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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…
Ash N Kev photo

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…
Ash n Kev

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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…

The Godfathers photo

(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…
Family 19hrs

(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…

GET THIS THROUGH YOUR HEAD YOU - Nicky (Joe Pesci) confronts Ace (Robert De Niro) in the Nevada desert in a classic scene from 1995 film "Casino". Painted on 20" x 16" box canvas in standard b&w acrylic. (MAY 2014)

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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.

Get This Through...IMAGE











(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








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

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So i finished my latest painting, “The Tactician and The Magician”, exactly a year to the the day that I started and completed my very first painting, “The Trader”, back on April 18th 2013. What a productive year!

Looking back, I am extremely happy at most of the end results and I think that first year gives me a really good platform to build on – I love the black and white effect but I think maybe i should broaden my horizons a bit now. We shall see what happens next…WATCH THIS SPACE! :)


THE TACTICIAN AND THE MAGICIAN - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the remarkable Luis Suarez, in b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (MAR/APR 2014)

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After Luis Suarez scored his third hat-trick of the season in yesterday’s 6-3 win away to Cardiff, it’s time I payed homage to both him and his manager Brendan Rodgers, both of whom are responsible for the rapid improvement in Liverpool’s performances/results this season.
The reason I chose this photo is because it captures Brendan’s intense concentration and ‘focus’ that he repeatedly refers to in post match interviews – just like in those interviews, his face gives nothing away. Compare that to Luis suarez standing next to him, displaying almost child-like body language. I like its ‘father and son’ undertones, which I imagine the relationship between the two to be like. Great photo.










(23/03/14) Just did a 25 minute sketch this morning. I’ve learned, patience is key…
The Tactician and The Magician 25mins








(25/03/14) base colours and some shaping done in 45mins today…
The Tactician and The Magician 70mins








(26/03/14) After only 2hrs10 so far, both subjects are really taking shape…
The Tactician and The Magician 2hrs10








(29/03/14) Spent just over 2 hours, mainly on Brendan’s jacket, this morning…
The Tactician and The Magician 5hrs15








(06/04/14) Two hours spent on Suarez’s shirt this morning. 8hrs15 done so far in total…
The Tactician and The Magician 8hrs15








(13/04/14) 2hrs30 done this morning before watching what could be a very significant Liverpool win, 3-2 over Man City :)…
The Tactician and The Magician 13hrs30








(18/04/14) COMPLETED! After just under 5 gruelling hours done today, I’ve finished this piece in a total of 19hrs30, on the same exact date which I started painting last year!…
The Tactician and The Magician

MY FAIR LADY - I had to paint an Audrey Hepburn piece for myself after thoroughly enjoying painting the commissioned "Audrey" piece last time. Again it's in b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (MAR 2014) SOLD at Galleria, Rainhill for £180.00 in Dec '15

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I’ve become slightly emphatuated with Audrey Hepburn since my last commission, so I am going to paint a portrait of her for myself next. Another, less-common picture…

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My Fair Lady 25mins













(01/03/14) 25 min sketch

My Fair Lady 1hr15













(01/03/14) After 1hr15

My Fair Lady 4hrs45













(05/03/14) After 4hr45

My Fair Lady 9hrs15













(06/03/14) Another 2hrs15 done tonight. Very tiresome but productive day!

My Fair Lady 13hrs













(09/03/14) Just over an hour done yesterday afternoon, and another 90 mins today.

My Fair Lady 18hrs













(16/03/14) 21hrs30 done and so close to completion. The hair needs more detail and a bit more touching up in the background – should be finished in the next session or two.

My Fair Lady













(20/03/14) With the last couple of strokes done this morning, “My Fair Lady” is all finished after a total of approximately 25hrs45. I am very happy with the final result, there is not much I’d change or try to improve on. And the likeness is not too far off, which is probably the most important thing. Another thing I’m happy with is the overall brightness of the piece, something which, in hindsight, I realise is severely lacking in some of my previous work (in particular the “Gatsby” painting). I think this piece is a good way to round off my first year of painting, setting a benchmark for the forthcoming 12 months.

