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Well, here is another Steampunk painting to stimulate your receptors. Staying with the theme, I opened up the possiblities of a mechanical seahorse submerged within a fantasy Steampunk ocean world, cool eh!
I used a plethora of metalic objects to compliment and enhance the painting. Many layers were added to make various textures and to add interest. You could be looking at the painting one day and notice something totally new the next... I love a bit of mystery.
So here it is, Steampunk-Seahorse.
Hope you like it.
The auroras have always fascinated me, with their sweeping colours illuminated against the indigo sky. For me they have a magical element to them, like observing a sacred dance of lights. I have not seen them yet, but hope that one day I will be lucky enough to be a part of one of nature’s wonders.
The northern lights inspired me to paint a picture of a wintery scene with snow-capped mountains reflecting colours from the auroras in the sky. The mountains framed by a misty wood add a sense of deep tranquillity. I also included a frozen pond to depict stillness, surrounded by glistening snow muffling the footsteps of a stag and deer calmly going about their business, as the auroras flow like waves above them.
I have named this painting ‘Tides of the Night.’ Its size is 24”x 30”, oil on canvas.
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Therefore, steampunk may be described as neo-Victorian.
Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt, and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The first known appearance of the term steampunk was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
Taken from: Wikipedia.
I am still trying to get my head around it, because it is forever evolving. Anyway, it took me a while and many attempts at mixed media to understand how to incorporate a painting with industrial pieces of machinery, in my case not so much literally, but more watch parts, keys, discarded computer parts and bits of jewellery.
Well, I have finally finished the painting, my interpretation of Steampunk of course, named ‘Skeeter Hawk’. I hope you like it.
A few weeks ago, you may have seen, I displayed some new paintings in Manchester. Well this one is now SOLD.
I hope that the buyer in Didsbury, Manchester enjoys this painting as much as I enjoyed painintg it.
I was commissioned to do a painting a few months back. If you have been following my blog, you might remember the ‘Princely Peacock’. It was a preliminary draft in pastels. Well here is the finished piece for you to have a look at and I am happy to say SOLD to a buyer in Rotherham.
I have named it ‘Midnight Revelation’.
I have always been fascinated with wildlife and the vast ecosystem this wonderful planet of ours has to offer. I was inspired to paint the Serengeti after I was asked to show a class of infant children how to paint a silhouette of an elephant with a sunset. I instantly thought of the Serengeti and the wonderful animals that live in such a harsh land and how they manage to survive nevertheless.
Here is my latest painting, ‘The Serengeti’. This vast plain in East Central Africa, spans about 12,000 square miles and derives its names from the Maasai Language that means ‘Endless Plains’.
At the moment I have been experimenting with different mediums in art such as colour pencils, pastels and pen. This is given me an opportunity to push myself beyond my limits in a short space of time, producing art work, that I have to say, I am quite proud of. I will show the new works soon.
Hope you like it.
Last month I changed the paintings at Healthy Spirit, like I normally do every three months.
I've been so busy, that I have not been able to write fully about them. However, here is one of the new paintings on display.
It's called; Mandala.
Hope you like it.
I have just come back from an awesome trip to Granada in Spain. I found Granada to be a very inspirational place, full of design features especially in the architecture in the Alhambra Palace.
Granada has such a rich history. Granada means pomegranate and is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The most famous place is the Alhambra a Moorish citadel and palace. It was declared a world heritage cite in 1984 by UNESCO.
There are many churches and a cathedral of Granada built in the early 16th century.
I loved the architecture of all the historical buildings and many of the design features that decorated them. The gardens were especially beautiful with their mediteranean flora and fauna, hidden court yards and fountains found around every corner. A lot of these little fountains were estabilished there for the people for drinking, a perfect relief from the heat of the day.
This place had my favourite things: art, gardens and scenery. So I may do a range of paintings inspired by this trip. Watch this space. Here are a few pictures to wet your apetite.
I am a self taught artist who loves and appreciates art and photography. Both capture moments of life with great meaning and beauty.