Saturday, 19 April 2014

Some things aren't meant to be

Remember this from my last post?
Well, no matter what I did it just got worse,
and it still looked like a bloke in drag.
In the end I dug out the gesso,
but couldn't really hide the underlying ugliness,
and the fineliner kept bleeding through.
So really there was only one option,
and that was to go to the dark side!
What emerged from the black and red was this
Much better :)
Make Art Not War is by Shepard Fairey
And the whole thing was inspired by
Spandau Ballet
Through the barricades

Friday, 4 April 2014


I figured it was time to post up some of the stuff I've done recently,
most of which has been part of Tara's course,
and outside my usual comfort zone!

First up is this one.
 Painted with an old membership card and some clingfilm.
I did use a brush for the words though.

More card painting,
and some stuck on wordy bits this time.

And then there's this.
 This is the biggest canvas I've ever worked on,
3' x 2'
which was a little daunting to start with,
but then quite liberating.
The lettering has now been removed as I don't like it.

And last of all, there's this.
Not really sure about this.
It's ok, but the face isn't brilliant,
and she looks more like a he.
It may be reworked,
time will tell.

And that's it really.
Life carries on,
Good days,
bad days.
But spring is here and summer's on the way
so who knows what will happen next?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

One sock on, one sock off

Pale ghostly shapes ride the currents
gulls, slipping and sliding through the air
on sharp edged wings

The crows gamble and play
dark raggedy wings flexing and twisting
to counter the ever-changing eddies

Pigeons battle headlong, buffeted by constant blasts
driven by the need to feed
like grey suited commuters

It's another blustery day in spring

*If you're wondering about the post title,
these words came as I looked out of the bedroom window, 
part way through getting ready for work.

Sunday, 2 March 2014


A couple of pieces which have come from the challenges on Tara's Creative Spark course. The idea is to take two emotions and create a design using colours that you associate with them.

The first is fear & hope,
although fear is maybe too strong a word,
apprehension maybe?
It's inspired by a conversation about colour, and the fact that I really struggle with purple. Whenever I try to work with purple it normally comes out dull and lifeless, so I tend not to use it. White is similar. It's great as a background, or the odd highlight, but I can never get any detail or depth without it turning grey.
So feeling apprehensive, but hopeful, I applied brush to canvas and came up with this. Still not sure about the purple, but quite pleased with the white feather :)

Next up, joy & loss.
This started off as a collage experiment, using a day's worth of post-it notes (plus a couple I wrote specifically for this). I had a vague idea about memories and post-its seemed to fit. Yellow is my 'happy' colour ( I would love a yellow hippy van) and one I use regularly, along with orange and red. I needed something to contrast with it, so chose loss/heartbreak; and purple seemed to be the ideal colour to use, so I finished up with two pieces, with my least favourite colour, which I actually like.
I guess I'm on a role!

Saturday, 22 February 2014


Dark splintering shapes against a muted background
A myriad tangled branchings
Ever smaller
Punctuated by dark mass at junction points

Collision theory?
Fractal mathematics?

or old crow nests in bare winter trees?

Sunday, 16 February 2014


There's nothing much to post at the moment.
I'm taking part in Tara Leaver's creative Spark course,
which has got me being creative again,
but it's mostly quick exercise pieces
which I don't consider to be blog fodder.

I have however done a little work on the blog;
there's a new background layout
(which will be getting tweaked some more)
and I've finally added some images to the gallery page.

All that's left for now is to add something to the 'Who am I?' page,
but I'm not sure what to add.
I could fill it with basic stuff,
but I'm not sure if anybody is interested,
so I have an idea;
You tell me what you want.
Ask me questions and I'll answer as best as I can.
Don't be shy......

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Signal-to-noise ratio,
a measure used in science and engineering
to quantify how much a signal has been corrupted by noise.

"Signal to Noise" is also a song by Peter Gabriel,
and that's where the idea for this came from,
the fact that there's so much 'noise' bombarding us;
not just the aural noise
but also the constant demand for our attention
from advertising,
social media,
The list is endless,
a constant stream of look at me!
no! Me!
answer Me!
no, Me first!

And it's nearly all meaningless,

So do yourself a favour once in a while,
go and find a quite place,
switch off all the crap
and tune in to the peace and quiet.

Turn up the Signal.
Drown out the Noise!