Ashley Down Primary School Wall; Painting Complete.

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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.

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.

I love painting murals!

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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 worth it.
Treasure every moment!

Unicorn and Tortoise. 1 day in.

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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.

Once upon a time…

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The story is called; ‘Plant a Seed’ and the opening sentence begins;  Once upon a time some busy bees…
This picture is the beginning of a large mural at Ashley Down primary school in which a sunflower seed is planted and by the end of the story it has been nurtured into a beautiful sunflower.
Right now I’m musing on what to write (or draw) on the second page. What you you put next? Let me know, I’d love to hear your ideas.

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.