This week I had to move out of my studio and cancel all my art workshops due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This represented a huge loss of work for me so I've been busy over the last few days making my workshops available online and I'm very pleased to be able to launch that today.
If you click on the link below it will take you to a members only area on my website. For £20 a month you will get access to all my live online workshops that will be broadcast several times a week, free weekly downloads of colouring in sheets and art challenges and a 20% discount code that can be redeemed against any of my artwork and merchandise.
If youre still not sure take a look at the Korp Academy page for examples of the artwork that will be produced, videos and an FAQ section.
I'm a bit late to the party but after seeing my friend Doug Shaws post about #MarchMeetTheMaker I thought I'd try and join in.
Today the prompt is HELP and this is somewhere I have been lucky. Over the years I have been surrounded by people that have helped me grow into a full time artist and none more so than the poet Keely Mills from Eastern Angles.
A couple of years ago I was losing my studio space and about to call time on what, at that point, had been a fairly short career as a "full time" artist. Keely and I had been casual acquaintances for many years crossing paths at different cultural events in the city and it was during one of these events that she invited me to take a look at some large retail units being used as a pop up theatre called the Undercroft. Despite being focused on poetry and theatre Keely was critical in securing a 3 month trial for me to set up my studio, Studio 4, inside the Undercroft. Since then Keely and Eastern Angles have helped me to set up a successful art school with over 50 registered students, an established live art event in Korpest that has seen over 60 artists painting live in Peterborough including My Dog Sighs, Nyces and Irony and helped me to continue to be a full time artist.
The Junk Yard Jam has quickly become one of my favourite events of the year. Andy and Mike are doing a great job on so many levels. To start with its great to be able to have some really amazing canvases to work on like cars, vans, trailers, containers and even some big silo's. After the event most of the pieces are grabbed and destroyed by the on site excavator (see below) or, where artistically appropriate, set alight (check the Irony Lighter piece). The other thing they do so well is make you feel welcome and appreciated and with drinks, snacks and pizza for that energy boost. Top fellas putting on a top jam!
It was the first Battle Lines of the year recently and it was me up against my good buddy Arran MacPhail. Had a great time...and I won!!
Ever feel like you have a collection of masks you wear to help you get through the day?
This new limited edition print is available to pre-order now. 50% of the proceeds will go towards the Skate-Aid charity.
Very pleased to announce that I'll be painting at Upfest again this year. Check out the link below to see more of my work at Upfest.
Irony invited me down to London to paint at his new venue the Nags Head Market. The only issue was that it was painting freehand on shutters which I've never done before. Keeping in mind that fear of failure holds you back I went down with a positive attitude that even if I bombed it would be a good learning experience.
It was meant to be a worm head but I get that it looks more like a fish, either way I was pleased with the result. Shutters are not as bad as I thought, the uneven surface gives you a lot of leeway in your lines which was a good thing for a first timer.
Here are some of the other artists paintings...
Obviously I'm colouring in my own book. I see it as research for volume 2. Anyway here is page 1 using Promarkers.
Head of cutting out and colouring in at Korporate Industries.