Monday, 22 February 2016

The spirit of disco...a surreal painting

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'The spirit of disco' - acrylic on box canvas 30cm x 40cm

So, if you've been a regular reader of my blog you'll know I've been having fun with a series of surreal paintings that I've come to think of as my 'space junk' series - random objects floating in the cosmos. It started with the little boat and now any random item that crosses my path or somehow comes into my consciousness is fair game. We have some Christmas tree baubles which look like miniature disco balls and they sparked the idea for this one.

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Although I thought a disco ball would be fun to have hanging in the sky, I may have underestimated just how difficult it would be to paint. All those individual little mirrored tiles in row after row but not all evenly spaced. All those rows creating ellipses as they make their way round the ball gave me so many headaches as I tried to work out did they curve upwards or downwards or both and then they seemed to turn into some kind of optical illusion in front of my eyes. 

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Let's just say, I spent a looong time trying to ensure the rows correctly followed the curve of the ball so if you spot any errors at this point please keep it to yourself! I'd think it was finished and start to photograph it but then notice a little tile here or there that wasn't quite right so I'd work on it again - I spent most of Sunday doing that and then finally this afternoon I declared it finished before I lost my marbles!

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In other news, you may have heard of AirBnB - where you can travel the world and stay in people's spare rooms or empty apartments - I had heard of it but honestly didn't know that much about it.  Well, there is a Kickstarter project which may be of interest to my fellow artists.  It's called ArtBnB and the jist is that they would work with AirBnB hosts and artists to provide art for the walls of the hosts (prints rather than original art) so that the artist potentially has a whole new platform for exhibiting and selling their work. If someone sees your art on the wall of an AirBnB home they can scan it with a mobile phone app, find out about you, the artist, and actually go on to purchase either a print or original artwork via the app. 


To put the size into context as it's a little bigger than usual!

Because it's a Kickstarter project, they have to meet the target of pledges before the project can get off the ground so if it's something you think would be useful to you as an artist you might like to pledge (there are special rates for artists) and find a whole new audience for your artwork. I've pledged although I don't normally sell prints of my work as I thought it sounded like an interesting idea so I'll see whether it happens and take it from there. 

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Also this week I was contacted by a school student via my website asking for information on my rhino painting, Vanishing.  Turns out she's writing a research essay on the surplus and scarity of awareness on Rhino Poaching and wanted to reference my painting! It's quite a lovely surprise to be mentioned in a school paper and it just shows just how useful the internet really is for helping artists get their work out there in the most unexpected of ways!

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That's all my news, I'm going back to Ireland for a week on Sunday which I'm looking forward to very much as I'll get to catch up with family and friends. I'll still be around to visit Paint Party Friday this week and will look forward to catching up with my PPF friends then.

25 comments:

  1. Woooow! The detail and reflections on those tiles are totally incredible an amazing! A very fun and striking piece. Space? Yes. Junk? No.;-)

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  2. EXCELLENT - LUV this one :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. Well as you know I just LOVE this one! And I love that we get a photo of you holding it so we can see the size too. Brilliant concept! Quirky and original as always! Never heard of ARTBNB... sounds interesting! Have a fab time with your family :0)

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  4. Wonderful! I love the composition and reflection work! Beautifully done!

    and thank you so much for your kind words.

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  5. me again. sorry to hear of your sister's plum mishap! glad she came out of it alright!

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  6. It is terrific the way you have captured the light reflections on the glass tiles. The colors are great too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment.

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  7. First of all, what a great idea! And, what a job done, it must have taken forever to paint all these individuals. It's a real stunner, love it.

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  8. I can't believe my eyes! This is soooooo coooool that I'd like to hang it on my wall. I could never create anything like this, I'd be crazy trying to paint those small pieces of glass.

    Have a nice time in Ireland!

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  9. Oh gosh, how unusual, and yes, we can spend ages on details when painting, scan it in, look at it and find something else to "improve".
    Love this, the glitter ball (and the rest of the sky) is amazing, what a fascinating subject to choose and yes, I was surprised to see the size, thanks for showing it with yourself.

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  10. Really impressive art. You've succeeded to capture light amazingly well. Beautiful and interesting art work.

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  11. Love the disco art. I've had New knee put in, so it's keeping me busy just now! Hugs Valerie

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  12. Wow, this is a fabulous piece of art, Nic. The simplicity of the design is breathtakingly beautiful. I am passing your info about artbandb along to an artist friend who loves to travel.

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  13. Surreal for sure! Your disco ball is awesome sparkling in the beautiful night sky. Happy PPF

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  14. Awesome disco ball and I do remember those day. Hope you are doing good. Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  15. this is so brilliant Nic!! That disco ball is reflecting all its glorious light around the universe-what a great vision. Enjoy your time with family in Ireland!

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  16. This piece is really something, a big WOW! What a great piece, marvellous work full of cosmic energy, dazzling!

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  17. I love this one an inordinate amount... it is quite mesmerising... and the art BnB sounds like a great plan... and hope you are having the best time with family... enjoy!

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  18. woooooooow I love this beautiful..now following you .Happy PPF x

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  19. Your talent surpasses logic. That is a good thing. To paint each one of those tiles and to get the reflection of light is simply astounding. You are a true master. Congratulations on the the Rhino article as well. Have fun in Ireland.

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  20. Well, you did a great job with that discoball, it's looking perfect! Can't imagine how you manage to do this ... Thanks for the tips about the artBNB, sounds interesting ... Have a great time back in your home country!

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  21. Woah Nic this is spectacular. I'm in complete awe at the mirror ball. Your eyes must have been working so hard, but oh boy the effect is brilliant.
    Great news on the school paper. I know how you must feel because I had a school contact me through twitter after I dropped some art in their grounds a few months ago. It really is special when the children get involved with your art.
    Have fun and enjoy your family break. Spring appears to have arrived today so it'll be a tad warmer when you arrive back. Enjoy! xx

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  22. The disco ball looks amazing!! I know what you mean about spending so much time on some things. But after you've invested so much time, you can't go back and start over!!

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  23. Very cool painting Nic--love it. My friend's daughter informed us that she knew one of her friends was rich. (She was about seven at the time.) We asked her how she knew and she said "because they have a disco ball." So there ya go--disco balls are a sign of riches. Have a great week! xo

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  24. Hey Nic, Love the disco ball in the sky! I feel like I'm getting my dance moves ready.

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