Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sculpted Skulls

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

3D or not 3D

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

Valentine Beach Walk

Romantic yet cold, it was a good way to spend some of Valentines day. A fresh, no breeze, almost sunny beach walk along the Kent coastline.

A lovey day off, doing all the things you should do on February 14th!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday Night's all right for Riding

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!

Friday, February 05, 2010

West Wycombe, Bradenham Woods and Cover Shots

I could still feel the Duvel & Leffe running through my veins and into the brain from the previous night.


As soon as we got out of the car, walked the first hill and stood at the top of the woods, the leftover hangover dispersed into the cool cold air of the Chilterns. What didn’t help was the snail pace ride back down the car park and return journey to the same spot to meet the Remolition crew.


Five minutes later and we’re cruising and I snap out of the dozy, should be at home in bed feeling. Twenty minutes later and the adrenalin’s pushed any remnants of alcohol into the distant past.... 
Bradenham Woods had some good challenging rides and a layer of chalk slush from head to toe made us look like we’d fallen into one of Willie Wonkers white chocolate machines....

The Rem crew where doing some unreal tree lovin and huggin see remolition cover shot.

A quick trip across the valley and onto West Wycombe Hill provided the final fun part of the day.

Could probably put some more words down but I think pictures capture another great day out.