Friday, 20 June 2014

Live conference murals

Conference murals in Derby and Cardiff completed this week.
A very busy and enjoyable few days this week. I was hired to paint two conference murals, one in Derby for the #goodchildhood summit held by The Mighty Creatives and the second one the day after in Cardiff for a Headteachers conference held by Inspire Education.

work in progress of the TMC mural in Derby
The idea of both murals was to paint and draw the atmosphere, key points and activities throughout the day, which is almost like a live visual diary. For example, as one of the speakers are talking, I would paint a quick picture of them and surround it with either key notes or visual ideas to represent what they are saying.

So in some ways I am creating a snapshot of the events that take place that help as an aid to the people attending, to try an bring home some of the key messages from the agenda of the day.

It is very intensive, but at the same time very enjoyable to do. The people who attend and host the events are very welcoming and help to ease the pressure when try to paint the information down!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Famous faces for 'The Eternal Now'

Steve Hackett and David Coverdale painted by Anthony Greentree
Steve Hackett and David Coverdale who kindly offered their photos for the Paintings I worked on.

Recently I approached some of my musical heroes, via twitter and email to see if they fancied having their portrait painted for part of the theme of paintings I am working on for the Exhibition, The Carnival of Monsters in October.

To my delight I received some responses. One was of my guitar hero, Steve Hackett of early Genesis Fame (who is just as brilliant solo) and Rock singer David Coverdale from Whitesnake who kindly submitted their photos for me to use.
The reason for these particular paintings was to demonstrate, that no matter what status or background we sit within the constructs and descriptive world we have created, we are all still one and the same with the universe. 

I have also approached Mark Watts who is the son of the late Philosopher Alan Watts (who has been the inspiration for the whole thing!) and he has supplied me with a photo to use of his father that i will also paint as part of these work. I still have quite a few more portraits to do, and each one has it's own feel and approach.