These are works made almost by accident from times when I was tidying up in the garden or on the phone; they are 3D doodles.

The Couple. around 6ft of garden materials.
Different photographs of the sculpture. Since being made it’s been partially dismantled, only the (male) rusty wheelbarrow / grass flattener figure remains, looking lonely.

Conversation with my father. Odd elements on the desk as I chatted on the phone. No, I don’t know what it means, I think there’s something to do with mirroring and communication in there.

Two figures at the bottom of the garden. Made up of roots, old pottery and other garden material. The roots were from trees I dug up, after a long struggle, which seems to be important. They are kept by me like trophies from a hard won battle. The pottery was left by the previous owner, a good amateur ceramicist.

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My youngest son has the pleasure of my company as I take him to various lessons. He’s now at home, next to me doing his homework now…

Mostly I’m designing on the laptop while he’s learning but sometimes I’ll start drawing.
Here’s some of the results.

My daughter and Ed in a Liverpudlian Italian cake shop.
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Miles Davis Sketches.

Watching the documentary ‘Birth Of The Cool’ on the brilliant BBC Iplayer.
I think I prefer biographies and autobiographies in print than in film form.
The performances are still good though and the faces of the protagonists were mesmerising.
The usual rules about drawing from the TV applied. Not freezing the frames, not drawing or editing before or after the show and no re-watching. So here they are. The abstract part of the drawing is trying to capture ‘Miles runs the Voodoo down’ if you know that tune.

The lady is Frances Taylor Davis, who seemed absolutely gorgeous as a person. The photographs are by the master – Irving Penn.

Sorry about the lack of blogs, I’ve been busy on Graphics and other things… More soon.

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B thinking: the sketches.

So, what do we have here, then? Some sketches form life, some colour tests, some studies and one of the points of inspiration, a Rembrandt self-portrait.

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Portrait of B thinking.

It’s taken a while. In the next few posts I’ll show how this work came to be.

Portrait of B thinking. Oil on wood. 14.02.2020. 14″ square.

See details.

Some real up-close details and the palette.

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Red painting 3. The Mysteries.

The Mysteries. Oil on canvas. 90cm square.
I think that’s pretty much it.
The ideas behind this work were:
• To make something on a very red ground after doing a few paintings on very blue backgrounds
• To make a work that has some of the power of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii; what is happening? in my painting I don’t know either
• To make a painting that isn’t like any other
• To make the sitter look in control of the situation

It’s taken a while from the original work at the Mary and Centre to where the painting has ended up. Now what to do with it. It dominates any room you put it in.

Here’s some images of the Villa.

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The Red Painting 2. A work in progress.

Now, this painting is still not finished. It has no title and though it has themes, they have not completely coalesced. These images are what has happened so far, after each session. The model was painted from life. See the sketches and studies for this work in the previous post.

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