All that glitters must surely be from Essex

All that glitters must surely be from Essex
Oil and glitter on canvas

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

A lot going on

Still marking GCSE work so 11.15 on a Wednesday night seems to be my only opportunity this week to post.  Okay, so I finished my submission to to the Threadneedle Prize (although it took me over 2 hours to upload the image last night as they were having such a high demand over their fact they increased the deadline by 2 hours today because a lot of people were having problems.  I have to say that the support was fantastic, advice on Twitter and when I rang in a panic they were lovely!  I digress) anyway, I'm really pleased with the piece so even if it doesn't make pre-selection I'm really proud of it.  Generally happy with how my "Essex" series is going, lots of ideas - 3 paintings now in the initial stages at the studio including the biggest canvas I have tackled since graduating.
I also joined Emerge Gallery, an online gallery who work with new UK artists.  We need more people like Emerge Gallery, I really admire the commitment to giving new artsts a platform....something which I'm sure mostly every artist ever would agree - is the hardest thing to get.  So swing past their great new website,

The summer season is well and truly on now.  For the next few months I have a series of prizes and awards to apply for, not to mention waiting for the results of Art Takes Times Square (my work will be shown at the launch and VIP party, even if I don't make it onto those lovely big screens!)  The John Jones 2D prize, the Threadneedle Prize AND on top of that I have 3 paintings to finsh as well as 2 others planned.

What a few months it should be.  Busy, yes.  Nerve-racking, yes.  Disappointing, possibly.  Exciting, bloody hell yes!! 

One thing is for sure, I'm having a great time - I'm not sure which artist said it, possibly Francis Bacon, but it's so true; as long as you paint for yourself you will never be unhappy with your work.

Even if all of the prizes and awards bomb out, I'll still keep painting because I just love it!

So here's the finished piece, "The Only Way is Constable", I did dabble with a slightly more tongue-in-cheek title but decided it was a little bit too YBA for me.  And yes, I have vajazzled my painting - in the next post I'll go into the themes and ideas behind my "Essex" series....I'm sure the Essex girls and boys among you can already see where I'm going with this one!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Work in progress

Busy week and its only Tuesday!  So this post is going to be all about the piccies, so this is how my most recent piece from my "Essex" series is shaping up.....

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

New York, Neeeeeew Yooooooork!

So, it's getting quite exciting now, my work has been submitted for "Art Takes Times Square" which is an amazing exhibition - on the biggest scale.  Artists from all over the world have submitted work and it is up to members of the public, whose art gets selected to go into the exhibition event on June 18th.  If enough people select or "collect" our work then we get through to the event where our artwork will be shown in NYC baby!!! If our work gets thorugh to that then it may be selected by he judging panel to be shown on the big screens in Times Square.

This is the most awesome opportunity, I have stood in the middle of Times Square a couple of times in my life and the thought that my work could be on the screen is insane.  To be honest I would be totally chuffed to get through to the exhibition event on June 18th.  Excitingly enough I am getting close to it happening, I have already had my work collected by more people than I had ever expected!  Below is the link to my portfolio of work and if you reading this and have a few moments I would love you to follow the link and click "collect me" if you like what you see.  Come on people - help me to get through on this crazy thing!!

My link is

Thanks all x

Monday, 7 May 2012

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.....

It's a busy time at the moment, fitting in any painting of my own has been almost impossible whilst I endeavour to get my yr11 students through their GCSE. After putting in a lot of extra hours to get them through their exam I now have to put in even more in marking it all to get the exam board paperwork off by the deadline. At the same time I'm trying to get a piece finished in time to register it for the Threadneedle Prize. There are at least 3 Other Open Exhibitions and Prizes coming up that I need to finish work for in time to register them.

So much stuff to get done and barely any enough time to do any of it! teaching full time And trying to get my painting career off the ground is certainly a lot of deadlines to juggle! Better that than having nothing to do! Here's a piccie of how one of my submissions is coming along....or not, depending on how much time I can steal to get to my studio and do it!