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April Art Fest

April is a busy month for me. The 1st April is the reception for the juried Unique By Nature Art Competition by the Arts and Music Guild of McKinney. Both my daughter and I have art entered. The same weekend sees some of my figure drawings alongside other local artists in The Figure exhibition at The Cove.  The Unique by Nature exhibition is viewable at the McKinney Performing Arts Center through to the 23rd April.

The 7th April is the start of a three day art festival in Downtown McKinney with the square and side streets closed off for a big three days “Arts in Bloom” event. I’m glad of the 10 by 10 area allocated to me because I have so much art to show that weekend. Hoping that Texas weather is kind to us.

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Rocking The Blues

imageSapphire moors – as you know I like to create skies by pouring different coloured inks and allowing them to run and blend. I could use the same colours tens of times in succession but each sky will be unique. I love the way this particular sky turned out. I used only two colours of inks through the entire painting but washed through alcohol to lighten them and create the various shades and effects then the moon was painted in with white ink.

Size 5 by 7 inches matted to 8 by 10 inches

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If you can’t sleep #becreative

This morning I did my usual waking up at 3.33 (aren’t they angel numbers?) and so set imageto painting straight away. I hate starting off with a blank canvas so usual play on it first. Either I’m making marks, adding words and colour, or even actually painting something. In the future if anyone bothers to X-ray any of my paintings they’ll probably find two or three paintings hidden underneath. Masterpieces all lol

I’m drawn to painting seascapes and landscapes at night. Maybe they calm me down and I get back to sleep. Here are the next two of my Insomnia Series III and IV both started as glass jars and flowers and ended up totally different. 8 by 8 by 1.5 deep gallery wrapped canvases.


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British Red Telephone Box

A little history…..
The red telephone box, a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom and also in Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar. The colour red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

Calling Home

Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. After the privatisation of the Post Office in the 1980’s many of them were replaced with a supposedly sleeker and more utilitarian design and some of my friends now have them in their gardens and they are often used in art “sculptures: in British cities. My kids have grown up with phones and doubt they will ever use a public phone but I can still remember having to walk up the road to the Post Office with a handful of two pence pieces to call my friends who either were waiting at an allotted time in another booth, or had their own phone line installed.

While most people instantly recognise that other British phone box made famous by a certain Doctor it’s with fondness I remember the iconic red ones.

My art is recreated from an original photo I took many years ago.

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The British Emporium

I guess whenever you’re an ex-pat living anywhere no matter how good the foods are in your new country you still have a longing for things back home. Being a Brit I miss a good strong cup of tea, real chocolate, prawn cocktail and salt & vinegar crisps and proper bacon and sausages. Which is why I usually travel at least once a month to The British Emporium, a small shop located in the Texas town of Grapevine. While the square footage may be meagre by supermarket standards the same can’t be said of the huge amount of British foods and goods they carry. The shelves are piled high and very generously with all the products a Brit might miss.

So it was with great relief that I managed to make it there this weekend with just ten minutes to go before they closed. I stocked up with a huge jar of Marmite, lots of crisps and even salmon paste – you have to be a Brit to understand that one. If ever you are in the area you should really check it out, even if you’re not a Brit, you might find something new like Mr. KIpling’s Bakewell Tart, Golden Syrup, a chocolate flake or always good for a laugh Spotted Dick with yummy custard.

I’ve lived in the DFW area for almost nine years now but still miss all those things and am even prone to craving British junk food. Hmmm where is that Pot Noodle?

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