Come down to Guernsey's Inner Market to see Heron on display! Thats my artwork rather than my son though ; ) Lots of other fab Guernsey artists on display too. For more information visit my website here...
Come join me and hundreds of other artists, dancers and musicians for a day of celebrating the arts in Guernsey plus also launching the Arts Foundation Guernsey. Its to be held this Saturday at Government House. I have a few of my paintings on display, please pop by and say hello.
You can get a preview of some of my artwork on my online portfolio here
As we are on the road at the moment I've been getting into watercolours, as they are easier to transport and less messy than oils. I'm loving the medium, especially the blotching watercolours can make.
Here's a recent commission for a wedding present. The couple loves Moulin Huet Bay in Guernsey and apparently they were very pleased with the final piece.
Moulin Huet is a very beautiful beach on the South Coast of Guernsey, made famous by Renoir who painted here when he came to Guernsey. Personally I have fond memories exploring rock pools here as a kid during long summer holidays.
An amazing kindness experiment is just about to take place on the island of Guernsey. The Dandelion Project is asking the islanders to do random acts of kindness and to leave a card urging the recipient to pass on the good feeling by being kind to someone else.
The aim is to radiate out good will and vibes throughout the community. It could be anything kind no matter how small; like giving somebody your favourite book to read or making a round of tea for everyone in the office!
I got asked to do the literature for this really exciting project. These leaflets are hitting every Guernsey home in the next week. To ideas and inspiration go to kindness.gg
The other day I met an inspiring guy Nipun Mehta, creator of volunteer-driven experiments in generosity aiming to make the world a better place.
One of Nipuns projects is the Karma Kitchen, which is coming to Guernsey this month... Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you." That's Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity. http://www.karmakitchen.org
It's going to be held at Ziggurat and I jumped at the chance to do the flyer for it.
Some paintings just play on my mind. I think they're finished and then months later I wonder how I can evolve them. The trick is knowing when to finally stop so you don't over cook it. This is the third repaint of Sunset Surfer at Vazon, Guernsey and finally I think I've nailed it!
It's great when I get asked to do not just the wedding invitations but also the whole styling, all the way through the process. This way you get continuity of style throughout, right from the save the dates to all the small details on the big day.
Here for Fiona and Quentin's wedding I got to do everything from order of service to table numbers and even personalised brioche boxes! It was a great project and a fabulous wedding in France.
Well here was a brief… Good friends Max and Nina asked me to create their wedding invite with them tandem surfing, with Fort Grey in the background in a vintage style! I don't like to say no to a brief and I love a challenge! You can see some of my invites here
I stumbled across this programme on BBC4 the other day and it totally blew me away. As an aspiring "full time" artist, the title intrigued me… What do artists do all day?
The artist on show was Norman Ackroyd. I didn't know much about his art before but it really stuck a cord with me and what I want to achieve in my art. Despite living in London he is completely drawn to the sea, specifically the rugged coastline of North Scotland and Ireland and their isles. The resulting sketches taken from boat trips transfer to etchings back in his London studios. The finished artworks are atmospheric seascapes jutting up against impressive cliffs swathed in rainclouds. Safe to say I am now a big fan!
I was envious of his lifestyle too (apart from the 6am wake up!). He lives above his studio, an old atmospheric warehouse and spends his day planing and making his art, then taking a breather for a spot of tapas in the restaurant opposite.
The documentary is filmed really well too and has a lovely tempo. Its part of a series I'm yet to watch but I'm looking forward to delving into them…
I've just completed a fun job for a lovely couple getting married on Herm Island this year. They are aiming for a laid back beachy feel for their wedding and I tried to reflect that in the invite. I always try to do unique invites which really reflect the couple and their wedding day and I thought it this be a great opportunity for me to combine my art with my graphic design.
I have to tell you about this amazing new book, Osmond the Owl Boy by Charlie Buchanan. Its a dark childrens tale about a boy with massive eyes living on Sark. I designed the book and helped Charlie put it together and the results of her artwork and text by Magnus Buchanan is spellbinding. There is an exhibition showcasing Osmond this Friday at the Gatehouse Gallery at Eizabeth College... https://www.facebook.com/events/403225949860301/ Should be a great night. You can also buy her book there in paperback or limited edition hardback. For more info and to contact Charlie visit http://charliebuchanan.comHere's a few images from her book…
I've been busy getting together Buffalo Huddleston's new album cover for their latest release "Sunrise." As a build up to its launch here's their last ep I did for them "Sky High" and a follow up painting I did afterwards.
The folk-funk-rap ensemble Buffalo Huddleston are having a launch party for their new album at the Fermain Tavern on 18th October. Should be a cracking night, come on down!
Here's one of their tunes to get you in the mood...
I've been doing some wedding stationery for our wedding and events business The Château Bee and utilising my skills as an artist to come up with some unique invitations.
In Guernsey the States have opened up some of the local forts for weddings, which I thinks a great idea. Here's one I've just done for a wedding down at Fort Grey. Abstract, bold lines with a beach feel.
Guernsey sea defenses have been battered this winter, more so than any other year I can remember. Fermain bay has been no exception, which now has a gaping hole in its sea wall. I've been out and about trying to capture these recent tempests. Here's a rainy Fermain Bay with Sark in the background.