Imagine if the World had Actually Changed

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Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

John Lennon

John Lennon was and is to this day a great artist for many reasons, he promoted world peace and love, his birthday would have been today (9th of October) he would have been 79.

At school we were allowed to do projects on famous people we respected, mine was on John Lennon’s death. It would be 38 years ago on the 8th of December this year when Mark David Chapman opened fire and shot 5 bullets fatally wounding John, it was the end of an era, the world was devastated.

Mark David Chapman was a dangerous man, his wide knew of his plan and his obsession and yet did nothing, complicit in an unnecessary murder and yet never charged. Marks biggest issue with John was that he preached peace and love but still had millions in the bank. Personally im not sure how having millions in the bank has to do with ones ability to preach peace and love. Sure you could argue that Money makes everything easier but I don’t think you love any less whether you are rich or poor.

His connection to the Catcher in the Rye highlights his mental health issues and his desire to be the 17 year old protagonist are a clear sign that he was unstable. Mark Chapman clearly wanted to address his displeasure with the world but the book has no murder in it, he had taken it one step further. The book itself has been linked to three murders, which in my personal opinion is a shame, as that is not what the book is about, it could be argued as a coming of age book and a teenager’s disgust with the world.

If Mark Chapman hadn’t killed John Lennon on that fateful day, how different would the world be now? Yoko Ono remains artistic and known for her peace activism but in my opinion does not have the same influence as John had or ever will despite his death.

As he said if its not OK it’s not the end, but when will the end come?

Three Paths

Luke Margetts Artist 3 headed cobra.
fine line pens and brushmarkers on a4 200gms paper.

When Luke showed this picture to me for the first time I was fascinated by the detail, he later remarked how he had forgotten that snakes require so much detail in order to make them look like one rather than just a coloured wiggly worm. The use of pencil as a base followed by the pen over the top allows the detail to really ‘pop’ off the page. Find out more about Luke and his art here.

To me the three heads represent three different paths you might choose from, whether it be life or a simple decision, there will always be a positive, a negative and the fence. How this works is dependant on your mindset because a positive one will never entertain the other two and vice versa. From the fence position it is difficult to progress because you are not sending a clear message to the universe either way, but for some it can be the easiest option, making their life easier, the same could be said for the negative path, they say it takes the same amount of effort to be positive as it does to be negative, so why not be positive?

Don’t be surprised if this picture pops up again, I feel it inspiring a new piece of my own.

Jurassic Beach Art

So my first rota day from work, its a Friday and for once the weather is stunning…We cannot waste the day away at home – we must go do something! So it was settled a road trip – the beach had been on the top of my list for some time – Lyme Regis was an option but the parking is rubbish (I know I sound middle aged) remembering back to my childhood where else can we go? I remembered fossil hunting as a child on a beach named Charmouth, well off we went.
We found convenient parking on the hill into the little town and followed the coastal path the rest of the way on foot. It was definitely one of the hottest days this year and we were relieved when the sea breeze caught us. The beach looked a little busy as we arrived but as we walked away from the crowds they thinned quickly – it was mainly families with very small children and people fossil hunting or rock pooling. Finding a spot to sit was not difficult as the cliffs were beginning to make their own nooks and crannies.
I settled down to enjoy the sun as it had been a long time since I last actually sunbathed, i’d made sure that I had factor 50 sun cream on my back – what could go wrong? The sound of the waves and the gentle breeze relaxed me and I settled into a slightly bizarre waking dream pattern. An hour or so later I woke to see my friend making sculptures with the rocks that were strewn about us. The gallery of pictures shows some of the views from the beach and the sculptures but they were most dramatic close up. We relaxed some more then walked back down the beach through the surf, enjoying the rock pools and the cool of the sea on our toes.
Then there was ice cream – the essence of a summers day on the beach.
For more of my friends work

Meeting Ratty

I first met Ratty when he was but a skeleton. The thin pencil lines hinting at his large frame but said nothing of the rest of him. I wondered how he would grow, would he become a she or something else entirely…it was not immediately obvious. Over the next few days I watched him develop like a photograph in a studio his creator pausing every so often to ask my thoughts. Ratty is one of my favourites so it was a bit hard to be critical…settling for some extra shading on the body.Whether you see him as a political statement or not the connotations are there, a line of something white with a straw and a joint speaks of a rebellious nature fighting the system. The suit and top hat implies a higher class image, although I feel the argument that ‘drugs are for the poor’ does not hold much weight anymore. In truth you wouldn’t expect a rat to be wearing clothes let alone a top hat with dinner jacket snorting cocaine off a mirror tile. I would love to hear your thoughts on this piece, let me know in the comments below.You can see it in more detail at Luke Margetts Art
Source: Meeting Ratty

An Outside Piece

Wishing to extend to a larger scale piece an Artist set off down the canal path with his paints to see how it could be done. The canal bridge loomed covered with pre-existing offensive graffiti which would offend most eyes. To cover this would be an act of rebellion but also a statement. The paint flowed and danced across the brickwork into stunning peacock like patterns.That night it rained, it rained so hard he was sure at least some of it would wash away. As he approached it he saw that not all was gone, and some of the patterned had remained, who knows how long they will remain. Picture used with permission
Source: An Outside Piece

Progress of an Artist

The remarkable progress of Luke’s work over the past 10 days is fascinating, looking in his sketchbooks/paintings you can see his progression very clearly throughout his pad of paintings, a hesitant beginning but as confidence has grown throughout the patterns become stronger and more definite. The depth of the paint showing off spirals of colour and blends of silver and gold metallics.   Pictures used with permission from L Margetts check out his Instagram here
Source: Progress of an Artist

An Ebru Work

There are several marbling techniques which have been used by various artist over the generations. One particular technique is called ebru, it is a traditional Turkish form of painting which involves layering the paint on-top of the water, there are also various thickeners which can be used to aid the process. Once the paint is ‘floating’ the artist lays the paper on top and the pattern is transferred. The number of different results achieved is infinite and patterns can be teased and formed using paint brushes to blend and arrange the colours before they are transferred. It would be easy to write-off this technique as childsplay because of its simplicity but to be truthful the patterns and effects take a little more skill than just adding paint to water and layering the paper over the top.This particular piece was commissioned as part of a collaboration project between Luke Margetts and I. The purpose being to improve his technique and for me to rebrand my blog on wordpress. I wanted something truly unique and we took inspiration from the local ‘mendip potato stone’ which is a form of agate. The colours are truly amazing as you can see. The results as you can see above are uncanny, it is difficult to match such a complex structure perfectly but the colour combinations bring out the magic of this little known stone.
Source: An Ebru Work

A Winter Gift from an Artist

The ideal of a blank canvas can scare some but others embrace it with the passion it deserves. Our “Winter gift exchange” delivered an A2 canvas during this years festivities and Luke was determined to paint, despite the crazy time of day (3am) the paints were eagerly pulled out and the video rapidly setup for recording. The piece flowed from his fingertips and the finished article is a sight to behold. The combination of metallic and ‘normal’ acrylics defiantly shimmering on the page, willing the observer to ‘see’ them first. You could be there for hours staring at the intricacies and not catch them all.  The naturally appearing fish in the above picture gives an organic feel to the work, the colour combinations below create the shape of a lagoon area allowing the paint to flow across the canvas. All pictures my own with artist’s permission but do check out Lukes page for more of his work –
Source: A Winter Gift from an Artist