Still not got any actual painting done (except a door and a fireplace), but I did get to photograph these really cool water pistols that my mum gave to my three boys.
I shot them (apologies for the pun) on my phone and then adjusted the values in the Snapseed app. Oh and yes they have been played with, we have all run around the garden at some point recently shouting pew pew as we attempted to soak one another with these surprisingly effective little water pistols!
Haven’t posted for a while, as I’m still struggling with a portrait that I’m working on, so I thought I’d quickly post a couple of phone shots taken on a gallery trip to London the other day.
My friend Nick Archer is having a show at 60 Threadneedle Street in London at the moment, so we got invited up for the preview showing. Anyway, not only was it a great opportunity to spend time with Michelle and see Nick’s work, it was also lovely to see a part of London that we wouldn’t ordinarily visit. I mean, unless you work in the financial sector of the city, London Bridge and Threadneedle Street are a bit off the beaten track. In fact it’s a track only usually beaten by hand made shoes and the odd lost tourist.
But the City has a lot to offer. Poking out between the roofs of the financial sector is gilt top of Monument, a Roman Doric column to commemorate the Great Fire in 1666 and next to The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street (The Bank of England) is the impressive building of The Royal Exchange founded by Elizabeth the first and even equipped with a statue of the Duke of Wellington to boot (sorry, bad pun).
On arrival, we came out of London Bridge station with Michelle saying “Where’s The Shard? You’d think it’d be hard to miss”. It was looming behind us like an enormous monolith of glass and steel, but that’s the problem with big cities, the buildings are so large that it’s easy to miss even something as big as The Shard.
Anyway, here are the couple of tourist snaps I shot from the bridge and some of Nick’s work:
View from London Bridge.
The last one is my favourite, but at 152cm square and £16,000 I might have to make the sacrifice and let someone else buy it.
If you want to see more of his work, he’s at: http://nicholasarcher.com/NicholasArcher.html
Shot these dead poppy heads this morning on my phone. If had been a more conscientious gardener I would have removed them weeks ago, but I’m glad I didn’t get round to it. They looked great with the winter sun pouring through them, as if they were lit!
Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy) lit by the morning winter sun.
I’ve been struggling with a new painting for the last couple of weeks, but thought I’d post this image on the fly – so to speak – in the mean time.
The shot was taken of some Verbena flowers enveloped in smoke from an adjacent bonfire. I thought it came out pretty well.
Shot on an iPhone 3Gs using Snapseed for filters and adjustment.