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I shall be starting my second ‘western-themed’ commission for Dan Cassidy (friend and published author of the brilliant “Pistol Man” novel, amongst others) this week. It’s of ‘Augustus “Gus” Mcrae’ from”Lonesome Dove”, and I’ve spent weeks trying to decide whether to do it in my classic monochrome style or give it a full colour boost like I did for Dan’s first piece, “Monty”. I’m now thinking full-colour.

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03/10/16: painting over work I lost interest in…
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04/10/16: 30mins so far…
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1hr…
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05/10/16: 3hrs…
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06/10/16: 5hrs…
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12/10/16: 8hrs30…
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13/10/16: completed after 13hrs30 overall…
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This will be the third project where I take two iconic people (who I happen to have already painted individually in my career) and combine them in one painting. I’m loving this creative process, painting is becoming fun again and not so much a job 😊.

I’ll be using this image of Lana Del Rey for inspiration…
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Combined with this image of Del Boy!…
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20/09/16: 15mins…
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22/09/16: 1hr15…
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23/09/16: 1hr45…
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27/09/16: 3hrs30…
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28/09/16: 5hrs…
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29/09/16: completed after 7hrs and I’m very pleased with it…
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So, following on from the “Beatlejuice” project, I wracked my brains and came up with this idea (purely for commercial reasons with Christmas on the horizon)…

The body of Elvis:…
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With the head of ELF!…
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07/09/16: 20mins…
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13/09/16: 1hr15…
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2hrs15…
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14/09/16: 2hrs45…
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15/09/16: 3hrs45…
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17/09/16: completed after 6hrs…
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This is a very different commission than usual – I’ve been asked to paint from this photograph but it’s to be influenced by an already existing painting of Amy Winehouse that’s hanging in a well known Liverpool wine bar…

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I am going to draw a pencil sketch for the first time in months because I WANT the piece to be almost childlike (which is how my drawings are!)

31/08/16: 15 mins…

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1hr15…

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2hrs15…
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01/09/16: going to add this little staffie in next…
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01/09/16: 4hrs…the next stage will be to lighten the stairs and make the dog bigger…
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02/09/16: around 7 hours done so far…
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03/09/16: completed after around 11 hours…
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I shall be starting this today on a 12″x9″ box canvas in black and white acrylics – it’s a great photo of Conte from “Gomorra”, commissioned by a guy called Michael from AUSTRALIA, no less! He has already bought one of my “Don Pietro” Gomorra-inspired prints on Etsy, so he obviously loves the series as much as I do!

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10/08/16: 30mins…
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11/08/16: 1hr30…
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13/08/16: 2hrs30…
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15/08/16: 3hrs30…
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16/08/16: 4hrs30…
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19/08/16: completed after 7hrs…
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08/08/16…15mins…

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09/08/16…1hr15…

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11/08/16…2hrs15…
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13/08/16…3hrs…
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15/08/16…3hrs45…
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16/08/16…4hrs15…
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17/08/16…completed after 7hrs approx…
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I’ll be starting this great photo of Patch in black and white acrylic on a 12×9″ box canvas today. This is a commission for a lovely Scottish lady called Irene who I met at Fredericks “Marquetry” event a couple of months ago, she and a friend visiting Liverpool for the first time.

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27/07/16…25mins…
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28/07/16…1hr10…
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29/07/16…2hrs15…
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01/08/16…3hrs30…
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03/08/16…5hrs…
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04/08/16…completed after 8hrs30…
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