New Work In Progress…Aerosol. 14/02/18

I was browsing through Instagram and came across the stunning collaboration of @fanakapan and @nunovviegas.   I got in touch with both street artists to ask their permission to use one of their works in my own composition.  Once they both realised I was not directly copying their work but was using it as a background to a narrative composition they were both completely fine and thanked me for asking them.  I would imagine quite a few people copy them without asking. I am deeply interested in preserving street art which by its nature is ephemeral and gets painted over.   My own take though, is to change the dynamic of the street art by placing my trademark woman somewhere in the vicinity doing something which relates to that street art.  So a 3dimensional woman brings life to a 2dimensional street art and vice versa. This woman will be standing spraying her hair with an aerosol can of hair spray as she walks past the huge hand squeezing an aerosol can of paint.    I have to think of a title now.  Ideas welcome please. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up…
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I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing…In Perfect Harmony. Completed 07/02/18

This piece is 20x 16” (50 x 40cm) and is oil on board.  I am also in the process of painting a smaller piece in similar vein.  Same background but the blonde is walking away, swigging from her Coke bottle.  More of that later, hopefully.    I have been painting on deep canvasses recently which do not need framing, but sometimes a white modern tray frame can really add to an artwork, hence these new paintings on board.   I have a great local framer and he and I are coming up with some great ideas. This piece is inspired by the Street art of @brknwrld who I came across on Instagram.  His work is eye catching and thought provoking and I have his permission to use this one street art as a background to my trademark woman. I liked the idea of the Molotov cocktails being served up by a masked waiter.  My cool blonde is raising her Coke to him, almost high fiveing him.  Why not? The thinking behind my art at the moment is that the 3 dimensional woman changes the dynamics of the 2 dimensional street art on the wall, bringing art to life and vice…
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Untitled new work in progress. 25/01/18

I came across the work of @brknwrld on Instagram and was drawn to one particular piece called Enjoy Your Cocktails.  I felt I could make something good involving it and have the artist’s permission to use it.  The red version I saw and liked seems to have been a mock up on canvas for the final stencil on a door in Grenoble, I think.  Brkn/wrld describes himself as an Artist of Chaos and it’s worth a look at his Instagram page. A very clever and inventive artist. My take as always, is to add in my trademark woman to make a completely different composition.  By placing a 3 dimensional figure in  the vicinity of the 2 dimensional street art, the work of art is changed significantly.  The art is brought to life and vice versa. So the waiter is offering his tray of Molotov Coca Cola Cocktails, and my young blonde is almost high fiving him with her Diet Free Coke, or maybe just wants to put her bottle on his tray.  Who knows? I am loving painting in this style.  Living on North Street in Bristol I am privileged to see extraordinary Street art every year on my street,…
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‘Lennon’ completed. 17/01/2018

This work was a commissioned piece by a very dear friend of mine who has an aggressive ongoing illness.  I am not sure what will happen to this work, but I don’t think I could bear to sell it.   Maybe it will stand alone as an artwork showing what I am about with my art. I have the permission of the street artist Kobra to paint this work based on a wonderful colourful piece of his street art painted here in Bedminster where I live. My apologies for a short blog this week.  I am very sad just now. Please read the last blog for more info on this work. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up to in the next few weeks please sign up for my Newsletter at the top of the Home page. I am also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Facebook page called Miche Artist as well as my usual Facebook page.
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‘Lennon’ work in progress 03/01/18

This is the start of a private commission for someone very dear to my heart who has a desperately serious illness. The original street art painting of this wonderful image is on the wall of a supermarket near me on North Street in Bristol, UK.   I watched the artist @kobra painting this in bright vivid colours last summer.  It is massive and very beautiful and I am beyond sad to think it will be painted over next summer.  Such is the nature of street art, it is ephemeral.  Upfest is held every year on my street (urban paint festival) and although I absolutely love seeing the works being created, I hate seeing these wonderful pieces being painted over eventually. I have sought and received Kobra’s permission to paint my black and white version of John Lennon.  I have reassured him it is a private commission and I will not be printing posters etc from the finished painting. I am enjoying the change painting in black and white.  Normally I never use black, preferring to mix ultramarine and burnt sienna to get different tones of black.  For this work however, I am using only Lamp Black and Zinc White from which…
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‘Unguarded Moment’. Completed. 28/12/17

