I collected a few shells on a recent visit to The Thames Estuary, intending to do something vaguely artistic with them. For the past few weeks I’ve been absentmindedly picking them up, turning them over and over in my hands, and putting them back down again.
Last night I took a few brushes, some gold leaf and gilding paste, and did this.
I love how the gold leaf appears to flow over the shell contours, and how it doggedly refuses to stick to the entire surface.
This might be the first in a series of modified found objects, we’ll see.
Eighteen months ago, someone who follows the free art project suggested I make a calendar. It was a good idea, and I didn’t get round to it. Wind forward a year and the same person kindly offered up the suggestion again. This time, I paid attention, and after several hours of curating, and playing with various online layout tools, I ordered a few proofs. My intention was to use the calendar as a fund raising opportunity, and because of this – the price of the finished product was a factor.
This version looks lovely, it is really well made and gave me a lot of design flexibility, however the price per unit was over £20 – well beyond what I figured people would pay. In the end I settled for a calendar which is good quality, and even though the layout design was fiddly, I managed to select twelve artworks which captured the local area and the spirit of the free art project.
I’m selling the calendar as above, in my Etsy shop for £17 plus P&P with a donation of £4 to Wallington Animal Rescue. Each calendar is signed and accompanied by a set of art notes to give each image more context. So far we’ve raised £148 for the charity, and I have a few calendars remaining. If you want some cool art on your wall and you’d like to support an excellent small charity doing great work – feel free to place an order. Thank you.
And what will become of the proof I showed you? That is being given away as part of the free art project, so if you live locally, keep an eye out for it.
I spent last night at The Wallington Arms, along with most of the rest of the town if the crowds were anything to go by. It was the annual community awards night – a chance to meet folk, catch up with friends, hear some live music and celebrate some of the good work being done in the community.
I hid this piece of free art in the Christmas tree in the pub last night. It was found and is off to a new home. It’s a sketch I painted in 2012, one of my favourite early pieces. Parting with this work was a great reminder for me that I started the free art project to help me learn to let go.
I was fortunate to be part of the live music set up last night. Most people in the area who know me, do so through my free art. Last night gave me the opportunity to say hello in a different guise. I’m very nervous when it comes to musical performances and the crowd were really supportive. I played one of my favourites, City Of New Orleans, and Fairytale Of New York. Loads of people sang long with the second song, that was lovely to hear, thank you. Amelia played, and so did Chloe Ray and her band – great fun!
The free art project was nominated in two award categories, and I came home with two runner up prizes. It is lovely to be recognised by your peers, particularly when it’s for doing something you love. Thank you very much to everyone who nominated and voted for me, I appreciate it very much. It was great to see fellow artist Jason Goldrick receive a nomination too, and well done to all the nominees and winners for your contribution, and the recognition you received. And finally, thank you to Carole and Keira who encourage me and give me the time and space to allow the free art project to breathe, and to develop. I couldn’t do it without you. xx.
The Croydon Advertiser recently ran a lovely article on the We Are All Artists free art project. As a thank you, I’m taking the project to Croydon tomorrow, and will make my first art drop in the town.
I’ll be hiding a piece of elemental art which I’ve titled, Winter In The Cronx.
Here’s a short video clip showing the work as it reached its conclusion. If you’re in and around Croydon tomorrow, keep an eye out for this piece of free art.
We’ve just been out to our local Christmas light switch on – brrrr it’s cold outside! This new piece of elemental art represents the onset of winter, and will be my next free art drop. If you live in the Wallington and Carshalton area, keep an eye out for it over the weekend. It’s a big piece so it shouldn’t be too hard to find!
I’ve been playing with various poppy designs for about three years now, and I am in the habit of making a batch of poppy images around the time of Remembrance Day in the UK. As well as a piece of remembrance art, these pieces also speak to me of the blood and tears of war. This year I’ve decided to offer the poppies for sale, and donate some of the proceeds to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.
Each artwork is painted using Winsor and Newton professional water colours on Aquarelle Arches satin grain 300g/m2 hot pressed 100% cotton paper. Each piece is 10cm x 25cm and will be signed then mounted using 100% acid free tape into conservation grade mount board. I’m selling these for £45 plus £5 P&P each, with a donation of £10 for every sale. The second and sixth in the series have already been sold. Number three has been given away as a free art drop and I destroyed number five, it just didn’t work! Contact me if you’d like to buy one of the remaining artworks, and in so doing, help support a good cause.
Poppy 2 : Sold.
Poppy 3 : Free Art Drop.
Poppy 5 : Destroyed, not happy with it.
Poppy 6 : Sold.
We recently spent a few days in Iceland – what an amazing place! The geology and geography felt very in tune with my elemental art, and I made a free art drop while we were in Reykjavik, this piece is titled ‘Glacier’.
I also made this piece. Initially I was contemplating fire and ice – but what I’ve ended up with is more like an elemental art version of the Icelandic flag!