Something For Everyone

Seeing as I've been slack on posting here, recently, here's a jumble of bits and bobs. There's no particular way of grouping these finds and images: it's just a digital pile of goodies to rummage through. In an effort to garner some more viewers, though, this will be arranged into Buzzfeed-esque numbered list.

 

drawing of a Mermaid Court, London

drawing of a Mermaid Court, London

Mermaid Court, London SE1. Inspired by a photo I took on my phone, I created a little birthday card for someone. She liked it, but was desperate to find a meaning in the arrangement of people, bollards and road markings. Any interpretations welcome. 

The Past on Glass (i). I've recently started doing some volunteer work with the archives department at Sutton Library, to help digitise their collection of glass negatives. Here are four images of Edwardian ladies that I thought looked intriguing (and quite modern).

illustration of man drawing

illustration of man drawing

Expression Through Drawing. In an effort to show what is inside my head, and how drawing helps it come out, here's a new illustration. Oil, pencil and photoshop.

pastel drawing of a nude woman

pastel drawing of a nude woman

A Return To Life Drawing. I found a new untutored session in Croydon at Matthews Yard. I've only been once, but it's good to be back.

illustration of Balham High Road

illustration of Balham High Road

Balham High Road. I started this image last summer, but have only managed to complete it recently. I think the day that I shared it on Twitter, I was asked by Mimi's Artworks (81 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AP) if they could sell it in their gallery as prints. The lesson I've learnt is: finish every piece of work. You never know.

Look what's just arrived signed prints by #Mattbannister next stage framing and displaying @magbanno@MrsCarlieWelchpic.twitter.com/Rff9EZZbNH

— Mimi's Artworks (@mimivanger) April 17, 2015

Here it is again pride of place in the front of the window @magbanno@NPBalham@balhamdotcom@Balham_Life#artpic.twitter.com/Yw4w4MwIai — Mimi's Artworks (@mimivanger) April 21, 2015

Mural ideas for Sutton Mencap

Design for garden mural I was asked (via the Volunteer Centre Sutton) to generate some ideas for a mural being planned by Sutton Mencap. They had an area, known as the children's walkway, that they were planning to transform: from a drab concrete alleyway to something more colourful and natural looking. Two mural panels were planned, along with raised flower beds, new plants, top soil and a general effort to spruce up that part of their premises.

Sutton Mencap Outdoor Project - Overview

 

For the mural ideas, they wanted something simple and bold that would appeal to the passing children, but not something that would be incongruous to the new garden. I decided to use flowers often seen in your average South London garden or park, with a range across the seasons. For the mural painting itself, using the help of students from Carshalton College and the services of Village Ceramics, my designs were used to inspire the final structure. One image was used for both panels, with my second design being kept for further use elsewhere at the centre in the future.

Sutton Mencap mural painting

 

Sutton Mencap mural painting

 

Extra colours and garden critters were added by the team and when installed in the finished walkway, a drab grey fence was improved no end.

Sutton Mencap mural 1

 

Sutton Mencap Walkway

Thanks to Sutton Mencap for the use of their photographs for this post.