Poppies 2017

I’ve been playing with various poppy designs for about three years now, and I am in the habit of making a batch of poppy images around the time of Remembrance Day in the UK. As well as a piece of remembrance art, these pieces also speak to me of the blood and tears of war. This year I’ve decided to offer the poppies for sale, and donate some of the proceeds to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

Each artwork is painted using Winsor and Newton professional water colours on Aquarelle Arches satin grain 300g/m2 hot pressed 100% cotton paper. Each piece is 10cm x 25cm and will be signed then mounted using 100% acid free tape into conservation grade mount board. I’m selling these for £45 plus £5 P&P each, with a donation of £10 for every sale. The second and sixth in the series have already been sold. Number three has been given away as a free art drop and I destroyed number five, it just didn’t work! Contact me if you’d like to buy one of the remaining artworks, and in so doing, help support a good cause.

Poppies 2017 : Work In Progress.

Poppies are a design I enjoy painting, and with time for remembrance approaching, I’ve started to think about interpretations for this year. What I am sharing here is very much work in progress. I’m not yet sure if I’ll continue down this path, but part of the ‘deal’ with this blog is I often share my work as I go – so here’s where I’m currently at. These are made with spray paint, stencil and acrylic. The spray paint I am using is scarily unpredictable, from dribbles to full on paint explosions. I quite like the randomness…I think!?

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Heroes – Emily’s Brother

Emily Stevenson got in touch with a lovely post for our Heroes series. Around this time of year we choose to remember those who have fallen. For those in direct contact with the armed forces, remembrance day can be, and all too often is, every day. Take it away Emily.

When somebody asks me who my hero is, the answer is easy. My big brother, Tom, is a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Navy and has just returned from a 6 month tour in Afghanistan, following a 6 month tour of the Arabian Gulf last year. When I think about how brave he is, how many lives he’s saved and how much he risked, I can’t describe how proud and happy I am to be his sister. But I also think about the things he’s seen, how scared he’s been and how many people he’s seen that he couldn’t save.

And this asks a much bigger question. I think about the soldiers who are still out there, the families who are still waiting and the people who will be forever waiting for those who won’t come home. I’m one of the lucky ones who had their hero return home to them – and I know, there are many who aren’t so lucky.

So, I say to all the soldiers, medics and animals fighting for their country, you are my heroes. To all the wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, girlfriends, boyfriends and friends– the ones who support these people through everything and are there to help put them back together at the end of it, as my family will do with my brother, you are my heroes.  To all who have lost someone and still have the strength to carry on, proud of everything their loved one accomplished, you are my heroes.

To everybody fighting out there to save lives, everybody fighting at home to save the lives of those returning and everybody fighting to carry on with their lives, you are all my heroes. But as this is my story, I have to say to a big brother who kept his promise and came back safely, you are and always will be my hero.