All done. Commission for @cartfordinn in little Eccleston, Lancashire. #streetart #mydogsighs #eyedrawing #eyesonwalls #acceptnoribboninfusedimitation #glassyeye #cartfordinn #bowie #reflection

All done. Commission for @cartfordinn in little Eccleston, Lancashire. #streetart #mydogsighs #eyedrawing #eyesonwalls #acceptnoribboninfusedimitation #glassyeye #cartfordinn #bowie #reflection

1 week ago
A cheeky #freeartfriday on a Tuesday. Somewhere near Bicester . #headingnorth

A cheeky #freeartfriday on a Tuesday. Somewhere near Bicester . #headingnorth

1 week ago
Two years ago I painted the Southsea Hug on this wall. A message of positivity for the city I love. What I was struck by whilst painting it was the number of homeless that stopped to chat. Filling their empty day. Feeling the need to do something, I released southsea hug as a charity print and raised £3000 for local homeless and mental health charities. From that point on I’d repaint the wall in December with a Christmas theme (the wall is between two schools) and again something cheerful in the spring. This year was no different with an oversized Everyman offering a ‘big hug’. Last weekend a local tagger anonymously lined the piece out and wrote ‘Feed the homeless’. Kind of ironic seeing the backstory you’ve just read. The text got me thinking though. Do our deeds match our words? With this fresh on my mind I repainted the wall, hung bags on the Everyman hands and filled the bags with non perishable food stuff. I pass the wall everyday on my way to the studio so this is something I can, and will, regularly do. If you’re local and you pass the wall, maybe you’d like to buy a few tinned or non perishable goods and pop them in the bag. If you’re local and in need feel free to take something you need. Alternatively there are a number of local food banks and homeless charities (some very close to the wall) that you can contact. I’ll add links later. If you’re not local you can still donate to your own local food banks and homeless shelters. If you don’t have the funds to do so maybe you have a few hours you can spend donating your time.

Two years ago I painted the Southsea Hug on this wall. A message of positivity for the city I love. What I was struck by whilst painting it was the number of homeless that stopped to chat. Filling their empty day. Feeling the need to do something, I released southsea hug as a charity print and raised £3000 for local homeless and mental health charities. From that point on I’d repaint the wall in December with a Christmas theme (the wall is between two schools) and again something cheerful in the spring. This year was no different with an oversized Everyman offering a ‘big hug’. Last weekend a local tagger anonymously lined the piece out and wrote ‘Feed the homeless’. Kind of ironic seeing the backstory you’ve just read. The text got me thinking though. Do our deeds match our words? With this fresh on my mind I repainted the wall, hung bags on the Everyman hands and filled the bags with non perishable food stuff. I pass the wall everyday on my way to the studio so this is something I can, and will, regularly do. If you’re local and you pass the wall, maybe you’d like to buy a few tinned or non perishable goods and pop them in the bag. If you’re local and in need feel free to take something you need. Alternatively there are a number of local food banks and homeless charities (some very close to the wall) that you can contact. I’ll add links later. If you’re not local you can still donate to your own local food banks and homeless shelters. If you don’t have the funds to do so maybe you have a few hours you can spend donating your time.

1 week ago
Oh the irony! this wall was the bases of a print I did last year raising money for a homeless charity. Lol. Plans are in the pipeline for a re paint.

Oh the irony! this wall was the bases of a print I did last year raising money for a homeless charity. Lol. Plans are in the pipeline for a re paint.

1 week ago
A great shot which gives perspective of the wall for @forgotten_project in its landscape. Taken and reposted from @rita_travaglini_

A great shot which gives perspective of the wall for @forgotten_project in its landscape. Taken and reposted from @rita_travaglini_

2 weeks ago
Putting the finishing touches to my submission for the @fivers4artistic charity auction. #fiversforartistic #eyedrawing #eyepainting #streetarteverywhere #theartofmoney #moneyart #fiver #paintedmoney #mydogsighs #artformoney #moneyforart #streetart #urbancontemporary #charityauction #fivers4artistic #artistic_uk #acceptnoribboninfusedimitation

Putting the finishing touches to my submission for the @fivers4artistic charity auction. #fiversforartistic #eyedrawing #eyepainting #streetarteverywhere #theartofmoney #moneyart #fiver #paintedmoney #mydogsighs #artformoney #moneyforart #streetart #urbancontemporary #charityauction #fivers4artistic #artistic_uk #acceptnoribboninfusedimitation

2 weeks ago
Tiny pink shout out!My tiny pink stencil caps are dying. I’ve become reliant on them and it seems like they aren’t selling them at the moment. I know lots of them got destroyed with the acetone but my laziness and lack of cleaning have meant they’ve lasted until now. Alas the reservoir is now solid with paint and unusable. Did anyone join the Kickstarter, not end up getting on with them and have one lying around not being used that I can have? First or second edition. Happy to cover costs of course.

Tiny pink shout out!My tiny pink stencil caps are dying. I’ve become reliant on them and it seems like they aren’t selling them at the moment. I know lots of them got destroyed with the acetone but my laziness and lack of cleaning have meant they’ve lasted until now. Alas the reservoir is now solid with paint and unusable. Did anyone join the Kickstarter, not end up getting on with them and have one lying around not being used that I can have? First or second edition. Happy to cover costs of course.

