Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hooray, hooray,

Hooray, hooray, been to see the Waterfront gallery at the university in Ipswich and we can have an exhibition of 'Under the Skin ' ..we have the gallery from February 1 -24th ish. 2018. It is Ipswich LGBT month, So lots of community engagement can happen. It's champagne tonight and then get down to work, planning, getting funding partners and getting it out there! hooray!!!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Its so hard to get exposure for an idea that hasn't come from the organization... everyone has their own agenda of course, I understand that... But if we painters can only show through commercial galleries.... where is the place to show our exploration of complex, issue based concepts.....! (sorry for little rant!) (and a huge thank you Robin Peters for the offer of his gallery in 2019 ...which we will certainly do. ) I'm hoping for a mini tour... still working on it.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

All day Life Drawing and Painting Workshop Weekend Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September

Hi everyone,
Here's a date for your diary.
I know its ages away but at the beginning of September, Blue and I are going to run an
 All day Life Drawing and Painting Workshop Weekend
to get you back into the swing of it.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 10  am - 4 pm.
 Over this two day workshop, we will be looking in depth at the rhythms and flows of the human form, exploring a variety of techniques, mark making and poses in the mornings, and a long pose in the afternoon. The long pose will be repeated on the second day so you can really work on it.

I will provide paper, charcoal and basic paint, so you can explore and experiment, but you may want to bring your own pastels, acrylics or oil paint, (Sansodor or equivalent, as a medium) and brushes, pallets, canvas etc. to really take advantage of the two-day long pose.

There will also be tea, coffee and biscuits, (of the nicest kind of course) but please bring a packed lunch.

You can book directly with eventbrite   Click here to go to the page!

 Places will be limited to 10 max....
Please spread the word

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Demo at East Ipswich Camera Club

a lovely email from East Ipswich Camera Club

 'On behalf of East Ipswich Camera Club I would like to thank you for your wonderful demonstration last night.  We had some very good feedback from some of our members saying how much they had enjoyed the evening.'

thanks to Lana for being a fab model here is her website so you can checkout her photographs.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Latest Paintings in the Leo project


                       A large mixed media piece on perspex inspired by the chrysalis photo shoot.

Friday, 10 February 2017

I think I have finished the perspex piece

(Please forgive the easels in these photos... (it was hard to photograph.)

So, They will be suspended with a little gap between them so the viewer can walk through.

Monday, 6 February 2017

I am still fighting with the perspex but I'm getting closer....

 The piece has two sides. Here is the Gender side. I am still working on it. 

 So, I think I am happier with this. I have painted with oil paint on the perspex to make it more subtle and have a Renaissance feel. It still needs hair and perhaps more work on the face but I don't want to loose the abstract, transparent quality and a sense of movement. Now have to add Leos poems.
Earlier stages are below. (working backwards.)
I have flipped the piece and it is more subtle. I have removed the lower limbs. I added a smaller box for the figure to break out of.

Various stages of the face, I found the plastic stained glass paint was a bit unwieldy, I couldn't get enough subtlety. 
Here the 'Skin' is changed to a breast and more detailed painting.
This side of the piece is representing gender and has the figure holding his skin like St Bartholomew  in the painting by Michelangelo of The Last Judgement on wall of the Sistine Chapel

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Getting to grips with the perspex.

Its been a struggle, but I think I'm getting there.
This piece focusing on gender

This on disability.
They have been greatly enhanced by Leos poetry.
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