First time back in this great location since last summer, where I met some great people who I still keep in touch with now:
Back to this brilliant location for the third time this year already
Really excited/pleased! After she kindly Retweeted my post on Twitter regarding the charity auction project I’ve been working on, I offered to paint the lovely Rumer (Brit award nominated pop/soul singer and also a keen animal rights campaigner, real name Sarah) a free portrait of her and her dog Alfie, which she has graciously accepted and sent me this fantastic picture…
It’s going to make a beautiful piece of art, can’t wait to start it tomorrow!
Woke up, inspired to paint a horse, found this pic from “Game Of Thrones” and set to work at 7am…completed it in one day!! Done on small 12×9″ box canvas, probably took about 7hrs30 overall at a rough estimate.
Always loved The Cure so the next piece is of frontman Robert Smith, on 12×9″ box canvas, from this quite basic photo…
This time last year, thanks to a great initial suggestion by a friend of mine (Tony Donaghey), I was fortunate enough to get one of my Bob Dylan prints signed/customised by Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) at Liverpool Sound City ’15, which was then auctioned on Ebay with 100% of the proceeds going to Claire House Hospice, the suggested charity of the very affable CEO of Sound City, David Pichilingi, who made it all possible.
This year…WE GO AGAIN!!!
This time, however, I’ve been much more prepared with something SPECIFIC with a real purpose in mind and I’m fortunate to once again have the support and help of David, despite him being the very busy main man in charge of the entire Sound City event! Top bloke!
So, as soon as I heard Pete Doherty was one of the headliners of Sound City ’16, I began painting – the piece I did of Pete was done from a photograph which I selected purposely to show more than what the media often portrays of him – here we can see the brooding, smoking, indie-rock icon looking cool as f*ck but then we also have an indication of his delicate, caring, sensitive side as he cradles a young kitten (a side which often comes out in his lyrics but which the general population usually fail to recognize or acknowledge). I also chose this subject to paint because it relates to one of the charities the proceeds of the sale will be going to.
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The aim is hopefully to get Pete to personally sign this original painting (to boost its value) but if that doesnt materialise, I am still going to auction the piece regardless, with 100% of proceeds again going to charity – whereas last year the entire rather modest amount raised went to Claire House hospice (a great charity for children who are terminally ill with cancer), this year I am expecting a much higher figure from the auction, so I am going to donate 50% to Claire House and the other 50% to a charity close to my own heart, the RSPCA, (who are unfortunately having to euthanize record numbers of unwanted healthy cats and dogs each year and need all the help they can get).
In early April, I dropped off the original painting with David Pichilingi at the Sound City offices, so hopefully there will be a nice extra squiggle on it when I pick it up after the event (which runs from 28th-29th May) and then I can release details of the auction.
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If you are reading this blog, PLEASE share it and spread the word – whether you like Pete Doherty or you like cats, whether you would like to help towards stopping healthy animals being destroyed or whether you would like to do your bit to try and help terminally ill children have a better quality of life, bidding in this auction will be your great deed for the year and of course you could be the proud owner of an original piece of unique artwork! UPDATES TO FOLLOW
So I didn’t get to see Pete playing Sound City as I was babysitting my nephew as part of a wedding present to my brother and his wife. Slightly gutted to say the least but I will hopefully find out in the next day or two if the painting got signed and then we’ll have more of an idea of what kind of figure we can realistically hope to achieve
Heard from David and unfortunately the piece didn’t get signed but no matter, the auction still goes ahead as planned. Updates to follow once I’ve got the piece back
Well I finally got around to getting the painting back this week, so I can start sorting out how best to auction it to maximise exposure and, effectively, money. I think I’ve got a great idea so we’ll see. Aiming for 1st August
The “auction” is over and a total of £112.00 was raised, nearly 3 times as much as last year! Instead of an EBay auction, I set up a “just giving” page where the donations went directly to the charity…
The way I worked this “auction” was simple…whoever donates the most wins the painting. It was a semi success! The donations were great, the winner being a famous singer who wishes to remain anonymous. She donated purely for the cause and instructed me to give the painting to the donator who finished 2nd. That was Tony Donaghey, he who initially suggested to me last year to get the Liverpool Sound City bands to sign my work and auction it for charity. HE TOO DIDN’T WANT THE PETE DOHERTY PAINTING (not a popular figure I now realise!) so instead he received the set of four “Beatlejuice Collection” greeting cards I’ve recently released. Much more up his street, considering he’s been running the ‘Liverpool Bands’ website and Facebook for years. Many thanks to everyone who donated, shared the page/event and spread the word.
Next year, we go again? 😎
Looking forward to being back in the Old Police Station, where I did my first art/craft market last year
After a few celebratory glasses of wine after completing my Jurgen Klopp painting this sunny Saturday afternoon (which I also painted a fair bit of whilst under the influence) I began this one from Quadrophenia…
It’s going to be hard to try and not be so much of a “perfectionist” but I successfully managed it with my “Pete N Puss” painting last time, and that’s my goal – to capture a great likeness but to also keep the pieces looking less photographic and more “painty”.
On a few occasions at art fairs recently, people have glanced at my work and walked by but as I’ve began talking to them they’ve suddenly realised and said things like “oh these are paintings?” or “oh did you actually do these yourself?” which is very complimentary but has inspired me now to purposely roughen them up a bit (except for the main subject of the piece, usually the face, which I still want perfect so it leaps off the canvas).
Here is an example of how in previous years I’ve spent lots of time making hands smooth and as close to the photo as I could, compared with the latest piece where I successfully forced myself to keep the paint blocky and undetailed (yet still spent time on the main subject, the kitten, to give a good contrast). This is my new approach/direction, which I think will make each piece more interesting and also saves me time (maybe!) as a bonus…