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Commissioned a few weeks ago but just starting this now as it has to be ready for 21st August…it’s Lt Col Frank Slade (Pacino) from the film “Scent Of A Woman”…
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(14/07/15) 30mins sketch…
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(14/07/15) 1hr30…
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(15/07/15) 4hrs30…
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(16/07/15) 7hrs…
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(17/07/15) 8hrs…
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(20/07/15) 9hrs15…
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(21/07/15) 11hrs…
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(23/07/15) 15hrs45…nearly done now…
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(26/07/15) completed after approximately just under 20hrs…
Dancing Slade

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Riding this creative wave now, and to coincide with the film of Amy Winehouse’s life due out in two days time, I’ve found a gorgeous photo of her applying eye makeup. I can’t wait to get into this one and I am going to take my time. I want her to be perfect. I once fell in love with Amy Winehouse after a bizarre dream where she came into my house carrying an industrial sized tin of beans amongst other random events. Yes, I know! Still, I was obsessed with her for months after that! Crazy.

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(08/07/15) 20mins sketch…
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(14/07/15) 1hr15…
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(15/07/15) 3hrs15…
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(16/07/15) 4hrs45…
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(23/07/15) 7hrs15…
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(27/07/15) 9hrs30 approx. and not far off completion…
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(28/07/15) completed after approximately 13hrs…

Back To Black

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As much as I really enjoyed Heath Ledger’s “Joker” after watching “The Dark Knight” to gain inspiration for a commission last year, Jack Nicholson will always be the best Joker in my eyes. That very first Batman film came at a time when I was a kid and it was a phenomenon. We had Batman everything – t-shirts, sticker albums, temporary tattoos, etc.
So, after a night of re-evaluation following a market at The Wildflower Centre where I sold zero, this morning I decided on a nice compromise between an image I am passionate about and an image that will sell well. I present…

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(05/07/15) 15 mins grid/outline…
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(05/07/15) 45 mins…
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(05/07/15) 2 hrs 30…
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(05/07/15) 3hrs30 so far after one day…
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(07/07/15) 7hrs approx…
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(08/07/15) Completed after around 10hrs30. Not the most polished of pieces but I feel it does the job in terms of capturing character and personality…
Go With A Smile

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From her visit to Liverpool on valentines day 2012, the beautifully elegant Kate Middleton went to both Alder Hey as well as the non-alcoholic Brink bar (where this picture was taken as she takes a taste of the drink they named “The Duchess” in her honour). I love this image, it makes her seem like “one of us”…
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(15/06/15) The initial base colours/shapes after 1hr…
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(17/06/15) 1hr45…
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(18/06/15) 2hrs30…
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(28/06/15) 3hrs30…
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(29/06/15) 6hrs45…
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(30/06/15) 9hrs…
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(01/07/2015) Completed after no more than 12 hours. I am very happy with this piece, maybe it’s because the original image is just such a charming photo. There’s just so much going on, Kates’s expression makes you want to know what she is thinking…
The Duchess In Liverpool

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It’s been a great week in terms of the business side of things rather than the creative, which is a balance I realise needs to be found more consistently if I am going to succeed.
I went out on Wednesday to a couple of businesses, pretty much cold-calling, and although no sale was made I think some positive leads were made, which I’ll follow up soon.
So, undeterred, on the Thursday I changed tact and went into town to approach specific bars and pubs, presenting my “Nice and Cool” prints (whilst also enjoying a few halves of lager on the way with my cousin and his wife!.
There is now one hanging in the perfect place, above the hatch in the Empire pub on Wood Street…

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After a few drinks back at my cousins, I got a taxi home but decided to give Lark Lane a shot, envisioning the Albert as an ideal pub to have my “Nice and Cool” piece on show. It was the best thing I could have done!
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There were some smashing people in there and I managed to sell another 4 prints!
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One very trusting lad called Michael even GAVE ME £20 and asked me to drop an Audrey Hepburn print off at his work when I could! I’d sold out of them at that point. I went and picked up the last “My Fair Lady” print I had left from the Misty21 gallery the very next morning and dropped the print off with Michael at his work. Only in Liverpool would that happen. I love Lark Lane and in particular the Albert. Brilliant!

