Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Abstract Art, Abstract Expressionism, Modern Art, Photomontage, Photography.

Hello and welcome to everyone around the world. At last, the new post. Between continuing health issues and major work being done inside our house, I have  been kept away from blogging for a while. This post is a mixture of my latest work. As always, if  I think a piece needs any comments, I will add them immediately above that piece of art. So, in no special order, on with the show.

I'm starting with one I was particularly pleased with. As some of the regular readers will know, I have done a fair bit of Fine Art printing. I'm hoping to start again, once the work on the house is finished. The artwork below is in a fine art print style and came out far better than my expectations.

Still Life #7

Next, two more which I like a lot, both in a fine art print style.



Recently, we had some heavy snowfalls here in the village, followed by freezing conditions. The image below is a photograph of ice which had somehow created a bubble like surface. The ice was about 1 inch thick, (25.4cm).

 Ice Bubbles

The next image continues with the idea of something being frozen, then painted.

In Ice

I think it's time for something suggesting warm weather. I think the title says all I want to say about it.

Summer of  '67 #2

The next five pieces are part of  a series. They were created using a technique I was inventing, (making up) as I worked on the images. It was very experimental, I had no clear idea what the results would be like. It was quite exciting for me and gave me a pleasant surprise. 


The following work, (The Last Mill Chimney) is a lament for the loss of England's great textile industry.

The Last Mill Chimney


Standing Figures

Three Harbour Views

The one below is a photomontage. It's part of a series entitled, "Lost Mills". It is another lament for our textile industry. Textiles are a huge part of Yorkshire's heritage, and were the main factor in it's wealth for a long time. For those visitors to this blog from overseas, I will explain that the area of Yorkshire I live is very hilly, being in the Pennine Mountain chain. It is a wonderful water catchment area, with plenty of streams and rivers, and is suitable for sheep. The water is "soft" i.e. it runs through Millstone Grit, (sandstone) and not Limestone. The calcium and magnesium carbonates in Limestone, result in "hard" water. Soft water is perfect for washing the oils and lanolin from the wool of sheep. (Soap lathers far better in soft water). Naturally, a textile industry formed here.  That was a very potted history of our textile industry, missing a lot out, such as the Industrial Revolution and the Luddites. Sorry Yorkshire! I'm (slowly) adding images to the "Lost Mill" series. 

Lost Mill #4

Quite a few of the next images fall loosely under the heading of  Abstract Expressionism, but by no means all of them. Two or three are abstract photomontage works. The rest are, well, take a look and decide for yourselves.


Rays of Glory

Druid's Temple

Countryside Study

Island Splash


Sunken Atlantis


1950s Cocktail Bar


Green Rain

Robot 7XB

Robot 7XB was the last image in this post. I hope you liked what you have seen, or at least liked some of it. I've not decided what the subject of the next post will be yet. I do know that it is unlikely I shall be able to do another post within the next six weeks or so. I have to wait until the work being carried out at home is finished and I have access to my studio again. Plus we shall be taking a holiday on The Isle of Arran, in Scotland soon. We were there two years ago and I fell in love with it. I came home with a lot of photos, many of which are in this blog. Look at the post on Seaweeds for a start. I hope to be getting a lot more photos of parts of Arran that we didn't see last time.  I love malt whisky, so we shall be visiting the Arran Whisky distillery for certain. I'm getting excited already.

Please don't forget to leave a comment, thank you.
In the meantime, be nice to each other.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

New blog post coming in the following week.


I'm sorry for the 3 month or so gap in postings. So many things have been going on that I've not been able to post. However, most of the images, (loosely called Modern Art) have been prepared. I want to add one or two more and some text, then it will be posted.

Below are two images to be going on with.

 Moonlit Estuary

Breakout 2

See you soon.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sci-Fi and 3-D Art. 31st December 2017.

Hello and a very happy, peaceful and profitable New Year to you all.

Somehow, it seems fitting that I should mount this post on the last day of 2017. I hope you enjoy the work exhibited below. I shall make comments about any of the pieces here, which I feel would benefit from them.

Off we go...

Some of my friends may have seen this first piece before. It still remains one of my favourite works.

Alien Egg.

Still on the egg theme, the next one is one of the things I like to do with my art; create something in the hope that people looking at it will have that, "carpet-pulled-from-under-them", feeling. By this, I mean the viewer will try to rationalise what they see, attempting to fit it in to their personal frame of reference and experience. Like all artists who do this, I hope the viewer will fail and feel a little off balance, and possibly the path to new ways of seeing things will result. Quite a few of my works have that intention behind them.

