Sunday, 30 November 2008

Maghull's Celebration of Art, this weekend!

We are now into the final days till December Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, when we Celebrate a big exhibition of paintings at two venues. Maghull Town Hall and Deyes Lane High School. What's prompted this effort is Liverpool's Capital of Culture year. Around 150 local artists will be taking part, from across our local area of Sefton. Anyone thinking of taking up art as a leisure pursuit should come along; see the kind of work being produced - and it covers a wide range. Talk to the artists and find out if it's for you.
Opening times on both days are from 10.30am till 5.00pm. Oh, and refreshments will be available - with mince pies!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

nude painting of Marilyn Monroe

I'd long wanted to do a painting on the iconic Marilyn Monroe, and, as you can see, I've finally done it. I think she was someone who epitomised many peoples' idea of sexuality in the years before her tragic death. Even more sad when one considers that she apparently had everything in life that money could buy, she lacked happiness within herself. This painting is on a boxed canvas, measures 24x24 inches and is for sale at £120. For further details, please visit:

Monday, 17 November 2008

Artists visit to John Moores exhibition

Yes... I took a large group of artists to a guided tour of the John Moore's 25th Biennial painting exhibition at Liverpool's Walker art gallery last Friday, 14th November. As with any visit to an exhibition there was certainly some trenchant views expressed that went from the extreme of "'s fascinating to get an insight into an artist's mind..." To " five-year-old could do better." Isn't that what art is supposed to do? Spark off debate and get people engaged in talking about Art?
The problem with much one finds in the John Moore's - indeed in all similar exhibitions that purports to show cutting edge art - is that when one walks through the gallery, many of the paintings leave us unmoved. The reasons for this is that often the content is difficult, or impossible, to understand without something or someone telling is what the painting is about and the ideas behind it. Often the ideas behind the painting is more interesting than the visual impact the piece offers. So it was with the half-dozen paintings that the guide, Paul O'keef, showed us. Without his in depth explanation much of what is on the walls would have left us disengaged and bemused. I later looked up the winner and prize winners on the internet and found virtually all of them were from London! So, too, were probably the judges! Aren't Jake and Dinos Chapman based there? And a quick look at several more of the judges (5 in total) gives it all a very London bias. Of over 3.000 submissions (at £15 a submission - or that's what it was two years ago when I submitted) only about forty made it to the final show. How several of the paintings made it that far left me confused, when I consider the finished product, and a feeling that it was "knocked out" in a matter of minutes! Okay, it may have taken the artist a whole year of preliminary thought processes to reach that point of final burst of energy and creative output. But I'd put money on that many better submissions were rejected.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Have had to slow-up from my painting in past couple of weeks - Reason, I'm having to devote time to organising our December art exhibition in Maghull, near Liverpool UK. I run several art groups and this time we've linked up with another local group to put together what will be the biggest art event of the year, outside of Liverpool (currently Capital of Culture). Obviously this takes both time and commitment. So, fingers crossed, that it will go okay. Whenever possible I'm turning to my next couple of paintings and toying with ideas! This can often be time consuming as I go through various ideas before finding one that interests me. In the meantime, here is a painting done recently. To find out more, visit me at