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Colour Grab

I know the title of this painting would indicate I’m a little out of synch with the seasons but it was the use of colour that grabbed my attention.


This is an oil painting by Howard Coles called ‘Autumn Woodland’. His usual subject matter is landscapes and seascapes in North Wales.
Here’s his website -


The Magnetic Force Field That Is Dieter Roth

While on my drawing course at Tate Liverpool, one painting in the gallery caught my eye from the outset. It’s a work by the Swiss artist, Dieter Roth.

photoApart from its bold use of colour, the painting uses a range of materials and artefacts and the artist’s face is there to see if you look closely, too.
Not the sort of artwork I might have expected to have liked in the past, but it’s definitely got a force field all of its own that draws me back even now.


Occasional Graffiti – Number 12

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m fascinated by graffiti in its many different forms. I’ve recently returned from a holiday in the Murcia region of Spain and have now got ample material for several posts on this subject.


This piece really took my breath away. It was tucked away down a quiet street in Cartagena and reminded me for all the world of a graffiti diagram of the heart complete with all its valves in glorious vivid colour. Needless to say, it was more likely a graffiti artist’s signature as is so often the case.


Much less colour in this second piece also from Cartagena. This time it was painted on a wall on the main tree-lined avenue through the city. No less powerful or dramatic for it’s limited use of colour. In fact, you might say it illustrates the adage that less is more. 


The bright blue of a scorching summer’s day in southern Spain is clearly visible at the top of the first two images, and the clear Mediterranean light definitely adds to the power of the pieces. This final piece has no sign of the blue sky anywhere to be seen but is nonetheless one of the most interesting and original pieces I think I’ve ever seen. Surreal and thought provoking – I have no idea what it was meant to represent, but is clearly a very different piece with a cryptic message all of it’s own.


Occasional Graffiti – No.11

Lunch with Will on Lark Lane then a quick drive into Liverpool. Wet and blustery weather after the recent hot and sunny spell is hard to take.


The colours in this graffiti gallery on the wall of an open air car park on Duke Street quickly takes the blues away.


Some really bold use of colour as you might expect with a mixture of abstract designs and graphic symbols. There was even a simple attempt at recreating the Liverpool skyline – famous the world over.


Yes, that’s the Liver Building, the Anglican Cathedral – and not forgetting the Roman Catholic Cathedral too.


Occasional Graffiti – No.9

Colour might just be the perfect antidote to all the snow we’re having at the moment.


And nothing serves up a splash of colour more than graffiti.


These two examples of graffiti are in a skateboard park on Jamaica Street in Liverpool.


Occasional Graffiti – Number 2

There’s a distinctly bucolic look to my recent posts so I thought it was about time to create a bit of an urban splash with this graffiti post.

These shots were taken in a small skateboard park on Jamaica Street in Liverpool’s Baltic Quarter.

Bomber Man, Joker … some very distinctive graffiti identities here … with bold, assertive colours to match.

Fascinating urban artwork.


Colourgrab in Southend

Here’s a trio of shots where I tried to grab some colour from a grey, overcast day in Southend. The bright and bold design on the helter skelter seems to hold out the promise of fun. The dull light serves to highlight the colours that little bit more I think.

The weather certainly doesn’t help but seaside towns in early March aren’t ever really at their best. The owner of this fish and chips cafe, for example, hasn’t got round to fixing up his signage yet, giving the place a neglected look.

And without the sunshine and the screams of the riders on it’s hurtling vehicles, the roller coaster looks a little forlorn and futile too.


Colourful Identity in Liverpool

I’d taken my car to the dealership for some minor maintenance and noticed that you can’t escape the company’s logo and corporate identity. Evidence of it was all around. They apparently have no qualms about displaying it all over the showroom. With an hour or so to kill, I went walkabout in Liverpool’s Pall Mall area and up towards Vauxhall. Not much to see other than some discarded warehouses and garages in railway arches that wouldn’t be out of place in London. Didn’t expect to see such a rich array of colour in the area.

That beautiful blue sky as a backdrop didn’t harm either. There was more to come. This piece of faded timber and peeling paintwork could almost have been designed that way.

Even the dilapidated remains of a garage hoarding took on an a curiously attractive look.

This garage certainly wasn’t going to be competing with the car dealership I’d just visited. Yet once they’d been just as keen to promote their identity, their brand.

Some even more curious attempts at stamping an identity were there to see.

And this.

Seems like everyone is trying to stamp their identity on the area in one form or another. Easy to pass this run down area by. But there’s plenty to satisfy the eye from a warning sign on a substation –

– to a strange piece of industrial remains that wouldn’t look out of place in Ikea or Habitat.


Texture, Colour & Light

A mid week offering of two abstract shots. I like the warm colours of each and the contrasting surfaces and textures.

Can’t remember where this first one was taken but the one below was part of some fancy lighting in a London hotel I stayed in last summer.

Warm images for a dark and gloomy February evening.


Colourburst California

Gloomy old day here in Liverpool and getting darker by the minute. Here’s a few shots from sunny California to bask in. Interesting Beatles fact I only discovered recently .. the Fab Four played their last live gig at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. Nice to have that connection between the two west coast, port cities of Liverpool and San Francisco.

Even Buddha looks happy!

And finally, some neon madness …