Space Ant Fires Laser At Earth

Ant NebulaThe best news story of the day is the report of a space ant firing a laser at earth.

I kid you not.

And we thought we’d destroy ourselves. Turns out those pesky ants will do it before we do.

The official report goes that astronomers have detected a laser emission from the Ant Nebula. A rare one, mind you.

Anyway, this laser emission suggests there is a double star system hidden at its core.

We can thank The European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory for detecting the laser blast and its subsequent link to the death of a star.

Scientists say, when stars the middleweight size of our sun get to the end of their lives they shrink into dense white dwarfs, ejecting off their outer layers of gas and dust and creating a nebula.

The bad news is that last week, research revealed that our sun would create a planetary nebula when it dies, leaving behind a ghostly ring like that of Abell 39. Thankfully, this will happen in 10 billion years when planet earth will probably no longer resemble its current status.

Anyway, I couldn’t resist a painting.

Space Ant Fires Laser At Earth


A Budget For Everyone (Budget 2017)

Budget 2017
A Budget For Everyone (Full) - Mark Gisbourne Art

I’ll keep this post as short as possible. It’s about today’s autumn budget 2017 you see.

Today Philip Hammond delivered his budget speech; his second budget since becoming chancellor.

I won’t bore you with the details and I won’t direct you to any details either. I’ll assume you already know or simply do not care. Anyway, with that in mind, I’ll continue with the post…

During today’s budget I created a pencil and gouache drawing to celebrate the occasion.

A Budget For Everyone (CU) - Mark Gisbourne Art

Or should I say mock?

The drawing depicts Philip Hammond posing with the iconic red briefcase, or budget box, which contains the chancellor’s budget speech. On the briefcase reads the following graffiti:

“We You Wont, Might, Could Will Be Fucked”

By the way, in case you were wondering, the artwork does not intend to point me towards any political allegiance. Not intentionally anyway.

An no, that is not a cop out.

The drawing is merely a general comment on how I see the state of British politics from various news sources.

I have titled the artwork A Budget For Everyone and is available to own now in my online shop here.


Vintage Bear Lovers (A Painting Just For You)

Panda Bear v Panda Bear - Mark Gisbourne Art

Pandamonium, as I call him, is a vintage panda bear. He is as old as time itself; my time that is, and he was my first best friend.

He was given to me as a present the day after I was born, April 1st 1973, which makes him an April Fools present, that is unless it was given to me after midday. One wonders, and truthfully, one will never know. During my childhood, Pandamonium was by my side through thick and thin. Every birthday, every Christmas. Every snow storm, every thunder storm. You name it, Pandamonium witnessed it, and, comforted me during it.

Pandamonium - An Original Panda Bear Painting by Mark Giisbourne

As vintage panda bears go, I’m sure you can imagine, with such a long history between us, the thought of parting company with Pandamonium is unthinkable. No amount of money could begin to persuade me to say goodbye. Having shared so many adventures, monetary value is meaningless in comparison to the value of sentiment. A painting on the other hand. That’s a different matter. That’s me paying homage to my little buddy. Like portraits of historic figures of centuries gone by, forever celebrated in the minds of those who view them. He has earned this highest of creative accolades.

This particular vintage bear painting, Pandamonium, is painted in oil paint on a textured canvas. The canvas measures 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.27 x 11.69 inches, (or A4); my now signature support size for all my furture 2D artworks. It is initialled MG17 in the bottom right hand corner and is signed, titled and dated on the reverse. It will be the only original painting of Pandamonium ever to be painted thus sharing an exclusive rarity with Pandamonium himself.

Pandamonium’s portrait painting could very well be in your own art collection. It is certainly deserving of that exclusive privilege.

If you are interested in owning this original oil painting of Pandamonium, please feel free to contact me for more details or click here to own it now.

For more information on vintage bears, why not visit the Old Teddy Bear Shop here.

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind (A Painting)

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind - An Original Abstract Painting by Mark GisbourneIt’s cold.

The light is awful.

