Art Adventures

Last week I was commissioned to paint a birthday present for one of my guitar students parents. For me it was the perfect request of a painting in my style with a bit of a brief of what they wanted the vibe and the intent of the picture to be. After studying a few family photos and letting my imagination have an extreme wonder this is what I came up with.  The result being some very happy customers….happy days.

The rest of my artwork can be found here

I also do illustration, logo design, merch, posters etc…many things creative. For those looking for an original present and like what you see drop me a message and we can talk more…

Jo x

Awesomely creative…The Cake Kitschen

This is a bit of an artistically respectful and recommendation – type bloggage on my part…

It was recently my Mum’s 60th birthday and having seen some examples of handmade cakes courtesy of Jo Shelbourne aka The Cake Kitschen I was very interested in her making something to impress my family for such an occasion.  The result is as the pics below and they tasted awesome!  My mum used to make cakes like this when I was a kid and she was ridiculously impressed by her knitting biker AND matching cupcakes, a crafty morsel, which, incidentally ended up looking a little bit like a car crash at the end of the night…:) but it tasted gooood!

If you’re looking for handmade artistic creative cakes I seriously recommend checking Jo’s stuff out. Check out the FACEBOOK page or give her a shout.  This is the good stuff I tell ya. Local, handmade!

On the music front I have a gig coming up this Thursday (18th) at Mo’niques in Liverpool with the Kevin Critchley Outfit and Kaya….

Play guitar…eat cake… x

WHISCing on the SEVENSTREETS of LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC

At the beginning of this week I hit a bit of an ebb tide-wise after spending copious amounts of time in computer-based business research mode. The creative portion of my existance started to seem like a very distant memory. After a small crisis I aired on Facebook in the words of ‘HELP!’, Mr Graham Holland of LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC came to my aid. After 2 coffees in conversation at Bold st Coffee I realised I am actually doing ok for a self-release muso/artist on the organisation/business front.  I have dealt with the fact that I’m not the only one and after a couple of words with myself I think I’m over it 🙂

So, Liverpool Acoustic. Graham set up this up originally as a web-based hub for all things acoustic in Liverpool. A place to find gigs, open mics, reviews, web-links, artist profiles. Anyone interested in the acoustic scene or musos looking for reviews, a profile or gig opportunities should defo check out this site. Liverpool Acoustic is also a bi-monthly top quality event at View 2 Gallery on Mathew st. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

My next stop of what turned out to be my magic day was WHISC (Womens Health Information Support Centre) on Bold st also. Reason for visit was to reschedule my Shiatsu massage after sleeping in last week….oops. I went in and babbled about how much time I seem to be spending on the computer and came out having agreed to do their blogs/updates aswell……?! 🙂 However. This is a place I really support in Liverpool and I’m trading for a free massage so I didn’t really do bad afterall.

WHISC is a charity for women to use. They offer everything from a drop-in ‘listening ear’ service to reduced price holistic therapies. I have been having Shiatsu there for the last year and it’s amazing. So if you’re female and need support or want to volunteer or are looking for massages etc I suggest you head here! They’re really friendly people.

Thanks to Vicky Andrews this week who did me a fab interview for SEVENSTREETS magazine. Awesome bit of writing. There’s even a swear word in it (see what happens after a couple of beers..).

I also had my album reviewed by AMERICANA magazine.

Have a great weekend! And if anybody needs one of my badges to cover up unsightly holes or stains on clothes give me a shout. I hear that’s what they’re being used for…:)

x

Art and Integrity?

A hypothetical question/discussion is occuring today on my music Facebook page: If McDonalds offered me a sync opportunity to use one of my tunes on their ad, do i do it? I’m veggy and hate mass corporations. Do i take the dirty cash and spend it for good (like Robin Hood) on sustaining my career as an artist?or is that a sellout? …In the end it really doesn’t matter BUT i’m curious ladies and gents, indulge me if you will 🙂 Head over to my FACEBOOK music page and join in. Join the page while ur there!

x