A King that shows Mercy?

August 09, 2012

Lion with natural habitat inside the shape of the body

Ancient Beast

The oldest stories of lions date back to some 32,000 years ago, they are represented in cave paintings in the south of france. More Morden, well about 620 and 560 BC. Aesop, the greek slave and story-teller wrote a fable, The Lion and the Mouse, the lion learns that mercy brings its reward, that there is no being so small that it cannot help a greater. You guessed it, the mouse saves the day. The lion being king of the heap threatens to eat the mouse, but the mouse begs not to be eaten, stating that he is an unworthy prey and would bring the lion no honour. The lion does not eat the mouse and is later rewarded for his mercy when he is caught in a trap set by hunters. The mouse notices the lions plight and gnaws through the traps ropes setting the lion free.

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I am King (with Daddy issues) – Hesoid, Theogony/Works and Days

August 02, 2012

Hesiod Theogony works and days book cover

How to establish permanant control over the cosmos.

 If you have ever wondered how to do this then you need to read Hesoid’s, Theogony/Works and Days. It is about the birth of the Gods and the struggle for power.

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King of the Jungle!

July 26, 2012

Lion painting in progressWatercolour in progress of a Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion, king of the jungle. Well not really as lions don’t live in the jungle, they live out on the African Savannah.

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Whale Stories

July 23, 2012

Watercolour of a whale  in art deco japanese prints style
This is the finished whale picture, as you can see, it’s probably one of my most graphic looking.

I mentioned some stories in my earlier post about whales, Famously Jonah spent three days inside a whales belly after an argument with God.
Sailors had trouble with mistaking whales for Islands and were shipwrecked as a result.

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Cunning as a Fox

July 10, 2012

drawing of a fox

This is the first positive for a two colour screen print, it’s indian ink on clear film. I’ve not decided yet but it will be printed either red or blue.

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3 days inside a Whale

July 05, 2012

drawing of a whale

This is the start of a watercolour of a Whale I am working on. As you can see I want to maintain a simple shape with all the narrative inside the shape. Whales have been in stories and

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Greylag Geese Flying through a Thunderstorm

June 08, 2012

Watercolour painting of greylag geese in progressThis painting is going to be on a lampshade.
This is just one part of the overall design. Very japanese! There are three panels altogether that will all join up.

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In the Congo – African Forest Elephant

May 24, 2012

African forest Elephant watercolour painting
The Congo Rainforest is the world’s second largest tropical forest, covering 700,000 square miles. It spreads across the basin of the Congo River and across six countries. So its big! Big enough to hide a brand new species?

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If you go down to the woods today…

May 15, 2012

You won’t find any bears, Not in the Congo anyway. but there are tracks through the forests in the Congo, Paths, well trodden though the trees. What forest dweller could be making these paths?.. Elephants. Yes that right. Forest dwelling elephants.

Drawing of a congo elephant

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The Wild One

May 04, 2012

Watercolour painting of a cat licking it's paw

Wild Pussy Cat

 “O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are…”From Edward Lear’s famous Limerick “The Owl and the Pussy-cat”. It is said that the cat in the Limerick was based on Lear’s cat. Not sure about the Owl, Maybe he had a pet owl as well. who knows! We are engaged by stories that give animals human qualities. The owl and the pussy cat have a romance and get married, by a Turkey, no less. On a “land where the Bong-tree grows”! Owls and cats would obviously do no such thing. But we find that charming.

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Quack Quack! Ducks, repeating pattern.

May 02, 2012

Duck design, repeating pattern

Well at last I have finished this repeating pattern! you can see it in progress

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The Cat That Walked by Himself, or in this case, sat by himself.

May 01, 2012

Cat, watercolour painting in progress

Cat in the Garden

The longest story in Rudyard Kipling’s Just so Stories is, The Cat That Walked by Himself. It explains how all wild animals became domesticated by man except for the wildest of all, the cat. If you have read the story, like me you would have probably found it enchanting.

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