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From the absolutely brilliant Italian mafia series “Gomorrah” that my brother introduced me to recently, I can’t wait to start this piece of boss of the family, Don Pietro Savastano. I have chosen this image from Pietro in jail because there was one scene where he incites a riot and subsequently stops it dead with one simple hand gesture, showing the warden who really controls things. All set to an amazing piece of music. Television at its finest…
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(03/01/2015) about an hour of basic shapes to kick off…
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(05/01/2015) 2hrs30 so far…

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(13/01/2015) 7hrs45 so far…
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(14/01/2015) 9hrs45, progress slowing down a lot now…
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(18/01/2015) 15hrs30 and nearly done…
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(21/01/2015) completed after about 18hrs30. Only content, that’s all…
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With this one, I painted the background first before deciding on what to paint! I just had an urge to do something in colour.
The image that jumped out at me was Frank Vincent as “Billy Bats” in ‘Goodfellas’, just about to get into an argument with Tommy before getting “whacked”!
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(08/12/2014)random greens and blues and white, 20 mins…
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(12/12/2014) after 1 hour so far…
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(16/12/2014) after 3hrs30 so far, great start…
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(20/12/2014) after 5hrs30 so far…
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(24/12/2014) after 7hrs so far…
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(27/12/2014) 8hrs30, background men nearly done…
No More Shines 8hrs30












(02/01/2015) 10hrs, progressing well…
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(03/01/2015) Done. After only 13 hours. Very happy with the outcome…
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I’ve got one more episode to watch in the very final series of The Sopranos so it’s fitting that i do a painting featuring my favourite character from the series, “Paulie ‘walnuts’ Gualtieri”, seen here with high ranking family member Silvio Dante (love his expressions!)…

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(03/09/14) 1hr30 done on basic shaping and base colours…
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(04/09/14) 2hrs45…
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(05/09/14)4hrs30…
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(06/09/14)6 hours…
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(11/09/14) 7 hours…
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(13/09/14) 8hours30…
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(15/09/14) 10hours30…
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(19/09/14) 11hrs30…
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(25/09/14) 12hrs30…
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(28/09/14) 13hrs30…
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(01/10/14) Completed today after a 4-5 hour stint, taking about 18 hours overall. Pleased how it’s turned out rather cartoon-like (unintentional)…
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I caught the last hour of the film “Se7en” the other week and Kevin Spacey’s performance as “John Doe” the serial killer, to me, rates as one of his best roles.
This scene I have chosen is where Spacey is in the back of a police car after voluntarily offering to take the police directly to the location of his last two victims. Along the way, Spacey is continually taunted and abused by Brad Pitt (playing one of the detectives alongside Morgan Freeman). The smug, content, unfazed look on Spacey’s face here is wonderful (in a twisted kind of way) and if you haven’t seen the film before then I won’t spoil the end. It’s a tremendous film – watch it!

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(27/07/14) Again, no sketch, just paint straight on. 30 mins work…
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(03/08/14) 1hr20 and taking shape nicely…
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(06/08/14) Only 2hrs so far and really developing fast…
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(09/08/14) 3hrs so far…
John Doe 3hrs









(10/08/14) 3hrs45…
John Doe 3hrs45









(18/08/14) 4hrs30…
John Doe 4hrs30









(21/08/14) 5hrs45…
John Doe 5hrs45









(30/08/14) Completed after 9hrs45. Pretty pleased…
John Doe

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I’m doing this piece on 16″x12″ canvas paper, not the box canvas as normal, as I’m going to get it framed/glazed once it’s finished (it’s for a friend to give as a gift so framed would be better)…
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(10/07/14) No sketch, just paint straight on. 1hr20 later…
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(14/07/14) 2hrs15…
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(16/07/14) 4hrs45…
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(19/07/14) All done after no more than 9 hours…
Senna

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Having received a set of colour acrylic paints from my brother and his missus for my recent birthday, I am compelled to take the plunge and start creating brighter, more colour-filled pieces.
The first piece I shall be experimenting with is a scene from “The Wolf Of Wall Street” film, which I finally got round to watching this month and loved! This is a very provocative, sexy and also hilarious scene (which I am not going to explain if you haven’t seen it!)…
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(26/06/14) Didn’t bother pencil with a pencil sketch first (as my sketches are awful anyway and seem to be a waste of time), instead just threw the colour down and formed basic shapes in 1hr30…
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(27/06/14) 3hrs45…
Wolf and the Pussy cat 3hrs45