Cosmic Egg.

One more of my "egg" themed works. This one is an alien egg before hatching.

Oval Shell Sunset.

The next two, are part of a long set I made showing an imagined holiday hotel on Mars. If Elon Musk, or the USA government have their way, this may become a reality a lot sooner than I expect.

Mars Hotel & Spaceport.

Looking out from the
Mars hotel window.

Below is done in the style of Sci-Fi graphic novels art. It's an attempt to show two scenes happening at different times, in one image. The space ship is in colour, in the three front panels in real time. It's shadow can be seen as a reflection passing across the huge building behind. The ship it'self is just visible at the left edge of the right hand panel. This section is in the past. It's another part of the Mars Spaceport.

Spaceport 3 Admin Block.

We've had the alien egg, now it's time for the hostile alien warrior to show  himself. I based him on an evolved spider-like creature. A lady-friend of mine described him as, "A handsome beast".

Alien Warrior.

The following two are part of a set of five or six pieces based on the idea that the Earth is under attack by a very advanced race of aliens. The earth is being destroyed by them. The warrior above may be handsome specimen of the invaders, but they are certainly a powerful force to be reckoned with.

 Armageddon #1.

Armageddon #3.

Of course, we are under attack, but not defenceless. One of the Earth's most powerful weapons are the advanced, AI (Artificial intelligence) android warriors, know as cyber warriors.

Cyber Warrior.

I spent a long time teaching myself to draw realistic planets of various types. Here is one example.

Blue Twin Moons.

The image below, is a very advanced starship. These craft, as any Sci-Fi fan knows, are generally too big to land on Earth. The Knot Ship has been designed using twisted space-time physics, (think of a Mobius Curve). Therefore it is small enough to land on the larger planets. Like the Tardis, it's smaller on the outside, than it is on the inside. Here, it is emerging from the sea, on a planet in a far off star system. I have also made a photochromic-lithographic print of this image. I may show it on this blog sometime in the New Year.

Knot Ship Rising from the Sea.

Here is another of my radically designed space craft. It's a shape you will all recognise, I'm sure.

Pyramid Ship Landing.

Yet another of my space ship designs. This time it's a long-haul transport ship. Officially, it's used by the Intergalactic Alliance, to ferry essential equipment, foodstuffs and luxury goods to the outlying planets. Unofficially, it's used for a  bit of smuggling on the side. Not that the authorities are aware of this of course.

Alliance Fleet Arm Transporter Ship.

The next image proved to be quite popular, much to my surprise. This is another of my, "What the hell is going on here?" ones. At least one person has it hanging on their wall. I lose count of who has which of my works in their homes. I suppose I should keep a record, but it's far too late to start now.

Dali's Dream.

I thought I'd add a couple more examples of my surrealistic art. In the 1960s, when I was at art school, my first painting in acrylics, was a set of toroidal shapes (doughnuts). These were in bright colours, against a purple background. There were two tutors in this class, one looked at the half-finished work and said, "You have no colour sense whatsoever". I was a little put out, I KNEW what I was doing. The other tutor told the first one that she was wrong. Adding that I'd not have been able to use the colours I did, if I had no feeling for colour. She was right, I've been tested and have perfect colour vision and I love colour. I think that people in the Western world are frightened of it. I'm not, I wear bright colours.

Some 48 years later I finally managed to create the piece of work I was trying to, all that time ago. The image below was the result.

Desert Rings 2.

The next two works are hanging on people's walls. I'm always very flattered when someone likes my work enough to live with it on their wall.

Steel Staircase.

I had a friend who worked in a photographic shop. I was teaching him some computer art techniques. One day, I took a few of my latest stuff into the shop, to show him. I'd printed the one below on silver coloured photo paper, it looked amazing, almost 3-D. The young female assistant saw it. I've never seen a reaction like it before, or since. She was so impressed that she kept saying, "It's wonderful, I've never seen anything like it in my life, it's incredible". Bless her!

This image has been through several incarnations. Two friends of ours, Chris and Diane, have different versions to the one below. Hi both, Happy New Year!

Dreaming #1.

The one below has been on exhibition a couple of times, it created a lot of interest. One lady asked me how I'd done it. It's very difficult to explain to a person who has not seen or used 3-D imaging software. I did my best, but looking at her, I knew she was lost. Particularly when I told her that I'd drawn it all in wire frame first, then added surface colours and textures. Also, that I'd drawn it as if I was looking at it all in front of me. Then I'd moved the view point of  the camera dolly in to the middle of the image. I explained that it resulted in some of the marbles then being behind me, and only their reflections were visible in the other marbles. I know it sounded like magic, but I couldn't explain it any better.

