Weedkiller Over Clematis

clematisAlthough research into chemical herbicides began in the early 20th century, the first major breakthrough was the result of research conducted in both the UK and the US during the Second World War into the potential use of agents as biological weapons. The first modern herbicide, 2,4-D, was first discovered and synthesized by W. G. Templeman at Imperial Chemical Industries. In 1940, he showed that “Growth substances applied appropriately would kill certain broad-leaved weeds in cereals without harming the crops.” By 1941, his team succeeded in synthesizing the chemical. In the same year, Pokorny in the US achieved this as well.

Weedkiller Over Clematis (Oil paint on canvas)

paintings
These two paintings above (Weedkiller Over Clematis) were exhibited in the exhibition at Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon, UK (3rd September 2007 – 7th October 2007) both images were sold and are in private collections.

Blurb from exhibition: The fashion for gardening, for an asthmatic, is a cruel joke. We have been ‘doing’ the garden at our home and I made the mistake of planting several climbing plants – I now know I have another contact allergy! Yet again concrete is the only true solution to my problems. The larger paintings in this exhibition are based on the colours these climbing plants go when you spray them with weedkiller.

Memories: Renoir, dead birds and rubber gloves, stolen kisses, life, stillness, pouches of Chinese fresh drinking water, broken dreams, lost lovers, onions, sections of discarded fishing nets strewn across the tourist beach, lovers in the darkness groping for the dark, hands first finding spaces, then they find there mark, my father, my ghost, my hopes and dreams, stinking of rotting carcasses, scars, cat scratch, twig scratch, dog nip, fights, electric hand tools, knife slips, broken bottles and broken hearts. [Read More]

Deep Water – paintings

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A few years ago (4) I did a series of paintings that were shown at Broomhill Art Hotel, this series was called “Deep Water”. I managed to sell quite a few of these.

I have had to go and check my storage unit out and found (I had forgotten about them) three that were not exhibited in the 2010 exhibition (one is in the photograph, in the frame). I also found several unfinished canvases that I had started and never finished from the same year.

I have always preferred to work outside – it is a beautiful day so…..let’s finish the little buggers.

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Bonsai for Asthmatics – I painted these ten years ago to the day. #tarot

Source: These images are made using cardboard stencils are refer to garden design….as an asthmatic gardens make me wheeze….even in small doses plant life triggers allergic reactions….even small plants…. Bonsai is not an option.

The Chariot : Outcome – All of these things below have happened »
Conflicts ending in victory! Keep charging ahead this is a time of change, travel and success if you stay committed to achieving your goals. A journey relating to work is imminent and if you’ve had your eye on that new car it will soon be yours. Remember, though, that you’ll need to use both your intellect and your heart, in order to be truly successful. A battle can be won if you have the willpower for it. The battle is an external one, with a clear goal and plan of action. Qualities needed to win the battle include self-reliance, righteousness, conviction and plain hard work. The steeds represent powerful forces, internal or external, that can be controlled to achieve the goal.

‘Bonsai for Asthmatics’

I painted these ten years ago to the day.
Materials = Acrylic, Oil and commercial paint mixed with cod liver oil, marker pens on wooden frame.
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Two paintings called Bonsai for Asthmatics

The Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford
Summer exhibition – ‘The Small Picture Show’ 5th June – 4th July 2004

Photo by J. Bright
These paintings were painted in May 2004 in Woolacombe.

Some frequent keywords include:

Conquest — Honor — Victory — Energy
Egocentrism — Self—confidence — Conviction — Anxiety
Willpower — Self—assertion — Hard control — Discipline
Inflexibility — Success — Wealth — Recognition
Impulsivity — Command — Bravery — Pride

I want to kiss the scars you hide…

Metal Garden Furniture

I want to kiss the scars you hide, caress you from inside, like the sunshine that follows a rainy day. I will make them my lovers, show them with pride to others, I’ll be with you all the way.

The calming dreams you have and then horror comes flooding back, the fists, the words, cutting like knives. I will take them all away (you no longer need to pray) I’ll be inside you everyday.

I want to kiss the scars you hide, caress you from inside, like the sunshine that follows a rainy day. I will make them my brothers and take them from the others, I’ll be with you all the way.

