Last week at college we were given a project to design an image for the Performing Arts Degree students who will be touring with a deconstructed version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein around college and sixth forms across the three counties and are looking for an initial image idea to get the publicity machine rolling.
The full name of the production is: The Vagabond Vaudeville presents Mary Shelley’s fabulous and fantastical fable of “Frankenstein”.
This is a production in the vein of the Victorian Penny Dreadful: horror, comedy, circus and musical all wrapped into one. The Vagabond Vaudeville are desperate, travelling Victorian theatre company under the control of a megalomaniac Emcee; they are used to playing in dingy theatres and crowded beer halls. Some even have pretensions of being serious actors. I hope this gives you the flavour of the production.
Think Sherlock Holmes meets Moulin Rouge meets the Circus of horrors.
This is the image that I created in response….
During a recent visit to Stratford I took this picture. It is of a magnificent bronze tree with its branches sweeping over a massive sphere which is burnished on one side and in deepest shadow behind. Surrounded by a circle of pleached hornbeams and a 30m curved oak bench, with Shakespeare’s desk and chair at stage right, this is the perfect spot to contemplate Shakespeare’s works – and take a picture.
I tried a series of paintings to try and make my watercolour work look fresher based on a previous subject. This is the result……..
Just recently there hasn’t been many opportunities for water colour painting because a lot of my time has been taken up with life drawing and sketching. Below is a selection of my recent work done within the last week or so at De Koffie Pot Life Drawing Group in Hereford and the Worcester Art For Fun Group (hands).
This is a recent watercolour painting of some of the flowers in the garden at the Crowns (Roger Ellis Studios) where I go for water colour classes.
My latest watercolour and pencil study of Welsh Court at Yatton……
I attended a five week course on oil painting at Lower Brockhamton near Bromyard. There were lots of interesting views of the moated, Elizabethan manor house to choose from. The following is my first attempt at an oil painting and the accompanying pencil study.