PCB Marbles.

My very dear friend Roger, fell in love with this next one as soon as he saw it. It's now hanging up in his house.

Silicon Birthing.

I used part of the one below as the cover illustration for my Sci-Fi based instrumental CD, "Unseen Galaxies." 

Strange Cargoes.

Every time I look at the next one, it gives me a feeling of great serenity. I can visualise the craft here floating out of the sky in complete silence, then landing, very gently, in spite of their great size.

They Came from the Stars.

On that peaceful note, I think I will end this post, and wish you all a very happy New Year once more.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Art Photography.

Hello everyone, yet another late blog post, still, here I am.

This post is a mixture of black and white, partially coloured black and white and colour photos. It all fits loosely under the umbrella title of "Art Photography". I'm putting the black and white ones first. As always, if I don't  think an image needs any comment from me, or even a title, I will simply let the shot speak for itself.
Off we go then...

The first one is a photo of  the newly refurbished, Halifax Piece Hall. It dates from 1779, when it was built as a Cloth Hall for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth, (a 30 yard length of woven woollen fabric produced on a handloom). It has a lot of shops on the galleries with more to come, and a great number of events are planned for it. There is an entrance in the building to the new library, (very impressive) and it's adjacent to the Square Chapel Arts Centre, also Calderdale Industrial Museum. If anyone whats to learn more about the Piece Hall, or see what it looks like now follow the link below.

Halifax Piece Hall.

Balustrades, Peoples Park.

Peoples Park decorative urn.

The next five photos are from a disused dyeworks mill. I featured it here in a past post. 

Mill chimney from 
boilerhouse side.

Inside the mill.

Roof of boilerhouse.

Inside boilerhouse looking 
towards Old Lane.

Governor on a working 
steam traction engine.

York Arms (pub) Staircase, York.

Now for the colour shots. This is a very diverse collection of photos which appealed to me at the time and still do. The first is a Morris Dancer from the Sutton Masque border style Morris team, from Cambridgeshire. I took it at this year's Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing weekend. For more information on Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing, the link is below.

For some reason, the server can't find it by clicking the link. I've been to the site and it is there, just copy and paste it into your browser.  

Sutton Masque dancer.

Below is a wonderful cloudscape I took at Hunstanton in Norfolk. The light at the coast in Norfolk is wonderful. It's an artists and photographers paradise.

Hunstanton cloudscape.

I took the following photo on my phone a few days after I'd bought it. I was in Leeds, Yorkshire, when I saw this building. It has mirrored windows, so you are looking at a reflection of the building behind me as I took the shot. I thought it was a sensational but didn't have a camera, just my mobile. It was my first Smartphone, I didn't expect much from a phone camera (8MP in this case) but was very impressed with the result. 

The Bourse is an office and retail complex, it was sold for £8m to Paloma Real Estate Fund in 2016.

The Bourse, City of Leeds.

If you look very closely at most flowers, they are incredibly complex and beautiful. Quite a lot of the photographs I've taken of flowers, look like abstract art. The next two images are good examples of this.

Close-up of a nasturtium flower.

Centre of a begonia flower.

Below is a photo of a Ganoderma applanatum, or Artists Bracket fungi. It's a very common perennial bracket fungus. The underside is white and can be scratched with a sharp point to leave brown marks and so produce artistic images - hence the common name. It releases spores in their billions. The brown colour below it, is a dense brown dust of them. It's a very tough fungi, it you tap it, it sounds and feels like wood.

Ganoderma applanatum -
Artists Bracket fungi.

Canalside Tree.


York Art Gallery entrance at night.

Walking round York one night, I spotted the shop window display below. It's quite surreal and far too good to miss taking a photo of.

Window Display. 
Or is this a Dragonfly?
Thanks for that Peter.

Soda bubbles in a plastic cup.

Rain drops on a Raft Spider's web.

Back to the dyehouse above for this next shot. I was inside the mill, looking back at the way I had climbed in.


Now for the final shot. Anne and I went to the Halifax Agricultural Show in August. it was very enjoyable, especially the showjumping sheep, which was fantastic. they were so well trained  and it was a LOT of fun.

As we were leaving, I spotted the two sheep below. It was another of those too good to miss photos. This photograph had to be either the opening of closing image. It's a nice finish to this post.


I'm determined to get my next blog post mounted here in about 4 weeks. I already have an idea as to what it will contain. Well, until the next time, goodby.

Be kind to each other.