Saturday, 3 October 2015

Picture This - with Apologies to Blondie

All I want is red, yellow and blue
A sight worth seeing, a vision of New(bury)
From atop a car park with a view, oh-oh
Town hall clock, chiming the hour
Sterling cables, the telecom tower
Corn Exchange, chimneys and roofs, oh yeah

All I want is a some paint on my pallet
An A3 remembrance of something more solid
All I want is a picture of New(bury)

Picture this... a day in October
Picture this... reasonable weather
Artists in town, wielding cameras and canvas
Is that someone painting the garage?
If you could only oh-oh
Picture this... with acrylic and knife
Picture this... a Victorian gas works

All I want is to tell you about
Picture This - the show at Ace Space
But I forgot to take my own camera
So to see what I painted
Find St. Nicholas Road where
Picture This - the show at Ace Space
Will be on... oh yeah.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

De Port's Kitchens

De Port's Kitchens,
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Yesterday, three fifths of Artikinesis visited Basing House as part of our Basingstoke Project. I have visited this fascinating site several times, but always with children in tow; I have long had a hankering to paint there. Specifically, to paint the kitchen fireplaces in the ruins of the Norman Castle (built in the 12th Century by the de Port family).

Mini Pumpkins

Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm each
It's that time of year. Pumpkins and squashes are in the shops; some will get carved, some will get eaten, some will get painted... and its possible that some will get all three. These two mini pumpkins have managed one so far.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Exhibition at the Watermill Theatre (Inglenook restaurant)

West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios isn't just for May. There are things going on in the background all year round, including a series of exhibitions in and around Newbury. I have been very fortunate; my Cornwall exhibition is still up at the New Greenham Tandoori, and I have just installed some paintings (loosely themed around rocks) at the Inglenook restaurant at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor.

The exhibition is on until early November; the production it coincides with is The Ladykillers.

Monday, 21 September 2015

The unexpectedly difficult procurement of 30 cm square canvases.

So, I'm partway through a series of (many) 12" or 30 cm square box canvases showing disconnected bits of a town (Basingstoke, where else?), and I run out of canvases. I'm not making them, and Hobbycraft don't have 'em on special offer, so they're too expensive. Off I go to eBay. First order of six never turns up. Refunded without comment by the vendor. Second order turns up yesterday but they are too big - six 40 x 40 cm box canvases. Lovely, but wrong.

I'm waiting for the vendor to respond. Kind of hoping to be told that I can keep the 40 x 40's ...

Friday, 18 September 2015

Cigarette Break

Lino print, 20 x 15 cm
I don't condone smoking in the slightest, but these two characters appeared outside a building on a business park while I was drawing the building and what could I do but include them? They spent a long time smoking their cigarettes - I was able to "zoom in" and sketch them on their own.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

More Lino

Top: two prints of the Devil's Den near Marlborough, in reverse (from an ink sketch made on site); one on brown card with white hybrid acrylic (pen) added to highlight the sky.
Bottom left: exercising racehorse, from painting
Bottom right: the Lizard lighthouse, from sketch