4th September 2018
#Beeinthecity #Manchester #Buzz
A poem in honour of those colourful bees currently nesting in my city
The hive will be in Gtr Manchester till 23rd September – it’s well worth a visit.
(for those who haven’t read my #beeinthecity posts – they’re artworks!)
Banks-B , #Beeinthecity on Manchester’s Market Street
The hive arrived
Home for some bees
With artistic flair
City streets, with a
Hint of colour
Covering the sights
Of the county
North to south
From Salford’s quayside
To Manchester’s airport
brought out of the hive
everyone is smiling at them…
each one bringing colour to the street
if you walk through the city, you’ll see
numbers of them by
the terraced areas of the city, their
hive now used by the residents to soak up the sun
each bee happy of the attention they get
Ludwig Van Bee-thoven
Congregated in well known areas, the
Insects bring a smile to
Those who pass by,
Yelling to the youngsters – “You al’right our kid” ?
Salford, Wednesday 8th August
#crafts #stamps #art #ink
Returning to a craft, I enjoyed doing.
The medium…simple enough linoleum, like the stuff mum and dad used to tile the kitchen with, only a lot more plainer than the colourful patterns that contained
My tools, an inked pad, like the ones they had at school, and a carving tool…with attachments you had to treat like a drill
The subject, a common tree leaf, basic as you can find at this time of year, and drawn out onto the linoleum and then cut out
Transferring the design onto the Lino in reverse, came first. Do it the other way you would get a reverse image…and that would just be daft.
You took care with the tool…that thing cutting into the medium could also take out the ends of your fingers. Once finished the carvings went into the bin. Before I did a test run.
Letting the ink form a thin layer on the Lino, before applying just the right amount of pressure to print onto the paper
For a first attempt, it’s not that bad…I’ll be giving it a go with some watercolour to create a picture, later.
I’ve been pulling the images off my Nikon Camera and shoving them through the various programs on my laptop
Took this pic of the local tram and put it through Painnt’s randomizer. Like the ripple effect running through it.
“Drawing” – Roses in a winebottle
Pencil drawing from original photo : Roses
Cove : Drawing of a cove in Kos, Greece
Manchester 26th July 2018
#beeinthecity #Manchester #Bee #Travel #art
“We’re going on a bee hunt”….Winnie-the-Pooh in Manchester, July 2018
I took myself off on a Metrolink today, on the search for more Bees on the #Beesinthecity trail
The tram took me into Manchesters centre…but i stopped at Manchester Central where i spotted the first of my city bees
All of the photographs were taken in the city centre with my Nikon D3100….enjoy!
Creating a #Buzz at Manchester Central
Bling Bee outside Manchester Central
Buzzwig van-Beethoven, outside the Bridgewater Hall
Buzzi, by the central library
This is Manchester!
Rutherford Bee, celebrating science
Dazzle Bee, in the Atrium of Central Library
AuBee, outside Piccadilly Station
Rubee, in Piccadilly Gardens
Bee United, Outside Old Trafford
Salford and Manchester 23rd July
There’s been a swarm of colour land on my home city
Hard working and landing on the landmarks around the place
Bringing a buzz to the neighbourhood!
The bees will bee (deliberate typo) in the surrounding area till the end of august
Check them all out at https://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/art-trail
Blue Beeter – at the home of Children’s Bee Bee Cee!
St Johns Bee – Created by Schoolchildren in Salford and on display in the Lowry
Diverse-bee and Friends – created by Withington Girls school and on display in the Lowry
Beedazzle – at home in the Lowry Outlet
Gravitbee – landed by the ship canal
17th August – Have been checking out the Little bees that have been added to the trail
Greater Manchester – If there’s any you would like me to photograph – let me know
In the meantime – I’ve found some archive photography from 13 YEARS AGO!
(Good evans I was only a bairn (sic)) – Cowparade was a forerunner to #beeinthecity
and I have one or two photos in the archive should you want to see them.
Salford 6th February 2018
This is a photography post with a bit of a difference.
I mean – what do i do with a pic after i’ve taken it ?
With my new Nikon Camera (i use that term very loosely) I can already adapt a photograph thanks to the imaging tools on the camera
OK if i just want to switch the image from Colour to Black and White, and add a bit of Sepia, but what about an artistic angle ?
Here’s an original photo of the Fort at Albufeira in the Algarve, taken with my Sony DSC H-300 Bridge Camera
It looks good enough – i particularly like the anchor 🙂 but with a few tweeks using my Art Programs i get some lovely effects. This photo was edited with the latest edition of Corel painter essentials, but I also have a copy of adobes photoshop essentials to hand, should I want to create any layered effects.
Here’s the same photograph using an oil effect – very impressionist……
Here’s the photo using what Corel call a “Coloured Pencil” Effect
and here’s one using a “Modern” paint effect
They’re all a bit abstract in their way but they produced some great artwork!
proud little toddler, parades his masterpiece
as mum and dad peruse the aftermath
in consideration, there really is more colour on the paper and
not the wall, now scattered in the maestros colours
together they smile…as the soapy water will be out after bedtime
Salford 18th September
Poem borrowed from my page at Allpoetry.com
A tale a bit crafty, a bit religious, but all by me
Artwork created at Craft Sessions at Brain & Spinal Injury Charity in Salford.
As the Sun comes up,
its light shines through
the panels of coloured glass
angling the now coloured light
painting a picture,
of scenes on a floor
And as the sun shines,
through that brightly coloured window
reds cast with yellows
and greens cast with blues
as molten lead holds on tightly,
keeping the picture alive
Salford 3rd September 2017
its interesting the way things are valued
I’ve returned to this pic i took at the local art gallery, currently displaying some pieces from the Pilkington factory, once of Salford, now St. Helens.
Of course , every item has its price tag. There is a replacement value for Insurance purposes….initial cost of production….blah blah.
The artist will want their recognition of course, the irony ? Their work’s rises upon death – thanks to some VERY Shrewd investors.
But the cost to replace the artwork – is priceless – for it would take a great deal of time, skill and blood sweat and tears to replace the artwork behind the glass panel. And once the artisan has passed, you could copy his/her work…but it would never match the original….it would be a pale imitation
drop it….and it might get its value back….buried and recovered decades later….
So, with that in mind – here’s a pic of a local northern landmark from a local artist (you might know him, you’re reading his stuff!!!) – lets call it £10 for a print