18 Apr 2014

Some new work here today. These were inspired by seeing bad bands, Patti Smith drawing in her bookshop, reading David Hockney's autobiography, people making the world a better place and other general oddities about life the universe and everything. Hope you enjoy. 

Art therapy with David Hockney. Here's a great quote from his autobiography, "It's love that counts in everything. Love is the only serious subject. The absence of love is fear of anything unknown. I think if you can love fully, in the full sense of the word you have less fear. I think that is even a Christian belief. Loving fully may mean even loving the world, loving life itself, seeing it as a marvellous gift.... If one understands love, one can, to a certain extent, be fearless. Then even death becomes something else. I have a curiosity about it, I admit.... I've thought and even played games about it, with the idea of nothingness, absolute nothingness, which is as difficult an idea to grasp as the idea of God.... What does one see to be one's duty and an artist? ... There is always everywhere, an enormous amount of suffering, but I believe that my duty as an artist is to overcome the sterility of despair."

Currently I'm just about to hang another exhibition of my paintings - so i'll shortly post about that. Have a great day wherever it takes you XXXX

17 Jun 2013

 I want to get back to using paints again when I design and less of the computer. I will be doing that this week. Below are some designs done on my computer taking inspiration from the solar system and parties- so it's the universe having a party!

15 Jun 2013

Two things I love are music and art. So I thought I'd combine these together and make collages based on songs. Now I've taken the collages and made patterns from them. The songs I based the collages on are 'The sleeping red wolves' by Sufjan Stevens, 'Cosmic concerto' by Bill Fay and 'Iceblink Luck' by The Cocteau Twins - they are in that order below.

This was intended to be a repeat pattern but it failed to repeat- my working out went wrong. So here it is as an improvised piece with magenta hills and cacti to fill in the gaps. I like it as it is in its failed state.