A trip to the south coast.

last weekend (22/23rd march). I headed off to Hove to meet up with art collector and very good friend Seval.

I planned a two day visit with her that would conclude with attending The Stone Tide book launch. I took my camera to get some material together, but I failed miserably as I spent all my time chatting, eating lots of cake, and generally enjoying the conversations with Seval, the camera lived in my backpack for the most part.

However I took around 30 shots of the beach in Eastbourne, and a  couple in Brighton. (See Images at the bottom of this post)

The book launch was great, and held in the amazing book / off license / live venue. “Borough wines Beers and Books”    I brought along 3 framed prints. and a portfolio of 10 art prints for people have a look through. It was also a thrill to see the book on display, and to see my art looking great.

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(pic by Influx press. also showing Vince ray’s artwork which features in the book).

Downstairs the book launch coincided with regular art happening “Weird Shit”, Art films, spoken word and sonic pounding bass was the vibe, and people stood transfixed , waiting for the next “Weird Shit” to happen, with Spoken word from Gareth E. Rees, Gary Budden, and Michael Smith.

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(outside venue).

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(looking a bit bedazzled!! In front of one of my framed stone Tide prints.)

Meanwhile upstairs, the atmosphere was slightly boozy and relaxed. the crowd was full of artists, writers and musicians, some knew about the event, others followed their curiosity, resulting in an interesting crowd.

It was nice to talk to so many people, and to meet documentary film maker, artist, writer, and poet Michael Smith. Also worth mentioning is the amazing artist Martin O’Neill who was excellent company over a glass of Cloudwater, and was passionate about the process of making art.

Thanks for all you who stopped to have chat with me, and the interest in my work!

Buy the book here.. it is a fabulous read.

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(photo influx press)

As mentioned earlier I did take some shots and I have been experimenting. here are some examples below.

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see more on my Facebook page.

 

The Stone Tide continued.

Following up from my last post about The Stone Tide book cover I designed, here are some pictures.

The first Image is the inspiration for the book cover, chosen by the author. He actually has this and other pieces of my art in his home. The image is called First Blow Struck. For more pics why not visit my Facebook page here.

You can buy the book here.

 

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Base artwork, and image of printers proof of hardback jacket cover.

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The Stone Tide book cover

I am excited to see that the proof copies of The Stone Tide, on Influx Press are ready.

I designed the cover & it looks great, and it is a bloody great read as well. 😉

Includes an illustrated chapter by Vince Ray .

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The weirdness Of the woods.

Today Me and a good friend went off to Lea Woods In Bristol to take some photos of “A weird and often talked about” Ritual or shamanic activity , that has been told to us for a while now. We actually thought the whole story of Witches in the woods quite funny , and quite stupid, and far fetched  in anyone’s stretch of a folly. But I do Like a story.. and if it includes witchcraft and magick, then I am kinda into this.

What happened was quite amusing at first, but then took a more sinister turn , as we stumbled upon spaces that had obviously been used for another purpose. I am still trying to work out if this was a joke or the stories are very very true!

I have included some pics.. but I kinda got freaked out and left.. But afterwards we both agreed that we should go back and take more photos. We even discussed camping in the woods at night, so we (actually ME, Could put this sorry “silly tale” to an end.

What I quite loved (as an artist) was that a lot looked very “staged” and with “Bower Ashton Art dept”  only 10 minutes walk away.. I put this down to an “Art Prank”  Anyway .. pics below.. and a very interesting day.. tho I do admit I was really spooked.

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We found two camps, one had five poles in the ground, and a burnt “Stake” in the middle.

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outside camp number two.. we found this odd.. quite freaky Effigy of ??

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Next to camp number one we found a rock with a flat surface with feathers carefully distributed over the surface. Now this could have been a stoat kill.. but a bit too tidy.

Any comments or anyone that has more stories of the Lea Woods Witches.. please contact me.. as this was one odd and scary day.