Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I had five days off in a row and got busy creating new art work.
The skull above was created to contain an organic object and found that an aloe vera plant had the best visual impact! (I did try an orchid, a catus and a peace lily but they just didn't work!)
I'd been reading Waynes' blog waynechisnall.blogspot.com and he mentioned that skulladay.blogspot.com was a top blog. Skulladay inspired me to spend the best part of a day viewing a whole webiste loaded full of skulls!!
And this one of my reponses....
Sliver Skull 1
Over four days I created five skulls, it could have been more but ran out of canvas and black paint. Roll on the weekend!
Long Live Skull a day!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Spent the last few days working on some new paintings but kept thinking, I need to sculpt. I've taken a range of photographs, applied a fair bit of acrylic to canvas, started on some video work but hadn't made any three dimensional pieces to add to the portfolio. (not even a snowman!)
Tomorrow, I will dedicate some time to sculpture.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It was threatening snow last night.
The thermometer said 5C when we pulled into the woodland car park, deep in the Chilterns. Roger, Smilie, Horse and I kitted up and hiked for a about twenty minutes to the top of the hill. Although it was only about 6.30pm it felt closer to midnight and the temperature was dropping rapidly.
We strapped the bindings on, turned on the head torches and one by one disappeared into the darkness. Am I stupid? Am I daft? What an earth am I doing on a freezing cold night in February at the highest point of the Chilterns, throwing myself down a slick tarmac track?
Who cares, the buzz was incredible. It wasn’t about what you could see, rather what you could hear. The tiny pod of light from the head lamp and the occasional distant glow of civilization gave my senses a new and unique feeling. Admittedly I’d night ridden before but that was on a rough private road hanging off the back of a car after a few beverages and without any form of protection.
This to me was mountain boarding virgin territory. Listening to the rubber on the tarmac and feeling my eyes water up quickly meant that it wasn’t a slow decent. Several tarmac rides gave confidence to take on the aptly titled “Rippers Gash”.
Rippers Gash is a good challenging run in the day of light but at night with snow on its way, it was a whole new experience.
An experience that makes for a regular meet, so it looks like Tuesday nights’ all right for riding!