New work in progress detail. 23.08.18

I am now busy preparing new work for an Art Fair this November in London, which will be at the Oxo Tower (  More details in future blogs.  I am hugely excited. I want the theme of my work to be based on Amy Winehouse, a singer of immense talent, gone too soon.  I have been in touch with her mother about this, as we are known to each other on Twitter, to ask if it would be ok for me to use titles from Amy’s records as titles to my artworks for this London Fair.  I do not want to upset anyone here, Janis Winehouse has given me her blessing, but if any of you Twitterarti out there think differently, could you let me know who I should approach? Cheers.   I painted a portrait of Amy some years back, and this will feature in the exhibition as well. As regards this piece,  the detail is a small part of a much larger work and I am inspired here by the wonderful street art of @whoamirony on Instagram.   I will of course have a woman in the foreground somewhere doing something related to the streetart, but which changes…
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‘Killer Heels are not for Rabbits either’. 16.08.18

  This is the third and last painting incorporating the amazing street art of Alex Lucas (@lucas_antics on Instagram). Her work is very visible in and around Bristol and I asked her if I could use some of her work in my own pieces.  She kindly agreed. This rabbit can be found on the outside of the shop that sells her work exclusively in Stokes Croft (@thelittleshopinbristol) and I was particularly drawn to the slightly world weary view in the rabbit’s eyes. I decided to leave out all the detailed black lines in the areas surrounding the rabbit as I thought it would detract from the composition. I decided on humour in this work rather than the more political angle of my last work (Picking Up On An Uncertain World, see recent blogs).  So I placed my female sitting wearily down next to the rabbit rubbing her sore ankle as she takes off her high heeled knock’em dead red stilettos.   They are indeed beautiful shoes as is her whole outfit, but the things we do in the name of fashion eh? I am not entirely sure whether the rabbit would ever have considered wearing shoes like these however. If…
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Picking Up on an Uncertain World. 01.08.2018

This is my second piece in a series of three based on street art by the wonderful Alex Lucas (@lucas_antics on  Twitter).   The title comes from a street art by Alex called Uncertain World and the mollusc forms part of a larger artwork up on Park Row here in Bristol. My take on this is to place my young woman picking up a discarded plastic bottle just in front of the mollusc which has an empty aerosol in its tentacles.   Plastic pollution is such a huge problem these days and I wanted to relate to this in my painting. Along the same lines, the model (@stephbridet on Twitter, fabulous model) is wearing a gorgeous upcycled dress made by Linda Thomas, a local dress designer (@linda_eco_design) who works exclusively with upcycled material into which she stitches beautifully designs. I am keen to promote local here and will continue to collaborate with local artists/models/designers as often as I can.  We creatives all need to support each other. After the next piece, I will be working on London street art scenes as I build up to the London Art Fair at the Oxo Tower in  November.  More in a later blog.…
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