I’ve finished painting for the penkhull mystery play, here is the willow pattern backdrop together with a school sign (set in the 1840’s). Im not the only maker, this is my friend Mark. There are others but my phone is playing up so I can’t find the pictures . Mark did the, ‘do not touch display’ sign. ( the play starts in a museum in 2019). So having a rest for an hour.
Today I’ve painted the leaning tower of Pisa and the Blackpool Tower for our pantomime that is on in two weeks.. Oh Yes it is! Oh no its not! Took three hours to complete both… Now I’m very hungry so off to cook food!
Last week I painted Edinburgh Castle and the London Eye. Today I finished them off by brightening the colours and adding some fireworks.
Today I painted a couple of bottle ovens which I slightly based on the Gladstone pottery in Longton.
I hope you like them.
Continuing the travel theme for the panto. I finished a picture of the pyramids and the angel of the North.
The photos I’m working from are good because they have lots of contrasting orange and blues.
I’ve got the panels propped up on a chair with a cloth over it. This means it’s hard to get at the bottom of the boards
Anyway 5 down, lots more to go!
Looking on Facebook, memories pop up from years ago. These pictures were taken in July 2013. I’m not sure if I did all of them that year. I may have painted over an old one from a year or two before.
As on other occasions harvest was one of the themes. Also the industrialisation of Stoke on Trent, when canals were dug out and bottle ovens and kilns were built. I even had to paint a public house. (With working door!)
I’m not sure how many years I have done this for and its always a bit of a rush job, or my health hasn’t been good. But I feel so much part if my community that I won’t say no.
I would love to do more, make the flats more intricate, more like murals. But at the end of the day they are only on display for a few hours, one day in a year. Just as long as the scenery helps tell the story…..that’s what they are there for.
This is a painting of maiden castle that I painted a few years ago. The place is an ancient monument, an iron age hill fort, near Dorchester in Dorset which is in the south of England.
The dancing figure in the foreground is meant to signify the age of the place. Her bones, and the rabbit skull below her are collapsing into the ground, what would archaeologists find if they dug there. The slopes of the hill fort are built up in steep steps. Like huge waves breaking on the coast of an island. The grass really does like to grow in waves and clumps.
So why did I paint it? I don’t know. Except that the place is full of mystery and ancient history. I probably would just paint the landscape if I was doing it now, but I’m glad I added the figure.