Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Buzzy Day

Here is the progress of the bee paintings for UnionGallery Edinburgh. I have drawn them out ready for painting using pencil on triple primed and sanded canvas which will be sealed with a layer of liquin and turpentine. Better get my skates on as the exhibition opens sooner than I thought. Here's the info

Plight of the Bumblebee:
8 September 2011 - 10 October 2011

A fascinating and entertaining mixed exhibition highlighting the problem of the declining bee population and helping to raise funds for research through artwork. Artists as diverse as Jenny Matthews, Janet Melrose, Dylan Lisle, and sculptors Hanna Haworth and Jessica Irena Smith have all produced superb work of a bee-related nature for this exhibition.
20% of the proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Union Gallery, located on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street, is to hold an exhibition of art dedicated to the bumblebee and to highlight the decline in its population.  20% of the proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
‘Plight of the Bumblebee’ is a fascinating exhibition of the highest quality in which some of our finest artists have created bee-related work as a method of highlighting the problem of the declining bee population and of raising funds for research into this critical issue.  Artists as diverse as Derek McGuire, Jenny Matthews, Janet Melrose and Mark Edward, along with New York based sculptor Hannah Haworth and Czech sculptor Marcela Trsova, have all used their considerable talents and their concern about this issue to produce an exceptional and unique exhibition.  All the work has been inspired by the bumblebee, so this exhibition will both amuse and challenge the viewer.
Dr Ben Darvill, Chief Executive of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust says:
‘BBCT are delighted to receive such wonderful support from the Union Gallery in Edinburgh and the artists participating in their upcoming exhibition about the plight of the bumblebee.  This impressive exhibition will not only generate valuable income for the BBCT, but it will also help raise awareness of the issues that our bees face.  Our bees are in trouble and urgently need flower-rich habitats to sustain their populations.  Our conservation and outreach work support our overall vision that one day our communities and countryside will be rich in colourful wildflowers and bees, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.  For more information about the BBCT, please visit http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.
For those who wish to enjoy a superb exhibition whilst, at the same time have the opportunity to support those who are working to stop the decline in the bumblebee population, this is a must-see exhibition.

And here's a few drawings of fellow patients from my recent stint in hospital hotel.

Sunday, 28 August 2011


Peace out until Monday

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


My friend Richard Purden has a new book out on the 15th of September. Loads of great interviews and celebrity input. A passionate book by a passionate man. Go buy it here. LINK or at ASDA. I'm not a football fan but I will definitely be reading it.
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