Thursday, August 28, 2008

Scary Ass Paintings from the Wrestling Phase

I just sort of... sort of finished this Ric Flair based painting, started a couple of years back. Feel ambivalent about it. Very weird perverse palette, with cadmium red purple and light kings blue. The face is good. I found it hard to make the rest harmonious. Maybe it was never meant to be.

And with similar raw wet on wet pinkness, here is a painting featuring Randy Orton and Chris Benoit, done before the unpleasant end of the latter. I was reluctant to even show this to anyone because of the kind of darkness it brings to mind.

On a more light and lovely note, I posted a myspace blog about the drawings of J.H. Dowd... click the picture for more...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I am going away, my Gran died earlier this week and her funeral is on Friday. Perhaps I will write or draw something about her.

It's a shame I didn't have something better than the scribble lions to leave you with. I will I hope be getting a full time job before long, the times call for it, but will do what I can to keep arting.

thanks for looking at my silly old blog,


Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Un Denmis

(That wasn't a typo. That was what I accidentally wrote on the drawing.)

Undennis? Re-Dennis? Non-Dennis. Nonnis.

Sometimes you start with a person then just end up having fun with some shapes. But you can take it back to the person again afterwards.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

We are Bugged at Our Old Men

Some Beach Boys? Or merely a frenzy of aimless graphite?

These are naked drawings that were never intended for blogging. Yet... it's like a kind of undignified documentary in line.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Light the New Old Ladder Moon

I finally finished this version of the Brian Wilson Moon/ Heaven Ladder painting that was started back in early 2004.

I posted some of my Beach Boys fan art on a Brian Wilson message forum, and I got this surprising response...

'What luck to see Chloe's fantastic Beach Boys-artwork online! I'm finishing an esoteric SMiLE-essay where Chloe's painting, the 5'th one from top (also known as "Light The Lamp" from its presentation in Open Sky # seven, 2004) will play an all important part.
Thanks Chloe and keep up the good work!'

I had no idea that my painting had taken on a 'folk name!' Or that people were writing essays about it.

That was in reference to the original version of this composition:

And here is the new one, finsished TODAY, a little bit more shuffly and snuffly, dusty and dirty. The composition is less graceful, with the sky jammed in. I blame my four years ago self for that. But it has its own thing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Old Thing

More old stuff.. a poster for one of those art show thingies that we kids used to put on right here and now by ourselves. This is I guess from 2000 or 01. 01 I guess. I started having retrospectives quite early.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Sidmouth Folk Festival: Craft Fair

I drew my sister Hannie ramshackle style while we were sitting behind the stall serving customers. She leaned over me and corrected the jaw line to the one she wanted.

I got a new 'calligraphy' pen. I'd like to make better use of it soon.

Here's a baldy bonus: Self portrait as troll from weird Paul McCartney obsessed college days.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Orange Tooth Wilsons

I'm going to Sidmouth Folk Festival again today (where I drew the dancing ladies last year). In the meantime I am posting some Sketchy Beach Boys sketches which aren't the kind of thing I generally relish showing to the world in their 1st stage non leonardo da vinciness, but why not. I think I need to do quite a lot of egoless sketching in order to re-grasp the likenesses of five or six or seven whole seperate men.

Advice: Don't let dirty cats sit on your drawings.

This one has some spurious Wilsons and sketches of my extracted wisdom teeth, toppy and bottomy.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Dennis + Nelson: Nennis

What the heck, a post with ill-matched stuffstuff in it.

Let us all come to terms with the nineteen-sixties.

It will take me a little while to figure out firstly what I am doing with the Beach Boys, and secondly how to draw the Beach Boys better. But I am going to try and get my teeth into them as it were, because well, why not the Beach Boys, and I need to get my teeth into something instead of flitting from thing to thing... I need to get into stuff with depth and intent in order to get satisfying results.

The move back to Beach Boys is a return to something with soul-meaning for me, and I hope to be able to apply the body-meaning I learned from the wrestlers.

And to do it with some kind of dynamic humour, but also truth-depth, so I'm asking quite a lot of my self-taught little skills.

So obviously Dennis is a good place to start.

I had a dream about arm wrestling Dennis. And winning! I think my dreams were trying to give me picture ideas lately. I'm too ashamed of being an artist by day.

If you are not familiar with Beach Boys lore, I think it would be fair to say that Dennis was the Sex Beach Boy. I don't think any of the others would try to dispute that. Though in fairness, I am fairly sure that Brian would have been the Beach Boy I would have been crushing on. In fairness. Not just saying that because of hindsight. Dennis didn't sit down much. I couldn't have been doing with that. To be fair.

(Thought that paragraph could do with a couple more 'fairs'.)

On a kind of related note, I also drew Nelson Bragg from Brian Wilson's current band. Because he has been very nice to me. Oh and he's a talented chap.

He looks slightly worried and slightly like a wuzzle-farmer in this drawing.

Here is a tiger of the old school.

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