other motifs..possibly Crows or butterflies...all I can say is I'll know when it comes to doing it! I'm really keen to move onto my next I'm going to push myself in the coming week to see if I can finish it before the end of the month!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 35

I seem to swing from absolute joy and hatred of this piece at the moment. I'm just not satisfied. when I work on it it's great...when I post my photos of it here, I see all sorts of shortcomings...inadequacies...argh!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 34

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 33

I least I'd like to think that I've stumbled upon a nice discovery. A discovery for me you understand is something most people are already very familiar with. A very good friend of mine last week suggested I read a book by English author Iris Murdoch. (I've never read any of her books)  In England I live as far from the sea as it's possible to get ...yes, even on an island!...I live smack bang in the middle. so I love the sea , I dream about the sea..and my thoughts and emotions are drawn to the notion of the ocean! So my friend Alison ( who we stayed with last week in York) said the novel by Murdoch called 'the Sea, the sea' would be good to try.

I've just read the introduction which was John Burnside, it went on to discuss the reasons why we might feel the need to retreat from the restore and regenerate 'find ourselves'.  The Times printed an obituary for Iris in 1999, the substance of which resonates completely with me and my current thinking regarding my work.

"Those who reproached her for her publishing too much were perhaps missing the point: her project was one of imperfection, or imperfectability even, as if the perfect - like the good, about which she meditated deeply - was fundamentally beyond human achievement.If for her every novel was a fresh attempt attain her ideal, she found each time that her ideal had moved on"

I feel the same about my work...I am forever disappointed that I'm unable to render that which is in my mind's eye...but I do not lose hope...I plan next time to reach the perfect......

If only?..... ;)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 32

Monday, April 16, 2012

Viscount bubbles - 31

Back from my holiday I've returned to work's good to be able to switch back into work mode and find that having been to other places..seen good things..laughed with friends..eaten..drank and lived well has all gone to refreshing my imagination and huger to create. I have begun work on the girl's hair...I had considered and even sketched in some ornate art nouveux style decorations for her hair..but it looked out of place. the bob hair cut is important symbolically to me and for the character , needs to be similar to her appearance in previous pictures.but I would like to create a picture in which decoration, detail and adornment are something special. for's good to be home and hopefully I'll finish this soon and get down to the next project which I'm really looking forward to!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Time for a break!

Hello...I hope you're having or had a good Easter?...I thought I'd just let you know that I'm going to be away for a couple of days...we're going to stay with Alison and Mark in York tomorrow with a trip to the seaside at Whitby on Tuesday...we're then driving up to Scotland on Wednesday to stay with Kay and John for a couple of days in North Berwick...It'll be good to see such dear friends and spend a little time by the sea ! We'll be back on Saturday...

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 30

Friday, April 06, 2012

When Inspiration strikes!'s magic!

I'm sorry I've not posted progress on 'Viscount Bubbles' for a couple of days..I've hit a dark period...feeling low and without a sense of 'joy' in my life. But I've been able to tap into a source of inspiration thanks to an old song sung by Olivia Newton John..remember the summer of 1980? I do!..the movie 'Xanadu' had songs by my favourite group of the time 'ELO'...and to tell you the truth, I was disdainful of the other songs featured on the soundtrack album (including this song by ONJ!)...but out on one of my runs the other night, I recalled this song and the lyrics "Have to believe we are magic, nothing can stand in our way..." Despite the very present feeling of mortality and the constraints of my lumbering physical entity, I clung onto the thought that in fact we should believe in it what what you will....I like the term 'Magic'...and to that end I envisioned a composition...something that I can tell you revolves once again around the theme of bubbles...but I'm captivated and beguiled.

My pencil and sketchbook have been busy....and as always, you'll be first to see what becomes of my 'muse' (those familiar with the plot of Xanadu will understand!)....

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 29

Here you can see the pencil work for my Bubble Blower...I derived the sketch from the previous 'Medicine' picture...I'm really captivated by the bubble blowing idea...I've got drawings that I'd considered for this piece but was involved two girls facing each other and blowing bubbles across another girl facing the viewer...technically difficult to achieve without getting a couple of people to stand and model for me blowing bubbles at each other...but I like a challenge and it along with the various other ideas I have will be subject to a few more sketchbook workouts over the coming weeks!

What a difference a year makes!

                                4th April 20101                           4th April 2012

I found this photo on the left showing me on this day last year before I had started my get fit campaign!  I thought it would be fun to include a photo  which I took a few minutes ago to showing you the difference between then and now!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 28

I'm working on the sky (top left) at the the seems that as I move across the page..I'm darkening it fairly the source of the bubbles is just visible...I wanted to have lots of stars visible for the remaining area to the edge of the obviously as the sky gets darker, the amount of work...the density of the dots increases so therefore the obvious progress slows down.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Viscount Bubbles - 27

I've progressed to the point where my 'Bubble blower' needs working on...she's there just beyond the edge on the left.I'm fairly pleased with the ambiance I've created hear...I know some of the perspectives are not right...but that doesn't matter..I'm aiming at an atmosphere..something dreamlike and mildly disturbing..hopefully you think that too!?