I don’t use a sketch book as such. My paste ups are my opportunity to play and there’s something about the throwaway nature of scraps of newsprint and lining paper that seem to give me the freedom to lose the shackles of fear that seem to hang over me as an artist when starting a fresh canvas. Last week I hit a creative void. I’ve got loads of things I should be working on but just couldn’t get motivated to get any of them underway. It’s a horrible place, artist block. If you’ve been there you’ll know; and most of us have. But I’m a massive fan of a quote by Picasso which says ‘inspiration exists but it has to find you working’ so last week, knowing some paste ups would afford me a little freedom and Opportunity to play, I grabbed some paper and started throwing paint. One of the sets of work I really enjoyed painting for my Melbourne show was the ‘Safety in number’ series. A set of interlocking faces, huddled so close together they visually overlapped; so I thought I’d start there and create some versions for a wall somewhere. The music went on (loud) and, without too much accuracy or thought, I started scribbling. I didn’t give my self time to think too much. Just let the brush and can just move. Happy accidents. I’m a big fan of happy accidents and last week was no exception. Whilst loosely sketching my interlocking faces I dipped my brush into a blue instead of the brown I’d aimed for and without noticing bit the paper with it. The result, a massive splodge of the wrong colour in the wrong place. I attempted to get rid of it with a scrub with a wet brush but hat only led to diluting the colour and making it dribble down the painting. I stopped. Sat back, and considered this error. Too invested to throw the paper away I considered how I could adopt it until the piece. A hat? a balaclava? A mask! A saggy superhero mask would add a great layer of melancholy. And so it was. “But it’s not a paste up in the photos that go with this rambling post!” You’re probably saying. No. The paste up fired my imagination and over the last few days I’ve been refining but hopefully still capturing the magic of the paste up. And here it is. (The paste up is the last image)

I don’t use a sketch book as such. My paste ups are my opportunity to play and there’s something about the throwaway nature of scraps of newsprint and lining paper that seem to give me the freedom to lose the shackles of fear that seem to hang over me as an artist when starting a fresh canvas. Last week I hit a creative void. I’ve got loads of things I should be working on but just couldn’t get motivated to get any of them underway. It’s a horrible place, artist block. If you’ve been there you’ll know; and most of us have. But I’m a massive fan of a quote by Picasso which says ‘inspiration exists but it has to find you working’ so last week, knowing some paste ups would afford me a little freedom and Opportunity to play, I grabbed some paper and started throwing paint. One of the sets of work I really enjoyed painting for my Melbourne show was the ‘Safety in number’ series. A set of interlocking faces, huddled so close together they visually overlapped; so I thought I’d start there and create some versions for a wall somewhere. The music went on (loud) and, without too much accuracy or thought, I started scribbling. I didn’t give my self time to think too much. Just let the brush and can just move. Happy accidents. I’m a big fan of happy accidents and last week was no exception. Whilst loosely sketching my interlocking faces I dipped my brush into a blue instead of the brown I’d aimed for and without noticing bit the paper with it. The result, a massive splodge of the wrong colour in the wrong place. I attempted to get rid of it with a scrub with a wet brush but hat only led to diluting the colour and making it dribble down the painting. I stopped. Sat back, and considered this error. Too invested to throw the paper away I considered how I could adopt it until the piece. A hat? a balaclava? A mask! A saggy superhero mask would add a great layer of melancholy. And so it was. “But it’s not a paste up in the photos that go with this rambling post!” You’re probably saying. No. The paste up fired my imagination and over the last few days I’ve been refining but hopefully still capturing the magic of the paste up. And here it is. (The paste up is the last image)

2 hours ago
Something new in the easel. #wetpaint

Something new in the easel. #wetpaint

22 hours ago
The finished wall at last nights love paint for @pallanthousegallery in Chichester organised by @strongislanduk. #livepaint #eyesonwalls. #mydogsighs #strongislanduk #pallanthousegallery

The finished wall at last nights love paint for @pallanthousegallery in Chichester organised by @strongislanduk. #livepaint #eyesonwalls. #mydogsighs #strongislanduk #pallanthousegallery

4 days ago
Congratulations to @pezbarcelona who celebrates 20years smiling with friends at @stolenspacegallery in London opening tonight. A show where he gets to do only half the work and leaves the rest for a bunch of his mates to do! In all seriousness, pez has always been really supportive to me, always smiling and it’s been an honour to scribble over a hero’s work. Here’s a teaser of my contribution to the show. #pez #pezbarcelona #stolenspacegallery #stolenspace #mydogsighs #mydogpez #collaboration

Congratulations to @pezbarcelona who celebrates 20years smiling with friends at @stolenspacegallery in London opening tonight. A show where he gets to do only half the work and leaves the rest for a bunch of his mates to do! In all seriousness, pez has always been really supportive to me, always smiling and it’s been an honour to scribble over a hero’s work. Here’s a teaser of my contribution to the show. #pez #pezbarcelona #stolenspacegallery #stolenspace #mydogsighs #mydogpez #collaboration

5 days ago
‘Sweet memories’ recently finished for a collector.  The can (Canadian maple syrup) was bought on the couples honeymoon in Canada 22 years ago. I was given the unenviable task of stamping on it, before bringing it back to life.

‘Sweet memories’ recently finished for a collector. The can (Canadian maple syrup) was bought on the couples honeymoon in Canada 22 years ago. I was given the unenviable task of stamping on it, before bringing it back to life.

5 days ago
‘Just me and you’ I’ve got this pair of sculptural cans just become available. Previously exhibited at the Mall galleries in London £875 free delivery world wide. Message me.

‘Just me and you’ I’ve got this pair of sculptural cans just become available. Previously exhibited at the Mall galleries in London £875 free delivery world wide. Message me.

5 days ago
Faces. Faces in places.  #streetart #streetartdaily #beststreetart #fedupofhashtags #eyedrawing #eyesonwalls #mydogsighs #vsgallerymelbourne #melbournestreetart

Faces. Faces in places. #streetart #streetartdaily #beststreetart #fedupofhashtags #eyedrawing #eyesonwalls #mydogsighs #vsgallerymelbourne #melbournestreetart

6 days ago
An unofficial street colab with the legend that is @pezbarcelona. If you can get to @stolenspacegallery this Thursday to check out his colab show, do it. There’ll be an official MyDogPez collaboration at the show. #pezbarcelona #mydogsighs #mydogpez #streetart #streetartcollaboration streetartcolab

An unofficial street colab with the legend that is @pezbarcelona. If you can get to @stolenspacegallery this Thursday to check out his colab show, do it. There’ll be an official MyDogPez collaboration at the show. #pezbarcelona #mydogsighs #mydogpez #streetart #streetartcollaboration streetartcolab

1 week ago
Sticker packs have now sold out. As ever, many thanks for the support. Happy Slappin’!!

Sticker packs have now sold out. As ever, many thanks for the support. Happy Slappin’!!

1 week ago
Massive thanks for the support. The full shebang sticker packs have now sold out. All the packs are still available separately. (Link in profile)

Massive thanks for the support. The full shebang sticker packs have now sold out. All the packs are still available separately. (Link in profile)

1 week ago