To top things off, my third art market today (Sat 13th June) with Calidad was a success. First time in Woolton and managed to sell 3 prints despite it being probably quieter than the previous two events in Lark Lane police station.

This week has shown me first hand that hard work, belief and a few bevvies can do wonders for your sales! 😀

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Now this is more like it! A scouse legend STILL LIVING and one who I’ve been a fan of for years, unlike John Lennon who I’ve just given up on finishing as there was no connection between me and the piece. I didn’t want to do it in the first place. MONEY MADE ME DO IT!
But this is a cracker, what a photo! This will be a painting that will make me smile or laugh every time I see it. That’s the aim anyway!…
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(09/06/15) 30 mins core shaping…
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(10/06/15) 2hrs so far…
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(10/06/15) flying through this one, 2hrs30…
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(15/06/15) 3hrs30…
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(17/06/15) 4hrs30…
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(18/06/15) 5hrs15…
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(21/06/15) Finished after only around 7hrs! Quickest piece yet, and it’s not the worst either…
Stan The Man

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30/05/15….Two days after the gallery opening, I was still feeling the effects of a very enjoyable night but unfortunately I was now at the familiar “depression” stage. The large 80x60cm blank canvas I had bought for a nice big portrait was now the focus of capturing my mood so I painted this…
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By the evening I felt ok and set about throwing a load of reds, oranges and yellows down in circles like an archery board. I then loaded my brush and began flicking from the centre of the circle outwards to create an explosive effect (I was in an aggressive, destructive mood). When I’d finished, the ‘explosion’ appeared to me more like a wild-haired ginger girl from above. So I added a bit of flesh…
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(31/05/15) Called this one complete after no more than 5 hours work overall. Once I had finished, I burst out laughing at what I had created entirely from my own mind and feelings without copying or reference to any image at all. It was a very therapeutic, interesting experiment and the untitled piece has really brightened up the studio!…
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I’m not pro Beatles, I’m not anti Beatles. I was just more of a Stones fan. But if I’m going to paint any Beatles pictures then they have to have meaning and be powerful. This one is right up my street, again featuring a placard that can be tailored towards the individual’s needs! 

 

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(26/05/15) 45mins…
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(27/05/15) 2hours30…
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(01/05/15) 4hours…
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(08/05/15) I just wasn’t feeling this piece at all. I tried but unfortunately I am not passionate enough to do a Beatles-themed painting just because it’s likely to sell well. Instead, this piece will now become something completely different…
Joko killed off

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Opening this Thursday is a brilliant little new gallery full of character and it will be home to four of my original paintings where they will go on sale (along with prints of each piece also available)… 

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To say I’m both flattered and excited is an understatement! What a week it’s been :)

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Cracking night! I was rather drunk here. Onwards and upwards :)

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Friday 22nd May…

 

WOW! What an amazing 72 hours! I thought this week was going well when I got accepted to have my work featured for the first time in a gallery/exhibition but today has been even better!

In midweek I posted on my “Icon Art” Facebook page an advert telling people that my latest prints will be on sale at a couple of art markets I’m doing this weekend, three of which I personalised to tie in with the Liverpool ‘Sound City’ event that begins this weekend.
Seeing this, an old friend from my musician days, Tony Donaghey (who runs the Liverpool Bands website/Facebook page), suggested I somehow get one of these prints signed by the musicians performing and then auction it off for charity. Great idea in theory i thought but couldnt see it happening, especially given that this Facebook conversation was taking place only YESTERDAY evening!

