Friday, February 27, 2009

Ron Howard

The last four posts are all part of a series of threads on the ISCA forum started by Jan Op De Beeck, prompting for a celebrity caricature for the day of their birthday. In order of appearance on this blog, they are; George Harrison (25th Feb), Fats Domino (26th Feb), Vincente Minnelli (28th Feb), and in this post, movie director Ron Howard (1st March). I really hope Mr. Howard does a better job with Angels and Demons than he did with Da Vinci Code. Please!!!

Happy Birthday to them all, and thanks Jan for starting this birthday sketching!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mozart and a little story!

I finished the Mozart painting on the very last night of the exhibition. An amazing thing happened on the first day of the painting. It was evening, around 9pm, and I had Mozart's Piano Concerto playing on the laptop for inspiration as I painted. I'd stopped to talk to one of the security guys, when I heard the same piano playing coming from somewhere down in the foyer. Looking down, we saw a little nine-year-old girl playing Mozart on the piano, to concert standards! It turns out Natalie and her family were from the Czech republic, visiting the UK. Her playing was so beautiful and stunning, it was as though a little female Mozart had turned up in the room. Apparently she has won awards, which doesn't surprise me, I was brought close to tears by her performance!

So my current exhibition has come to an end. It will be very sad to end it, I've met lots of wonderful, kind, and friendly people, and I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words. Thank you also to everyone who added themselves to my mailing list.

I'd also like to thank the Fairfield Halls for their hospitality and helpful staff, you've all been great!
Here's to another exhibition very soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Good news!!

The exhibition at the Fairfield Halls has been extended to Saturday the 21st February, so I'll be doing another live acrylic painting next week, more on that later. Should be a fun piece, hope some of you can make it along to the extra week. You never know, you might find a good deal on a painting!!
(Over today and tomorrow-thursday/friday- the Fairfield Halls are only open until 6pm, and with limited events, so the exhibition will be back up Saturday morning.)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Completed Obama

It's interesting to compare the version of this after one day, with the finished version after another two days, and how the personality and likeness can be developed and tightened in the rendering. It's what I love most about painting.

Sunday, February 08, 2009


This is one of Tomokazu Tabata that I promised him back in November. Better late than never. Tomo is a kind, generous, and highly talented caricature artist from Tokyo. I've been waiting to have the time to finish this, so whilst I'm having a day off from the exhibition, I thought I'd do some digital work.

I originally started this in grayscale mode, but decided to colour it, so finished the grayscale rendering then used an overlay layer to add the colour.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Obama- Live Acrylic

This is the Obama acrylic after one day. The live painting was lots of fun, the building was busy tonight with two shows on, and lots of brand new caricature fans enjoying the work on display. It was fun answering questions and sharing a bit of my process with people. I had so much fun with this, I might just carry on with a new painting afterwards. I should finish the Obama tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Snow? What snow?!!!

The exhibition is up and running, the snow is slowly disappearing, so come on down! Also, from tomorrow, I'll be starting a live painting of President Obama (I've already had several people ask me if I've done one of him already), so you can even watch me paint!
Tomorrow the building will be open from 11am to 6pm, but after that it'll be open from 11am to 11pm every day!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snowed in!!!

Hi guys, just a note to say the drinks reception planned for tonight has been cancelled due to the heaviest snow in the UK in 20 years!!! There is more heavy snow expected this afternoon, along with blizzards, but hopefully this will all be gone by wednesday at the very latest! Thankfully it is a two week event, and I'm sure this will only be a temporary setback. The exhibition is still on, I'm hoping the Fairfield Halls will be open tomorrow. I'll keep you informed!

So today I'm going to venture out to the post office and back, if they're open, but that's about it.