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Today's #MementoVitae portrait is of leading Heart Surgeon Jitendra Rathod who tragically died from #Covid19 aged 58 at Cardiff University Hospital. (The same hospital where he had trained). He was known as Jitu and was an incredibly dedicated Heart Surgeon and father of two. His passing is a great loss. I've started an album of these portraits over on my page Memento Vitae #nhsportraitsforheroes
Today's #MementoVitae portrait is of John Alagos a nursing assistant who died of Covid19 aged just 23. He felt unwell at work, but finished his 12 hour shift. On returning home his mother advised him to take paracetamol, but found him in bed struggling to breath soon after. He had no underlying health conditions.His mother believes he wasn't given adequate protective clothing. The white paint splashes represent a shooting star, burning bright. R.I.P.
I managed to do another #MementoVitae portrait, of another key worker today. The image is of Mervyn Mally Kennedy a London Bus Driver who died aged 67. He was a loving family man with no underlying health problems, his family believe he would still be alive had he been given P.P.E. He looked like he was a fun loving man, so I tried to capture this in the portrait..
I've decided that alongside the other projects I've got on the back burner at the moment; I will be doing a collection of #mementovitae portraits of key workers who've sadly lost their lives to #Covid19. I'd like to capture them full of life as a reminder to their loved ones of their fantastic spirits. I hope to do something with the finished portraits together in exhibition form, before they are individually sent off to the families who've lost their loved ones. They'll be free hand; paint straight on canvas or board, as I want them to have a sense of freedom. The portrait I painted the other day of Joanna Klanczon (the Cleaning Supervisor) was painted in my lunchtime; but todays double portrait of children's nurse Katy Davis and her twin sister Emma, who tragically died of Covid 19 within three days of each other at Southampton Hospital, took most of the day. Anyway here's today's portrait, I'll probably look at it tomorrow and decide I'll change it ...I will set up a gallery page to view the finished portraits. The page will be called Memento Vitae Covid19
My art tutor's words were echoing in my ears today. I heard about a project called #portraitsfornhsheroes . Thought about contributing, but wondered if I'd have the time to do it. Then decided 'what the hell' I'll have a bash at one in my lunch break.
I read about a young Polish woman who was a hospital cleaning supervisor who died from Covid aged only 34. (I was 34 when I had my second child..so sad). Anyway when I saw her photo I thought she looked lovely and had a rock chick vibe about her, so decided to paint her.
I loved my Art College tutors, and when it came to Portraiture their mantra was paint or draw as few lines as you can to get a true feeling of the sitter. They hated photo realism and stated if you wanted a portrait that looked like a photo just take a photo! I've done a bit of Photo Realism and to me, it felt like painting in a straight jacket. No; as far as they were concerned great art was about a confident hand, the sureity of the line, and the flow of the paint or pen. Proper old school. Usually they wouldn't let you sketch it before hand, because "It's wasn't about a perfect representation"; infact if the sitter had a big nose for example, it was their opinion that you should make it slightly bigger to exaggerate their features. So I grabbed a canvas and the rather blurry photo I'd downloaded and set out to paint a pic in 1/2 hour. Anyway here's the result below, what do you reckon? I quite like the blue coming through as it seems like she's fading away, but is it too rough to send to her family?
Painted in memory of Joanna Klenczon aged 34 and Lawrence Cutting of Harrogate Art College. 🎨🙏
I haven’t finished re-touching Margaret Thatcher (see yesterday's post) so; carrying on with the Mrs T. theme, and also my studios sort out, I have found a box of Mrs T towel holders. (See the Gallery pic below).
I made these for those folks who still hate Thatcher.
They’ve proved very popular over the years.
Quote; “Biker Sam” … “I love my Mrs Tea towel holder, nothing gives me more pleasure than ramming a Tea towel up her jacksy daily”…. (Check out his fab woodcarving page at www.facebook.com/Sam-ellis-chainsaw-carving-549881835211535/). I will be listing these in my Etsy shop at £25 each plus p+p , but you can buy one for just £20 plus p+p . So ‘No Butt’s'…grab one of the few remaining holders now.. It’s a pinch! Follow me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blingandting/
I never thought that I'd get to an age where I'm restoring my OWN pictures!
I am very good at doing 90% of an art job and thinking I'll finish that one day, because I've got another great idea I want to get on with. Well that day may have come.....
I've hacked my way through the brambles to my first studio and found so many art works I'd forgotton I'd made. Some of them have suffered from being badly stored in a damp portakabin; and various living vehicles over the years, but I'm really enjoying fixing and finishing them. The snippet of the 'oil on board' painting in the pic was painted in 1989; and is titled 'Power Dressing', which was a 'thing' in 1989..... Only this Mrs Thatcher is holding a pair of nutcrackers and wearing b*llocks for earrings. The kippers in the stained glass window in the background are representative of her being two-faced. The canvas had got damp and lifted from the board, so today I re-attached it. Tomorrow I will repair and retouch the actual canvas. It's most embarassing to think I will be spending the day cleaning and touching up testicles...
Well it's definitely been a weird couple of months; although personally my life hasn't changed that much as I've always been a bit of a loner; reclusive, type of person. I'm feeling for all those people who've lost loved ones during this Coronavirus pandemic; and those countries where they don't have the luxury of self isolating. I also appreciate how lucky I am to have an outside space where I can work in the sunshine.
As far as work goes; I'm working on a new set of prints featuring the Pandemic 2020, see above pic of the queen wearing a mask stamp, and also the Statue of Liberty wearing a mask too.
I'm also using this time to list things in my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MultitalentedArt , (a job I have been putting off for a long time). Keeping myself busy is my way of dealing with the current situation, even if it means doing boring stuff like listing on Etsy.
Sending out Good Health vibes to all across the world X
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