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 pleased with the result and so she should be, and very importantly, I’m very pleased to be able to say that the filters in the gas masks did an excellent job of filtering out the nasty propelant gases we would otherwise be breathing in. A flaming success and headache free.
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 I’m going to do.
The picture here I sketched while waiting for some paint to arrive to paint a kitchen with. Everything was prepared and there was literally no other work I could be doing so rather than sit awkwardly in the customers flat (she was in) so I made good use of my time.
A pencil study of our sitting room. It feels so good to finally have a quiet moment to just draw for the sake of it.
This picture, painted at Ashley Down Primary School, represents the ability to stand alone when necessary. For me a musician rocking it with the help of a looper clearly sums up this personal quality.
I’ve been painting myself a sign so when I’m out painting in public, people can be informed as to where to find me online.
Definitely a bit of Takashi Murakami inspiration going on here, that I think might well be worth developing.
Here’s how these 2 characters are looking at the end of a days painting. I’m looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow. The unicorn I used the pencil drawing I posted last post as reference and the tortoise I painted from a little plasticine model I made. This allowed me to adjust the angle to fit onto the table in the picture. I hope I’ve got it right. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell until leaving it alone for a while and then returning and looking again with fresh eyes.
A little bit of sketchbook doodling.
Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;