Wednesday 28 December 2011

Local scenes

Chorlton Green (with and without xmas tree) and Beech Road park, Chorlton, Manchester, just finished.

Some of my limited edition colour prints of Lychgate, Chorlton Green, are for sale at Everyman Art Gallery on Beech Road

Jungle Book b&w

And some more of my black and white! Jungle Book images, including Mowgli as a toddler (being hunted by Shere Khan and found by Father Wolf), Shere Khan challenging the lone wolf (Akele), and Mowgli aged 12, fighting Shere Khan.

Alice In Wonderland b&w

Here are some of my b&w Alice in Wonderland images.

Alice in Wonderland exhibition

Have just been to see a fascinating exhibition at Tate Liverpool on Alice in Wonderland.

Lots of surrealist  stuff by Dali (including his short film collaboration with Walt Disney, called 'Destino'), Max Ernst, Paul Nash and John Armstrong. The British Surrealist Group in 1936 was also dubbed 'The Children of Alice'. A series of screenprints by Peter Blake (1970) had some jazzy touches of colour. There was a great selection of Alice in Wonderland publications, including illustrated versions by Tove Jansson (1960), Ralph Steadman (1972), Andrei Martynov (1993), Lisbeth Zwerger (1999) and Deloss McGraw (2001). My favourite images were 2 large  and slightly unsettling intaglio prints by Kiki Smith, 'Pool of Tears' (2000) and 'Come Away from Her' (2003). These are based on Lewis Carroll/Frank Dobson's own sketches. Plenty of inspiration!

Chutney labels

Happy Christmas & New Year

Monday 19 December 2011


This is what the booth looked like at the Cornerhouse. Some very fast sketching going on, too at 5 mins/go and up to 3 people sitting in the booth together for a portrait... the portraits were variable! The one-way glass took a bit of getting used to - I could see the sitter close up, but they couldn't see me. Then, when I saw people I'd sketched later on in the gallery, I felt I knew them, but they didn't know me. Very strange, but great fun, too!