This is to show how I used Picasso's Guernica painting to create my own Guernica. I do not do straight copies of other people's artwork, as that would be plagiarism, but although Picasso has not been dead long enough for copyright to have expired, I am sure no-one could accuse me of doing a direct copy of his work. I have indicated with white lines what sections I have utilised from his original painting. I find this an interesting way to work. When using the paintings of famous artists from earlier centuries, copyright ceases to be a problem and making copies of the works of the great masters has always been an accepted way of learning technique.
I mainly do colour worknow, but like to do the occasional pen & ink, like this one.
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, BLYTH
This gouache is another whimsical one. I try to inject a little life into my buildings, as though they could actually have personalities :-)
Before you look at my more recent pictures, here's a glimpse of some of my earlier work.
and here is some early colour work (inks, watercolour & poster paints.
OLD RAILWAY STATION, BLYTH
This stood where Morrisons now stands. I used gouache for a change.
SOUTHSIDE STAITHES, BLYTH - 1910.
Another gouache. I let my imagination loose on this one. The staithes themselves were dirty and staright and ships were dull-coloured. I gave this the fairground touch :-)
SEATON DELAVAL HALL
This lovely building is a few miles from where I live - I just had to draw it.
Here are six photos of Steve's actual wood carvings - enjoy!
STEVE'S FIRST CARVING
My cousin Steve Walters lives in BC, Canada, where there are a few trees to be found if you search hard enough. He managed to find some in his yard and so he tried his hand at wood-carving and turned out to be a natural. This is a painting I did based on his first carving.
STEVE WALTERS' GREEN MAN CARVING
Here's another of Steve's carvings I used for a painting.
INSPIRED BY STEVE'S CARVINGS
I find my cousin's wood-carvings very inspiring, but he's having trouble getting wood at the moment.
DURHAM DESIGN 01
Here is one of my early bendy buildings paintings. There will be more ... you have been warned.
ADULT PEACOCK BUTTERFLY
All my drawings are A4 size and as I look at this one, I am amazed by how much better it looks when it's shrunk .. wonder if I would look better if I was shrunk :-)
IGUANA KEEPS WATCH - 2007
I thought I'd do a pen and ink as I haven't done one for a while. The scan quality is abysmal - lots of fine detail missed out.
LOOSELY BASED ON SEATON SLUICE.
This is very stylised, I have to admit. I enjoyed doing it a lot.
Jason the Cat.
A tribute to our cat who died last year. For the last three years of his life he had only three legs, but could jump a fence with the best of them :-) Before anyone remarks - yes, the floor design is supposed to be leaping about :-)
Bishop's Quay, Blyth.
Another stylised painting of Blyth in the 19th century.
WATERLOO BRIDGE, BLYTH
This is my stylised take on the old bridge that existed in Blyth in the 19th century.
ST. CUTHBERT'S CHURCH, BLYTH.
This is done in my whimsical style and when I finished I realised that the police station tower to the left does kind of resemble the Tower of Pisa for being bent. It used to be a look-out post, but has been demolished now.
LADY IN RED
I wasn't inspired by the song, but I acknowledge I have borrowed the title :-)
This is a whimsical portrait of our cat, Mao. Mao can either be short for Mahon in Menorca, or the name of the old Chinese dictator. Whatever ... it is a name our cat can actually pronounce and even his friends have been known to stand outside his cat flap and call his name :-)
I am fascinated by all forms of creative art. I have never been to art school but over my lifetime I have had periods of great enthusiasm for art, followed by fallow periods where I have been discouraged by comparing myself to better artists. I now feel it is a waste of time to compare oneself to other artists as art is an expression of one's own personality and reflects one's personal tastes and experiences of life. Currently I am working towards a small exhibition in my home town in June 2008. I welcome any advice, so long as it is positive and constructive and I wish to thank all who have helped me in the past - you know who you are :-) I enjoy chatting via e-mail with other artists (or people who just enjoy looking at art) and seeing their work. I am also interested in naive art/outsider art/folk art/art brut/call it what you will but it just means you haven't been to art school or college, so I reckon a more worthy title would be "self-taught artists".
