Friday, 21 February 2020

Send In The Clowns

I've been experimenting with  ideas for my next painting about brothers,
using the three types of clown faces - Auguste, Whiteface and Character to represent us.
 Continuing the images into the next two generations I intend to gradually divide the faces up to suggest how the genes continue, but in different ways.
I photocopied the three different clowns several times, cutting  up and rearranging them  in formal and informal ways.
My next experiment will be to draw the faces in angled mirrors. I hope to acquire some masks   as having 3D images should make it more interesting.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Wheels On My Wagon

My 1931 Morris Minor is just back from having it's M.O.T. (it passed!) It also had a new coil and plugs replaced. While in the garage the Morris's spoke wheels were sandblasted and painted and the tyres replaced.
The car is an important part of my collection and a great favourite when shown on the
Ted Coneys Family Portraits tours and is now ready for the reopening in April.
 It appears in many of the paintings including my latest one 'Who Stole The Toothpaste?' which you can see on the NEWS AND REVIEWS page.
There are lots of pictures of the car in the photographic section of my Facebook page.

Friday, 7 February 2020

In Touch With Angels

I've started my new work 'The Wasp and the Ring' and over the last two weeks have been painting angels. They are very small and  you should only realise their presence when you get up close.
I am well aware that they could look rather naff but hopefully I can pull off my idea successfully. From a distance you think it's a constellation in the sky.
You can see the results in a few weeks time, when I've got a bit further.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Shades Of Grey

If you  looked at my website recently,j you will have noticed that the picture at the top right of each page has changed.
 Quite a while ago we had our house painted a light grey to bring together the 1750 building and the modern extension. With all the building work going on behind us it was impossible to capture a decent photograph at the right angle to show our house in front of Ely Cathedral.Once the new houses had been finished I managed to gain access and take the prefect image.
It's already out of date though, as since I took the photo, our fence has also been painted grey.

Friday, 24 January 2020

The New Hang

It started with Richard's aeroplane. It was important to get this in the correct position in my new garden gallery and then place  'Airlines' (the painting in which this object had been used),beside it.
Part of the converted garage has a higher ceiling, so this was an obvious place for the plane, giving it room to swing gently  when the air catches it.
Having decided on the top line, we then proceeded to hang the rest of the paintings in the space, allowing for a new display cabinet which should be arriving shortly. This will house objects and ephemera  which inspired the paintings.
Can't wait to set up the 1940 wedding cake again!

Friday, 17 January 2020

In With The New

My painting 'Who Stole The Toothpaste?' is finished and you can see the final version in my
 NEWS AND REVIEWS page on the website.
I filed away all the related material in my studio (including the Edwardian toothpaste pot) and set out all the new stuff to begin painting 'The Wasp and The Ring'. I like to have all the related ephemera, drawings and preliminary studies around me when I work. I've now completed nine small canvases so I feel reasonably confident in starting the final painting.
Or, as I used to say to hesitant students,  'If you don't start now, you never will!'

Friday, 10 January 2020

Share Your Bath

'Share your bath with Mr. Turnip - it'll be fun!'. That's what the advert said, but it was 1950.
My brother gave me a bar of soap this Christmas in the shape of Mr. Turnip, who was a puppet on T.V, during my childhood and I was totally fascinated by.
Although not a collector for it's own sake, I have always been keen to show archive material which has a direct bearing on my painting. I was delighted to receive this present which had survived in it's original box, even though his face was partly missing.
I used Mr. Turnip in two paintings - 'Diamonds' and 'The Enigma of the Chinese Mask', both can be seen on my PRINTS FOR SALE pages.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

New Circles

 One of my favourite/most useful Christmas present this year was a small table for my new garden gallery. I had asked my children if they wanted to club together to buy me a circular glass topped one and they did exactly that. It's quite small and will fit in beautifully.
I can use it to display related art books or ephemera on when I reopen the tours in the spring.
Happy New Year!