Friday, 25 August 2017

The Magnet Freehouse part 2

We have some fantastic weather to deal with, and that was my challenge for my next project.
Finding the right day when i was available and it was dry to start my painting at the front of the pub.
Being exposed on the A6 with buses and traffic driving by ( although quieter than normal with the roadworks) i was a bit out of my comfort zone,however i had a great time chatting with passers by while i worked.
I couldn't have been more delighted with how my Bay Trees turned out.



The Magnet Freehouse part 1

These last few months i have been very busy working on a couple of commissions for this local pub.
Lesley, the wonderful landlady bought one of my Viaduct prints to put on their wall in the upstairs lounge and asked if i could do something for the exterior.
We mulled over a few ideas and came up with a 6ft montage of Stockport iconic Buildings, painted on wood. It was varnished over and then protected with a sheet of prespex.







Friday, 30 June 2017

Talk at Stockport Art Gallery and lots of other stuff

It's been a long time since I have written my blog, I have been very busy these last few months,quietly working on a commission which I can reveal very soon , and more recently after taking part in the picture Stockport project , my 'Crowd at County' painting is on the wall along with the other paintings that were chosen by the public as their favourites,  on Sunday I did my very first talk, all about my Stockport paintings, my working practice and a bit of journey to the good old days of our childhood and the Stockport we remember when we were kids.
I surprised myself at how well it went and didn't feel too nervous, I had been rehearsing for weeks before hand , so I guess preparation is the key.
This weekend I am taking part in the Heatons art trail for the second year and will be at Heaton Moor united church, I shall have some of my new prints and tea towels as well as some of my original paintings.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Victoria Baths

Over the last few months, I have been working on a new project for the amazing Victoria baths in Manchester, a restoration project to get the Baths back to their former glory, built in 1906 and in use upto the early 1990's ,threatened with demolition after they fell in to dis-repair ,they were eventually saved by the  BBC Restoration programme Vote and volunteers/ friends of the Baths,  who are still involved today.
My mugs are based on an image I produced, and are available in the gift shop for £8, all sales are put back into the project.
I have also produced a map, a birds eye view of the interior of the Baths,  this will be available as a large postcard.
If you get the chance to visit, you won't be disappointed, a gem just outside the city centre.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Picture Stockport 2017

I have been fortunate to be asked to take part in this new venture around Stockport.
I'm always happy to be involved with anything that brings Stockport to life.
My 'Crowd at County ' painting was chosen and can be viewed in the undercover area of Merseyway.
Looking great on a banner to promote the event too.
Apologies for some of the pics, very tricky with the lights and reflections, i got round some of the trail at the weekend, will try and do the rest when i get the chance.
Details on how to vote are available either by filling in a form at certain venues or online.







Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Stockport County mug

Just taken delivery of a few mugs for Christmas.  My Stockport County image ' The Crowd at County ' is available as a print, card and now a mug .Iced mince pie not included.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Victoria Baths

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a little project for Victoria baths in Manchester.
Still got a lot of work to do, but  I have been inspired by this fantastic building built over 100 years ago and now an on going renovation project.
The fantastic architecture of the building surrounded by more recent housing is such a contrast,  stepping inside is a treat for your eyes, the stained glass windows and fantastic green tiles amongst other interior delights.
This is my first image of the exterior with a few inspired paintings from one of my favourite eras of art and design.