Recently I read Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon, and quickly found out that Paul Thomas Anderson has just made a film of it. I'm super excited for it, so when I was doing my watercolour work-out I did this.It looks a little Fear and Loathing, but bare with.
Today I opened my first solo art show at Loughton Arts Centre, using work I produced in the aftermath of my trip to India. The slot was offered to me months ago, but having no idea what to expect in India, there was no way I could plan this body of work, and upon arriving back in London I only had two weeks to complete it. During my travels I went to the city of Rishikesh, which sits at the foot of the Himalayas and on the banks of the Ganges. It's a very spiritual place, and during the 60s the Beatles went there for a few months during their spiritual phase. Psychedelic music is something I'm really into, so this seemed like a natural springboard for me.
The exhibition is on until Saturday, so come and check it out of you can! The work is all for sale, and after the show closes I will list all the work on here. But here are a couple of previews.
A few months ago my flatmate, Loren, frivolously stated that she really wanted a Renaissance style portrait of herself. And I guess this has been a lesson for her to be careful what she wishes for, because of course, I actually went and painted her one.
Last night was the grand unveiling. We all wore our finest clothes, Nicholas cooked an extravagant Polpo meal, Alex made a champagne punch bowl, and Doug provided classical music and kindled a digital fire. Not to mention we had our new sofas delivered earlier that day, creating an abundance of furnishings. It was quite an evening, and one we will surely hold dear for the rest of our days.Loren cried.
Here are some photos of the evening, along with the actual painting. Some of them are pretty dark, but that's just due to the ambiance of the affair. Enjoy!
It's been a while since I posted on here! Two weeks ago I got back from India, and after some time flitting around the countryside, I am back in London.
India was quite an experience; an all-round assault on the senses. It was off-season, and therefore very very hot. This also meant there were less tourists, and being white made us incredibly noticeable. But that aside, the trip was incredible. I have seen and done so many things, one of which you can read about over on Shlur.
I am currently working on a follow-up project, which I will post more about soon, but for now, here are some of the photos I took while I was out there.
Having no responsibilities is proving to be a lot of fun. I've been doing a lot of reading, playing a lot of guitar and doing a bit of drawing. I set out to read one book per month this year, the idea being that in forcing myself to read more, I will begin to enjoy doing it more. And I guess that's worked, as I have now surpassed the number I had aimed to read by this point. I've read some pretty interesting stuff, so maybe I'll do a post on that at some point. Maybe.
Anyway, here's are some of yesterday's sketches. Clint Eastwood as in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (or maybe it was one of the others, who knows.) Then there's Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl', which I haven't actually seen, but I was looking at some stills and thought that Streisand had a really stunning profile here. And then my hand telling you everything's okay, which is something I can't stop doing right now.