Neil McChrystal Art

Artist and Illustrator

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Afterair

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Sunday Linky : Pre-raph at the Tate Britain

Was down at the Tate earlier on this week and was privileged to see Edward Burne-JonesLast Sleep of Arthur in Avalon, on loan from somewhere in Puerto Rico.

What was most fascinating of all for me was that they’d devoted an entire room to this massive canvas and filled the rest with incredibly academic and scientific research sketches and studies. Not the way I’d ever imagine working, but a real insight into how the piece was conceived. If you’re in London before the end of next March I heartily recommend seeing this lesser known Pre-Raphaelite gem. Given its creator and subject matter it’s amazing that it’s apparently never been exhibited in the UK before!

They also have Frederic Leighton’s slightly more famous Flaming June on loan from the same source (the gallery’s getting refurbished or something) which is incredibly rich and sensuous in the flesh.

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Satellite 2

Rough ideas for the

logo. Now suitably beer-stained.

 

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Glaciers of Europa

Silly title for silly piece. Fun though.

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Sketchbook – Venus Chiding Cupid

Sketch from Venus Chiding Cupid by Joseph Nollekens, which is part of Tate Britain’s really rather marvellous Return of the Gods exhibition on neo-classical scuplture. Obviously scanned in two bits I’m afraid.

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Arabian Sun / Alien Music Festival

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Forbidden City

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Green 2

Remember the painting from yesterday?  This is what it ended up like.

OK, so clearly this canvas has been given over entirely to experimentation now. There are at least three paintings on top of the one from yesterday but also clearly it’s fido’s weety-flakes. Ah well. You don’t learn if you don’t risk a thing or two…

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Green / Turner Spring / Marie Celeste

Various titles, and yet in the end only Green seems to suit it. I put this today up because tomorrow it dies.

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Sketchbook : Clouds

Inspired by this photo, and the fact that I haven’t actually drawn with a pencil in ages….