This is a smaller piece, 35 x 25 cm (13 x 9”) and is oil on Ampersand board, unframed as yet. I had painted the larger piece, Tongue In Cheek, on deep canvas and then decided I would like to feature the second part of the amazing Krishna Malla’s street art (@krishnamalla) in another composition; it seemed such a waste to not incorporate the other half into a painting. This time however, I am using Ampersand board, which I like to use for my smaller works.  It gives a lovely smooth finish which helps with the more detailed work needed in a small painting. I feel I have found my niche with using street art in my figurative paintings ….Miche’s Niche haha.   Living on North Street in Bristol I always have an endless supply of wonderful graffiti and street art being  supplied for  Upfest, the urban paint festival held here each year, and I am anxious to preserve these before they get painted over the following year. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up to in the next few weeks please sign up for my Newsletter at the top of the…
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New work in progress. 22/12/17

A new work in progress and along the lines of ‘Tongue In Cheek’ completed recently and on my website. This is a much smaller piece and is painted on Ampersand board as opposed to deep canvas.  It will give a smoother finish when it is finished. The large mouth is the second part of a street art painting I saw being painted by the wonderful street artist @krishnamalla last year at Upfest (urban paint festival that takes place on the street where I live in Bristol every year.  It is more to scale than the ‘Tongue In Cheek’ work, and as yet I don’t have a working title.  Any ideas please from fellow Twitterarti or Instagrammers?!  Please look at past blogs here on my website to see more of my thinking on preserving street art in my own paintings. I always seek the street artists’ permission to use their work in my own compositions. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up to in the next few weeks please sign up for my Newsletter at the top of the Home Page.  I am also on Twitter and Instagram and have a Facebook page…
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‘Tongue In Cheek’. Completed 05/12/27

One of my followers on Twitter came up with this title.   A bit rude perhaps, but it made me smile, and at this time of year, we so need a bit of humour.  I hope it won’t cause offence Please see my previous blog to give you details of why and how I painted this piece.  @krishnamalla is a fine street artist and I have his permission to use his work here.  The mouth is actually part of a street art painting involving two mouths and I am painting a smaller work using the other mouth.  At the moment I am using 2ft square canvasses, but am aware not everyone wants a canvas on their walls this big – many of us live in smaller houses these days – so this second painting is on a much smaller canvas.  More on this next week. If you would like to be kept up to date with what I am up to in the near future, please sign up for my Newsletter at the top of the Home page. I send these out quarterly.   I am also on Twitter, Instagram and have a Facebook page called Miche Artist as well…
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New work in progress. 29.11.17

A new work in progress featuring the art of street artist @krishnamalla Krishna Malla.   I saw this artist at work during Upfest last summer down at Ashton Gate Football Stadium.  Upfest (Urban Paint Festival) is held each year on North Street, Bristol, the street where it just so happens I live.  Street artists from all over the globe descend on North Street and it has now spread farther around the area including this year for the first time the football home stadium of Bristol City. I have adapted Krishna Malla’s piece to suit my composition and have his permission to use the work.  Street art disappears over time and I want to preserve some of this wonderful work for the future in my own paintings.  I have added a touch of humour placing my trademark woman bending over to adjust her shoe strap just as the mouth is about to bite her bum.  Juvenile perhaps, but it does draw the eye in. I am looking forward to getting down to the detail next week once the paint has dried.  In the meantime I shall be starting a smaller similar work.  Watch this space. If you would like to be…
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‘You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’. 17.11.2017

I came across the extraordinary work of street artist @therealbambistreetartist or Bambi and have become a big fan, particularly anything to do with Amy Winehouse who is one of my heroines. I discovered the Princess Diana graffiti and thought it might work in one of my paintings. I am interested in preserving street art as it is so often painted over, and this way someone can have a piece of street art by buying my work. I love the way Diana is portrayed as Mary Poppins being looked up to by the grandchildren she never met. I also liked the quirky touch of the Harrods bag ! The words sprayed on the wall are words she said to Wills and Harry when they were small boys. To make the picture my own composition, I have as always added in my trade mark woman, but this time she is going to have a passing resemblance to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, mother of George and Charlotte. She is walking past the graffiti because she has never met Diana and is walking into the sunshine, leaving behind the rain necessitating Diana’s umbrella. I am always interested in any other feedback on my work.…
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