Steve on BBC Radio Stoke

Today I was interviewed on the Perry Spiller Show on BBC Radio Stoke. I had a great time and for those of you who couldn’t listen to it for whatever reason here it is in mp3 format....

I Paint Your Life #Ipaintyourlife

Let me paint your life! I have a special occasion happening on May 31st – I’M GETTING MARRIED Now this brings up a number of points: first I would very much like to take my lovely new wife on honeymoon and secondly I would like her to be married to a “successful” artist. So I am inlisting you, my friends and followers to help me make these two things come true and between us we have two months to make it happen – and here’s how we are going to do it! Every working day in April and May I will be painting a 7″x5″ watercolour. “So what” I hear you say, “You’re an artist, that’s what you do” “Ah yes” I reply, “but for the next two months, I will be painting exclusively from YOUR life!” “What are you on about?” you might say. Let me explain. What I want you to do is to let me paint from your photographs. We all have some smashing moments from our lives that we have captured on our cameras and are just sitting folornly on our hard drives and what I want to do is to imortalise those moments in paint. Moments like these: Ok you get the idea? All you have to do is to send me your pics to stevebirdartist@gmail.com and each day I will choose one to paint from and you can follow me as I do it live on Twitter and Facebook. When the painting is completed, first option to buy will go to the owner of the photograph. You are under no obligation whatsoever to...

Which way to sell – galleries or online

Todays blog is a video. I hope you will enjoy this format, there’s not much to see, just me talking, you can put it on and just listen while you do something else if you like. It is about the decision whether to sell online or through...

What’s My Style: an artist’s dilemma.

I have a bit of a problem. Not just as an artist but in general really. You see I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. I suppose it’s genetic to some degree, my dad was the same, he could turn his hand to anything. If the gas cooker needed servicing, out would come the spanners and the blowtorch and before you knew it the back yard would be a hive of industry. One day, out of the blue, he came home from work with loads of wood and glass and proudly announced that he was going to build a greenhouse in the back yard: in a few days we had plants growing under glass and dad had a place to display a passion for gardening that nobody, including him, had any idea was there. If something needed doing my dad could do it and I, for my sins, am somewhat similar. But when it comes to painting this presents a particular problem. When I was first painting in earnest, I experimented with all sorts of styles and media. Watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics, I tried them all. People, landscapes, abstraction, symbolism: you name it I had a go and to some degree I became proficient in most media and made most styles work for me, with varying degrees of success. So as soon as I had accumulated a collection of works, the next thing to do was to take them to a gallery, only to be met with the obvious statement that fine as the paintings were, they were all too different from each other. It seems obvious now, but back...

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