(12/07/14) after approximately 11 hrs so far…
Wolf and the Pussy cat 11hrs









(26/07/14) after approximately 13 hrs so far (not getting anywhere, hating this piece!)…
Wolf and the Pussy cat 13hrs









(26/07/14) another 2 hours done this afternoon and I’m calling it a day on this one. In hindsight, the subject was far too complex as a first experiment with colour, so I am calling this experiment ‘complete’ and shall be reverting back to black and white in future. I shall be omitting it from my gallery as it only looks half done. I just cannot bear to look at it any more! A waste of 15 hours of my life if I’m honest…
Wolf and the Pussy cat

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I’m currently working on a side project, unrelated to my ‘icon art’ works, which is going to be a surprise piece for a friend. I’ll upload the work in progress and finished article once its completed and my friend is in possession of the piece…I don’t want to spoil the surprise!! :) (09/06/14)

(12/07/14) So here’s the photo I chose to paint…
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And here, after about 27 hours, is the finished piece, given to my boss Ashley (on the left) on her wedding day, the 28th June 2014…
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The next piece I am going to work on is inspired by my 94 year old nan, who died suddenly last Sunday. Even though she was a ripe old age, I think we are all still in shock as a family. My nan was the head of our family, and ‘family’ is what she was all about – she loved having us all round every Saturday for dinner (cooked by my Auntie Joan for the last few years when my nan became a little too fragile and unsteady on her feet to manage it). Nothing made her happier than visits from her offspring and she is responsible for creating a very close, supportive, well-brought-up family.

In honour of my nans dedication to, and love of, her family and in keeping with the tradition of my “Icon Art”, I have chosen to paint a piece taken from “The Godfather” – in this scene, Michael (Al Pacino) is getting advice from Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), who has recently gone into retirement and has handed the reigns to his youngest son. This scene and this screen shot in particular, to me, portrays the relationship between the old and the young and the importance of that relationship. It illustrates love and respect, something which my nan had for and received from the whole family.

And to lighten the mood within the piece, there is also a part in this scene where Don Corleone shows his age and begins to repeat himself, as my nan so often did, bless her! This is a piece I will put my heart and soul in to, with great pleasure, in honour of my beloved nan…

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(13/05/14) 30 minute sketch…
Family 30min sketch








(14/05/14) 2hrs45…
Family 2hrs45








(15/05/14) 3hrs45…
Family 3hrs45









(17/05/14) 4hrs45…
Family 4hrs45








(21/05/14) 9hrs45…
Family 9hrs45









(22/05/14) 12hrs…
Family 12hrs









(22/05/14) 13hrs30…
Family 13hrs30









(25/05/14) 18hrs15…
Family 18hrs15









(27/05/14) 19hrs…
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(28/05/14) “Family” completed after a total of 20hrs. I’m very happy with this, it was important to get it right and I feel I certainly have…
Family

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I was going to begin this second year of painting by experimenting with colour…but i just don’t feel the time is right yet – I am still loving the black and white effect, its so much more classy/polished.

So, at the end of April I started this piece, taken from the scene in “Casino” where gangster Nicky (Joe Pesci) meets Tangiers Casino boss Sam (Robert De Niro) in the Nevada desert and yells “Get this through your head you Jew motherfucker you – you only exist out here because of ME!… Don’t ever go over my head again, you motherfucker you!” Classic scene, classic Joe Pesci.

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(29/04/14) 25mins
Get This Through Your Head You 25mins








(30/04/14) 1hr35
Get This Through Your Head You 1hr35








(04/05/14) 3hrs05
Get This Through Your Head You 3rs05








(08/05/14) 5hrs45
Get This Through Your Head You 5hrs45









(09/05/14) 8hrs
Get This Through Your Head You 8hrs









(10/05/14) 8hrs45
Get This Through Your Head You 8hrs45









(12/05/14) Completed today, approximately 12 hours in total…
Get This Through Your Head