New ideas for a larger painting

I have been working on two small paintings as sort of sketches for a larger painting I have been working on for the past month.  I have been layering different mediums of paint so the background will be more interesting to view.  I have a couple of images that I want to use.

New pencil drawing: A rose by any other name.

I have been producing a pencil drawing with collage.  I have drawn the Actor/model Rick Genest as I think he is an interesting individual with a great back story.  I just need to colour the background a bit neater, then it will be ready to frame.  I choose to use the phrase, A rose by any other name, by Shakespeare as I thought it lent itself to a drawing of Rick Genest as he looks very distinctive, but he is still the same as he always was on the inside, it is just peoples perception of him.  Of course this is what I think and is in no way what I actually know.

Artwork for competition at The Newhampton Arts Centre

This weekend I have been producing an artwork for a competition at The Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.  I decided to use inspiration from a local park, I used photographs of the bandstand and a bench to create a narrative.  I used some text from one of my favourite poems by Robert Frost.

Nothing gold can stay.

Nature’s first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf’s a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay.

I used pink and gold spray paint with some dripped oil paint.  I collaged birds, flowers and butterflies along with some text taken from a newspaper.  The background is made up of pages from gardening books, pride and prejudice and encyclopedias.

Sold artworks. Nothing else can save me (2) and True Colours (2)

I have sold two artworks this week.  Nothing else can save me (2) which is based on Marie Antoinette’s time at Le Petit Trianon.  I have used found objects including beads and small wooden blocks, which have images of nature on.  I also used images from vintage comics, scrabble letters and playing cards.  True Colours (2) is an upcylced frame from a charity shop.  I have gold leaf the framework which was sprayed neon pink.  I sourced the images from encyclopedias and nature books.  This artwork has many layers using spray paint, dripped paint and then finally oil glazes to finish.

It used to be so nice, It used to be so good.

These two artworks are made in a similar way with two different themes, one shows Marie Antoinette spending time in her garden at Le Petit Trianon and the other shows Crazy horse, he was at one with his horse when he went into battle. The text is from the Abba song S.O.S about love coming to an end. I thought this was appropriate for these two painting of these historical figures who both died at 37 years of age.
It used to be so nice. Mixed media. £70.00
It used to be so good. Mixed media. SOLD

White Bee at The Royal Oak, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton

My Gallery, White Bee was at the Royal oak, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton yesterday as part of The Junction Festival of contemporary art. Which runs for three day 3rd – 5th July.  I invited artists I have know for a long time to join me there and the exhibition was organic in nature and grew throughout the day, we had a great time setting up and enjoying the lovely real ale they serve.

True colours (2) New painting

I have been working in the beautiful sunshine today.  I have nearly finished my new painting True Colours (2) Mixed Media on found frame.  I have added some stripes of oil glazes in various colours that work well as glazes as they are translucent.  These stripes add another dimension to the artwork and create depth (well I hope they do) Hope you are all enjoying the glorious weather today.