Monday, 14 January 2013

When I met Bridget Riley

2010 October Southampton City Art Gallery - Retrospective show called "Flashback" - I met Bridget Riley and asked her if I could take her photo, she seemed to grumble "no", I must have looked so crestfallen she loudly said, "OK, if you have to!" - I had to and I did. Thank you Bridget! (And, yes I bought a signed poster).

I was lucky enough to go a talk by her few days later. What a privilege!    

Bridget Riley 2010

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Pushing collage!

"Untitled (Winter with green cushion)" 2011

"Oh Cripes (after Thomas Gainsborough)" 2011

"Stop! Hammer Time" 2011

Monday, 7 January 2013

A bigger splat!

Experiments using photos of installations with painted elements - re-imagined using Photoshop

Bullwinkle recipe



Recipe with tassles

A bigger splat!

Recipe #5

Copyright (c) Alastair Eales 2013

Getting somewhere - maybe!

"Untitled (with movement)"
Water-based / Mixed Media painting on canvas.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Paint, collage, ink etc

"I used to be a rolling stone... but I got better". 2013
Mixed media / Water-based media

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

More playing with iPhone, laptop, projector and assorted brica-brac: Burley Dragon's Den

Virtual  Burley Dragon's den
"Burley is notable in English folklore for being the supposed location of a dragon's lair at Burley Beacon, just outside the village.[18]

There are several local version of the tale. In one version, the creature "flew" every morning to Bisterne, about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Burley, where it would be supplied with milk.[18] In order to kill the dragon, a valiant man built himself a hut at Bisterne, and with two dogs lay in wait.[18] The creature came as usual one morning for its milk, and when the hut door was opened the dogs attacked it, and while thus engaged, the dragon was killed by the man.[18] The dragon slayer himself, says another version of the tale, only succeeded by covering his armour with glass.[18]

The documentary version of this tradition is contained in the margin of a pedigree roll written prior to 1618, and preserved at Berkeley Castle. It actually names the dragon-slayer as Sir Maurice Berkeley, lord of the manor of Bisterne in the 15th century.[19] The document describes the dragon as "doing much mischief upon men and cattle ... making his den near unto a Beacon."[19] Sir Maurice Berkeley killed the dragon but died himself soon afterwards.[19] "- Quote from Wikipedia