Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Leonardo Da Vinci at Nottingham Castle

Today I was in Nottingham to pick up Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose from City Arts.
He wasn't selected for Nottingham Castle Open, however, I suspect this is because he's a one - off, and I thought about it, if the Artist As Carer As Artist project is funded, this will give me the opportunity to produce further work, which I can submit along with Ian for next years' Open.

So I got into Nottingham Castle for £2. Adult ticket price is £7. I paid £7, then went to look at the Da Vinci exhibition before it closes later this week.
Here are some photos I took, including obligatory Internet cat pics.

Whilst walking back to the train station, I was collared by some people doing market research, they said there'd be a fiver in it, so I went in, did the market research and got a fiver. 
£5 for 20 mins. Times that by 3 (60 mins) and it's £15 an hour - I could've charged them my artists' day rate, but I did blag some power for my iPhone as well :-)

Cat sheep obviously existed in Leonardo's day.

This reminded me of the Tin Tin shop down the road!

This was how I transported Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose from the train station to home.
Dutch style.

After looking at the Da Vinci work, I spied through some doors to see people busily installing this exciting looking exhibition, and was invited in to have a sneak peek by artist Karina Smilla-Bobinski, so I may return once it's installed to have a look!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Peace Painting Project / Norway trip

I finally have everything booked for the Norway trip, so it's exciting!
But I've unfortunately missed Magne Furuholmen and Queen Sonja's exhibition at Paul Stolper Gallery in London.
I'm also missing Queen Sonja in Trondheim, as she is opening Trondheim Kunsthall on 20th Oktober.

This week, Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose has unfortunately not been accepted into Nottingham Castle Open.

I suspect that this is because they expect more than one artwork, and this was a one - off painting.
So I'm off to Nottingham to pick up the work - he is still available for sale at a slightly reduced rate (taking off City Arts' fees).

I have a lot of Bikeability work over the next two months - October to November / December, which is good.
Whilst at Hartsholme Academy, I saw that they have a brand new art room, so I went to have a look at what the kids were creating, with support from TA Amy; looks like the kind of space for Peace Painting :-)

This week, news that people with long term health problems will no longer be subjected to ESA assessments is small fry, compared to the devastation that cuts are still imposing on the most vulnerable.
But I'm feeling overall less stressed than I was. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Back To Work

Due to slight delays, the Norway trip is postponed until November, which gives me time to properly plan it without other distractions.
I will now be in Hell on Hallowe'en! But luckily, Hell means "luck" in old Norse.

I've been invited to an Open Call for an empty shop  project for artworks made from discarded materials, so I am working on a proposal for this.

For this work, a Guy has been constructed from the shredded remains of a mis-sold Orange business mobile phone contract from 2012, and old clothes.
He will become disgraced BHS owner Sir Philip Green (or as some have dubbed him, Sir Philip Greed). An anonymous mask has been fleshed out with packing material to make the head.

Sir Philip Green / Greed
Penny For The Artist?

I am hoping to source a wheelbarrow to make into his yacht, the BHS Destroyer!!
The Hallowe'en section of The Range has every colour wig possible - except Sir Philip Green's hair!!

My fingernails are still bitten to shreds, but this news might help to ease some worries - been panicking over Tax Credits as Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith hasn't sold - I'm panicking that by the end of A Journey exhibition it still won't be sold, and my overdraft remains to taunt me until Christmas.

In other news, see my ad in the Lincolnshire Reporter

Monday, 25 July 2016

Norway trip

It's been tough keeping up with work since my youngest son finished college back in May, so work is very intermittent, and has dwindled further now it's the summer holidays.

I'm taking some time out to concentrate on the graphic novel and plan the trip to Norway for the Peace Painting Project.

So far, the Norwegian Embassy have confirmed there's a grant available for a trip to Norway to meet with Catrine to discuss the Peace Painting Project, which is good news, and it's exciting to think I'll soon be off on my travels again to explore a new part of Norway, up in Nordland, where the Peace Painting Project is organised.

