Saturday, August 29, 2009

'Number One', Bone Carving, 2009
All together now,
'Who controls the British Crown? Who keeps the metric system down?
We do! We do!
Who leaves Atlantis off the maps? Who keeps the Martains under wraps?
We do! We do!
Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
We do! We do!
Who robs the cave fish of their sight? Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do! We do!'

Thursday, August 27, 2009

'Mljet, Croatia', 2006.
Another piece from the trip to Croatia in 2006.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

'Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England', 2003.
During my first summer in the U.K I spent a long weekend in Cornwall staying in B&B's and visiting such delightful places as 'Mousehole'. Kynance Cove was near the southern most tip of the country and even during the English summer, was very cold for swimming.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

'Cleetus Spuckler', Bone Carving, 2009.
Not the nicest piece of bone to work with but I quite like this so far. Other Simpsons candidates for future bone carving include 'Fat Tony', 'Apu' and 'Moe Syzlak'.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bone Carving #2.
This week I've been working on this piece. I saw the Escher drawing last week and it gave me the idea for the old school skull in top hat carving. This needs a final fine sand and polish as I'm not too happy with it so far.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

'From Matapaua Bay, Coromandel', 2003.
This was the first piece that I painted when I moved to the UK in 2003, in a tiny little dark room in Kensal Green. It was a drawing I had of a trip to the Coromandel just before leaving and the beautiful little bay (with its crazy steep access road) seemed a world away from the glum, dark London clouds and skyline.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Naxos, Greece', 2005.
Another picture from Greece. I was only in Naxos for a day or two but my lasting impressions will be the time lazing on the beach, and a great little restaurant called the Picasso Mexican Bistro which did amazing burritos.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

'Alesund, Norway', 2005.
I found this piece today, another from the Norway trips in 2005. Alesund is on the western coast of Norway and I spent a few days there, making trips inland to see the fjiords, before heading north towards the Lofoten Islands. Of all the places I visited when based in the UK, Norway and Morocco were my two favourites.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dia de los Muertos Skull, 2009.
Lately of an evening I've been eyeing up the dog's bones lying around the house, with an idea to do some bone carving. This is something I have done in the last week with the details carved into the bone with an old file, it now needs a final sanding and a polish.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

'Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland', 2004.
When I lived in London, one of my first trips away was to Ireland on a eight day tour around the south of the country. Glendalough was about 45 minutes south of Dublin and supposedly where some scenes for the movie 'Braveheart' where shot, apparently there were tax benefits for filming in Ireland.