A Lifetime of Temporary Place

I made a mobile.

It took me years to complete.

I finished it in 2018.

It is made up of round paintings strung into one kinetic sculpture.

The paintings are from images of different places I have lived in or by.

I will never make another one, it was insanely tedious.

It lives above my stairs now.

Enjoy.

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The mobile as it hangs in my hallway, not so kinetic at the moment
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Hanging in the Python Gallery, 2018, Face of the Other show with p.a. morbid
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Brooksville, Florida
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Brooksville, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Brooksville, Florida
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Brooksville, Florida
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Bayport, Florida
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Grayton Beach, Florida
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Redcar, UK
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Brooksville, Florida
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Bayport, Florida
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Grayton Beach, Florida
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Grayton Beach, Florida
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Middlesbrough, UK
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Saltburn, UK

Hiding Out in Devil’s Bayou

This watercolour painting combines inspiration from the 1977 animated Disney film ‘The Rescuers’ with Edel Rodriguez’s amazing Trump illustrations for magazine covers like Time.

Here we have a little orphan hiding in Devil’s Swamp while the Orange Authoritarian hunts her down.

Happy Leap Year Everybody!

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Hiding Out in Devil’s Bayou, watercolour, ink pen on paper, 21cm x 29cm, 2020

Published Again

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Happy New Year- especially to all of the poets and writers who have appreciated and supported me.  Because of you, my artwork has been featured in many publications.

The latest is  “Chain Letter to America: The One Thing You Can Do to End Racism”a collection of essays, fiction and poetry celebrating multiculturalism by Jacques Fleury.

Jacques contacted me, asking for permission to use a detail of my painting “Ushering the Emigrants” on the front cover.

Of course I said yes. He was a delight to work with- very kind and thoughtful.

The book is now published. You can check it out here: Authorhouse.com.

You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (eBook or printed version).

Here is a blurb about the author that is on Author House website:

Jacques Stanley Fleury, is a Haitian-American Poet, Educator and Boston Globe featured author of three books available at The Harvard Book Store, The Boston Public Library & online. He holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and pursuing graduate studies in the literary arts at Harvard University online. His hitherto magnum opus Chain Letter to America: The One Thing You Can Do to End Racism is an omnium gatherum of essays, fiction and poetry espousing social justice and embracing multiracial-multicultural identities & their respective contributions to our society. He is published locally and internationally & has made personal appearances at North Eastern & Harvard Universities among others. His CD A Lighter Shade of Blue as a lyricist in collaboration with folk group Sweet Wednesday is available on iTunes & Spotify to benefit Haiti charity St. Boniface. He is a Cantabrigian living in the great state of Massachusetts.

How did he find out about me? It was through some art I sent to  Oddball Magazine, an online eclectic lit magazine. Chad Parenteau, poet and writer had contacted me about submitting. Chad likes my political artwork in particular. He used my painting with Jacque’s poem  Ramblings in Trump Era America.

Here is the original painting from 2015.

Ushering the Emigrants

Illustrations in ‘How to Break a Horse’ by Jo Colley

My illustrations are featured in a new pamphlet How to Break a Horse by Jo Colley, published by Blueprint Press.

Blueprint Press was started by Jo Colley and Julie Hogg. This press gives opportunities to published poets who are between collections and have a small set of poems that they would like to showcase.

Jo Colley is a fabulous poet and prose writer here in the Northeast of England. She lives in Darlington. She was poet in residence for the Northern Poetry Library from 2016-2018, and helped created the Poem of the North website. Her next full collection, Sleeper, will be published by Smokestack in 2020.

I really enjoyed illustrating these provocative and image-filled poems.

Julie Hogg is also launching her pamphlet Eleutheromania. She is a big supporter and collector of my art (and bookmarks) and I have nothing but love for this woman.

If you are interested in purchasing, please email blueprintpoetry@gmail.com.

You can also ask them for information about the soft launches that will be happening this year and next. 

