A couple of weeks ago a few of us went to see The Psychedelic Furs at the O2 Forum. This was the first time I’d seem them for decades – and you wonder, don’t you…how are they going to sound after all this time?
The band were in great form, the gig and the company was excellent. Since the performance I’ve been revisiting some of the band’s music – and the song Heartbreak Beat keeps sticking in my mind.
I made this piece of art in response to the song title. The piece also hints at some of their mid-career visual imagery.
During a recent trip to Spain my mind wandered back home. At the time the lavender would have been in full bloom, just about to be harvested. Usually we would see the harvest taking place but this year – the early hot weather had brought things forward.
I made a sketch which I shared on Facebook. The sketch was spotted by someone in my network who was about to be married. Lavender was the theme of the wedding and the person asked if the sketch was for sale. I said they could have it as a gift, I brought it home, mounted it and this lavender went on its journey.
Prior to going away I had made three lavender waves. Two were given away in my local area as free art drops, the third I took with us on holiday.
I photographed ‘Third Wave’ in Parc Guell, Barcelona – someone in my network correctly guessed the location and this art work is now theirs.
The final holiday related lavender art work is this one.
I particularly enjoyed making this piece – it has a looseness to it which I sometimes struggle to achieve. Since returning home I’ve had it made into a greeting card, and you can see the original in a frame here.
Casting my lavender mind back a little further – I made a small sketch in May which became a free art drop, and which led to a larger (20″ x 16″) canvas. I’m not sure the latter is finished yet…
My head was filled with images of roses whilst on holiday in Spain recently, prompted by a line from John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell’s cover of ‘Spanish Harlem.’
This little sketch was the first image to emerge from brain to paper. It’s a bit messy, and recognisable as a rose, I think?!
I let the shape of the flower rest in my mind for a day or two before first putting pencil to paper to create an outline. Next I worked in several shades of red, intentionally leaving the pencil lines visible. The stem, thorns and signature followed.
This finished piece will be my next free art drop.