TODAY’S DIARY Caricature is of world famous painter Pablo Picasso. The thin, poor quality of the diary pages prevent me from much more than black ink portrayals, otherwise, I would have been tempted to produce an abstract painting!
AS WELL AS painting, I am also a cartoonist and caricaturist. One of my current projects is The Caricature Diary. You can see today’s entry above, of actress Diana Dors. Every day of the diary features a caricature or portrait of a famous person born on that date.
There are also frequent updates on my Caricatures website which you may like to visit.
It’s nice have a few strings to one’s bow to avoid the pressure of doing the same thing all the time.
WORK CONTINUES, when life allows, on the Beatles’ Abbey Road zebra crossing triptych. The forthcoming exhibition at The Reel Cinema in Borehamwood is giving me lots of space so I thought a large piece like this might make good use of it along with some of my other paintings. This is half finished and I have been trying acrylics for the first time as they will be dry in time for the exhibition.
THIS IS A PAINTING of Albert Einstein commissioned by Fasta Pasta restaurant in Muswell Hill, London. The owner came to my exhibition in April and was inspired to suggest I do this 1.2 X 1.2 metre painting to fit his wall. It is the largest painting I have ever completed and provided various challenges and a few wipings-out and re-painting!
I am available to be commissioned to paint any human subject in any setting for any reason whatsoever. So do not hesitate to contact me with your query.
AFTER A BIT of a hiatus (caused by a rest needed after a two-month-long commission for a Muswell Hill Restaurant, of which more later), I have returned to my B.B King portrait painting. This started as a pencil sketch, which I was very lucky to actually sell at my last exhibition.
I have started with a blue tonal underlay which I am gradually covering in dabs of primary colours, hoping it all adds up to a convincing skin tone. It was tempting to finish it all off with blue shades to reflect the style of music but playing with colours is far too alluring, especially for someone partially-colour blind like myself!
THIS PAINTING of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was SOLD at my last exhibition to an avid Pink Floyd fan. It follows an initial quick sketch from a photo:
Roger Waters’ facial structure lends itself particularly to caricature so you can see the difference in the two versions. I am interested in the conjunction of faces and hands in portraits and it is fascinating to study this relationship in musicians. I am currently working on a painting of Blues legend B.B. King, but more on that later!
PART OF THE #RIP2016 collection, this is a depiction of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, famous in later years for having composed the much-covered anthem Hallelujah. During this project I was most interested in getting as close to the face as possible without losing the likeness. Of course, with Leonard Cohen’s distinctively intense eyes this should be easy.
Thei painting is oilon canvas, 60 X 60cm and is framed. £750.00 plus any packaging/transport costs.
OIL PAINTING PORTRAIT of rock musician Prince. This was one of a selection of portraits in the #RIP2016 series featuring some of the sadly-departed celebrities of that year.
It is painted on a canvas measuring 30cm X 90cm and is available, framed, for £750.00 plus any packaging/transportation costs. contact me in the form below if interested or with any queries.
THIS IS A PORTRAIT of British artist and sometime enfant terrible, Tracey Emin. Based directly on the pencil sketch shown below, I completed the painting in water-mixable oils onto a canvas board. The painting is framed and approximately A3 in size. Available for £750.00 plus any packing/transportation costs.
I HAD DRAWN a quick pencil sketch of famous Brit Artist Damien Hirst and wanted to turn it into a painting. At the time, I had two long hardboard box canvases that I didn’t know what to with. Put together, they made the perfect size and shape for Damien’s face so I decided to paint his portrait onto the two canvases. This seemed most appropriate as it results in his face being cut in two like his famous shark and cow installations. Added to this, the background of Hirst-like spots completes the painting. For sale. Price on application.
PART OF THE #RIP2016 series of portraits featuring celebrities who sadly died in that year, this oil painting portrait zooms in on David Bowie’s very distinctive eyes only. The painting is framed and is 90cm X 30cm. Available to buy for £750.00 plus any transportation/packaging costs.