‘200 Skulls’, Work in progress detail, Acrylic On Canvas, 3m x 1.5m 2014
As part of the Dia de Muertos/Big Draw at Fenners, join me for a workshop designed to loosen your brush strokes and express your spooky side to create an abstract painting inspired by The Day Of The Dead celebration. This workshop will also be a collaboration as we work together to complete this huge canvas.
This large abstract painting starts with a grid and prints of 200 skulls. Each participant may take a 15x15cm square (or maybe more than one if you really get in to it!) responding to the skull template and reference images as a starting point. The aim of the workshop is achieved by successfully using a limited palette and a restricted means by which to apply paint (no brushes allowed!) – at the same time as responding to other completed squares to help create a painting that works visually across the canvas.
Running at the same time, there will be a workshop by Sarah Bellisario who will be making Day of the Dead skeleton head masks that children can decorate themselves with feathers, collage and other media. Other workshops are happening throughout the weekend (See details below). Saturday 1st November 1-4pm Fenners Building Studio Workshop and Project Space Openshaw Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EN
All Seeing Eyes ‘Trinity Road’ Album Cover, Painter/Photoshop, 2014
For those of you following my recent posts, this one might throw you a little.
I have just completed work on an illustration for the front cover of an album titled ‘Trinity Road’ by Hertfordshire based band ‘All Seeing Eyes’. The illustration is one of the most complex I have created to date. It was painted digitally in Painter (and a little in Photoshop) with over 50 layers! It was developed from the bands concept and incorporates elements such as a power station, TV and viewer, CCTV, rain, a Saturn-like planet, a pyramid, an explosion, a radiation sign and the three roads – all knitted together in to one image. I am also assisting with the layout of the CD inlay for the album which will be released around Halloween.
I have begun to build an illustration portfolio alongside my Fine Art research. I am currently available for further commissions, so if you like what you see and would like to put together a brief, please do get in contact or share this post with someone who has illustration requirements!
This new painting has been inspired by the visuals and atmosphere of the excellent film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ – the story of a young girl who escapes the harsh realities of war, nationalism and fascist rule through fantasy and imaginings.
“Whilst Watching RED”, Oil on canvas, 50x60cm, 2014
Here it is – my latest painting. An abstract work. My first complete abstract painting in nearly 17 years! This painting comes from a recent desire to separate the photographic/digital and painting in to two distinct practices – with the marks in this painting entirely generated from (quick) observational sketches.
Over the years my abstract painting has been there – quietly milling around within my figurative work – usually as small passages and occasional glimpses. My intention is to push this to the front. So let’s see how it goes..
An atmospheric street scene at night in Letchworth Garden City showing the effect of two types of street lighting going from vibrant colour under a white light to an orange monochrome under older sodium lights. The composition is approximately half dark and half light with little blend between the two, intersected only by the glow of the more recent street light with the stars above completely overpowered.