Gord bless'm - I loved watching their wedding - don't we know how to put on a good bash eh? I kept hearing the words - "and the Oscar goes to.........The Royal Wedding!" Wonderful.
Ok - so the minute I walked in yesterday morning I took some photos. This will be of particular interest to the people who come to the Open, and innocently ask whether I work in here too. It is an amazing transformation - here's the proof! I also think this possibly makes me look a little insane...... well I suppose it comes with the territory....
Is it really possible to paint SO many ducks and still get so much enjoyment from it? I still love the blighters! My studio is Duck Central, I hadn't anticipated the impact on my studio getting ready for two shows at the same time. It makes me realise this has never occured in my life before - now I know why. The Palmerston will have 15-20 paintings which I need to finish off by the end of this week, and there needs to be a good selection up at the Open next month. Can't complain tho :-) its good to be really busy. Tomorrow I will take a snap of my studio to show y'all - it really is a bizarre sight.
I've been booked in for a solo show at The Palmerston Bar and Restaurant in East Dulwich. It starts 4th May and goes on until the 21st June. At the moment I think it is going to be entirely ducks! But maybe at the last minute I might pop some abstract work in there. Which ever paintings there are, there are going to be around 15-20 of them!
The Palmerston is at 91 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8EP, Tel: 020 8693-1629 - Website: www.thepalmerston.net
At the moment they have an absolutely fantastic exhibition of photographs called Sirens, which is a collection of photos of female icons of pop by Matt Kent - photographer and biographer of The Who, amongst others...
I was lucky enough to be asked by the multi-talented Bar Zalel from Cars on Rooftops, if they could use my painting Tranquil Star as the cover work for their song `Star'. Check it out: http://soundcloud.com/bar-zalel/cars-on-rooftops-star
Well I know it's an almost impossible task to try and recreate the grace, wit and charm of Charlie Chaplin, but I think the film Google have put together to celebrate the great man's birthday is shocking! Normally their artwork is stunning and funny - this is so not. Or maybe I'm too much of a purist. Ok - I'm off now to get a life.....
To the great man himself - he has been an inspiration for most of my life. Happy 122nd Birthday dear boy xx
I've just spotted this amazing piece by Anselm Kiefer, which just sold at auction at Christies. This man's ability blows me away every time. There's something about the tension between the abstract and the representational that creates such an eerie atmosphere in his work, something I would love to achieve in mine. I can tell this piece will lead me on to the more abstract and eerie, my native land - c'mon its in me genes, I can't help it!
A few days ago I was lucky enough to be involved in a photo shoot with photographer Jason Pierce-Williams as part of an `Artists in their Studios' project - I absolutely goddamn love this photo. He'd just told me an extraordinary story, which I cannot share to protect the privacy of the person involved. I think this is a very good photo indeed!
Today I added the last touch to two paintings I've been working on - they now have SNOW! Yes indeed.
I suppose it goes back to a long held fascination with Russian lacquer boxes and fairy tales. My ducks do seem to swing from being realistic and feral to dreamy and more illustrative. I'm really happy with them anyhow.....this reminds me of a lovely collaboration I did with a writer friend of mine a year or so ago. Amongst many of the strings to her bow, she writes fairy stories. Hmm, I can feel more collaborative working coming on....
See Dusk Ponder and Ducks Pondering on the main page. They're the ones in the snow!