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This is to appease the blue half of Merseyside after me ramming my Jurgen Klopp painting down everybody’s throats on social media lately.
I’ve chosen this picture to paint as it really shows Howard Kendall’s great personality and illustrates why he was so loved. This was after Everton won the league in 1987.
I will start this tomorrow…

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14/07/16…30mins…
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15/07/16…1hr15…
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18/07/16…2hrs15…
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20/07/16…completed after 5hrs…
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Going to start this tomorrow, for a Shakespeare themed exhibition beginning in August at Artshub47 on Lark Lane, where I sell work…

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14/07/16…30mins…
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18/07/16…1hr15…
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21/07/16…2hrs…
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25/07/16…3hrs…
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27/07/16…completed after 5hrs…
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After another quiet art & craft market yesterday, I’ve come to the conclusion that it just isn’t worth booking on to any more for a while – having done numerous events now, in various different locations at various times of year, I just seem to be fighting a losing battle. After this months events, I’m going to sit out in August to collect my thoughts and regroup.

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With no subject or agenda in mind, just from thoughts in my head, I’ve started this today…

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I’m ALWAYS thinking about time, always, so the hour glass shape is certainly significant and personally important to me. The fun part is to decide where to take this now, what or WHO to fill the hourglass with?
It’s about time I had some fun and injected some of my own personality into my work!

09/07/16… An idea…
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10/07/16…30mins…
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CC0XDG British wartime leader Winston Churchill with his famous V for victory sign. Image from the archives of Press Portrait Service (formerly Press Portait Bureau) 1946 image. Image shot 1946. Exact date unknown.

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After all the focus on the EU referendum and the surprising result and politics becoming the focus of so many people’s thoughts lately, I feel compelled to paint a politician.
Hard to choose!
However, this photograph of probably our most revered politician in recent history giving the “V for Victory” sign jumped out at me. Whatever your view on the outcome of the referendum, the result was certainly a “victory” for democracy. But to me this photo which I’ll paint will be done as if Churchill is promoting “peace” rather than “victory”.
So much anger and confrontation since the vote came in, people need to relax, calm down, and pull together in the uncertain times ahead.

CC0XDG British wartime leader Winston Churchill with his famous V for victory sign. Image from the archives of Press Portrait Service (formerly Press Portait Bureau) 1946 image. Image shot 1946. Exact date unknown.

06/07/16…30 mins…
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…1hr15…
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07/07/16…2hrs…
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08/07/16…3hrs…
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11/07/16…4hrs…
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12/07/16…completed after 5hrs30…
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Besides the “truffle shuffle”, this has to be Chunks funniest scene in “The Goonies”, being interrogated by The Fratellis where he tells them “Everything. OK, I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog… when my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out!”
A childhood classic for any 80’s kid, going to paint this on a small 12×9″ box canvas

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01/07/16…10mins…
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02/07/16…1hr…
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…2hrs…
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03/07/16…completed after around 5hrs…
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Dave photo

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I’ve been commissioned to paint an extremely personal piece for a former BT colleague and it’s something I’m more than happy to do as I know just how much Dave meant to Liz. I’m going to paint him from this proud photo, although rather than just copy the background I am going to do something different, use a bit of artistic license, to make it slightly more interesting but not so much that it takes any focus off Dave. Not sure what I’m going to do yet but as with all my work, it will start off messy and haphazard and then it will gradually develop.

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19/06/16…10mins basic background for now until I decide what to do with it…
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20/06/16…25mins…
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1hr…
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22/06/16…2hrs…
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24/06/16…4hrs…
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28/06/16…6hrs15…
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29/06/16…8hrs…
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30/06/16…completed after 10hrs overall…
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I’ve been staring at this Robert Smith half-finished painting for days now and I’m just not inspired to carry on with it…
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there is nothing I can do in completing this painting that will offer any evidence of my style improving or changing…it will just be a replica of the original photo and I need to get away from that.

So I’m going to take a new direction I think, no idea where yet…

14/06/16…5mins…
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20/06/16…so it came to me today what to do with this one. After painting Rumer, an artist with not only a gorgeous voice but also a beautiful, caring nature, I’ve decide that any “icons” I paint now will have to be inspiring not just because of their talent. And as I’ve been reading Moby’s autobiography, “Porcelain”, his face seemed to leap out at me before. Again though,it will be difficult to not to make this one too photographic but I will try…I’ve also thought of a great idea to really use some creativity at last! Excited!…
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20 mins…
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21/06/16…
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…finished in pretty much a day, probably 6hrs30 overall…
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