Summer Solstice, June 21 2018

Summer Solstice, June 21 2018 (Full)
Summer Solstice, June 21 2018, Oil and pencil on board. 29.7 x 21cm

The summer solstice, or midsummer, occurs when a planet’s rotational axis, or geographical pole on either its Northern or its Southern Hemisphere, is most greatly inclined toward the star that it orbits. In Earth’s case, that star is the Sun.

Own the original painting, Summer Solstice, June 21 2018 here.

The summer solstice occurs during the hemisphere’s summer. This is the June solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the December solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 each year in the Southern Hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

As seen from a geographic pole, the Sun reaches its highest altitude of the year on the summer solstice. The colloquial term “midsummer” refers to the day on which the solstice occurs. The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight, except in the polar regions, where daytime remains continuous for 24 hours every day during a period ranging from a few days to six months around the summer solstice.

 

Sky Phenomenon

Sky Phenomenon
Sky Phenomenon, 2018. Watercolour on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

Sky Phenomenon.

They aren’t extra terrestrial. They are more likely natural phenomena.

They may appear unreal. This is because they are rare. Like a rain cloud over a desert for instance.

Don’t be scared when you see one. Embrace it. But more importantly, record it.

 

 

 

 

 

She’s Had Her Kicks (FIFA World Cup: Russia 2018)

World Cup - Russia 2018 (She's Had Her Kicks)
World Cup – Russia 2018 (She’s Had Her Kicks), 2018. Gouache, watercolour and household paint on card. 29.7 x 21cm

Day 16,511

It’s that time again. Yes it really has been four years since Brazil 2014…Welcome to the the FIFA World Cup 2018 where Russia plays host.

I wasn’t going to make a painting for this tournament but then I remembered a popular little James Bond film titled From Russia With Love.

There was only one way I was going to go.

She’s Had Her Kicks is an original artwork depicting the iconic shoe spikes of Russian assassin, Rosa Klebb (No.3) played by Lotte Lenya, deflating a vintage football from the 1970s.

If you would like to own the original She’s Had Her Kicks, please click here.

Alternatively, you can own a limited edition print of She’s Had Her Kicks here.

This is not usual raccoon behaviour

This is not usual raccoon behaviour
This is not usual raccoon behaviour, 2018. Gouache, watercolour and household paint on card. 29.7 x 21cm

Amidst the much-hyped meeting of two narcissistic leaders in Singapore and the furore of the Brexit debate, elsewhere in the world a cheeky chappy in Minnesota decided to steal the limelight and attempt to scale a building 300 times taller than themselves.

The cheeky chappy in question?

A raccoon.

Read the full story here.