 

I completed five illustrations for the poems in this pamphlet, three were chosen to be published.

I have included all five below for my die-hard fans.

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Zine #5: World Weary and Looking for Soul

My yearly zine is at the printers!

This year I used images only, rendered in pencil with some collage. This was a far messier affair than expected as I used no fixative. I had to lay paper in between the sheets to protect from smudging. My hands were covered in graphite every time I worked on it. Frequent hand washing was required.

My concept for this zine began over the summer while I was listening to an audio-book by Michael Meade called Awakening the Soul. Here is a blurb from his website.

Awakening the Soul addresses issues of the loss of soul throughout the world and the loss of meaning and truth in modern life. Using ancient myths and stories and compelling insights, Michael Meade illustrates how meaning is essential to the human soul and describes how soul can be recovered and people can learn to “live in truth.”

Drawing from dramatic episodes in his own life, Meade shows how the soul tries to awaken at critical times, and how an awakened soul is crucial for finding medicine to treat the ailments and alienation of modern life. What we need now is not a minor repair, but a major transformation of the world that can only start with the awakening of the individual soul.

I illustrated some of the crises happening  now, working with topical images found in the news and artwork references from modern artists. I wish I had been surprised by the apocalyptic outcome.

The themes addressed are: political tomfoolery and destructive populism,  the rise of fascism and the far right, crises of meaning in a virtual world,  ongoing climate catastrophe and social protest movements.

As usual, it came out differently than expected.

UPDATE: They can be purchased from my Etsy shop Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Art! 

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Linthorpe Cemetery Sketches

Hello- it’s been a while. I blog once a month, but took August off.

How are you?

Autumn is here and I am back doing learning support at the art college. So my time to draw in the cemetery is limited. However, if I didn’t have a job, I would be too stressed out to enjoy drawing- so it’s a trade off.

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Linthorpe Cemetery

It is now summer term break from my learning support assistant job at the Northern School of Art- so I have made it a habit to walk over to the Linthorpe Cemetery a few times a week with a chair and some art supplies. I sit for about 45 minutes and do a study with gouache and graphite.

I have found that I can layer the gouache thickly, but the last couple of studies have used thinner applications of paint and more graphite to sketch in the scene and add texture and tone.

Morbid told me to write also and I did that once, but mainly I just like to draw and paint what I am observing. I find being in the nature reserve section of the cemetery very peaceful. I enjoy looking at the trees and listening to the birds.

It is an oasis of green in Middlesbrough and the lungs of the town.

I see people with their dogs,  jogging or walking through with their children. The best were groups of primary-aged children being led by staff through the cemetery, learning about the trees, animals and plants that live there. One of the students shouted out at me “Hello random person”, and I waved hello back.

Hopefully I won’t run into the naked man who was spotted the other day (not by me), performing a sexual act on himself, that would give me a fright.

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June 19 & 20, 2019

April Editorials

April showers bring May flowers. Let’s celebrate the ten thousand lies told by President Trump! He’s so funny and I am grateful for our beloved mad king prez. I also love Sarah Sanders, the White House Secretary who serves up the propaganda with a serpent’s tongue delight. I’m so happy to see a strong woman with a strong voice making America great again, one lie at a time. Because sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do- and we all know whose side God is on.

I have honoured her with a watercolour painting titled, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’.

Adventures of Pinocchio

In further April news, President Trump continued his pledge to drain the swamp by swearing in former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt as U.S. Interior Secretary. He is now responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources! Thank you to everyone in the Senate who helped make this happen. Way to get rid of corporate greed in politics!! You make me proud.

This acrylic painting on canvas board (5″ x 7″) is called ‘Drain the Swamp’. Some Greenpeace activists helped us celebrate the confirmation of this ethical man into a high powered position, where he will selflessly serve the public good, not to mention take care of the environment for future generations.

Drain the Swamp

Cannot wait to see what May brings!