Victorian art on walls

The John Jones experience...

Recently I had the opportunity to work with two of my wonderful artist friends, Joni Belaruski and Ella Guru, on a large commission for a prestigious framing company John Jones.
The company had recently moved into new premises and were holding a party to celebrate, so with a theme loosely based on 'Victorian Interiors' we were challenged to fill a huge white walled space with appropriate illustrations within a time frame of less than a week.
I've worked for many years in a vintage inspired style, and have extended knowledge and a passion for Victorian interior design, so I had a lot of fun with this project even though the artwork (black illustration on white walls) was much simpler than my usual work.
The artwork we created was only going to be there for a single, solitary day so we managed to take a few snapshots as a memory before it was gone forever...

 The beginning: A sea of white walls and very little else...

The vintage inspired frames start to appear...

The cat and the cuckoo
Ella climbing ladders and painting on walls

Almost there...

Waiting for the lights to go down and the party to start.


On to the party...

The Art Coven
The photobooth
Ella Guru and Joni Belaruski
It was a pleasure working with these amazing, talented ladies.

An outtake from 'Charlie'

Another piece of artwork left on that imaginary cutting room floor.

When I was creating my piece 'Charlie', a tribute to the great Chaplin, I found my mind wandering back to a time before he became the Hollywood Icon that everyone came to love and laugh with.
Back to a time before his screen persona "the Tramp" came to life in picture houses, when he was still walking the harsh streets of London, and this is the outcome of that journey of the mind...

The Angel tube sign never made it into the final artwork but I still like this version.
It reminds me of a quote I once read by him...

 “You have to believe in yourself, that's the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.”- Charlie Chaplin (on being a street kid in London).

Left on the cutting room floor

Sometimes things don't fall into a perfect place, instead they fall away and slowly fade, forgotten on an imaginary cutting room floor. She never made it...

An outtake from 'London Rain'

Rare Birds

Love in times of adversity...

“but all other things shall fade away,
while love stands alone and still holds sway.
all other things shall fade away,

into the ground, into the grey.”

Detail from my artwork 'Rare Birds'

The Little Elephant that could

Often my work has a dark, sinister side but once in a while there's a piece that's inspired by the light.

“Fly without wings;
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”

The trouble with technology

It's such a great feeling when you can finally access a dead computers hard drive. It's been so long... you begin to eagerly look through folders and folders searching for so many hours worth of 'lost' work. Then the heart sinks when you realise that some files have been lost or corrupted forever. It's heartbreaking to know that even though you are careful to have backups in place, there are circumstances when your whole digital safety net can fail.
You survey all that remains, take a deep breathe and walk away. Make a cup of tea, smoke a million cigarettes, and then let it go... for there is nothing you can do, so why torment yourself over things that can't be changed.
Technology is wonderful, but sometimes it fails and you usually learn this lesson the hard way.

All that remains...

St. Jude

We are the outsiders, forgotten and lost. Pray for us...