Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hampton-in-Arden Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition, October 2012.

Once again I will be displaying work at the annual Hampton-in-Arden Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition, this coming weekend. 

Taking place on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of October 2012, between 10am and 5pm.

The Exhibition is held at Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, B92 0AH.
Entry costs just £1 and children get in free.

I will be exhibiting two pieces of original work; 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'Tiger Tiger', (more details here). Both pieces are available to buy via my website, as well as open edition prints on archival paper or box canvas.

Solihull, Hampton and Warwickshire residents wishing to commission a painting (pet portraits, human portraits or other), please feel free to approach me if you attend the exhibition! Or get in touch via the contact form to the right or on

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

New Painting - 'Here Comes The Sun' - Original 50th Anniversary Beatles Artwork

'Here Comes The Sun' 

Acrylic Paint on Deep Stretch Canvas, Approximately 16 Wide x 12 High x 1.5 inches Deep (406 x 305 x 35mm), finished with Matte Varnish. Ready to hang.

50 years ago this October (2012), The Beatles released their first ever single, 'Love Me Do'. A few days ago, this October, I released (finished) my first ever Beatles painting. Coincidence? Not entirely.

Meticulously hand painted in thick, bold acrylics on a deep stretch canvas, this original artwork features a new take on the iconic imagery of the world famous Abbey Road zebra crossing. The black and white road markings now contoured by the colours of the Union Flag, stretching out to their source, where The Sun (here it comes) bathes The Fab Four in a psychedelic silhouette.

Paying tribute to the best of British, in a year that saw pride in Britain swell with the arrival of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics, as well as the Beatles' 50th anniversary as an established act, this original, one of a kind, hand-painted Beatles artwork is evocative in more ways than one.

A perfect collectable for any Beatles fan. Original painting (currently) available and high quality giclée prints (on archival paper or canvas) are available at

That's the official blurb. Now for the unofficial, erm, not blurb... It's always a nice feeling to finish a painting, especially when it hasn't necessarily gone to plan, *whispers* like this one.
Who knew that painting straight lines would be so hard and time consuming? I didn't, but it turns out it really, really is.
Without going into specifics, there was an awful lot frustration along the way; painting, re-painting, re-re-painting, etc. etc. But, I feel I've learnt lots of useful things as a consequence. I may even share some helpful straight line painting secrets in a future blog post.

In the meantime, here are some more photos of the final piece. They show the painting from many different angles and in natural light. Somehow, taking it outside into the British countryside felt appropriate.

Beatles art

More to come in future updates. As always, for more information, to purchase my original artwork and prints, or to commission a painting, please visit