Interdependence

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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.

Plant a Seed; Busy Bee

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Plant a seed

Work in progress on this stenciled busy bee. I still plan to add somee water coming out of the watering can and a shadow coming off the plant pot. Maybe a shadow thrown onto the floor from the bee too.

Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;

Plant a seed.

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This picture is a work in progress (but accepted) design for a mural on the first section of playground wall in Ashley Down Primary School in Bristol. The dimensions are 2.35metres by 4.82
In the final piece, all the bees will be wearing trainer’s.
One nice feature is that the open books are going to be painted with blackboard paint so the kids can draw on them. I love art that is interactive in some way, and encouraging kids to draw is a great thing. I’ve got to design a weather proof box that will attach to the wall to store the chalk in.
Painting is planned to start on the week beginning 18th of April, which gives me just over three weeks to learn to freehand with a spray can! I really hope it’s enough time.

Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;

Bee sitting on a Leaf

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Gradually making some progress colouring these bees digitally in Manga Studio. Although it’s a lot of work getting my head round the program at the moment, the flexibility it provides should be really helpful before too long. Plus it’s great for making comics in.

What are these Bees doing?

Here’s a few bee characters busy doing a variety of hopefully interesting activities.

I’m going to use these drawings to make stencils that can be used to make colourful images for the school wall at Ashley Down.

Bees Rock!; Work in progress.

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Here’s one Tula and I found ourselves working on late yesterday evening by torchlight!
It’s a bit scruffy but I like it.
More to come from this busy bee series for Ashley Down Primary School very soon.

Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;

Think you can’t do it?

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Monday morning message; we are all capable of so much but often fear, uncertainty, self doubt or lack of perseverance get in the way of us achieving our goals.
Think you can’t do it? Chances are you can! Maybe take a moment to mentally break it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. Then be calm, breath, think creatively,  and then go for it hammer and tong!
The chances are you’ll have progressed a fair bit by the time you stop, and should feel a lot better.
Wishing everybody positivity and productivity.

Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;