2 weeks ago
We interrupt the usual paint splash viewing to introduce you to the newest studio assistant Indy. An eleven week old Bengal who I’ve been assured by the breeder is a darn sight better than me at painting eye lashes. I know not all of you want your insta feed full of fluffy kitten photos but if you do you can follow Indy at her own insta page @indy_doesnt_sigh

We interrupt the usual paint splash viewing to introduce you to the newest studio assistant Indy. An eleven week old Bengal who I’ve been assured by the breeder is a darn sight better than me at painting eye lashes. I know not all of you want your insta feed full of fluffy kitten photos but if you do you can follow Indy at her own insta page @indy_doesnt_sigh

2 weeks ago
I understand the mural was a paid job (a project I did with Upfest) but theres no reason not to credit me as the artist! They managed to credit the photographer and designer. Tut tut @nationaltrust @ntcroome UPDATEI’m pleased to say I have been in communication with the national trust via email and they have been extremely apologetic. It seems like a genuine oversight and they are planning a twitter promotion showcasing all the artists that worked on the project in order to make up for their mistake. The leaflet in question is getting reprinted with all appropriate credit. Big thanks to those who tweeted and sent messages. In support. It really means a lot to know your support is there.

I understand the mural was a paid job (a project I did with Upfest) but theres no reason not to credit me as the artist! They managed to credit the photographer and designer. Tut tut @nationaltrust @ntcroome UPDATEI’m pleased to say I have been in communication with the national trust via email and they have been extremely apologetic. It seems like a genuine oversight and they are planning a twitter promotion showcasing all the artists that worked on the project in order to make up for their mistake. The leaflet in question is getting reprinted with all appropriate credit. Big thanks to those who tweeted and sent messages. In support. It really means a lot to know your support is there.

2 weeks ago
Saw this on @findac’s page sourced from @hyphaea. STOP using and posting artists work without crediting them. There is no excuse for that now, with reverse google image search. Artists love to have their stuff shared and reposted- but it’s frustrating when it’s being used for someone else’s benefit without credit. DON’T ask established artists to work “for exposure”. Exposure doesn’t pay their bills, pay off their debt, feed their kids or pay them a living wage for the LIFETIME of work they have invested in their trade. (Including all those free projects they did early on in their careers.) Pro-bono work is reserved for charities and causes that deserve it. If you’re making funds from your work- don’t expect anyone else to work for free to benefit you. ART DOES NOT GROW ON TREES. It takes time, money, sacrifice, blood sweat and tears. It’s a JOB- how artists survive- not just a frolic in the hay. You may not know the scope of hours and effort and training and sacrifice that goes into every piece and career- but START ASSUMING IT’S A LOT. Most artists don’t get paid a living wage per hour, for what goes into all the background work. DON’T ask for deals. Artists already work at a discounted rate, adjusted not to what they should be making, but to what is fair market value (what you can afford.) They don’t get paid for SO many aspects of their careers- all the back end stuff especially. Pay artists MORE than what they are asking, if you can afford it, and promote them as much as you can. DO NOT use other artists work IN ANY MEDIUM (or cross mediums), without getting their permission. This includes using their imagery to make other art. Many artists are open (and honoured) to having their art used for reproductions, however permission and credit is key. If you use their work in part or in whole, CREDIT THEM in every place you publish. And if you’re making money or publishing IN ANY WAY off this reproduction, be supportive and purchase a print or something from the original artist. There are no royalties in the art world (except for graphic design) so be honorable....don’t be a succubean rat. #artistswoes #artlife #artistsl

Saw this on @findac’s page sourced from @hyphaea. STOP using and posting artists work without crediting them. There is no excuse for that now, with reverse google image search. Artists love to have their stuff shared and reposted- but it’s frustrating when it’s being used for someone else’s benefit without credit. DON’T ask established artists to work “for exposure”. Exposure doesn’t pay their bills, pay off their debt, feed their kids or pay them a living wage for the LIFETIME of work they have invested in their trade. (Including all those free projects they did early on in their careers.) Pro-bono work is reserved for charities and causes that deserve it. If you’re making funds from your work- don’t expect anyone else to work for free to benefit you. ART DOES NOT GROW ON TREES. It takes time, money, sacrifice, blood sweat and tears. It’s a JOB- how artists survive- not just a frolic in the hay. You may not know the scope of hours and effort and training and sacrifice that goes into every piece and career- but START ASSUMING IT’S A LOT. Most artists don’t get paid a living wage per hour, for what goes into all the background work. DON’T ask for deals. Artists already work at a discounted rate, adjusted not to what they should be making, but to what is fair market value (what you can afford.) They don’t get paid for SO many aspects of their careers- all the back end stuff especially. Pay artists MORE than what they are asking, if you can afford it, and promote them as much as you can. DO NOT use other artists work IN ANY MEDIUM (or cross mediums), without getting their permission. This includes using their imagery to make other art. Many artists are open (and honoured) to having their art used for reproductions, however permission and credit is key. If you use their work in part or in whole, CREDIT THEM in every place you publish. And if you’re making money or publishing IN ANY WAY off this reproduction, be supportive and purchase a print or something from the original artist. There are no royalties in the art world (except for graphic design) so be honorable….don’t be a succubean rat. #artistswoes #artlife #artistsl

2 weeks ago