A loving tribute to Aulde Grumps who is a very feral cat who I have been feeding for over two years now.
Though he is a wild old boy he is still very regal and always washes after he has been fed, which was my main inspiration for this picture.
He now has two purpose-built cat nests in my shed and sometimes bestows me the great privilege of letting me stroke him, but not always.
A new image illustrated using watercolour and coloured pencil.
Based on the ancient celtic symbol of rebirth and my love of my garden and the surrounding trees, the Green Man has been portrayed many times in various forms. While not technically as intricate as previous work, I like the idea of the visual link between the creative style and the ancient celtic tradition.
I like endless knotwork, and create modern and abstract designs for circles, in vector 3 dimensional graphics. The dimension are infinite, dependent on scale, just like text is on a computer. The three dimensions are height width and depth, the depth being how near or far away the object is… hence its size, relative to position in space. The smallest object one can place at a point in space ( the point is an independent mathematical scale ) is a pixel. Pixels cannot overlap two dimensionally – but can in three dimensions. For graphics on a PC screen or TV, one uses just two dimensions for the pixel placement, and the third dimension is how near or far away from it one is.
i explore all kinds of abstract and traditional celtic knotwork designs, but favour the ability of computer graphics for vector work, since my hands cannot reliably reproduce the spatial accuracy needed. I use a laser to cut such designs in wood and the lines are accurate to 1/3rd, to 1/5th of a mm .
A portrait in Celtic style of my friend Josep-Maria Ribelles, a gifted Celtic harper From Catalonia.
An illustration based on the old Scots poem of the Robin and the Wren.
The pair are sitting safely on the sill of the church, whilst the predators the robin meets on his way make up the imagery on the stain glassed window. They are frozen in time and therefore unable to pursue the robin or his new bride.
The composition allowed me to re-use or adapt a number of previous works including the red kite, the foxes, the cats and the robin previously used as a Christmas card.
The original image was produced in watercolour with detail using coloured pencil.
Celtic greyhounds pattern. All hand-drawn then scanned into the computer and put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator.
Carpet page utilizing all four of the major motifs of Celtic Art – interlace, spirals, key patterns and zoomorphs. The birds take you on a journey around the image visiting the musicians, while the dogs protect all four corners.
One of my great passions about Celtic art is the geometric designs and this one showcases it.
I always like to add a hint of spiral to my construction when forming circles. I find it gives the design movement.
I found this design a real challenge to construct but good fun.
Collage Cross that I created for Easter.
The picture showcases the different textures I have incorporated into the design, including gems.
The main inspiration for this design was antique bible covers and Russian icons.
An imitation of a Far-Eastern style using Celtic art motifs.
Celtic Cross forged from swords.
A derivation of the image from a bowl created by George Bain, I’ve added additional layers outside of the original pattern.