Thursday, 19 October 2017

Real Life

Once again real life intrudes upon my blogging pleasure and I am away again to return shortly. In other words - back soon!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Albert Irvin

It all looks like a lot of fun judging by this picture, but in my trawl through abstract painters searching for works that interest or inspire me Albert Irvin it seems has defeated me. Still he looks the part and has a nice smile. I'd take a drink with him. And I'd ask him how he pays the bills. To be honest though, that's what I ask everyone!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Poor and Armed

Poor Armed Paedophile

"or three words that shouldn't go together"

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

Monday, 16 October 2017

Exploding Porkers

"The Finns and the French, too, use pigs as 'advance guards' when making tanks attacks. Hard on the pigs, but men's lives are saved and ..."  Blah, Blah! Hard on the pigs! You're not kidding. Also a waste of bacon. Just sayin'.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Dan Perfect

Dan Perfect - Hung Out - 2005

I know nothing about Dan Perfect but then there's a lot I don't know. I do know that I find this piece amusing ... and that's enough for now!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017


Anything goes in Bolividor ... and when I say anything! I can't wait to go back. I'd tell you more but I don't want to bore you with my fabulousness!!

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Join me (that's Washbellyart natch) on Instagram where I post some of my 60 second collages! Well, I say 60 second, give or take. Whaddya want? Accuracy?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Reality Check

Paul Tonkin - Reality Check - 2016

On a completely unrelated note I did finished reading "Why your five year old could not have done that" by Susie Hodge (available from all good bookshops). Like many things it was partly an education, even though it struggled many a time to actually answer the question.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

An Attack of Extreme YOU!

An Attack of Extreme YOU!

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Perfect Leap

Yeah, but what a way to go! Sorry, let's pretend we're not all thinking the same thing here.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Painterly Architectonic

Painterly Architectonic - Lyubov Popova - 1918

No matter how 'meh!' you find the same old same old in abstract art you'll always find something you like if you look hard enough.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017


Those French crones are the worst! The following panel is completely unrelated. Or is it? You decide.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

White on White

Kazimir Malevich - White on White - 1918

All all other cases I'd like the black ones over the white ones, but not here and not today!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian - Farmhouse with Wash on the Line - 1897

Well, you already know what all the others look like right?. Do I like this better than all the straight lines and solid primary colours? Well, yeah, but I wouldn't read anything into that.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Flip McCoy

Here's a couple of Flip McCoy panels, from The Topper, where else? This is before he got an upgrade to the jet pack you might be more familiar with! I don't believe for a minute that this is physically possible, although the jet pack wasn't any more likely, even though we all believed we'd get one each eventually.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Topper

As previously mentioned, The Topper was my comic of choice as a child. It was a broadsheet of not very many pages, but they were big and bright. It was bigger before I got to it and smaller after I left it. Not only was I growing, but it was shrinking.

The annuals I saw were of the standard format but before I came along the early annual collections were of a landscape orientation. The frontispiece above from 1958 is a good example of what comics were about at the time. Lots going on there!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Literally No Idea

I'd like a studio. Or a bigger house. As it is this is a bedroom. And on that bed I can fit six A1 sized pieces. Note the seventh. They are arranged this way so i can just walk around adding a fair amount of material concerned only with coverage. And maybe preserving a little detail from the layers below.

This is the second layer. I call it the second layer. It isn't really. So much work underneath. The first layer is almost completely obliterated. This layer too will disappear. The faces you see are just a nod towards composition. They'll be obliterated too most likely.

The backs are done, pretty much. The backs you say! That's right. The backs. Good grief. Don't ask me why. I might show you tomorrow. And then again I might not.

This is work in progress, but unlike many artists, I'm not showing off any skill. I literally have no idea what I'm doing. If anything good happens it come as a surprise as much to me as to anyone else.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ab ovo

Paul Klee - Ab ovo - 1917

All I can say is that I wish I'd done that. Mmmm, textures. Mmmmm, colours.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Big Miniature

Big Miniature

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

New work and it's been a rough week. I need to photograph these properly, but I've been very much 'out of sorts'. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Witch

Finally got around to watching The Witch: A New England Folktale on DVD. I had high hopes as the trailer was pretty spooky with the girl playing peek-a-boo with the baby that suddenly disappears. The trailer was good. However that scene happens about three minutes into the movie and that's part of the problem. For all the great camera work, the mostly solid acting, the wonderful locations, judicious special effects and the general grimness of the situation, the horror is paced really evenly throughout the length of the film leading to a general flatness. The story doesn't have an arc so much as a straight line. That straight line has a spirit level on it to boot. There are no twists or surprises along the way. No great deviations. No rise and fall. It's really quite odd. the scenes of horror are well done, but don't really mean anything or lead anywhere. If you took any of the outrageous tableaux and transplanted them into any other horror film you might have actaully shocked someone. All I want is rising tension and resolution. Is that too much to ask for! Well most horror films lack resolution, and this one at least had everything else going for it. It's not awful, just flat.

I enjoyed it as much as It Follows in that texturally it was pleasing to look at and it had moments of interest throughout, but neither were particulary frightening and neither linger in the memory much despite a couple of good scenes in both. If there is any subtext in either, then it's pretty close to the surface.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Knife in the Boot

John McLean - Knife in the Boot - 1984

I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that making modern abstract art looks easy. Here's an example of how easy it looks. Looks, as we all know, can be deceptive. Although, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well, you know the rest. I'm not making any judgements here. I'm just finding an artist and giving you an example of their work. An example that I happen to like. That is all.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Black Satan

That's right. The Black Satan has come to put an end to your clowning around! Seems harsh I know, but he had to be called. You wouldn't quit with the japes and now you've only got yourself to blame.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Scatter Collages

Two more from the archives. These are two left overs from a series I did earlier in the year. I've updated those old posts as I've added a texture in to give them a kick up the arse! Ten in all - collect the set why don't 'cha?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Robert Delaunay

Rhythm, Joie de Vivre - Robert Delaunay - 1930

Hmm. It's no use. I'm going to have to look at them side by side. Alright, I'm going with Sonia. I'll take everything you have by the wife.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Close Enough

Non! And I don't blame him. Rule No.1 Don't go near the prisoners. And a bonus today. Below!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay - Electric Prisms - 1914

You can't help but wonder sometimes at how artists of the past would react to modern software. People do still paint apparently!

Monday, 11 September 2017

I'm Going To Eat You!

There is a reading of this panel that only those with dirty minds can see. Oh, you can see it too! Oh, help! You wolf you!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

You Can't Disapprove

You Can't Disapprove

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

"Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Emergency Room

Fiona Rae - Untitled (Emergency Room) - 1996

I'd really like to see this up close. All that black and white interference looks very convincing. You'd probably need a sick bag to hand if you were lucky enough to have it hanging in your dining room. I'll have to come back to this.

Friday, 8 September 2017


PINGG! The glass and the violin literally just spoke to each other. We dally not with sound effects in this comic book my good fellow!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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