The life of a coffee table.
The life of a gate-leg table.
The life of a kitchen table.
These are some of the Drawings in pastel and oil wash I did of my flat mate Paul. Paul was from Manchester or Salford. He had completed a Degree in art at Wolverhampton University. His room in the flat was completely taken over to his art.
Paul’s twin brother came to visit him. His brother wears glasses, while Paul favoured contact lenses. They were in Pauls studio/flat when I took this photo.
The sheep’s skull belonged to Paul and I would borrow it from time to time to make a drawing. Among the pictures on his wall you can see one of his own drawings of it. He apparently found it in a field presumably somewhere near his home place of Manchester or Salford.
These are oil paintings and oil pastels I made of Cheri. I bumped into her in a bar in Whitechapel and we became friends. She was an American living in Romford Street, Whitechapel, east London. Also an artist, we put up an shared exhibition in her flat and everyone came. She of course had a siamese cat.
She once insisted that I spell her name right. It’s not Sherry, or Cherry but Cheri.
To explain. I began with an idea of making a clay head from one of Vincent Van Gogh’s portraits. But then it seemed to develop a life of its own. I added a cloth and a wooden crate as a pedestal than I made a series of drawings from the sculpture because the sculpture was so vulnerable to destruction.
Made by drawing experimental criss crossing curvy lines and then looking for things. This became “White dove of peace; lord of the jungle”
The white dove of peace is King of the jungle
High in the canopy she judges the beasts.
The white dove of peace can call herself a king if she so desires and who can change her mind. I am down in the jungle and it is teeming with wild beasts. The white dove of peace sits high above us all spreading her wings and singing.
The bad dreams have ended but my legs are still asleep
I need to be comforted by the white dove of peace.
One beast is suffering from nightmares and on waking up feels paralyzed. So, he calls to the white dove of peace for help. She sings to him and drives the terrors out of his heart.
This became, “Prehistoric man with a herd of animals”
This though was “A home for super hero’s”.
Please click to see a PDF of the song
Lyrics to Love Rings Twice
Love rings twice and the sky turns blue
The birds start singing and the sun shines through.
Love rings twice and rainbows appear
The oceans rest and the mists disappear.
Love rings twice gives you time to rise
Gives you butterflies and fire in your eyes.
Love rings twice and the cactus buds
The horizon glows and it all turns to love.
When love has lost it’s eaning, well I lose my meaning too
What I mean is there’s no meaning, no meaning without loveing you
A friend asked me to make her a painting of a waterfall with a bible quot and I accepted. Then I realised that what she was asking for was a type of graphic illustration, so I have left out the quotation. The question here is does a bible quotation make the painting or graphic more legitament. A waterfall is often used in religious symbolism. In art taken from nature the appreciation of the Creator is seen in trying to learn from nature. Marjorie never came back for her finished paintings.
This is a record of the exhibition I had, of local history, called Charlie Brown and Chinatown and the life of lee. it lasted a few weeks, and was put up at the Oxford House gallery in Bethnal Green around 2001. The making of it was commissioned by the Peabody Trust under the auspices of the lottery fund.
Charlie Brown and his pub.
The story of Lee
From a newspaper clipping of a voluntary oworker on Stepney City Farm. She stood out from the crowd because of her large blue hat. http://stepneycityfarm.org