Here is a new small acrylic painting I have just finished
I have recently completed a new acrylic painting.
This was inspired by a found image of a young boy with an eagle, paintings by Holbein and paintings of Edward VI .
It is based on the hierarchy of falconry, starting with a kestrel for a knave and ending with an eagle for an emperor.
When I started my Art Foundation Course at Wimbledon College of Art (way back in 1985), I had a conversation with my tutor where he disagreed with me.
He was firmly of the belief that it was not possible to draw something purely from the imagination.
He maintained you had to have source material.
I said that this was not necessarily true and that , if I was familiar with the subject, I could draw it purely from my imagination.
"Ok, " he said, "draw me a nun on a bicycle."
"Fine," I said," I know what a nun looks like and I know what a bicycle looks like. When do you want it?"
"Oh, by the end of the day," he said and wandered off, confident that this would not happen
An hour or so later I left this picture in his pigeon hole.
With the help of one of my techie friends, I made a filk album some years ago (under my fanish name).
This included original words and music and filks of other people's songs/music- ranging from Chris 'Minstrel' Malm to Franz Schubert.
[At that time I had a singing teacher who used to work with the English National Opera and she showed remarkable patience. I would be leaning some Mozart, or Gilbert & Sullivan and would keep coming back the next week with a new set of words...]
Once I had decided to do a tape, I had to think about the concept and the tape cover.
I recently found one of the mock-ups I drew.
I posted earlier about the painting I sold at the first Glasgow Worldcon called "Dragons At Noonday".
This showed two Chinese Dragons sporting in the sky of an English pastoral landscape.
One of my friends had also liked the picture, but had missed out on buying it.
It had also given her an idea.
She commissioned me to do this picture.