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Build a Cardboard iPad / Tablet Stand and Hologram Viewer

Posted in Art on Tuesday, 29th November 2016 at 4:58PM

Build a Cardboard iPad / Tablet Stand and Hologram Viewer

Last week saw my app, Sun to Moon Sleep Clock, updated with a new and slightly unusual feature - a hologram mode.  The only catch is that you need to build the hologram viewer yourself from cardboard and a few other basic materials. Full instructions can be found at where you will also find a YouTube run through.

The viewer consists of 2 elements, a cardboard stand for displaying your iPad or tablet at a convenient viewing angle and the hologram adapter which attaches to the stand when the app is in hologram mode.

If you have a go at building either the stand or the viewer I'd love to hear how you get on!

Interactive virtual tour of the beautifully overgrown Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

Posted in Art on Friday, 8th August 2014 at 9:21AM

A few months ago I stumbled across Arnos Vale Cemetery whilst waiting for a train in Bristol.  It initially looks like quite a swish place to be buried, with it's own cafe and everything - what more could you want!  However as you venture off the main paths you find large areas of the cemetery that have been left for nature to reclaim and the result is most enchanting.  There are head stones that have become melded with trees and crosses entombed in ivy but best of all there is virtually no-one (breathing) there so it feels like a real oasis in the middle of Bristol.

Taken, a New iBook by Hazel Thompson on Modern Day Slavery in Mumbai

Posted in Art on Sunday, 20th October 2013 at 10:50AM

Taken, a New iBook by Hazel Thompson on Modern Day Slavery in Mumbai

Recent figures from the Global Slavery Index estimate there to be a total of 30 million people worldwide currently living in slavery.  Contrast this with the fact that the entire African slave trade accounted for about 11 million people being sold into slavery and it becomes one of those figures that make you ask yourself 'how did I not know about this?'. Taken, a New iBook by Hazel Thompson exposes this modern day slavery in Mumbai, India in a beautiful and hard hitting way.

New Painting - View over Macau

Posted in Art on Tuesday, 19th July 2011 at 7:50AM

New Painting - View over Macau

The last 12 months have been hectic thanks to a combination of high web demand and new babies which has resulted in some very slow progress on the painting fron but finally I have something new to show - View over Macau.

This painting was made using cotton and ink on raw canvas and was based on a view overlooking the Chinese special administrative region of Macau.  A short walk from bright lights and casinos of down-town Macau is a more gritty, less glitzy city, which provided an irresistable backdrop for this rather dark and foreboding painting.  Buildings are stacked in a haphazard almost accidental fashion with numerous wires and washing lines acting as linkages between the spaces people live in.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 12 -  A short film

Posted in Art on Monday, 27th June 2011 at 11:50AM

I was looking back through some of my old YouTube videos and noticed this short film my wife and I made a few years ago when we lived on our houseboat downstream from Stratford-upon-Avon.  I though it was pretty nice despite the awful video quality so I dug out the original iMovie file and exported a slightly better quality version.  It's still not exactly HD but good enough to get the idea (view on YouTube).

The video was inspired by Shakespeare's Sonnet 12 and took advantage of a day when the River Avon had frozen over.  We managed to finish filming just in time before the ice completely melted and the letters started to sink.  The soundtrack is by a really talented musician named Alessandro Gwis.

Painting in focus – WWW

Posted in Art on Monday, 25th January 2010 at 7:29AM

WWW, Cotton stitch, acrylics and ink on canvas, 140cm x 90cm

It took 2 months of stitching, painting, drawing and plastering bleeding fingers to complete and is probably my most ambitious painting to date but it is also one that often gets overlooked as it’s hard to decipher  from a small image on the web.  The title, WWW (world wide web), is quite a good starting point in explaining this painting which is composed of a interconnected web of cotton threads which weave together to create a sort of global vista from Romania and Switzerland at it’s flanks, to San Francisco at its pinnacle.

Originally this painting was intended to be a drawing entirely composed of cotton thread stitched on to canvas but having completed this stage of the creation I knew that I could continue to work with this as a base to evolve still further.  Using a combination of paint and ink I started to work in to the drawing with tonal variations and thousands of tiny directional marks, the effect of this was to create a 3 dimensional illusion which, coupled with the actual 3rd dimension of the cotton standing slightly proud of the surface, offered a really intriguing visual experience.

5 ways to help make more money as an artist

Posted in Art on Saturday, 7th November 2009 at 10:31AM

5 ways to help make more money as an artist

Whenever I mention to anyone that I am an artist the reply that I expect to hear is always ‘that’s nice, and do you actually earn a living from that?’  There’s not many jobs where it would be acceptable to question someones earning ability as the first port of call but to be honest, it’s a fair question because it is notoriously difficult to generate a decent wage from selling your artwork.

I have been a professional artist for nearly 6 years and in that time I have started to appreciate a few of the things that really make a difference when it comes to actually making some sales.  I won’t pretend I have found any magic solutions for getting a good price for your artwork and the money that I can demand for my paintings is still painfully low when compared to most skilled professions but it is fair to say that there are things you can do to help make being an artist a viable profession.

Michael's Paintings

Demolition (Birmingham)

Demolition (Birmingham)
76 x 61cm
Acrylics and Indian Ink on Canvas

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Beijing Opening Ceremony

Beijing Paralympics Opening Ceremony
September 2008

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