Chippendales's body of work is blossoming and mine seems to have wilted for now. Amongst Chip's new work is Kate of Many Colours. He has completed three different versions so far and is working on another three. I bring you Tartan Kate and Ottoman Kate, neither of these are the real titles but they are my names for them.
I am extremely fond of both pictures and they are much admired. For a very short while there was Herringbone Kate but one of my friends bought it before I had chance to take a photo. Her house will be perfect for it.
The Kates are formed from painted lines that merge with stencilled pattern to form an unusual portrait that holds the viewers attention.
They also look like a photo of my mother from the 1960s so they feel like family to me. I shall look forward to showing you the others as they are painted. So far Chips is offering two sizes of them.
I have lost count of the times that Chips has painted then repainted The Boxer. Finally, he is happy enough to hang it on the wall at home.
There has been much experimentation in trying to create smaller versions of his idiosyncratic dot paintings. Chips' recent paintings have been much admired but all to often we have been told that they are too big and can he scale them down for a more realistic size of wall? So he did; Paradoxically, it takes more dots to make the small portrait than it did to make one twice the size. It took a lot of time to get the result that he wanted but I think it was worth it.
Just after the smaller version of The Boxer was displayed a friend saw it and thought it perfect for one of his clients, so it may not be in our guest room for long. "Only thing is' he says, "Could you paint a larger one if needed...it's for very big wall."
I can not remember which of the fairy tale films that song came from but I was singing it as I unpacked my parcel from The Graduate Collection. They have made my Pugnalia series of pug dog paintings into prints, cards and cushions and I received one of each this afternoon. Hurrah!
The prices are as follows;
The blank folded cards are £2.50 each. Cushions are £40.00 each and are backed with black velvet. Prints are £45.00 each. They are a high quality print on heavy paper and fit an IKEA frame rather well, I am told. Postage is extra if purchasing by mail order. They can be bought from me, from The Graduate Collection and a couple of other shops and web sites. The stockist list is growing but as yet I do not know who is on it.
Pearl Earring went on a mini break earlier this summer, she was exhibited at The Bywell Arts Festival. The festival is the annual fund raiser for the church in our nearest village. It is a fun event with cakes, plant stall, cakes and music, paintings and sculpture and did I mention cakes? She kept a watchful eye on the art fair from her roost by the church door. Three patrons of Chippendale and Morris own a version of our Pearl Earring painting so far.
This one is the fourth and Chips painted it for our own home. He keeps a limit on the amount of times he will paint a subject so I am not letting this one be sold, he will have to paint another if commissioned. Pearl Earring has returned to our staircase and I am happy to see that she is home.
'A Certain Smile' by Chippendale & Morris fits very snugly into an alcove in my sitting room.
Actually, I prefered it on the other side of the room but was out voted. What do you think?
Whatever position she settles upon, I am am glad that she is here and is a friendly face to greet me. I can not help but smile back at her.
A Certain Smile is interpreted from the smile of The Mona Lisa and is another in the series of dot paintings by artist Michael Chippendale. I had wanted him to paint one for me and now I got my wish. Another version of the smile painting went to a home that had white, flaky, painted walls. She looked very happy there too.
Occasionally, people comment that our dot series of paintings would need a large space to get the full effect of realism. A post featured on DesginInspiration blog written by Rachel and Stephen Egglestone shows that their Chippendale and Morris painting makes a big impact in a small room.
Actually, the rest of room is lovely so their post is well worth a visit.
Green Dress by Michael Chippendale was painted for Rachel Morris. Chippendale reinterpreted a section of Young Girl with Gloves by Tamara de Lempicka. His version is made from individually painted dots.
Before we delivered the picture we hung it in our hall for an evening.
I thought the painting looked lovely here but it looks better in its new home. I will not show you those pictures yet. In a few days, Rachel will be giving us a photo tour of the art deco room that houses the Green Dress now so I shall not ruin the surprise and I will feature it after she does.
Bywell Arts Festival inroduced some new artists this year and Michael Chippendale was one of them. Susi Bellamy and Sabina Rose were two others. The work of all three was much admired, I lost count of the times that Chippendale's picture of 'A certain Smile'
and 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' were photographed. I was standing between them. His other work was in a different building so could not hear or see the reactions to them but was told that The Boxer caused much interest.
His landscape would have had a wonderful position if there had been some sun light.
Attendance figures, exhibitors and attendees were all reduced at this year's festival which seems a great shame. The location, ambiance, entertainment, cream teas and other parts that make up the weekend are all lovely.
I did not offer any of my stencilled canvases this year. Instead, Ms Rose and I sold stencilled bags and pin boards from our fledgling company 'For Queen and Corgi'