Friday, October 30, 2009

'Poochie', Bone Carving, 2009.
Kent Brockman-"Far be it for me to gloat in another's downfall, but I have a feeling no children will be crying when this puppy is put to sleep."
(P.S. Picture doesn't really do this puppy justice).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

'The Nile Valley, Egypt', 2004.
This view was from above the Valley of the Queens, looking back down toward the river and Luxor. The journey there was via the Valley of the Kings and on 'donkey-back'.

Friday, October 23, 2009

'Los Souvenir Jacketos', Bone Carving, 2009.
-"But friend, your jacket is on fire!'
-'Then I shall burn with her.....for I would rather die than have people not know what stores I have been to!'

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

'Pond in Regents Park, London #2', 2003.
I lived in London for several years near Regents Park and would often walk and run through it, especially in the school holidays. This piece shows the looser style of painting that I still used until a few years ago.

Friday, October 16, 2009

'Cooder the Carny', Bone carving, 2009.
Classic character from an episode where some carnies take over the Simpson house. Below are some of the files that I use to make the carvings. I don't use electric tools (except to drill the eyes) and the forms and shapes of the face are scratched and filed into the bone by hand and take up to twelve hours per piece.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

'Mirador Dorotea, Chile', 2009.
This was a little walk through farm land outside the town of Puerto Natales in the south of the country. Up to a clifftop and looking back up the valley, it was a nice spot to sit in the sun and watch the condors gliding high above.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

These are pictures from the day trip to Laguna Verde, mainly strange combinations of fields of ice amongst stoney desert. The frontier on the road sign is the border with Argentina and Ojos Del Salado is the highest active volcano in the world at 6893metres high. The cow and horse had sort of dried out, rather than rot, along the road side and reminded me of Picasso's 'Guernica' with their pained expressions.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

'Laguna Verde, Chile', 2009.
When in Chile I was based in a town called Copiapo for a week and did some day trips in the area. One such trip was by 4WD into the Andes and Atacama desert going as high as nearly five thousand metres up to isolated places such as this. I find deserts to have some of the most stunning scenery in the world and also have the most interesting palettes to paint.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

'Macchu Picchu, Peru', 2009.
A few pictures today to help illustrate the process I go through with each piece. At the top are the sketches done on site, below that are secondary sketches (though this is the first time I've done it on the board) to work out how to make it into a painting, and then the actual piece itself.
I am not very happy with this piece but will do another version of it when I finish the South American series. In the past I have done up to four or five versions of a piece, trying to get it right!