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Sale of ‘North Street Blues’

It’s always so good to see my artwork in a new home and I am grateful when clients take the time to photograph it and post it on social media.  So thank you, as this was one of my favourites.  I use streetart in my compositions as I am keen to promote and preserve this ephemeral art.   This is one of the first street arts I incorporated into my work and it is by the amazing street artist @paulmonsters.  He describes himself as a pattern maker on Instagram and I find his colourful geometric shapes fun and uplifting.    The streetart was part of the Upfest festival on my street in Bristol, UK. As people who read my Blog will know, I place a woman somewhere in the foreground which changes the dynamic of the street art, the 3d woman bringing the 2d streetart to life and vice versa.  In this piece I feel the woman on the wall is watching the woman in red walking past her and wondering why she didn’t notice her.   I wanted to show the bright midday sunshine on the girl walking, described by her shadow on the pavement, as it seems harder/harsher. The…
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‘Sun Seekers’. Completed 13.03.2019

This is my first experiment with gold leaf and I have enjoyed the process.  It adds colour and vibrancy to the monotone shades of the streetart and highlights the girl standing gazing up into the sun.  I have not used real gold leaf as I can’t afford it (yet), but I am happy with the outcome. I painted a small piece first (18 x 24 cm) to test out a) the composition and b) the use of the goldleaf and it sold the day it went into the gallery   North Gallery on North Street here in Bedminster, Bristol, UK (https://northgalleryworkspace.co.uk) so I felt I was doing something right. I saw the street artist @pietrodriguez painting this wonderful street art opposite where I live on North Street, home to the Urban Paint Festival known as Upfest and asked his permission to use it in my composition.  He kindly agreed.  I am indebted to Emily White as my muse for this piece (@ablemabeldesigns). I have titled this artwork ‘Sun Seekers’ as both girl and street art are looking upwards in search of the sun. Hopefully this piece will be available to buy from Great White Art gallery (https://greatwhiteart.com) in Bristol once…
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New work in progress January 2019

My apologies for the long break from my Blog.  My partner died from very brutal and swift cancer and I have had to rethink my life, ideas for the future etc.   Losing the man who was indeed my ‘North, South, East and West’ or however that poem goes, has made me realise life is short and I needed to slow down and take stock. But life of course does have to go on, and I just have to paint, it is in my DNA.  So here we go for 2019.  I will be following the less is more train of thought, though, think. This lady leaning back enjoying the sunshine is not completed yet, but the groundwork is in.  She is going to form part of a street art themed piece featuring the wonderful work of @pietrodriguez (have a look at my Instagram page to see which artwork of his I am using ). I watched Piet painting this streetart during Upfest last year, the urban paint festival held on my street here in Bristol, UK, every year.  I just thought his work was amazing and with his kind permission I now have  a new composition to work on.…
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