My wife grew up in Scotland and moved down south for University when we were dating and we ended up living in Lancashire by the seaside. We have a family of our own here, but when we go back to visit my in-laws we often take a day trip out to Largs.
Yes it is by the sea but it is very different place to Fleetwood. I like it there, it is calm and quiet. That is when the Viking festival isn’t running, we did go one year to see the re-enactment of Vikings battling it out on the Promenade.
Another family favourite especially for my nephew and my children is riding the ferry to Cumbrae. It is a short journey but they love it.
In September I will be an artist in Residence at Preston Bus Station with Derelict Art of the City. So between now and then the goal is to draw and paint 50 small A5 images, to explore Preston in preparation for my time there.
These Two posted here of the same set of buildings behind the Harris Museum represent the first two images I am making in preparing for the project.
1st – 4th September
A New Perspective
Join Joseph Travis in a journey recording Preston through a forest of drawings made by himself and members of the public. Aiming to show that anyone can draw, Joseph invites you to reimagine a Preston skyline of the past, present and future.
Joseph is a Lancashire artist working across a variety of media.
A short walk from my old day job is Cleveleys Cove Cafe, perched right above the sea, the architecture is quite unusual for a local building. At the start of May though it closed for a time as a film crew descended on Cleveleys and dressed the Cafe and the promenade into something from another world.
I am a massive star wars fan and unfortunately due to back pain I didn’t make it down to look at the set in person but I did see plenty of photographs and footage. And I can’t wait for it to be released on Disney+ at some point in the distant future.
My last print that I made for Trinity Hospice is customised by hand, and what most people don’t realise is that I do them to order, so I have a draw full of prints that I have signed and put the title on and numbered them. And then they sit in that draw until I need them. I then grab a print and alter it when they are sold. I have a few ideas for my next print, and have ideas on how to improve the experience for customers too.
The next batch will be printed on different paper and will probably be Fleetwood Ferry, although I have some ideas for tea cups, and I will be looking for volunteers to try the new process out on in the future. Watch this space!
More Blackpool architecture that overlooks the seafront.
I enjoy working quickly especially as this paper absorbs ink, especially if you hold the pen still even for a fraction of a second. It can be a fun challenge working fast enough whilst still retaining the readability of the sketch.
This drawing is of The Stone Grill, which overlooks the sea at the north end of Blackpool, away from the bright lights of Blackpool itself and much closer to the Norbreck Castle, which is unique in being nothing like a castle.
My dad is a wargame miniature enthusiast, when I was growing up he collected Napoleonic figures so as we were old enough he started playing Games Workshop games with us like Hero Quest and Space Crusade. I remember as a small child going to the closest Games Workshop which from where we lived was in Fleetwood was in Preston near the Harris Museum, and my brother bought the lead based figures of the Fellowship of the Ring from Lord of the Rings.
As a young child I remember at some point I got my hands on them and painted the boots bright orange, needless to say at some point the boots were painted brown but not by me. Later on the opened a Games Workshop in Birley Street, and I would go with my brother and friends to play various tabletop games.
So how does this story relate to the painting? Well this is a painting of Blackpool’s Warhammer shop on Birley Street. A4 in size painted with watercolour and drawn with a Lamy safari pen and Posca markers
It’s summer the weather at point of me sitting here typing is hot, and my face itches, my nose, my eyes and at times my skin. It drives me up the wall, I hate it, I’m not a fan of the warm weather. To make it manageable on days when hay fever is bad I take one so then I can get to work and not be bothered by the itchiness.
If like me you can’t cope buy this, frame it put it near your door as a reminder when you are leaving to take a cheeky antihistamine.