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Elvis study by Azul-Seahorse
Elvis study
A Charcoal study of early 70's Elvis in preparation for a painting, I probably will not use this one, I need to work a bit harder on the likeness. For me personally working in charcoal is better for figure work but not for portraits, so I will draw this again in pencil.
Fred by Azul-Seahorse
Starting to get on with some drawing. using charcoal this time. I am pleased with this as a drawing, I made a mistake by drawing the bit between his nose and top lip (Philtrum) too long and that spoils the Likeness.
Drawing Teeth and Glasses are two things that I struggle with and have tried to avoid in the past.
Untitled and unfinished by Azul-Seahorse
Untitled and unfinished
I have been working on this painting of Miss Mosh using Marcus J Ranum's stock images as reference and I have just been taking too long with it, its not that I don't want to paint it, my mind has been elsewhere on other projects that I keep putting off. So I decided to draw a line under what I have been doing and get these other projects done.
I decided to post it on here anyway unfinished then put the painting away and return and finish it at a later date.
Model :iconmiss-mosh: Miss-Mosh
Stock :iconmjranum-stock: MJRanum-Stock
The Maharajah's well by Azul-Seahorse
The Maharajah's well
The Maharajah's well Stoke row in England,

Mr Edward Reade, the local squire, had worked with the Maharajah of Benares in India for many years in the mid nineteenth century. One of his many deeds there was to sink a well in 1831 to aid a local community in Azimurgh. When Mr Reade finally left the area in 1860, he asked the Maharajah to ensure that the well remained available to the public.
A couple of years later the Maharajah decided on an endowment in England. He recalled Mr Reade’s generosity in 1831 and also remembered his stories of water deprivation in his home area of Ipsden. And so the well in Stoke Row duly came about. It was dug, by hand, of course – all 368 feet of it to a width of 4 feet.
The well and superstructure cost £353 13s 7d. The elephant and machinery cost a further £39 10s, the project being undertaken by the (still) local firm of Wilder in Wallingford. Finally the cottage cost a modest £74 14s 6d. The well remained in use for over 70 years so it was clearly money well spent.
Sourced from Stoke Row's village website

I would like to add that the well is so deep you could hide Nelson's Column down it twice.
Red Kite by Azul-Seahorse
Red Kite
I took this photo of a red kite back in January, it was sat in a tree at the on the edge of the woods at back of my house and was making a lot of noise, as I tried to take photos of it it swooped down out of the tree and over my house. This was the only photo that was in focus.

I have been working on a painting of Miss Mosh using Marcus J Rainums stock images as reference and I have just been taking too long with it, its not that I don't want to paint it, my mind has been elsewhere on other projects that I keep putting off. So I decided to draw a line under what I have been doing of late and get these other projects done.

Most of the paintings that I am working on or have planned are bike orientated along the lines of the “Triumph twins” and “Red molly and Vincent 1952” and I have been collecting images of famous people (Some might call them Icons) from the 1920's through to the 70's for reference.

My Writing is suffering from the same problem I am working on the novel about the kids and I start getting ideas for the other stories which I don’t think is such a bad thing its just I have to get one finished and then start on one of the others, I will possibly self publish as an E-book.

I bought some charcoal pencils a couple of weeks ago and have made a start on doing drawings with them and graphite pencils as I feel I really need to do more drawing for drawings sake partly because I enjoy drawing and also its a good way to polish skills.

So what I am doing is working on a painting for example I am just starting a painting with Elvis and a group of bikers are passing him, I will take breaks from that and work on a pencil or charcoal drawing and put it on here, that way I will avoid going for ages without uploading work to DA as I have done in the past.

Elvis related story,This was real not a dream. I was looking at a giant chess set that is on a lawn by the River Thames in Henley the the other day and I was getting some ideas for photography and thinking to get permission and  return with my camera when a boat went past that had about ten Elvis impersonators on it singing Suspicious minds . Completely Surreal.

I attended Dr B's bike show recently which is a charity show run by Reading Christian Bikers to raise funds for the children’s charity Doctor Barnardos High close School. The show is always well attended by bikers from the surrounding counties and further, there are some quality custom and classic bikes there, I will be posting some photos soon, although I was taking photos to use as stock for paintings.

Also at the show The Guinness book of records certificate for The Worlds largest toy run 2014 was Presented to the Principal of the school.
     Here is a link
       2014 Toy Run Success! Thank you!

While at the show I got talking with an artist who had a stall selling her artwork, and following a chat with Ben the main organiser of the show I will be having a stall at next years show exhibiting my work and possibly selling prints, hopefully this would be the start of a new venture I will be trying to get a pitch at other shows cost permitting. This has given me the motivation to get on with it. Something to look forward to.

F*#*#*# slugs ate my Rhubarb and my gooseberry bush has some fungal disease, the fungal disease can be cured but my rhubarb has suffered badly, my garden is overgrown the grass is three feet high and there are weeds everywhere. Why do the slugs eat my rhubarb and not the weeds?

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Deep Purple
  • Reading: Billy Liar
  • Watching: Marty Swartz YouTube guitar tutorials
  • Playing: Rob Peter to pay Paul Or Rob Paul to pay Peter
  • Eating: Fish'N'Chips
  • Drinking: Tea


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Jim Steevens
Artist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: house in the middle of a golf course
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Blues,Metal, Folk.Classical.
Favourite photographer: My Friend Syd
Favourite style of art: Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood
Operating System: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
MP3 player of choice: Never owned one
Shell of choice: Tortoise
Wallpaper of choice: Woodchip, but I prefer paint
Skin of choice: Sausage
Favourite cartoon character: Ogri
Personal Quote: OH B*****ks! not again!

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