So Steve is finally finished! We’ve had our ups and downs but I’m thrilled with the result. I decided on a burgundy background with just a hint of the stair lights into ‘the arena’, to hopefully suggest his legend status and to not take away from him and his legendary perfect cue action! You can see the final image in my gallery under ‘Snooker Series’.
So today, I took the painting to be photographed and then off I went to the framers where I chose a beautiful black wooden frame to finish it off. I cant wait to see the final result!
Hello! And welcome back to my blog! I’ve not been on here for a while my life has taken a few new paths; I have a new job as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator in a lovely Craft Tool company, we have bought our first home which we have totally renovated from top to bottom. And most importantly we have had an amazing and wonderful little boy called Maxwell Cartledge who we love with all our hearts.
With all this going on my painting has taken a back seat but I’m pleased to say I’m back!! With a little bit of inspiration I’ve decided to paint one of my absolute heros, the Nugget himself – Mr Steve Davis.
As you can see Im nearly at the finishing stage, as I’ve been working on it for many weeks but I promise I’ll keep you posted.
Where this painting is going to end up is a secret for now. A very very exciting secret, and I will let you in on it very very soon!
So after an exciting few days I have finally got to the bottom of my surprise China Open debut!
After being tweeted by snooker player Mark Williams to say I was in the China Open programme, it seems that its not the programme, but the 1st edition of China’s new snooker magazine, i-Billiards! The editor contacted me via facebook (with the help of google translate!!) to explain the situation, and to kindly send a PDF of the magazine to me.
It looks fantastic, with many interviews from the top players, including Ronnie himself! The design very funky with clean edges and quirky illustrations. A really refreshing look at the game today. i-Billiards is debuting in the China Open and will be on shelves throughout China in a few days. Heres my spread 🙂
i-Billiards 1st Edition
This is such exciting news as China loves snooker like the UK loves football. They are crazy about it over there, and players like Ding Junhui are superstars. Hopefully the fans over there will appreciate my portraits in this new magazine, and I’ll have a few more fans from over the seas!
I’d like to say good luck to everyone at i-Billiards. I’m honoured to be part of your 1st edition, and here’s to growth and success for many years to come!
Today I have had two lovely surprises! An email from a top 16 player enquiring about a portrait and a lovely tweet from Mr Mark Williams, including a picture of the China Open programme! The organisers have done a 2 page spread about myself and my Snooker Series, and Mark kindly took a picture of him holding it up to show me. I just wish I could read chinese (!), and that someone out there in the snooker world has saved me a copy!! I am pleased as punch! Heres the photograph that Mark sent…
China Open programme
As Im unsure whether they credited Kate Richards for her brilliant photograph of me I want you all to know she did it, and that shes amazing, and you can view more of her work here www.katylizrichards.wordpress.com
As an artist, acrylics is predominantly the medium I favour, but after my mother bought me a set of oil paints for Christmas I thought what better time to use them. I’ve been wanting to paint a new painting for our bathroom for a long time and now its nearing completion I thought this was my chance!
I’ve always been daunted by oils, my mum used them when I was a child and the smell reminds me of the uber talent she has and what I need to match up to. I’ve also been daunted by the drying time; I am very impatient and the type of artist who likes to finish a painting, get it framed and get it on the wall in 48 hours!
Saying all this, Im so glad I did take the jump as I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! I loved pushing the paint around with large brushes rather than using fiddly small ones with the constant threat of the paint drying, as you get with acrylics. I am totally hooked. Maybe I can throw away my size zero brushes now and start purchasing some fat bad boys for the future…we will have to see.
So here’s the painting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it.
My wonderful sister Kim is training hard to do the Brighton marathon in April so I thought I would design her a little something this evening to motivate her! I wonder how many of you can spot the subliminal message? Regarding the snooker series, I am awaiting photographs from my lovely photographer friend before I begin on the weekend!