Graffitiand railway bridge…

Grafitti around a Victorian railway bridge just off Cole Avenue, Gloucester.


Alan Kennedy art @ The Guildhall…

Some really nice mixed-media artworks by Alan Kennedy.

Ian Kennedy art 10.01.14 - 3 Ian Kennedy art 10.01.14 - 5 Ian Kennedy art 10.01.14 - 6 Ian Kennedy art 10.01.14 - 7


Submergence: Interactive light installation…

Another gleaming gem in the centre of Bristol. I’ll update this post when I find the details of the artist!

Bristol 04.10.13 - 003 Bristol 04.10.13 - 004 Bristol 04.10.13 - 006 Bristol 04.10.13 - 007 Bristol 04.10.13 - 009

Submergence info


Bristol graffitti…

Walking up Stokes Croft in Bristol – always an uplifting experience!


‘Journey To Red’ – Laura Harris…

Amazing detail, blending of colours and textures. The eye is almost drawn to the centre ground of the painting, away from the intense colour and texture.

journey to red - laura harris

Still tracking down ideas for acrylic art techniques and styles.


Day 019…

Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, Sap Green and Titanium White. Not always the colours i’m naturally drawn too but this is a detail of one of my recent acrylic paintings.



The de Young museum – Herzog & de Meuron…

An interview with Jacques Herzog in ‘the de Young in the 21st century’, a book about the development and design of 2005 art museum located in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, by Herzog & de Meuron architects.

IMG_2061 Text highlight

‘… the building should stress that moment of the real encounter. It’s the only true asset left for architecture.’

16a146f8734f700a4412fb5bd19ed4ca 0018


Kicking myself into action: Art in acrylic…

At last, the opportunity has come to develop some creative ideas, in the form of the more traditional elements, including acrylic paint and canvas. I’ve been concentrating on photography (loosely) for a number of years and it’s been the quickest and gratifying method of being creative and has led to thousands of priceless family pictures (ok, priceless to us!).

It’s also ideal in terms of home education. While the boys are doing their own games or painting themselves (not literally, although that does happen), I can also be getting on the art train. It’s also an inspiring approach whereby the boys experience the adults interest and desire to be creative – it really does wear off and enhance their learning process.

Lines art

The image above was produced purely digitally and formed part of my exhibition in January 2010. Part of the concept was to produce something which had an organic feel, including motion caught in time, with varying line¬†thickness’s. The image started out as a 3D model I produced in SketchUp. I then used various filters in there and zoomed into a wireframe view to get a more abstract composition.


I then exported it into Photoshop and applied further layers and filters + turned it into a layer mask then added a photo from Amsterdam behind. Possibly 20 steps in all.

I produced this in 2009 and since then have been accumulating ideas and concepts which, for one reason or 20 others, i’ve not had the chance to develop. This is now the opportunity and as Flora Bowley says, ‘let go, be bold and unfold’. A main driver for all this is to develop art ideas which incorporate photography but which move into the use of different media forms, including acrylic and canvas. I sometimes find digital photography slightly limiting to the artistic spirit (even though that’s my main passion) and need to develop a wider range of expression.

This video by the Abstract Art Lesson website was really the thing which kicked me into action and really showed me the way forward.

The video mentioned the use of Liquitex paint so I checked out their website – very inspiring and full of information. They were apparently the first company in 1955 to produce water-based acrylic paint.

The next inspiration is Flora Bowley’s book and concept – Brave Intuitive Painting, which my wife actually had already bought but which I just hadn’t taken in : ) Sometimes you need a jolt in a certain direction to then be able to take in or absorb things which may already be all around you.

This video on Vimeo shows her creative process in a very well produced short film.

She also suggests using stiff foam brushes of various widths and water to help blend the paint while still wet. Can’t wait to get started on all this and since it’s my birthday coming up, it seems like a good chance to jump in : )

Q. Has anyone had this kind of inspiration or do you use acrylic paints? Any essential tips of the trade?


The Public…

According to their website, The Public is ‘an exciting creative, community, cultural and business space in the heart of West Bromwich’.

It was full of interesting and interactive displays and the whole building itself was an artwork (architect: Will Alsop).

The detailing which runs through the building and the attention to the finish of the materials is excellent. Some fun displays, including a white box room with a single tv on the wall, which displays a merged image from 4 video cameras set high in each corner of the room.

A great venue for local artists and events.


Halo light sculpture…

An awesome light sculpture by Valerie Boy, on the Apartment Therapy website.

Photo courtesy of

This uses powder-coated metal which is cut out around the edges of the pattern to produce a halo effect – very detailed work and a great idea!

An easy way to achieve a similar effect would be to cut out multiple stencil patterns which are then stuck on a canvas, with a darker (or non-transparent) paint layer sprayed over. Once the stencils are removed the spaces would let the light through – slightly more rough than this but probably quicker : )


World Tour of Bath #6 – Holburne Museum…

Eric Parry’s Holburne Museum extension. Completed in 2011, in parallel with the restoration of the main building, which dates from 1796. The scheme took 10 years to progress through the design, planning and construction stages.

The result is a fairly impressive structure. The ceramic and glazed exterior is quite a challenging thing, particularly in the context of such as strong local character and it’s location: attached to a grade l listed building. The glazing does reflect the mature plane trees to the rear which are the start of Sydney Gardens, through which a canal and trainline pass!

The green and metallic ceramic vertical tiles work well and compliment the form of the older building and the contrast is significant. The whole scheme would have transformed the interaction of the museum with the gardens and the interior spaces are very well integrated with the 18th century building.

The ground floor cafe and outdoor seating area works well and I could see this being a very nice place to hang out in the summer – it was nice enough when I was there and I managed to avoid a pretty torrential rain storm while I was in side – to emerge with large puddles everywhere and torrents of water running down the hill to the University of Bath!

A 30 minute walk to the university campus and an interesting lecture. Lots of interesting new build projects there and overall a day of inspiring design.


Michael Morgan art…

While on holiday in Tenby (SW Wales) for the last week, I came across a link to a great site called Marine House at Beer – arts & pottery.

(Courtesy of:

I really like this work by Michael Morgan RI titled ‘Remote Manor Two’ – lots of texture and contrast in both shading and colour and interesting composition : )