I’m excited to let you know that I’m now a regular blogger at chrysolis.org. Chrysolis is an organisation which aims to help people relate the story of Jesus to all of life. It seems a little premature to call myself a ‘regular blogger’ after one post, but that’s the intention. You can read my first … Continue reading An Exciting Announcement!
My friend James and I recently stopped into Tate Britain to have a look at an installation by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Britain’s “foremost concrete poet.” To be honest, we couldn’t make head nor tail of it, and we really tried. I’m not even really sure what a concrete poet is… But then we popped into … Continue reading ‘Pavlova’ (c1912) by Bruce Turner
This is a painting I made during some days off last week. It’s called Blood and Ash, and I painted it as a response to the opening chapters of Leviticus.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with my good friend James. I loved this exhibition last year, and this year was no different.
One thing I love about it is that it’s open for anyone to enter. And that means you get a wide variety of artists and a wide variety of styles side-by-side. So one minute you might be looking at a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters one minute, and a recent art graduate the next. And portraits of the famous and influential share a wall with parents and children and ballroom dancers. I have to resist the temptation to rush to find out who’s coming up next. As it is, I have to go round twice.
If you’re in London before 18th September, you should make time to check out this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This was my arty highlight of 2010, and it looks like it’ll be great this year too. The exhibition is open to anyone over 18, and this year there were … Continue reading BP Portrait Award 2011
The result of a satisfying weekend’s painting. The colours are a bit weird on the photo, but you get the idea. I painted this piece to try out some ideas for a bigger painting I want to do for my parents’ new hallway. Usually I do a lot of sketching beforehand, but this time I … Continue reading “Orchids”
CS Lewis once wrote: “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is … Continue reading “Mudpies and Sandcastles” (2011)