PB (aka TW) Feb. 2014

I found the above words written on a bit of scrap paper. We are all covered in scars, cat scratch, twig scratch, dog nip, fights, electric hand tools, knife slips, broken bottles and broken souls. I would like to point out I am not sad or feeling sorry for myself – I’m interested in the journey. Maybe time to go and record some ‘love songs’… Links below are from Wikipedia and might not work.

Articles/Reviews

  • Review in German magazine ‘Epitaph’ 1991, contains list of solo releases from 1988 – 1991 [1]
  • Review and interview with the BBC in 2005 about the release of ‘The Sampler No. 05’.[2] There is a link on this page to an audio clip of the interview.
  • Review by Mick Mercer: [3] in 2007
  • Review in Grave Jibes Fanzine (Russia) February 2010 [4] pages 64 to 71. This includes an interview and a review of ‘Cassette Culture 1989 – 2009’
  • Article on early experiences of home taping [5] from the ‘The Living Archive Of Underground Music’

Music production

Alumni

Life is still

One of my still life paintings hanging on a wall in Worcestershire. Oil paint on paper – 20″ x 16″

Memories: Renoir, dead birds and rubber gloves, stolen kisses, life, stillness, pouches of Chinese fresh drinking water, broken dreams, lost lovers, onions, sections of discarded fishing nets strewn across the tourist beach, lovers in the darkness groping for the dark, hands first finding spaces, then they find there mark, my father, my ghost, my hopes and dreams, stinking of rotting carcasses [Read More]

Card 1 (The Magician) : How you feel about yourself now » You feel a sense of purpose and the willpower to get things done. Self-empowerment is the key word here. Any new enterprises in love or career show great potential. You feel that you have the ability to think on your feet and, faced with opposition, the appearance of The Magician is an excellent omen of success. Time to believe in your self and go for it!

Interiors: Life has changed, I have lost the familiarity I had of interiors, objects and experiences (but this is actually very liberating).

Card 2 (The Fool) : What you most want at this moment » The cards suggest that what you most want at this time is just to be happy, and you are searching for the one thing that will bring happiness. You want a new start but feel unsure of what you want or where you want to go. Romantically you have mixed feelings regarding another – part of you wants to enter the relationship wholeheartedly, part of you wants to hold back. So if you are in a relationship that empowers you, stay, if not it is time to move on.

People: Support and understanding (love even). Waking up on sofas, stumbling back to my temporary home. Meeting new people who have inspired and have opened my eyes to new (and not so new) things. Love, hope, care, faith, determination…

Card 3 (Wheel Of Fortune) : Your fears » You are in fear of everything turning for the worse for you, perhaps you are experiencing a run of bad luck. You have to trust that most of what we fear never happens and as The Wheel of Fortune turns downwards against you, the wheel will naturally turn upwards again and bring good fortune to you too. This difficult phase will pass.

Brushes Pot

Card 4 (The Hanged Man) : What is going for you » With patience this passive time, this time of feeling in limbo and indecision, will pass. You will know what decisions to make, what or who to let go of and how to move on. Whatever self-sacrifice you have to make you will feel a better and stronger person for sure.

Wistman’s Wood: Wistman’s Wood is a magical place (I visited it with someone special) it is where pitted stone becomes knotted oak and the moss and lichens weld everything seamlessly together. I have found calmness and a really odd inner strength in that place. I’m not that into ‘finding God’ or ‘finding myself’ but it is a place that forces these contemplations and ideas (punching you in your back) into your consciousness, making you wake up and get on with it. The brush pot was given to me as a birthday present from someone who is important to me. The images on the pot, of the wood, are inspirational.

Card 5 (The Emperor) : What is going against you » You may be over ambitious at this time, success may remain just out of your reach for a while. Are you being assertive and positive enough? Or are you using aggressive, bullying tactics to no avail? Do not mis-use your authority or if you have requested help from a strong, successful man don’t let him bully you – he either helps or leaves you to get on with things yourself.

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Card 6 (The Devil) : Outcome » If your previous cards have been positive and your main consideration has been about a relationship then there’s a possibility of commitment, even a proposal of marriage. If this is not the case this a final opportunity for you to change course, because the temptation you are experiencing concerning a relationship, money or materialism or any other kind of addiction won’t lead to a happy ending. If you are feeling low in self-belief and self worth and doubt your abilities, don’t, have more confidence – its not too late to change direction.