Yes. Winter sun messes with my mind … At least for the first few weeks of the autumn (fall) and winter seasons. It’s probably not even the light. The likelyhood is, what’s REALLY messing with my mind is the limited time available to do my work. For the most part, I work outdoors. It’s the most spacious area I have at this present moment in time, and, of course, the light, when available is best outdoors.

The painting, Winter Sun Messes With My Mind, is as fast and as angry an abstract painting I could have produced on this particular day. Overcast and dim. And cold to boot. Winter Sun Messes With My Mind reflects in its strong Vermillion hue that a rage is bubbling overhead and only the brightest of opportunities could lend itself to battling this oppressive menace. There is, however, an underlying joy in what appears to be a joyous man sporting a beard.

This abstract winter sun painting is a artwork upon an abandoned summer artwork; metaphoric perhaps in how colder weather has overpowered with a vengeance.

Thick palette knife work is dominant throughout. The brush was used sparingly but with forced energy. It is a piece that both exhausted yet pleased at the same time. It’s amazing how painful in production some artworks can be. I can tell you that without fear or doubt but whether you feel it or not is entirely down to you.

The support is 6mm thick found MDF, cut to my customary 21.0 x 29.7 cm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches (or A4) and is currently unframed. If you are interested in owning this special piece of work celebrating the transitional period between, mild and cool or light and dark, the artwork is currently available for you to own. Please contact me here for details. Thank you for your interest.

Check out the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association for information on this condition.

Beautiful Naivety – A Random Sunday Portrait Of A Pensive Blonde Woman

Pensive Blonde Woman

Pensive Blonde Woman - An Original Oilstick Painting by Mark GisbourneWhen the day is looking to offer little or no creative inspiration, it’s time to dig a little deeper.

This is a portrait of a young woman. It’s actually a woman I know. A good friend in all honesty; a friend that has inspired me for many years. She was once my muse; someone who would “get” my vision. Someone who would understand what I was trying to say, but as life moved forward and situations changed, those arrangements and meetings were no longer possible and I was left with a creative void and I’ve never really found a replacement. It’s not that she wasn’t around. She just wasn’t available to discuss and challenge my ideas like she had done before.

Well, that is until recently.

A recent revisit of the banter has caused a shift in creative gear. Say from second to third. We’re not talking about bases here. It’s not like that. But its fair to say my practice has been, shall we say, revitalised to new levels of freshness. At least in the way it is organised which for me is absolutely vital.

Which brings me to the painting in this post. More accurately, it is a painting made with oil sticks. Pensive Blonde Woman was made using unmixed base colours of blue, yellow, green, red and orange. The oil sticks in question have been in my arsenal of art materials for a number of years. I have used them very occasionally. I do like like them I suppose. You could almost say they are made with me in mind given that my ideas are both sporadic and instant.

The painting is presented on 6mm thick MDF, and measures my familiar 21.0 x 29.7 cm; 8.27 x 11.69 inches (or A4). It is available for you to own. Feel free to contact me here to discuss a price.


A Word To The Wise…

Stop Killing Each Other

Stop Killing Each Other - An Original Watercolour on Colouring Book Illustration Painting by Mark Gisbourne

Stop Killing Each Other is an original watercolour painted on top of a colouring book illustration.

The message is simple; far too simple to be heeded in any way, however, such are the seemingly unworkable complexities of human existence.

You can buy ‘Stop Killing Each Other’ direct from my online store here.

Visual Abstractions: Ticker Tape Parades

Ticker Tape Nixon – A New Painting

Ticker Tape Nixon - An Original Oil Painting by Mark Gisbourne

Ticker Tape Nixon is the first in a new series of paintings that explores the visual beauty of a ticker tape parade, notwithstanding the logistical nightmare in clearing up such a celebration. Most footage of ticker tape parades is old film, black and white, and is dominated by white streams and a swarm of fluttering white specs cascading to the ground. The film is usually accompanied by raucous cheering.

I was less fascinated by the reasoning behind the ticker tape parade and so focused on the ticker tape itself. For the most part, that’s all the viewer can see anyway; a real time visual abstraction. It’s reasoning lost in the flicker and flutter.

Ticker Tape Nixon is available to buy direct from my shop here.