The Graffiti Faerie

Our Graffiti Faerie is caught in the act of producing her street art. Looking over her shoulder, as some street artists have to do if they don’t have a spotter, her gaze is defiant – daring us to challenge her art and actions. Strong midday sun shines on the colourful and chaotic canvas of graffiti and street art around her.

Of all of my Urban Faerie paintings, this one has been the most demanding. I actually started this one first out of the five, and it is the penultimate one to be completed. The more observant may spot some crossover graffiti and street art from the other paintings in the series. There is a suggestion of high rise faerie, graffiti from the neon and diesel faeries and a hint of the litter faerie, which is coming soon….stay tuned!

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Pop goes the dragon

Like most Welsh people, I am very proud of being Welsh and love our culture. I thought it was high time that I had a go at the Welsh dragon on our national flag and the painting above is the result.

As you can probably tell from the accuracy of the dragon, I traced it. Now before you all raise your hands in horror and think that I have somehow ‘cheated’ in doing this – I can explain!

I wanted the paining to be a recognisable depiction of the dragon of flag – I don’t see the point of reinventing the wheel, and didn’t intend this painting to be my interpretation of the flag, just a fun piece. As artists, we have so many tools at our disposal – grids, photographs, projectors etc. that it seems a shame not to use them when the right project could benefit from it.

While many could say that this painting is less of a ‘painting’ and more like  ‘colouring in’ with paint, it did give me the chance to practice blending, colour mixing and use of other materials.

I often use many different photographs as source images to help me decide on the pose/angle/composition of my original works, or as research to get to know a subject matter better. Is this cheating? I very rarely ‘grid’ a photograph onto a canvas, as I prefer the practice of sketching it myself. Occasionally, I will do a few preliminary sketches or a digital mock up of a complex painting to see how the composition works before putting brush to canvas. Is this cheating? Or part of the creative process? What do you think? Leave me a comment!