I am interested in artists from all over the world. I do not like to tie myself down to any one style, although at the moment I am working on a whimsical style that seems to have developed over the years for me. John Ferrie (see his art on http://www.johnferrie.com/), an artist from Vancouver, Canada, first described my paintings in 1983 as having "a sense of whimsy" and the label sort of stuck, 'cos I liked it.
I used to do pen and ink drawings which involved a lot of straight lines and of course, no colour. After years of doing this I felt the urge to put colour into my work. I rebelled against all those straight lines and now bend my lines in a whimsical way. I like depicting scenes in colours that aren't natural to the scene, in the hopes that people may see it in a different light, so to speak.
COLOUR STUDIES BY WASILLY KANDINSKY
I spotted this painting a few months ago when surfing the Net and it made me wonder if maybe I was on to something when I did my Colour Explosion painting all those years ago in 1967 (see below). Maybe I should concentrate a bit more on colour, eh.
I did this one back in 1967 after leaving school.
One of the few acrylic paintings I have ever done, this was painted years ago. I may do some acrylic paintings again one day, but at the moment I am really into watercolours.
WILLIE CARR - STRONG MAN OF BLYTH
This man once lived in Blyth, Northumberland, England. I wish I knew more about him as he sounds quite a character.
A STATUE IN OUR LOCAL SHOPPING MALL - Willie Carr was a strong man who lived in Blyth in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Because of his strength, he was greatly sought after by press-gangs, determined to make him a member of His Majesty's Forces. Willie spent a lot of time avoiding these gangs and escaped when they captured him. If anyone is interested in reading more about Willie, I have attached a newspaper cutting below this painting. Incidentally, my painting is fairly true to the statue, but the background is more than a little stylised :-) If you are interested, there is a newspaper cutting further down about this man. Hope you have good eye-sight as it's not too clear.
This next one was the most popular of all my Blyth drawings and I sold over 1,000 prints of it.
Don't know why, but I get bored drawing things as they are - I like to change them and make them into something else.
More hatching with coloured pencils.
I enjoy drawing and painting and by using watercolours and art pencils I am able to do both.
ARNT ARNTZEN'S BOAT
My first ever oil painting (over 25 years ago).
STEAM TRAIN AT BLYTH
I just loved steam trains, which sort of gives away my age :-)
Spirits of the Crows is my tribute to the amazing art of Mark Seabrook (http://www.twinravens.com/)
It was around this time that I started bending buildings a little.
Hodgson's Mill, Blyth, Northumberland, England.
This is a whimsical watercolour I painted of an old windmill that once stood in our town.
Bamburgh Design was my very first bendy buildings painting. Since then I have seen loads of them, in every gallery I visit. I'd never heard of Antoni Gaudi or Friedensreich Hundertwasser (yes, that really was his name) but someone likened my work to Gaudi, so I looked him up on the Net and am now one of his fans - I discovered Hundertwasser by accident and like him too.
This was the first drawing of Blyth that I ever had printed to sell (1989). It sold well and with the proceeds I paid for another drawing to be printed and sold. I ended up with 27 prints for sale and since 1989 I have sold 6,000 assorted prints in my home town. The proceeds have helped to buy art material and books about artists to feed my appetite for worldwide art.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BLYTH
I was asked to do a poster to put behind the "glass screen" and i thought they meant the notice-board. Once I had given my word to do it, I realised they meant the glass screen on the balcony, which was 23 feet wide. I was given some cardboard by the local Harbour commission and managed to do pictures of all twelve churches in Blyth. Doubt if I'll ever do anything so large again :-)
OWL AT NIGHT
I did this oil painting many years ago.
Please explore this excellent site organised by a brilliant whimsical artist - Irena Shklover.