AUDREY - commissioned piece for a friend's mums birthday. Audrey Hepburn, done from a rather obscure photo, in standard b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (FEB 2014) SOLD

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Having been asked to do a painting of the very iconic Audrey Hepburn, I’ve selected this photograph to work from. I love her coy little smile and also the way the background is out of focus (making Audrey the centre of attention), similar to the “Gatsby” painting I recently completed. I’m really looking forward to tackling this piece as I have not painted that many women so far so it should be a challenge :)














(11/02/14) Initial sketch done in 25 mins…
Audrey 25mins













(11/02/14) After 1hr10mins…
Audrey 1hr10













(12/02/14) With fresh eyes, much better progress made this morning in just over an hour. (4hrs15 done so far) …
Audrey 4hrs15













(14/02/14) Day off it yesterday, 2 hours 15 done this Valentines morning…
Audrey 6hrs30













(16/02/14) 1hr 15 yesterday, 1hr 15 today. 10hrs45 so far. It’s really taking it’s time this one, I’ve noticed her left eye needs lowering ever so slightly to get a really accurate likeness. Once that’s done I can focus on the rest of the piece because it’s really bugging me that the likeness is not there yet…
Audrey 10hrs45













(19/02/14) 2 hours done yesterday and one hour 45 done today…
Audrey 15hrs30













(25/02/14) “Audrey” completed after an hour yesterday and an hour this morning – 19.5 hours in total. I’ll be really sad to let her go. It’s been very tough to get the likeness and even though she isn’t as perfect as I would have liked, I cannot do any more to this piece without overdoing it…

Ali (The Greatest)

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Muhammad Ali













Ali 20mins sketch

(29/01/14) 20 minute sketch. My drawing is awful, almost comical!

Ali 1hr30













(29/01/14) 1hr30mins so far

Ali 2hrs45













(30/01/14) 2hrs 45

Ali 3hrs45













(02/02/14) 5hrs 45

Ali 7hrs45













(07/02/14) 11hrs 45

Ali (The Greatest)













(09/02/14) Ali, “The Greatest” completed, 16 hours overall

JOKERMAN - Heath Ledger as 'The Joker' from "The Dark Knight", commissioned piece done in b&w acrylic on an 18" x 14" box canvas (JAN 2014) SOLD

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(05/01/14) Basic sketch done in 15 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…
Jokerman 15min Sketch








(06/01/14) 45 mins done this morning and really coming on quick…
Jokerman 1hr30








(07/01/14) Unhappy how this hours session has resulted, if I’m honest. Not enough likeness yet…
Jokerman 2hrs30









(08/01/14) After 4hrs15 so far, the likeness is starting to develop, thankfully…
Jokerman 4hrs15








(11/01/14) 9 hours 15 mins so far, getting there now…
Jokerman 9hrs15








(12/01/14) Another hour and 15 mins this morning – getting close now to completion…
Jokerman 12hrs30








(14/01/14) Finishing touches done this morning, after 2 hours done yesterday. After 15 hours, the “Jokerman” is complete!…

GATSBY - standard b&w acyrlic on 18" x 14" box canvas, Leonardo Di Caprio in iconic scene from "The Great Gatsby" (JAN 2014)

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(05/01/14) Basic sketch taking 10 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…
Gatsby 10min sketch








(06/01/14) 30 mins of throwing down the base colours…
Gatsby 40mins








(06/01/14) Another 30 mins today, shaping and shading…
Gatsby 1hr10








(07/01/14) An hour done this morning. Gettin a slight likeness…

Gatsby 2hrs10








(14/01/14) After a break from this piece while I concentrated on “Jokerman”, back to it with an hour and 20 mins this morning…
Gatsby 3hrs30








(19/01/14) 45 mins done before work yesterday and 2 hours today…
Gatsby 6hrs45








(21/01/14) 1hr15 done before work, so 9hrs done so far in total…
Gatsby 9hrs








(23/01/14) 3 hours 30 done today on my day off. Getting there now…
Gatsby 14hrs15








(26/01/14) Came back to it tonight and got it finished. Approximately 21 hours overall. Although I think this is my best work yet (in terms of complexity with its contrasting foreground and background levels of focus), I now realise the painting is too dark overall. I need to be braver in throwing down brighter whites, and maybe not begin with such dark base colours…