Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Big Lipstick Vase

I have been working on this pot for a few weeks now, although we are looking here at Day 5 of painting. There has been a lot of preparation for this one and working out the colours and sizes of lipsticks has been painstaking. I had originally wanted add the names of the colours, this still may happen, but I am not sure where, there are going to be 53 lipsticks!


The numbers are important. On average, we are given 123 different pieces of advice every week, from sensible government guidelines, like what to eat or the most idyllic places to visit and so on. Actually, that's probably not strictly true: I found that statistic on the Internet, but it rather proves the point that you can assign a number to just about anything. Numbers work because they get our attention.

Lipstick always has a number, but when you buy it is the name is usually asked for, because there is nothing more empowering than going up to the makeup counter and asking boldly for "Magnet Red".

There is more to come on this subject, in words and pigment.

A very strong image below, Frida Kahlo's lipstick imprint on her letter to Bertram Wolfe, March 24, 1936.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Lipstick Tablets


Do you think I might have gone all rock and roll! No, I promise I haven't. This is very small tile and it is the first of a set called The Lipstick Tablets; each one is going to have a saying/proverb on it. This one is still a bit wet, but I wanted to share it with you as it was. Obviously references to the great Thiebaud here, although when the words arrive I think this will be less obvious. Click on the image and you can view quite big, see all that red lusious slip!

Exhibition in Granada


The Incredible Exploding Pomegranate: - Open now for registration from artists and anyone interested in what looks like it is going to be an extraordinary exhibition. I am helping to organise with Roberta Gordon-Smith and my daughter Jessica. The committee of selectors span all creative disciplines from the stage and screen to very serious artists, both English and Spanish. Please register if you are interested to find out more, following registration on-line submissions can be made from the 1st April for one month.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Scorpio Rising (again)


The black leather jacket has been the siren of cool for decades. As some or you know I ride a Sportster Harley Davidson and that means I get to hang out in the biker world from time to time. This involves a lot of cruising about in the sun and going on long trip to buy petrol.  Spain is a good place to do this and the groups of bikers who congregate here are the same the world over, so is their apparel. Although here in the heat, they do tend to rip off their sleeves, but the colours and the back patches still blaze out.

Leather jackets were first made in the standard issue sense as protective warmth for pilots in World War 1.  It was a logical step for the long jackets to be shortened and adapted with wind-fighting belts, buckles and asymmetrical zips for motorcyclists and they made it part of their identity ever since.  I am investigating, with this work, the biker jacket as a form of armour, the individual identities of the wearers is also very clear. They are like charm bracelets for bikers in many ways. Interesting too are the performance and stage jackets worn by musicians and actors, they are like magic cloaks, but in the same way a biker wears his jacket to afford some element of invincibility, so too does the performer.  




Monday, February 9, 2015

FAB


Huge FAB plate not yet fired. I am hoping this one will go into a box frame!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Work for the New Pot


I am starting to work out the new pot on edible and poisonous mushrooms. There is a long way to go, but the pot is built and quite a good size at 45 centimeters. More updates as they come. Waiting for this book below to arrive, a fairly rare edition and took forever to find, 1894.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Have you seen your Cat


Have you seen your cat? (He's my cat now and he LOVES me.) Another cat head for the "Wall of Cats"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bird in the Astrolabe



I am quite startled by this plate; I wanted to do something with planets for this bird, but not realistic illustrated planets (maybe that comes later). So I looked at Astrolabes and sky maps as a starting point. Then I reinvented a completely fictitious night sky for this bird to rule over.


To me astrolabes are completely captivating; I think it is the idea of holding something so small that is the key to something so vast in your hand that starts the magic off. It is a Greek word and it translates to mean “Star Taker”
The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time. Then when you have sorted out the time you can use the astrolabe to show how the sky looks at a specific place at a given time. It was not usually used to navigate, but more as an instrument to find out a specific the time of a celestial event.

A very good explanation of the astrolabe here from Wikipedia