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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Cat / Suit

Su catsuit

Quite why a cat in a suit would lend it’s name to an article of clothing I have no idea. It’s one of life’s mysteries that bothered me so much I decided to paint it. So here you are, a cat in a suit and a cat-suit..

All the way from sunny Portugal (although not just for this painting..) comes the lovely Miss Candy Sue, vintage model extrordinaire. Sadly she had recently lost a companion of the feline variety so was keen to include said pet in this picture. Standing in during the sitting was a skillfully crafted cardboard version that was oddly no less demanding than the real thing.
This idea had been hanging about for quite a while so it was nice to finally realise it, I’m pleased with the way it turned out but should probably practice my animals a bit more, cats are harder to draw than I thought.

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Roswell and Hat

Once upon a time, I made a giant hat with the intention of doing a series of nudes, apart from one decidedly poor effort I never really followed it up – until now! So it gives me great pleasure to introduce the fantabulous Roswell Ivory and hat..

The reasoning behind this (and hopefully future pictures in this series) was to bridge the gap between my quick and dirty pin-ups and my more considered figure studies, to allow me to mix the techniques I use in both and hopefully improve the quality of the work I post up here. I’m happy to say that this painting achieves what I set out to do. Obviously, there will always be deficiencies in a quick picture like this, but I’m confident I can address some of those as I progress.
Just quickly, I can categorically state that everything in the picture is exactly as nature has very generously provided – Roswell is a stunning model and possibly one of the most professional it’s ever been my pleasure to work with – she made what could have been quite a hard session completely effortless. Do check out her website for more of her incredible work.

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