Neil McChrystal Art

Artist and Illustrator

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28 Songs Later : the final three

Those of you who have been watching the 28 Songs Later project unfold (thanks – the response has been great, especially over on Facebook!) may notice a pause for the next couple of days. This is because I have A Plan for the final three pieces, which may or may not work out… If it does, hopefully you’ll see why on the 28th. If it doesn’t, well at least we gave it a chance…

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Islay sketches

A few sketches from a recent trip to Islay. This was the view from the house we stayed in at Gruinart.

islay_sketch1 islay_sketch2 islay_sketch3

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Eastercon

Last weekend I attended and exhibited at Satellite 4, or, as it’s more formally known the 65th British National Science Fiction Convention, or as that’s less formally known, Eastercon.

It was a brilliant weekend, full as usual with fun events, catching up with friends old and new and more beer than is strictly healthy. On the art side, I exhibited a print of The Sentinel – an original that sold at Satellite 3 I think – the first of the [REDACTED] prints and my newest oil which was only given a title days before, Curious Weather. Come to think of it it was probably still a bit wet when I hung it.

I also put up the original drawing that was used for the convention’s special ale pump clip – “Oook Ale”. Inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Librarian, the beer was banana infused, as was my design. Sadly Sir Terry’s health meant he could not attend but he has been presented with one of the pump clips as a memento. I am quite chuffed to have something I designed in the collection of Sir Terry Pratchett.

The art show was excellent, with guest of honour Jim Burns of course taking centre stage, along with convention regulars Chris Moore and Anne Sudworth. No convention art show is complete without the work of Ed Buckley either, and it was great to see new work from him on display, and of course his cheerful, ridiculously modest self around the convention all weekend. Jim Burns was clearly struggling with a painful hip but managed to be the artist-around-con all weekend, attending panels and presenting a marathon slideshow in which I learned he had had early involvement in the concept art for one of my favourite films Bladerunner. Chris Moore’s views of Pendle were amongst the finest art in the room.

After a fairly short auction, my two prints went off to a new home in Japan, which I think is a first for my work, after a bit of jiggery-pokery around frames etc. (remember that if you ever see a print of mine in a frame, the chances are I can provide it unframed too for ease of carriage, just get in touch) and the Oook drawing fetched some money at auction which will be donated to Alzheimers Scotland, but the final achievement for that design was when the final pump clip was auctioned at the close of the event, fetching £160 for Macmillian!

 

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Braw opening

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Braw! opening on Friday – great turnout and great to see the wide variety of work on show. The show is open for the next month, so get down to Offshore if you can to see it.

Here’s me looking smug next to Portrait of a Scot and Two Roads.

me at braw

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The Power of the Atom

My first sculpture utilising found objects.

The Power Of The Atom

[EDIT] My career as a conceptual sculptor lasted only for the duration of April Fool’s Day, you’ll be pleased to know 🙂

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Drawing fourteen – For Suzanne

Drawing fourteen - For Suzanne

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A River Runs Through It

There’s an exhibition on at Kelvingrove at the moment of art created by various invited artists inspired by the big shiny new Riverside museum complex, which is basically the new transport museum but I’d imagine a lot more besides. It’s called A River Runs Through It, and there’s a massive variety of beautiful work there, but what most caught my eye was the work by Ruth A Nicol. Sadly the curators didn’t think it worthy of inclusion in the exhibition catalogue which is a shame since the canvases themselves were slightly out of my price range…

Still, get down there before the end of January and see for yourself. There’s such a variety there’s certain to be something you’ll like there. Admission is free, and you get to wander round the rest of the collection whilst you’re there.

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Landsacpe Sketches #3

Getting a bit Cezanne and Rennie Mackintosh here.

Landscape Sketches #4

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Landscape sketches #2

A slightly more finished sketch. Taken from a painting in a book, the name of which escapes me at the moment. If anyone recognises it, please let me know 😉

Landscape Sketches #3

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Penguin doodles

Some doodles for this year’s Christmas card design.

Penguin doodles