My art club has been chosen to represent Salford with its studies of the "Unnatural Borders" sculptures of endangered species at Salford Quays.
We spent a couple of hours collecting reference materials and had an enjoyable afternoon in the fine weather.
After early entertainment by the Manchester United supporters choir, in the distance, it was time to get down to work.
I did a few quick sketches and am looking forward to trying out some ideas on canvas.
The members work will be filmed by Quays culture for a film, to be shown as part of a competition between the local authorities.
I will be posting the final paintings in a couple of weeks if they are successful.
I'm busy applying for exhibitions at the moment but to get one in some galleries can take up to three years.
I was fortunate to be offered the Langworthy Cornerstone for this month.
I decided to use this opportunity to show my early work and show my development as an artist. Even including a painting I did at college!
The preview tonight proved to be a friendly affair and it was nice to meet people I had only talked to or who had seen my work on Facebook. We had some interesting conversations and there were even some sales.
Hopefully there will still be some more interest over the next three weeks.
Unfortunately because of insurance I can't show my recent work but I did put a few up on the night.
I have included the proofs for the new digital drawings to give an idea of the final drawing.
Again thank you for the interest and to the people who attended tonight.
Now that I have an extra large room available in my house I decided to move my studio into it.
This also gave me a chance to sort out my earlier paintings.
Having exhibited with The "Art of Salford" group at the Cornerstone I was lucky enough to be offered a solo show there this May, when someone who had booked it dropped out.
This has given me a chance to reflect on my past themes and put up a selection of these for the public. Also, as these don't fit in with my present themes, they can be reasonably priced. I was fortunate to even sell four paintings whilst hanging them, which is pleasing!
The work shows my development as an artist from my early demolition scenes near Liverpool Road to my Salford Precinct and Manchester Arndale studies and finally my Holiday pictures. Although I'm not sure I could show some of my topless sunbathers in this family environment!
Finally, I have included some of my trial prints for my digital drawings before printing them on aluminium.
The show is on until the 8th June and I am having a, 'Meet the Artist' evening on Thursday May 18th from 6.00-7.30pm and hope to see a few of you there.
An interesting afternoon viewing some of the artwork from students at Bolton University.
A cold day after the last few sunny days but a worthwhile visit.
The first show was at the Coffee Grind Bolton. After google maps sent us to the wrong one we eventually found it in the shopping centre. An interesting coffee shop and good venue downstairs , as long as you aren't over six foot tall. Nice to see the work of art club member George Lee and a chance to add one of his paintings to our collection.
Next we went to the Market Place Bolton where we came across the Effergy art exhibition; a collection of works by students from Bolton University. Again a range of diverse work on show.
It must be about twenty years since we had visited these areas in Bolton but it proved an interesting afternoon and the artwork made it all worthwhile.
We are looking forward seeing George's and his fellow students final show next year.