Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Large Scale Painting - Evil Tree Spirits

A few years back I produced some artwork called Evil Tree Spirits, a pencil and gel ink pen drawing, that I then scanned into the computer and coloured digitally.

For a while I have wanted to reproduce this large scale and finally got round to it over the bank holiday weekend. I thought it would make an excellent gift to the guys staying at Borras Community Protection Camp to help brighten the place up and feel a bit more homely for them and to thank them for what they are doing to help keep a Frack Free Wrexham.

I took some photo's of the progression of the painting as I thought it would be interesting to see. Below are these pictures from start to finish and finally, hanging in it's new home. I was quite pleased with the outcome and have already invested in some more canvasses for my next painting. You will have to wait and see what that will be.




Friday, 15 May 2015

DIY Bird Table Project

I've been doing alot of work in the garden lately to give it a re-vamp and decided to bring an old bird table back to life. 

This involved taking pretty much the whole thing apart, chiselling off an old plywood base, giving it a lick of paint and nailing it to a new freshly painted luscious lime coloured fence post in my little corner of relaxation down at the bottom of the garden. ("....amongst the birds and the bees, lived alot of tiny people called the Poddington Peas" *sorry couldn't resist that* haha).

It was really cheap to do, cost just under a fiver for some paint pot testers - I opted for Purple Pout and Morroccan Orange. The hardest part was unscrewing the rusty old fused nails when taking the original thing apart.

Quite pleased with how it has turned out and already have an idea for my next project in the garden which will involve turning the outhouse into a she-shed... But not until I've given it a lick of paint, you'll have to wait and see how that one turns out, but for now I'll leave you with some photo's from the birdhouse project.




Sunday, 19 April 2015

Poster Design: Build, Gardening & Painty Day For Frack Free Wrexham

I got asked to design another poster for Frack Free Wrexham and was happy to oblige, quite straight forward as sticking to the same design style as the Easter Fun Day Poster, I simply developed the overall theme to fit more with the event which was for a Build, gardening and painty day with an emphasis being on Frack Free Food and Farming, encouraging people to come and grow their own vegetables. 

Here is the finished poster below...



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How Advertisement Has Changed - A Ranty Pants Post!

Random ranty pants post! I find TV advertisement of today very very irritating. 

There was a point in my life where I loved TV ad's, I'd read books, buy DVD's of Ad directors... But nowadays... Well... What a load of shit!

The past couple of years seems to have seen this shift in TV ad's working the whole 'playing on happy family emotions' element which I find bloody boring, cringeworthy and irritating. Mostly annoying by the softly whispy-waspy voice of some female singer covering what was once (in my opinion) a good song, usually overlaid by some happy smiley people acting out some standard cliche'd bullshit routine.

Whatever happened to adverts being fun, creative minded and musically pleasing? 

Call me weird, but for me there aren't really any ad's that creatively please me anymore, I like the surreal, the thoughtful and the wonderful but TV adverts at the moment lack all those elements big time! 

Anyway, I just felt like putting that rant out there and also to share some of what I consider beautiful and creative ad's of the past. None of this waspy voiced overlaid bullshit. Just pure surrealism!

Levi's Commercial - Spaceman 1995 - (Oh how I loved this song and the aliens!)





Audi RS4 - Spider TV Ad 2005 - (Surreal!)




Wotsits - Is That A Whoosh Or What? 1993 - (Catchy and fun!)


Guinness Surfer Ad With Horses - 1998 (Mesmerizing)


Smirnoff Through The Bottle Ad - 1995 (Trippy)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

I'm on a cake making phase. Tackled a few recipes lately, everything from Lemon cake through to my own twist on a carrot cake. It was my friends son's birthday at the weekend, so I made him some cakes and thought I'd share the recipe.

Ingredients:
175g unsalted butter.
175g caster sugar.
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
3 eggs.
175g of self raising flower.
Cream cheese icing. (I used plain flavoured on some and strawberry flavoured on the other).
Sprinkles of your choice. (I used popping candy on some and sugar cane and hundreds and thousands on others).

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to a 170 degrees/ Gas mark 3.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Pour in the vanilla essence and add the eggs mix again to make a yellow batter.
  4. Add the flour and mix until it is smooth, about 5 minutes. Stop once in the middle of this and scrape the sides down using a spatula. The longer mixing time enables air to get into the mixture which will make it lighter. Pour into fairy or cupcake cases.
  5. Bake for about 14 minutes. Keep an eye on them. They will be perfect when they bounce back to the touch and the top still looks slightly sticky. This will ensure they keep their moisture.
  6. Leave on a cooling rack for 30 minutes or until cool, then decorate as you wish. (I used cream cheese icing and sprinkles).





Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Easter Family Fun Day Poster Design For Frack Free Wrexham

Back in March 2013, Wrexham Council rejected a planning application for a test drill, that was over-ruled by an outside government inspector. It wasn't until October last year that I learnt that this was happening down the road from where I live, so I attended a public awareness meeting to find out more. 

The risks from fracking are truly outrageous and I find it insane that our government are trying to push this through despite the damage that has happened abroad. BUT with money to be made and shares in the industry, I don't suppose our Tory government care about the public or what we think!

I won't waffle on too much, as everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you'd like to learn more you can visit: http://www.frackfreewrexham.org.uk/

Back to my original point of this post, as being my blog I share artwork, designs, life and more.... But basically I wanted to share with you this poster that I volunteered to design for Frack Free Wrexham. It's for an Easter Family Fun Day that will be held on 5th April at the Borras Protection Camp

I've volunteered to run an arts and crafts stall, so we'll be making Easter egg bags with the kiddies so they can put their treats in from the Easter Egg Hunt.

The idea behind the event is to try and encourage new people in the community to visit the camp, have a good fun day out, but also learn more. Surprisingly enough, despite massive coverage in the local press, there are still lots of people in the local area who aren't aware that this is happening in Wrexham.

This should be a fun day out for all the family with a BBQ, Tombola, Easter egg hunt and more!

Here's the poster I volunteered to design for the event...



Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Help Save The Bee's By Planting These!

Bee's are in decline and have been disappearing since the late 1990's. 


The main reasons for the bee's decline is down to a number of factors including industrial agriculture, parasites, more patio'd gardens and climate change.

Bee's play an important part in our eco systems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination! A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production. 

Bee's are essential in pollinating the crops that form our food and also the wild plants that grow across the country and provide food for much of our wildlife. Without bees, the very fabric of our lives will change considerably.

These garden friend's need our help! How you may wonder? Simple.... Plant these and help save our bee's!

Even if you only have a small garden or patio, herbs can be grown in pots or buckets and are very easy to maintain.



There is a petition here to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides. Please sign.