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10,000 blog views, yay! #art #painting

August 24, 2014

I reached 10,000 views on my blog a few days ago, I celebrated with a painting… Rock and roll!

This is a portrait of my little bro – Mike.

I’ve made my own circular canvases and have been experimenting with thinning and mixing mediums.






Dan LuVisi – Cartoon Heroes As Serial Killers

May 15, 2014

Dan LuVisi – Cartoon Heroes As Serial Killers – Awsome!

Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine

Artist Dan LuVisi re-images our favourite childhood icons such as cartoon and muppet characters evil serial killers and psychopaths. Despite the fact this may change the way the look at our cuddly friends, this is damn awesome.

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The painting goes home…finally

April 27, 2014

Colin and Mark show off the painting of their house…

Colin’s especially happy, Mark is very scared, I won’t publish the next pic.

Portrait of Dave in Acrylic

April 19, 2014

Here’s the portrait in acrylics.

I prefer this portrait to the one done in oils and it did take me longer to do, but it is twice the size.

So, what’s important about trying to paint quickly? For me, the longer I spend on a painting, the less likely I am to finish.

Portrait of Dave in oil

April 19, 2014

I did a test last week, to see which medium I could paint the fastest with.

The result? I’m just really slow all round.

Here’s the portrait in oil, step by step, done in about 5 hours.

First rule about art battle…oh shit #ArtBattleMCR

April 17, 2014

10 artists, 30 minutes…PAINT!

We get to choose the winner – cruel by fun.

Making a carnival mask

January 13, 2014
Mask with flare

Mask with flare

I was asked to make a mask for Newcastle’s Winter Carnival 2013. The producers, Walk the Plank wanted to add a bit of menace to festivities.

My design was inspired by the cloven-hoofed characters that make up the Krampus Festival. According to Austrian folklore, while the generous Saint hands out gifts to the good, he leaves the task of punishing bad children to his hell-bound counterpart, who beats the children then drags them to his fiery underworld.

Scary stuff!

The chosen design was an over sized bird skull with horns.

Below are a few of the stages it went through, it started life as a bike helmet. The beak is a plastic coat hanger and the horns are willow wrapped in foam.

I was lucky enough to get images in a few national papers and online publications:

The Times


The Independent

This regional publication – Chronicle Live – has short video of the carnival, with clips of the mask from 1:30.