Thursday, 24 March 2011

Liverpool painting No.116. Aigburth Drive

21cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas board, £90.

I pass the Alicia hotel when I go for a jog around Sefton Park and I’m always struck by the lights on the trees and the building. I now run for the duration of an album, no set miles no personal best to beat, just run until the albums finished. I had often seen people running to the sound of their music so I thought, why not run for the duration of it.

I have no idea how long an album is going to be, and once I’ve done it I never play it again on the road. The first time I was running to music I thought, why not carry on to the end of the album, innocent enough, and so on I plodded. Can I just add at this stage that you have to decide, before, you start the run that you intend to see out the album and pace yourself accordingly.

In my case I had to stop a few songs short of the album finishing for fear of a comedy death. You see the music was simply hiding the fact that if I were to carry on at this rate I would probably go on to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, not funny in itself granted, but if the paramedics removed the headphones from my sweating bloated head and discovered I was listening to the soundtrack from, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’, they would no doubt spot the irony.

It has been said that angels talk to a man when he goes for a walk; I think they canvas new members when he goes for a jog, especially if you don’t pace yourself. Like the song says, ‘keep on runnin’.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Liverpool painting No.115. Speke Hall

21cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas board, £90

This is probably the first of many studies to be painted at Speke Hall. As part of the painting Liverpool project, ‘May I Start, May I Finish’, I have managed to become artist in residence at the hall, so I’m really looking forward to doing some still life paintings of the interiors, as well as the grounds.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Liverpool painting No.113. Salthouse Dock

21cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas board, £90

The Liverpool Duck after splashing into the dock, it always has a list that suggests it might sink at any moment.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Liverpool painting No.112. Strand Street


21cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas board, £90

I see this docked most days on my walks around the studio, but some days the spring sunshine turns the Formby Channel Lightship redder than red

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Cornwall Painting

21cm x 21cm watercolour

I'm pining away for the rugged coast of Cornwall and playing with watercolour. I'm painting small pictures of one of my favourite places, the almost prehistoric Kynance Cove.