Thursday, 31 August 2017

Not the Wife!

It was split second decision. The giant rat or the wife. BLAM! BLAM! He lived happily ever after with a giant rat  ... nah, kidding ... he shot them both of course!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017




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

The last of this particular batch. Lucky for you dear solitary reader there is another batch to follow this one. The varnish is just drying so you won't have to wait too long. I'll have to wire them up and photograph them before hanging and posting them here!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Kiss Me Neck

It could have been worse but we won't put up with that sort of thing on this blog!

Saturday, 26 August 2017


John Hoyland - Gadal 10.11.86 - 1986

Watched a couple of documentaries recently (all from the archives) and two featured John Hoyland (and using pretty much the same material tbh). I not going to pretend he didn't look like a privileged idiot throwing paint about, but there are many things I don't understand. I'm not going to fall in love with a lot of this type of material but forced to pick something out I chose this murder scene. ah, the old inkblot test never fails.

Friday, 25 August 2017

What Happened?

What Happened?

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

Man, I'm having a good day today. Much creative work getting done. Oh, maybe that's put the curse on it! Dammit!

Hiding the Diamonds

Adventure, Excitement, Mystery! It's the recipe for a style of narrative that's gone out of fashion recently. People of my age would like to see it a make a return, but it'll never be the same, nothing ever is. Indiana Jones almost got me going, as did Star Wars, at the time, but their sequels and the creation of a marketing franchise, instead of an old fashioned serial (subtle difference) made me grow very jaded very quickly. Forty years of slow jading has done nothing for my mood. Comics and movies are all well enough for children, but an adult will starve to death very quickly, or get muddled and vote for Trump. It's where we are.

Now, where did I hide those diamonds?

Drippy Painting

Stanley Hayter - Meduse - 1958

It's one of those drippy paintings! Well, in isolation it's quite nice! A lot of people say "Bah! I could do that easily enough!" but it's only when you've actually tried to achieve anything vaguely attractive yourself that it becomes clear that it is not so easy at all. In fact, it's quite difficult, unless you're very very practised. I do like the colours and there is a certain depth to it which you might not notice at first glance. The more you look the more you see.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Quiet is the Island

Quiet is the Island - Victor Pasmore - 1974

"Bollocks. What a dick." I hear you say. Not me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that. I'd hang this on my wall any day of the week - although maybe not on the day the vicar comes to tea.

Some Imagination

This is Ditko. What a hack. Stylistically his work (with a few famous exceptions) makes me want to vomit. He did an awful of ghost stories. Not one of which with any imagination or sympathy for the subject. Yeesh.

Suspect Dangerous

Suspect Dangerous

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

And we're back. I forgot to photograph these last four (appearing in the next few days) so to catch up ...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

High Art Low Art

"What's that odor? It smells like--" That's right! It smells like low art. As a counterpoint to the high art post just posted I'm reviving my old 'Panel Peculiar' posts that throw the spotlight on comic book artists of yore (or rather their work). I'm not interested in the artist, the comic book, or the narrative, oh no. I am interested in the lack of narrative forced on the single frame by me. Or the new narrative you will have to impose upon this frame (taking for granted that you've not seen the preceding or succeeding one). I wish I hadn't seen some of them myself.

Anyway, what IS that odour? Smells like TEEN SPIRIT ta me!

Woman Waking Up

Anthony Caro - Woman Waking Up - 1955

Thought I'd share a few pieces of my favourite artworks! This has body. It IS a body! Texture, weight, form. What more do you want? More to follow.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Back to the Library

My library (as I like to think of it) is like everything else in my life. It gets trimmed back regularly. I want to see everything, but I only want to keep the essential bits.

We have here:
A Close Look at Magazines and Comics - E.W. Hildick - 1966
Magazines Teenagers Read - Connie Alderson - 1968
Boys Will Be Boys - E.S.Turner 1962 (1975)
The Complete Catalogue of British Comics - Denis Gifford - 1985

Only the E.S. Turner survives. I have two copies and yes it is that good. That's the modern revision above. I also have the earlier hardback. The other three are of little use to anyone. The Hildick is rudimentary. The Alderson Scholarly. The Gifford is incomplete and the prices by now ridiculous.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Off the Shelf

While I'm working on something else, I thought I'd share this image from my own collection. I cannot resist the work of Dudley D Watkins, in my opinion the greatest comic strip artist of all time. The obvious points in his favour being that his work was always of the same consistent high standard, a beautiful clean line style the envy of any European practitioner, and even his subject matter, always wholesome fare, moral and conservative (everything I should dislike). He had a strong work ethic, but was immensely talented anyway and wasn't ashamed of his strong faith which led him to do much work for free in aid of his Christian beliefs. Indeed, the first comics I came into contact with may well have been his Warrior Gang stories, distributed for pennies (or for free, I can't quite remember) at evangelical Sunday Schools across the land. Legend has it that he had two boards to work at one holding his current drawing and the other his bible open to study. I certainly don't hold that against him. He was at least true to himself. I believe Herge gets more credit because he created a single world beating character in Tintin. Watkins triumphs are more parochial. Well, I am who I am.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Class Act

I get a kick out of this every time, so I share it here with you dear reader. Of course, you might not know the subject, but in that case just think yourself lucky. Copyright naturally belongs to Private Eye. I have long since cancelled my subscription in disgust, outrage or somesuch.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Someone was trying to make me feel more comfortable about the long trip north. Scots humour! This was back in the 90s - it's a lot better now. They use guns.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Criminal Avatar

I'm wasting your time. And mine. I'm going through the archives again and deleting, deleting, deleting ...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

I'm on holiday

I wish I'd painted this picture. Well, I did, but this is another Photoshop distortion from the acrylic painting. The original didn't look anything like this. Hence it ended up like the others in a landfill.

August is a break for me. I'll find some random stuff from the archives to entertain you (?) while I recharge the batteries.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Beyond All Comprehension

Beyond All Comprehension

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

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Friday, 4 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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