Reverence at home…

It was lovely to be able to hang ‘Reverence in its brand new bespsoke home in Sandra’s new kitchen last weekend. It looks perfect – just like the real thing!

Brand new Shelf-Portraits 'Green Brontes' and 'Winter Pollen'should be back from the framers in time for Northlight Winter Art Fair this weekend :-)

‘Green Brontes’ rsw2016:

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‘Winter Pollen’ rsw2016

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significant artefacts…

What a joy to paint this ‘portrait’ of this old Batterwhip which has lived in Nancyann’s kitchen draw for longer than she can remember! It is a beautiful object, and at some point in the past has had an old builders scraper welded to it to make a new handle. Made a refreshing change from painting book ‘Shelf-Portraits’!

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Northlight Winter Art Fair this weekend!

Preparations under way for the Northlight Winter Art Fair this weekend. I’ll have art-prints and cards for sale, and some mugs! Also on display will be my latest Shelf-Portrait paintings….
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stepping out of my comfort zone

I have been avoiding getting on with a promised sketch of the house of an old family friend, but last week knuckled down to it and really enjoyed doing something different.

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Note to self: remember to leave comfort zone more often!

 

Latest sales at Frivoli, Chiswick

New homes for ‘Figaro’ and ‘Penguin among the Pelicans’ – I do find it such a privileged to be able to do what I love and have other people appreciate it!!
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A more abstract approach…

A more abstract approach for a new set of paintings ready to submit to the Artsmill Winter Open. I love the juxtaposition of random colours and subtle faded shades on old book shelves. The penguins, however, just looked too naked without their logos!
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‘The Iron Man’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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”Utopia’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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‘Edited’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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A more abstract approach…

A more abstract approach for a new set of paintings ready to submit to the Artsmill Winter Open. I love the juxtaposition of random colours and subtle faded shades on old book shelves. The penguins, however, just looked too naked without their logos!
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‘The Iron Man’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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”Utopia’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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‘Edited’ rsw2016 oil on canvas 15x40cm

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Perusing George Perec in my lunch-break…

…as I frequently do,
(I love his literal and thorough observations of everyday surroundings and possessions, and that he can cover several pages with nothing but a list of items and it is still fascinating to read.)
(and his hair and googly eyes, obviously)
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…anyhow, as I was saying: Perusing George Perec in my lunch-break I came across this at the end of a lengthy, detailed description of the contents of a cellar (‘Life: A User’s Manual’ p153/155), and it struck a cord…(see below)
”The Altamonts’ cellar, clean, tidy, and neat: from floor to ceiling, shelving and pigeonholes labelled in large, legible letters. A place for everything and everything in its place……
….To the far right, finally, between the wall and the door… …comes the maintenance, cleansing, and miscellaneous supplies section: stacks of floorcloths, cartons of washing powder, detergents, descaling liquid, bleach products for unblocking waste pipes, supplies of ammonia bleach, sponges, products for polishing floors, cleaning windows, shining brass, untarnishing silver, for brightening glassware, floortiles, and linoleum, broomheads, Hoover bags, candles, spare matches, piles of electric batteries, coffee filters, soluble asprin with added vitamin C, candle bulbs for chandeliers, razor blades, cheap Eau de Cologne in litre bottles, soap, shampoo, cottonwool, cottonbuds, emery nailfiles, ink cartridges, beeswax, paint pots, dressings for minor cuts, insecticides, firelighters, dustbin liners, flints for cigarette lighters, and kitchen paper rolls.”
The cord it struck was, of course, this one….
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‘Reverence’(Significant Accumulations) rsw2010