Saturday, 23 September 2017

New Artwork, Start To Finish

I thought I would do one of my work in progress articles today, as I have been working on a series of two face artworks this week ... which is quite unusual for me. I usually just do a portrait format with just one face (or animal). So I picked one out to illustrate my process, start to finish. Well sort of .... I should really have photographed the first shot without the collage, but I only decided to do this after I had already stuck the collage down! Therefore the very first photo, which should have been here is missing, but you still get quite a good idea of how the painting has progressed throughout the process. Hope you like it.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Anti Social

May I present one of my latest works Anti Social ... in my usual acrylic base, with collage embellishment and artist drawing pens to fill in the illustrative parts. This quirky hand painted original, mixed media piece measures 7 x 10 inches, and would make a great artsy gift for a friend or loved one ..... or why not just treat yourself!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

NEW VIDEO Painting On T Shirts With Acrylic

New video! About wearable art .... 
I never use proper fabric paint on my clothes. I just use acrylic paint, which sticks like glue to T shirts, denim etc. Here's a quick video about how I 'refresh' by painted clothing every couple of months. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Selection Of New Works

Here is a small selection of some new, small (5 x 7 inch) paintings I have completed recently. All quite raw and crude in style, yet strangely attractive. All these paintings are available on ebay HERE and are $16.95. You will also, of course, find lots of my other artwork available there and on my art WEBSITE. Hope you like them!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New Video - How My Artwork Looks Mounted

I have added a new video to my Youtube channel, about how I mount some of my artworks before sending them out. Usually when you buy from me, off my website, Etsy shop, etc, you get just the artwork, but sometimes artworks which turn out particularly successful, I mount before sending out, so buyers can slip the artwork straight into a standard sized frame. This video shows you a few pieces of my work which are ready framed. 

Nottingham Street Art Festival 2017

I know I'm massively late with this - see my last post, but I do still have several photos from this year's Street Art Festival, which is hosted by Surface Gallery, to share with you. As usual I entered some pieces, but was not lucky enough to sell any this time. As usual there was a plethora of fantastical artworks and graffiti to feat your eyes on. I love this particular exhibition, because as it is sort of 'alternative' my work slips straight in. Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these wonderful artworks. The Street Art Festival is held every Summer and is one not to miss, if you can help it.

A Tough Few Months

It's been quite a few months since I posted here .... I just simply have not had the chance. If I can refer you back to my post in November "Caring For The Elderly" which discussed how over time I have had to put in more and more care for my Mum, who was dx with Alzeimers / Vascular Dementia. Well, to cut a long story short, she sadly passed away in July. She was 88 years old and very frail, in a way it was a blessing for her. Although expected, at some point, it was still incredibly sad for all of us. What has been really weird, is coming to terms with the guilt (of having so much more time to devote to myself / ourselves.) It had become so much a part of daily life, that when you get so much extra time, and so much less work to do, it takes a little time to get used to that. Hopefully I will be able to devote a little more time to my blog now.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

ACEOs - Art Trading Cards

I recently forayed into the world of ACEOs - Art Card Originals and Editions, which are miniature artworks or prints measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches, which in recent years, have become very collectible. A cousin of the original ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) which in the beginning were traded with other artists, for example, I will swap a piece of my art for one of yours. These miniature artworks are so much fun to do, and as they are so small, you can get quite a few done in a short space of time. I hope you like them. I will probably add some to my website over the next few weeks at

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Caring For The Elderly

I have looked after my Mum for so many years now, it's become like part of the furniture. I more or less started taking her under my wing in 1999 after Dad died. At first though, when you start off sorting out a few bills, filling in forms, doing little repairs around the house, making telephone calls, decorating the house etc you don't think about how further down the line, you could end up running yourself ragged, putting in 20 - 30 hours a week, doing almost everything for your elderly parent (before your own job and running your own life.)

This is the position I have been in for some time now. As Mum has got more forgetful, confused, not to mention, physically frail, the little bit of extra work here and there, has, over the years, increased to acute proportions. Recently I have had to deal with so many episodes of Mum's various health issues, confusion, hallucinations, mood swings, falls, ailments, delirium, paramedic call outs, doctor appointments, warden call outs, courses of anti-biotics and other of her medications to oversee.

Add to this Mum's shut down - she stopped cooking and preparing food, then she stopped eating, even when food was brought, she stopped bathing, stopped getting dressed in the mornings, she stopped doing her laundry, she stopped moving, and even stopped watching telly (her favourite pastime.) Therefore all this has become my responsibility - and as an only child, it sucks, I don't mind admitting it!

Myself and partner, and to an extent my daughter also, have therefore had a heck of a job coping with all this recently. Our own needs have been shoved to the side, and being in our (very) late fifties ourselves, the tiredness has been crushing, and the knock on stress of not being about to work at our own jobs, and the financial implications of this are difficult to explain adequately.

Mum is now in hospital, after one fall too many, and has been dx with Alzheimer, which is very sad, but as we expected. Her confusion has become high level over the last few months, and I am having to come to terms with the fact that I have already 'lost' my Mum. It is clear too that we cannot care adequately enough for her now. We were already struggling severely. Her needs are too varied and complex. They are at this moment compiling a 'care package' which will enable her to stay in her own home a bit longer, if the measures are adequate. This will also hopefully mean that I will have get some of my life back. Maybe I will have chance to actually make some new artwork, which I haven't done for several months.  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Street Art Festival 2016 - Nottingham

Well, it's that time again, when the brilliant Surface Gallery in Nottingham puts on it's Street Art festival - a salon style exhibition which features all the best in street art, urban art and anything 'alternative'. This suits my artwork down to the ground, so once again I have entered some pieces of mine into the exhibition. Along with the works of art inside, there is always lots of spray can art round the back of the gallery in the yard and down the alley and it's absolutely awe inspiring when you see the scale of these pieces. The exhibition runs throughout the whole month of July and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Check out the gallery's website for opening times.  

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Things You Don't Say To An Artist (please!)

I was reading a brilliant article the other day on the Jung Katz blog entitled 25 Things You Should Never Say To An Artist (parts 1 & 2) and boy did it resonate! Such things as "That's a hobby, not a job", "I guess anyone can call themselves an artist", "You should get an actual job" and "People buy that?"

I have had derivatives of these comments said to me at one time or another. Other good ones which particularly stung are "My 8 year old can paint better than that". OH REALLY???? and when I was once standing at a fair behind my stall, someone walked by and very loudly said "Well, I suppose some would call it art." CHEERS!

Why do people have to do this? Do they have to be so mean? My collectors love my art. I have many repeat buyers and I'm not playing, or messing about. I am serious about what I do. Oh well, I suppose you can't please all of the people .... and all that. But back to the article, a great read, which I am sure most artists can relate to.

Anyway, I have been working on insects this week. I haven't done much animal art recently, so I thought I would take a break from people and see what I could come up with. These two little guys are the result. Both 8 x 10 inches, and available on my website They're cheery little fellows in acrylic, drawing pens and collage. Hope you like them.

New Artwork, Start To Finish

I thought I would do one of my work in progress articles today, as I have been working on a series of two face artworks this week ....