Of course, Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose is still exhibited at the IMH in Nottingham until September.

It will be in September now, and I should be able to fly to Trondheim, then take a train and bus up to Bindal. 
This is quite an adventure!

Aside from expecting some magnificent scenery, I am expecting to meet with two Norwegian artists in connection to the Peace Painting Project.


Meanwhile, I'm still continuing with my graphic novel Cloudbusting, and spent last week putting together a proposal for a new experimental piece for Green Man festival to build an actual Cloudbuster as a large scale experimental sculptural piece.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Scary, Scary Night

Portrait of The UK With Bandaged Ear

I'm still waiting for a phonecall from the Norwegian Embassy about the Peace Painting Project, but of course, like everyone else this week, have been completely distracted by the catastrophic events of the EU Referendum.

The whole situation is so insane that it deserves a critical Van Gogh eye.
You're welcome.
Yes, the houses of parliament are made of glass, as people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and to represent the fragility of the situation. St. Stephen's tower is Van Gogh's favourite danger yellow, the sort of colour used in warning signs, along with the red clock face from a STOP sign.

England's green and pleasant land has been overgrown with Van Gogh's wheat field, with the crows above.
Skrik here emerges as a sort of scarecrow, representing all of Scotland and the Remain campaign, who has probably been told that his warning cries and outpouring of terror at the situation are "scaremongering".

The stars from the EU flag are all in disarray, one of which appears to have been swallowed by a black hole.
Large waves tilt at the windmills, possibly due to the strawberry moon.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Peace Painting Project

It's been nearly a month since the private view for A Journey exhibition, and my nails have been bitten so much they're sore.

I'm not always sleeping properly.

I've managed to cover the costs of the trip to Oslo, because some money we were owed since Christmas has been repaid, but I had planned to do some sketching, or maybe use the trip to inspire new work, but I'm glad I haven't been stupid enough to make work without any income to justify the creativity.

But I'm still worrying about my ever-expanding overdraft. This * is a trigger warning.

All of my fair weather friends have suddenly resurfaced, suddenly pretending to be all pally with me, then asking me to help them out in some way.

Some artists seem to think that they can expect me to help them out for some charitable event that will not in any way benefit me, that I'm in any position to donate my time, expertise and kindness for their worthy cause. They will really appreciate it. See *.

No one is donating their time, expertise or kindness to me. Ever. These are people that will ignore me, either deliberately or not, when I'm in desperate need of income, or other support, but if they want something, suddenly I'm such an amazing friend of theirs - I think it's known as "cupboard love" in cats.

Well let me return the favour of having been neglected, financially abused, and forgotten by all of you in the art world, and those outside of it that wish to exploit us. You know what they say about karma.

I've felt unable to do much for the Peace Painting Project this week, mainly wondering about funding, *, so I've been in the studio doing illustration for my graphic novel, and doing some LAN networking and organisation, however, I received a reply to an email from a nice lady from the Norwegian Embassy, asking for a phonecall next week to discuss funding etc.

I'm hoping this will be more positive.

I've otherwise, as part of my work as a Bikeability Instructor, been paid to undertake first aid training.
So I'm now able to potentially save your life if you get into peril.

I returned home from training, absolutely shattered, to find news of a politician shot dead by a britain first extremist, and of some utterly bizarre homophobic "protest" in Lincoln city centre. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Journey - private view

House For A Gordian Knot
 "House For A Gordian Knot" - Ekkehard Altenberger, 2012, outside the IMH 
Checking into the Mental Institute!

Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose
£360 is the official price of Ian Duncan Smith!


Olympic gold metallist Rebecca Adlington talking about her career

Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Adlington

Cutting the cake!

The artist and the Olympian!
Selected work from the exhibition: 

Harman Dickson sounds like a character from a Philip K Dick novel, which I like :-)

Commended work by Sarah Davis

Commended work by Sarah Davis

I busted outta the Mental Institute, then felt I should maybe commandeer a helicopter...