Beetles and Hot Wheels

This week we had a chance to go to another brilliant exhibition in London.  This was at the Wellcome Collection in Euston.  The exhibition was really lovely and something that Kea and myself thoroughly enjoyed.  It was called ‘A Museum of Modern Nature’.  The exhibition was all about modern nature and what it means in todays life and times.  Londoners were asked to bring in things from nature that meant something to them.  There were exhibits from all ages and all aspects of life.  There were some really beautiful objects and some really bizarre things too.

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One of the items that a graphic designer brought in was a load of hot wheel cars.  He said how he always had this urge to collect them and put them into a pattern. He couldn’t quite understand why he was doing it and what it reminded him of.  He then realised it reminded him of when he was young when he used to collect beetles and put them into beautiful colourful patterns.

Kea loved the idea of the patterns that could be made out of the cars and or beetles.  He hadn’t really thought of the idea of putting his cars into patterns or even thinking of them in terms of colour.  This inspired him to look at his cars differently.  He came home and immediately started playing around with cars and patterns.  This is what he created.

Kea car pattern web

Cars are not just for racing and life is full of colour wherever you look.

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Ruby

This week has been a little difficult as Kea has been really unwell with a stomach bug.  He has been off school all week poor thing feeling rotten.  Luckily in-between looking after him I have had a chance to carrying on painting while he has watched films or slept.

I’ve been concentrating on a portrait I said I would do for someone.  She is called Ruby.  I had to do this portrait from a photo as I don’t actually know Ruby.  I was given a selection of photos to do it from and the one I chose was this one.

Ruby web

I double checked with her mother if there were any of the photos she didn’t like so much or one that she preferred and she assured me that she liked all of them.  I chose this particular pose because I felt out of all the photos this was where she looked the most natural.  I got on with the job.

I finished most of it and decided to send a photo of what I had done so far to Ruby’s mother and sadly I got a response asking if I could paint the arm out.  Sadly it isn’t quite as easy as ‘paint the arm out’ as this would totally change the lighting and shadows etc and it would mean making up half of her face which is never easy to do.  I can understand what she means as I know she would like a clean portrait of her daughter, but then on the other hand I rather like the arm, giving it a much more relaxed feel.  It is more unusual to have a portrait like this but I think it gives it something different, a contemporary felt .  What do you think about it?

I can’t paint out the arm and will give her the painting tonight.  I hear that Ruby likes it with the arm, I just hope her mother won’t be too disappointed.

Singing for Sharks

Kea busking web

Let me introduce you to another member of my household.  This is my son, and this week for my blog I wanted show just how proud I am of this great little character.  He is seven years old and for the last two weekends he decided to busk in the park with his ukulele to raise money to stop the horrendously cruel killing of sharks for shark fin soup.  He is utterly passionate about sharks and knows anything and everything about them.  He sang and played 7 songs (which he repeated a few times!) and managed to raise £300. His dedication and thought for others and the planet’s welfare is astonishingly humbling.  The world needs people like him.