However, this morning I saw I had a few messages and comments and, thanks to Tony and another mate Joel Goldberg (well-known musician from that talented Liverpool musical ‘Goldberg’ family) who tagged in the CEO of Liverpool’s Sound City on my post, I got a message from the man himself – David Pichilingi!

 

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Facebook SOUND post

 

So, I excitedly jumped up and straight away set to work on personalising the last blank print of “Homesick Bob” I had, with something simple that would allow as many autographs to fit on as possible…

 

30 mins later it was done, and signed/dated on the reverse…

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Sound HSB print

 

With a quick check of the Sound City conference schedule today and the location, I jumped in the car and set off.

At about 12:30pm I was in the Titanic Hotel and after a quick 10 minute scout around in various rooms, I found the man I was looking for. David Pichilingi. CEO of Sound City. And what a bloody nice bloke he is too! For someone so important and considering it is such an obviously busy time for him, David was so down to earth and was more than happy to oblige my request. What a top lad!…

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Me and Dave Pichilingi

 

Now it’s a case of waiting to see who they can get to sign the piece and then the next stage will be sorting the auction out. 100% of the proceeds are going to David’s recommended charity, the children’s hospice Claire’s House (www.claire-house.org.uk). Fantastic cause. Brilliant stuff this!  Updates to follow…

Tuesday 26th May…

So I spoke to David on the phone this morning and what he told me brought the biggest smile to my face – he said that the first performer they got to sign the print was none other than the headline act, Flaming Lips’ lead singer Wayne Coyne. This was the autograph I REALLY wanted to see on my work but didn’t have the nerve to request it when I handed the print over to David, so when he went on to tell me that Wayne decided to add his own artistic flair all over the piece, my smile doubled! I cannot wait to see how it looks!!! Picking it up tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve had some good ideas about the auction.

Wednesday 27th May…
I called in to the Sound City office today and David revealed this…

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Absolutely love it! Typical clever Flaming Lips-style creativity from this legend of a man…

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The next step now is deciding on the best way to auction this unique piece of Memorabilia and begin the publicising process. Updates to follow…

Tuesday 09th June…
It has been decided that to reach a wider audience, Ebay is the best way to maximise exposure and hopefully make some good money for Claire’s House. The 5-day auction will go live on Sunday 14th June at 7pm and will finish on Friday 19th June at 7pm…

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Links will be posted when the auction goes live. More updates to follow…

Monday 15th June…
The bidding opens at 50p!…

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HERE IS THE LINK TO THE EBAY AUCTION PAGE: (copy and paste into your browser)…

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dylan-by-Liverpool-artist-signed-embellished-by-Wayne-Coyne-at-Sound-City-15-/321778065560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4aeb77a098#shpCntId

Friday 19th June…
SOLD! After promising early bidding midweek (probably a result of my regular bombardment/promotion/social networking!) the last few mins of the auction were a bit of an anti-climax in truth, only raising the final total to £46.00. Still, it’s better than nothing but someone has got a real steal there!…

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As soon as the fee is paid and the print is on it’s way to the lucky bidder, I will be taking a cheque to the Allerton Rd branch of Claire’s House, where I called in midweek to let them know what was happening. Photos/update to follow…

Thursday 25th June…
ALL DONE! Went down on Tuesday morning and told the lady I have a cheque to donate – I half filled in the donation form as instructed and she said she’d do the rest. And that was the end of this great journey! If I am honest, I was expecting a greater reaction than what I got but then I realised that charity is not done for our own rewards.

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And I can now reveal that, the bidder who won the item was bidding on my behalf. YES THAT’S RIGHT! I TOLD YOU I WANTED IT!! Of course I would have happily not won the auction if the bids were a lot higher but there we are.
Big, big thanks to everyone who got involved, who shared my Facebook posts, retweeted my tweets and generally spread the word. We can all give ourselves a pat on the back that we’ve contributed to a great charity. Here’s to the next one!

Stephen