Monday, May 23, 2011

Gorilla latest


Well I think I've finished painting 'Blackbeard Silverback' aka 'Ed'...after Edward Teach!
Varnishing starts tomorrow!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bristol Gorilla progress

Day 10


Day 9

I'm nearly there with the painting, the main area left to do is the treasure chest on the chest!
Then a good few coats of varnish.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bristol Gorilla update more

Day 7


Day 8

Progress seems rather slow now I'm putting more coats of paint on and neatening up, so it's hard to see the difference some days!
It's fun doing the details though. The sea monsters are intended to echo tattoo's because he's a sea faring gentleman!
My sponsor is Bristol Blue Glass and apart from the lovely ultramarine blue colour I've added a message in a bottle...of Bristol Blue Glass of course...haven't decided what the message is!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More Bristol Gorilla update

Day 5


Day 6

Haven't had full days painting and it get's harder to work at a good pace as you get into the more detailed painting, but I'm trying to keep going reasonably fast. My elephant is watching!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bristol Gorilla update

Day 4


Day 3

Still frantically painting.
The sculpture has such character..he's taken over my studio!

Until you have the sculpture in front of you, it's impossible to design for the areas underneath and between legs etc. ...... I decided to keep the same level of detail going...must have been mad!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gorilla update

I'm getting stuck into painting my gorilla, the surface isn't quite a big as the elephant but it's more curved!

Here are some pics of my progress since Friday.

Day two


Day one



Arrival...move over ele!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Gorilla for Bristol


I only learnt a few days ago that my design for a Gorilla in the Wild in Art 'Wow Gorilla's' project organised by Bristol Zoo has been sponsored by Bristol Blue Glass. Terrific News!

My design echoes Bristol's sea port origins. He's called 'Blackbeard Silverback' being loosely based on the pirate 'Blackbeard' Edward Teach who was thought to have come from Bristol and was renowned for looking fearsome, with his long beard tied in bands and lighted tapers burning in his hair! The 'silverback' is covered in silver coins ...which used to be produced by the Bristol mint. The blue black hair and water in characteristic Bristol blue glass colour is teaming with sea monsters!

I'll be very busy over the next few weeks as my elephant for Singapore only arrived earlier this week too!