All hallows

Meluxine witch

The trouble with Halloween is that it’s in October, which probably means bad weather. If all you have holding you up is a broomstick it’s likely that problems will occur..
Flying all the way to pin-up towers from Australia is the incredible Meluxine, bringing her own special brand of witchcraft to these shores.

It’s been my privilege to work with some fantastic models in the past but Meluxine is arguably the most successful at what she does so it was with a little trepidation that I set out on this painting once our sitting was done. I was anxious not to make a mess of it. I’m afraid my nerves got the better of me in the end though and despite wanting to carry on with a looser technique that I’ve been experimenting with, this ended up reverting to my usual more finished style.

I’m not complaining, everything turned out ok, sometimes instinct can be relied on to get you through where brain power fails. Happy Halloween anyway!

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Every day sci-fi

Everyday sci-fi

Everybody knows that saving the universe only takes about an hour and a half, so what goes on the rest of the time? Well, all those eloborate, other-worldly outfits don’t just wash themselves thats for sure. Even galactic princesses have chores to do..
Actually, I suppose there’s a possibility they have minions for that kind of thing, but you never know.. Anyway, this is the fantabulous Ella De Vine in housework mode (not her real hair.. just sayin’).

My painting from last year “Alien TV” is still a firm favourite of mine, so I’d been looking for another chance at using a similar limited palette as I think it works so nicely. Luckily I still have a few ideas for sci-fi themed pin-ups laying around so was able to make this number two in the series (hopefully there will be some more at some point!). The pose was a bit tricky and I’ve ended up with a slighlty uncomfortable negative space in the top right corner but otherwise it works.

I tried to give my little laundry robot a surprised expression, I’m too close to it to be able to tell if it succeeds or not so if you’re reading this do let me know what you think!

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Which Witch

Phoenix Witch

My painting has had to take a bit of a back seat to other things of late, so I’m a little late in the year to be posting my first painting but here it is anyway.
This is the lovely Phoenix Taylor helping to remind us that every day is halloween – that and housework is much easier with a bit of witchcraft thrown in. These are what my giant hat pictures are evolving into, there’ll be a few more to come hopefully, now that I’ve got the energy to pick up a paintbrush again.

I’m still not entirely convinced by the dark background on this one, it was necessary to show the spark and the mist but it doesn’t really fit my usual pattern so it stands out a bit.

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This is my dingy corner in the side room of the vintage fair I was at this weekend. It was an utterly degrading experience being passed-by by over 2000 so called vintage enthusiasts. I don’t know what kind of conclusions to draw from this, every attempt I’ve made at selling my work has met with the same response – people smile and point and walk on past without buying anything. I’ve priced my work at all kinds of different levels in an attempt to generate sales but it never works. I’ve been to all kinds of different events where there is supposedly the ‘right’ audience for pin-up art, but still nothing happens. I have a studio full of fun, colourful, original art that elicits an appreciative response but yet nobody wants to give it house room.

Today has been spent packing away, some of my old canvases will be painted over, some thrown away. Perhaps if I keep working I’ll find my niche one day. More realistically, though, perhaps I should call it a day..

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I’ll be taking my work along to Judy’s Vintage Furniture Flea at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Sunday 10th November. It should be a good opportunity for people looking for vintage style homewares to buy some interesting things before Christmas.

Sunday 10 Nov 2013, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

York Hall
5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ

PRICING: EARLYBIRD (from 10.30AM) – £3, GENERAL(from 11AM) – £2 [KIDS GO FREE]

I’ll be using it as a chance to have a bit of a studio clear out, I’m desperately short on space so all my old Elvgren copies, all the left over prints and cards and as many original canvases as I can carry will be coming along with me to the fair. I’ll be accepting any reasonable offers on all of it as I’d just like to see them go to good homes rather than gathering dust in a corner. If you can make it along, I’d love to see you all down there!

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