The Magna Carta was signed by King John at Runnymede, on 15th June 1215. Today being the 15th January, I’m five months early for the 800th anniversary. That’s because I’m also celebrating the impact of the Magna Carta on America, where it became an icon of Liberty under Law, and the basis for the Constitution.
The Magna Carta is a uniquely important document, enshrining Free Speech and ‘Habeas Corpus’ in law. This print, “My Magna Carta 800”, is my homage to the ‘Great Charter’. It’s based on an oil painting I did last year.
Great news. My debut show will be held in London during the month of June, at the new Serena Morton space at Canalside, Ladbroke Grove W11. There’s lots of preparation going on. Here to celebrate, is a charcoal I did at Lavender Hill atelier school a while back, with a leaf bikini and russet background added this evening on the computer. (Print)
It’s freezing in London. To cheer us all up here’s some razzle-dazzle… slightly influenced by Trelawny Of The Wells at the Donmar Warehouse last weekend… It’s Show Time! iPad drawing (Print. Always in limited edition of 3)
Digital iPhone painting. (Print)
One of my favourite vegetables – I think it’s a type of chard, but the Italians call it Bietole (Bee-ay-tol-ay).
This is my first picture using an an iPad with the Brushes app and ‘Just Mobile’ pen.
Is the iPad better to draw on than the iPhone? About ten times. (Print)
Computer sketch of an athlete, an Olympian. (Print).
We’re moving house.
Here’s a detail of the actor playing Hermione, Richard Dempsey, during rehearsals for A Winter’s Tale, directed by my brother Edward Hall for the Propeller company. Computer painting. (Print).
This is Tony Bell as Autolycus the peddler/thief in A Winter’s Tale – in a rehearsal room in Clapham, wearing bits of costume including a top hat and eye-liner. It’s a larger than life comic character but also deeply frightening, even in rehearsal. Digital painting over photo of charcoal sketch. (Print)
A sketch of someone playing the guitar – loosely based on Glenn Wilhide. It’s a charcoal sketch with digital painting over the top. (Print)
A exercise in Still Life. Oil on canvas
There are some years when Remembrance Sunday passes without very much impact; we buy a poppy, we give somber thanks and it’s gone. This year it seems a terrible, too sad and all too acute remembrance, with so many brave, young lives lost. All that potential, given and gone. All that blood. Here is my small tribute, a digital painting, my ‘wreath’ to all the brave soldiers who died for us. And those so recently gone. RIP
(Print. Limited edition of 3)
This is a 5 minute sketch at Life. Drawing, to which I added digital colour on the computer when I got back home. I like mixing classic charcoal with pop-art colours. (Print)
Here’s David Yelland rehearsing Henry IV earlier this year. Wonderful performance, amazing verse-speaking. I couldn’t get a good full-figure portrait of him in rehearsal, because he kept moving, so this is a close-up on a face battered with guilt and the weight of his crown. (Print)
Here is the actor Desmond Barrit, who played Falstaff, sitting in the ‘greenroom’ between rehearsals of Henry IV I&II. This was done at home on my computer, referring to a photo I took. (Print)
Here is a self-portrait, based on an old photograph from long ago. I’m lost in the woods, like the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The woods are sparkling, full of hope, while I’m receding into the gloom. (Print)