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!

I Quit, Maybe

I came so close today- to deleting my website, the Etsy shop, my blog, the Instagram- the Facebook artist page, and I think the last to go would be LinkedIn. (Has anyone ever really gotten a job from them?) I would keep my Facebook personal page because of friends and family (I reckon). And probably my Twitter too because no one really looks at that and it’s mainly a venue for bitter political trolling comments.

Ah– to quit the whole deluded art career sham of a dream. Just to succumb to the failure. It’s not like I would quit making art, that will never happen. But it would relieve the pressure of trying to sell, exhibit, promote, apply- which is all at a rate of about 95% rejection and failure.

How liberating would this be? I’m just going through the motions anyways and it feels pretty meaningless.

So I looked into it and found out how to to delete all of these internet self-promotional things- just in case. How to close shop, delete- permanent resolution.

I couldn’t do it today. My God, why even paint something if I couldn’t post it on Instagram and get some likes? See how deluded the process has become for me? Wow.

Still just thinking about it feels freeing.

Someone said recently that art is the only thing left worth doing during these times and they may have a point.

So, here is my one monthly blog post that I’ve committed to doing. For now, until I delete the whole blog.

Please spare me the encouraging comments- don’t give up on your dreams or whatever. I ain’t feeling it today. Plus, I have bigger dreams that the elusive and fickle art world, believe you me.

There are bigger problems in the world than my own wounded ego and lack of financial success.

high priestess on princes road 3

Happy New Year 2019

So far this year, I am in the process of decluttering my box room studio and maximising work space.

Those of you who struggle with clutter, you know that this is not an easy task and I am having to do it in small bursts of activity. I’ve only lived in the UK for 8 years and I am amazed at the amount of stuff I have collected.

As an artist, I tend to not want to throw away any packaging or random objects with the intentions of making stuff out of it.  However, I have now consciously made the decision that since I work at home and the fact that my studio is the size of a walk in closet, I must limit my media to painting, drawing or collage on paper and canvas, photography, video and music.

While cleaning, I found this series from 2012. I had them wrapped up safely with old shower curtains, plastic bags and bubble wrap.

This series reminds me of seeing a place with fresh eyes and mystery, along with expressing my inner world of emotions, unconscious thoughts and desires.


Commercial Ventures into Christmas Stall Land

For those who lament that they can’t afford my work- shurrup and show up with your pound coins!

Thanks to the generosity of Middlesbrough Council, I am selling my makes at a Christmas Stall in the town centre on Dec. 8th-10th. I am working my fingers to the bones, hand painting cards, bookmarks, sketchbook covers (on blank A5 Cass Art sketchbooks) and postcards.

Those who know me, know I am obsessed with doing everything by hand, though there will be some limited small prints for sale.

I am also keeping everything very affordable from £2-18.50. Yeah, I know I won’t get rich doing this, but I might break even in art supplies and that would be good.

Most things will be Robot themed with a few Death Out and Abouts.

I am also making a limited range of Holiday cards which seem to have a theme of 50’s mod style cats or Sci-fi. Then there are the Krampus cards, which are scarily delightful.