Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Street Art Festival 2016 - Nottingham

Well, it's that time again, when the brilliant Surface Gallery in Nottingham puts on it's Street Art festival - a salon style exhibition which features all the best in street art, urban art and anything 'alternative'. This suits my artwork down to the ground, so once again I have entered some pieces of mine into the exhibition. Along with the works of art inside, there is always lots of spray can art round the back of the gallery in the yard and down the alley and it's absolutely awe inspiring when you see the scale of these pieces. The exhibition runs throughout the whole month of July and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Check out the gallery's website for opening times.  

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Things You Don't Say To An Artist (please!)

I was reading a brilliant article the other day on the Jung Katz blog entitled 25 Things You Should Never Say To An Artist (parts 1 & 2) and boy did it resonate! Such things as "That's a hobby, not a job", "I guess anyone can call themselves an artist", "You should get an actual job" and "People buy that?"

I have had derivatives of these comments said to me at one time or another. Other good ones which particularly stung are "My 8 year old can paint better than that". OH REALLY???? and when I was once standing at a fair behind my stall, someone walked by and very loudly said "Well, I suppose some would call it art." CHEERS!

Why do people have to do this? Do they have to be so mean? My collectors love my art. I have many repeat buyers and I'm not playing, or messing about. I am serious about what I do. Oh well, I suppose you can't please all of the people .... and all that. But back to the article, a great read, which I am sure most artists can relate to.

Anyway, I have been working on insects this week. I haven't done much animal art recently, so I thought I would take a break from people and see what I could come up with. These two little guys are the result. Both 8 x 10 inches, and available on my website They're cheery little fellows in acrylic, drawing pens and collage. Hope you like them.