What is Ply Wood?

The term 'ply wood refers' to engineered boards of wood, that are manufactured by gluing multiple very thin sheets (veneers) of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated, often by 90 or 45 degrees, so the grain of the wood runs in different directions. This adds strength, reduces shrinkage and expansion, and greatly reduces the …

Tula’s Flames

​ Tula and I had great time today spray painting this yellow army onto the red wall in her bedroom. We had designed the idea ages ago but we've only just got the respirators we need to spray indoors. I say we, Tula did the designing, I just assisted the artistic process.  Tula Iis very …

Ladybird Lampshade.

​ It had got to that point when our bathroom ceiling needed a lick of paint, so while I was at it I jazzed up the previously cream and rather dusty lampshade. I sprayed it blue, cut a lady bird stencil and sprayed that on and then added a bit of greenery with some acrylic …

Ah Bin’ Drawing. (An’ plan ta do more)

Since finishing painting the wall at Ashley Down, I've taken a job working as a painter decorator for an old friend who runs a property maintenance company. It makes sense. There are some large gaps in my drawing/painting ability, many if which can be sorted out with regular practice in a sketchbook, so that's what …

Ashley Down Primary School Wall; Painting Complete.

I've just finished painting this long picture. It's so long it took 2 panoramic photos on my phone to get it all in. It's been a big old job, with a massive learning curve, but I'm really pleased to have had the opportunity.

I love painting murals!

This picture shows the stage I was at when I downed tools and finished work for the day yesterday, and therefore what I return to work on this morning. It's another sunny day here in Bristol, I feel blessed, and I'm enjoying this project immensely. I'm learning so much and the hard work really feels …

Bee on my hand.

Here's a little bee playing saxophone on my hand. The picture in the background was given to us and painted by our lovely friend Persh, who has been endlessly supportive and generous to us over the years. Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;

A Yard in St Wherburgs

At a part of St Wherburgs, called Boiling Wells, there is a yard behind a big green metal door. On Saturday night, a community horticulture project called Purple Patch, (they've got a Facebook page called PURPLEPATCHBRISTOL) put on an event in a little venue within that yard. There was live Music and a bar, which …