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How painting helped me fall in love with the Ford GT40

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Originally posted on MOTOR ARTS:

As a portrait artist I often joked that I fell a little bit in love with every subject I have painted.  It’s not quite a joke – there is a genuine sense of empathy that develops when you look at a face intensely for many hours. Scientists have done studies to show that if you look into the eyes of a complete stranger for three minutes – you begin to have some feelings for that person.  The average portrait takes me over a month to paint – and by then I am head-over-heals.

I didn’t expect anything similar to happen with cars.  I first met the GT40 at the Passion for Power show in Manchester two years ago.  I was blown away by its ability to sit comfortably next to modern cars, despite its age.  I spent time photographing three of the cars, and felt like I knew it’s dips…

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Political Defacements – the Unportraits of Caroline Jaine

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As elections loom in the UK, I thought I would express my distaste for the world of political positioning and their use of portraits of political leaders to “persuade us”.  An extract here from my unportraits collection.  See more here.

“Making portraits is a response to the natural human tendency to think about oneself, of oneself in relation to others” – Richard Brilliant

“Defacement works on objects the way jokes work on language, bringing out their inherent magic nowhere more so than when those objects have become routinized and social…” – Michael Taussig

See Caroline Jaine’s unportraits

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How I ended up watching and painting Classic Superbikes at Snetterton

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Originally posted on MOTOR ARTS:

Last October I managed to snatch some special time with my 16 year old son, Billy, and was looking for something to do that we would both enjoy.

Classic Superbikes racing at Snetterton in October 2011 (oil on wooden panel) Classic Superbikes racing at Snetterton in October 2014 (oil on wooden panel)

Billy is not that big into bikes, but like many he enjoys Mr Guy Martin’s exploits (the only book he has ever read cover to cover) and had (terrifyingly) recently acquired a moped from his father. I always had the view “four wheels good, two wheels bad”, when it comes to safety for my child, but there you are. Like me, Billy enjoys watching anything with wheels and an engine going fast around a track – something about the smell, the noise, and the speed that appeals to us both. The only thing I could find that looked exciting was the CRMC Classic Bike Championships at Snetterton. Niether of…

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World War I Forgotten Heroes: A Portrait of Private Flanton (NZPB)

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Originally posted on Co-Create Arts:

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This portrait has been made for the World War I Forgotten Heroes Project by British artist Caroline Jaine. The medium is oil paint on a wooden panel. The artist says:

 “When people heard I was painting a portrait of a Mâori, most never realised that they fought in the First World War. The original photo of Private Flanton was so striking – there was so much soul in his eyes. I was sad that there appears to be no more information about his service, so I invented a life for him in my head and began to research Mâori symbols. The spiral or “Koru” (the Maori word for “loop”) refers to new shoots of the silver fern from which this shape is derived. The circular movement towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’.  The unfurling frond itself is symbolic for new life, new beginnings, hope…

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WWI Forgotten Heroes: A Portrait of Jogendra Nath ‘John’ Sen

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Originally posted on Co-Create Arts:

Jogendra Nath Sen portrait and photo

This portrait has been made for the World War I Forgotten Heroes Project by British artist Caroline Jaine. The medium is oil paint and gold leaf on wooden board. The artist says:

“When Manish told me Jogendra’s story I knew immediately I would have to dedicate a portrait to him. I chose the photo of him as a student in Britain – a proud moment I think – and decided to make his “colour” a beautiful thing, rather than the hindrance it became. I also embellished him with golden Indian designs and painted his famous glasses in gold leaf (which doesn’t show so well on the photo of the painting). His fellow students by contrast are black and white and I painted their eyes shut – symbolising the inequality between British and Indian servicemen in WWI.  Seeing the two pictures of him as a student and then later as a soldier really…

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THE ASKANCE SHORT STORY COMPETITION IS BACK!

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The 2015 competition is now open for entries.  Closing date: 31 May 2015.

askance competition imageWe are pleased to announce that Askance are running a competition again this year. Building on the success of our 2012 and 2013 competitions, we have made a few exciting changes for 2015.

To be inclusive, there is no theme this year and Askance will be accepting short stories of any length. You can also enter more than one story.  Our 2015 competition is open to all writers over 16, from anywhere in the world.

Entrants are able to submit unpublished stories that may or may not have been submitted for other competitions, and as before, must be happy for Askance to publish their story if it is shortlisted.

Askance Publishing are keen to encourage innovative writing and provide a showcase for writers who might not otherwise have a chance of publication. Experienced writers with…

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My mum was a fantastic abstract painter

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In February, it will be five years since my mum died.  In tribute to her, I will be sharing some of her inspirational abstract works both on the inter-web and in a small exhibition at Gloucester Antiques Centre.

My mum strived for the effortlessness of nature in her brush and pen strokes – and she was as inspired by trips to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as she was by the landscape around her home in rural Somerset.

Visit the exhibition of work by Marguerite Clapp at Unit 2.13 on the top floor of the antiques centre, which can be found at the Gloucester Quays 99a High Orchard Street, Gloucester GL1 5SH.  Her work will be on show from 4th February until the end of the month.

Delivering Spanish Sunshine to Snowy Leeds

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Yesterday I said goodbye to one of my favourite paintings from my time in Spain.  Plaza Constitucion in San Pedro del Pinatar  was a favourite spot to people-watch.  From six in the evening, the warm town square would slowly awaken from a sleepy siesta, and the seats in the cafe next to San Pedro church would begin to fill.  The painting was bought by a couple in Leeds and delivered to them yesterday in a snow storm.  Hopefully it will bring them some summer warmth and memories of their own time in the Plaza Constitucion.

More of my paintings from San Pedro can be seen here

Plaza Constitucion

Plaza Constitucion