Recent Drawings and News! (Of the BBC Variety).

Earlier this month the BBC News website published a short piece on the Portrait Artist in Residence project for Haematology Cancer Care Charity at UCLH. The BBC had visited the Cancer Centre a few weeks before to film for a 6 O’ Clock News item in the Daycare area and the producer had seen the displays of the drawings from the project. After some time to arrange the details the BBC very kindly came back to the hospital to make a time-lapse film whilst I drew one of the patients.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-39577218/the-artist-who-draws-cancer-patients

 

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My model for this drawing, Lucy, had been asked in advance of the filming day if she would mind taking part by posing and being interviewed for the film. I’m extremely grateful to her for accepting, thank you Lucy!

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I’ve also been very grateful for the many lovely messages that I’ve received since the film appeared online, thank you so much to everyone doing so! It’s very encouraging to receive so many kind and positive comments in response to the film which has had an amazing reach through the BBC News page and their Lifestyle and Health Facebook page.

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Making the drawing itself was a little bit different to usual due to the requirements of making a time-lapse film. The drawing had to be fixed on a flat surface so that there was no movement which would cause problems for the filming. Usually I have the drawing at an angle and it was a little inhibiting for the normal movements of my hand and wrist whilst drawing. Plus there was a sizeable camera poking over my shoulder and the oddness of wearing a radio mic but Lucy was a brilliant model and Sarah and Ed from the BBC were very helpful and great to work with.

Thank you very much to the BBC for making the film, to UCLH and the Comm’s team for organising everything and of course to Lucy again for posing! Thank you as always to Sara and Steve at Haematology Cancer Care for organising the Portrait Artist project.

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Despite answering lots of messages I have found time to do some more drawings since my last post, here are some of them:

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Thank you to everyone posing for me recently!

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A Quick Update and Major Life Changes

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I thought I’d give a quick update to my rather overdue blog, quite a lot has happened since my last post and although I’ve been posting new work on Facebook and Twitter, my WordPress has been slightly neglected. For those not wanting to wait more than a year for an update here are the links to my other pages:

facebook logo 4      https://www.facebook.com/Simon-Tolhurst-16537193567/

images    https://www.twitter.com/simontolhurst

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University of London Still Life 2016 Oil on Canvas

In the Summer last year, my long term employment with the University of London came to an end. I started working at ULU (University of London Union) in 1991 shortly after finishing college and over the years it’s been a great place for me to work, allowing me to develop my artists’ practice, gain teaching experience and even exhibit my artwork (the building still has three large scale pieces of my work on the walls, installed in 2005). I also got to see some of my favourite bands play and I got to work with several people who’ve gone on to do big things like Will Champion of Coldplay fame and Ricky Gervais of.. well.. Ricky Gervais fame!

I’ve made some great friends and several of them have been wonderful models too. Thank you to everyone I worked with at ULU over the years, especially the student staff, you were always terrific.

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When the University told the staff at ULU last summer that we were to be outsourced to another company I decided to move on and I’m delighted to have joined Haematology Cancer Care at UCLH as their Fundraising and Engagement Officer since January of this year.

https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/aboutus/Campaignsandcharities/HCC/Pages/Home.aspx

It’s a brilliant charity, doing some really great projects to support the patients, their families and the Haematology Unit, check out HCC’s Twitter and Facebook here:

https://www.twitter.com/HCC_UCLH and https://www.facebook.com/HaematologyCancerCare/

My role is part time which should (once I’ve got the hang of things completely) give me time to continue my creative output and it also allows me to continue with the Portrait Artist in Residence project at UCLH. Instigated by Steve Roper (artist and arts organiser) and Sara Goldman (Head of Fundraising at HCC), I’ve been visiting the hospital on a weekly basis to make portraits of the patients. The project is free and all participants get signed prints of their drawing and I’m hoping to exhibit the originals. I’ve got too many drawings since my last post to add them all here but below are some of the recent ones:

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Thank you very much to everyone who has posed for me recently!

Lastly, here are some other images since my last post:

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Thank you for visiting my blog!

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A Short Film by Katie Taylor and my Goldfish on YouTube!

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Earlier this year I was asked if I would mind being filmed for a short documentary film by Katie Taylor, who is studying Film, Television and Digital Production at Royal Holloway, University of London. Katie needed a subject for her documentary project and as well as being helpful, I was interested to see what the resulting film would look like. We set a date and Katie asked her friend Emily Davidson-Brett, who is studying Fine Art in Bristol, to be the model for a portrait drawing.

Emily travelled from Bristol on the day to pose for the drawing whilst Katie filmed and the finished film (including my goldfish, Gauguin, in the opening shots) is now on YouTube!

The drawing took just under two hours with a break in the middle and Emily was a fantastic model, thank you so much to her for coming to pose!

The music in the film is by The Bays, who are an amazing music act who don’t record or release albums and singles instead they perform live, with the motto “Performance is the Product”, often with guest musicians and collaborators. I’ve seen them many times and every time is different but brilliant, if they’re playing near you any time soon you should really check them out.

http://www.thebays.com/profiles.html

http://www.thebays.com/mp3/brum2008/index.html

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Thank you very much to Katie for asking me to be her subject and congratulations for the finished piece. I think it captures what it’s like to come and pose in my workspace really well, other people who’ve modelled for me here will be reminded I’m sure, of hours spent sitting!

Thanks again to Emily for posing and the best of luck to both Katie and Emily in their future studies and projects. Thank you also to The Bays!

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An Overdue Blog Post with lots of Pictures!

 

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It’s becoming customary for me to start each blog post with “it’s been a while since I posted” and this time is no exception! So here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to with pencil and paintbrush since my last post.

Firstly it’s now been three years of making portraits at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre on behalf of the Haematology Cancer Care UCLH charity. Since August 2013 I’ve made more than 200 drawings of patients, their family and friends, as well as some of the staff and volunteers at the hospital and the HCC charity. Here are some of the latest:

Recently finished paintings include:

Thank you very much to Yoni for posing for her portrait!

The watercolours have also made an appearance again for some student portraits:

And it’s been such a long time since I properly updated my blog that I hadn’t posted these images from last September’s Camden and Islington NHS Family Fun Day at St.Pancras Gardens. I was there to make portraits of visitors and managed to make 13 drawings during the 5 hours of the event. Thank you very much to Daniela for the photo’s!

Finally (and well done/thank you if you’ve made it this far!) here are some of the other images from the past few months since I last updated the page.

Thank you so much as always to everyone posing! I really appreciate it.

As a last image, here’s a pencil drawing of Cracken Edge in Derbyshire, drawn last year on one of my visits home to see my family. I’d really like to take my oil paints up there and spend some time painting this view but life, London and unwanted developments with my job at the University of London have all conspired to thwart my hopes of a painting holiday at Mum’s…

When I eventually get there it will be raining!

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Summer Salon exhibition at Candid Arts

I’m very pleased to be exhibiting five pieces of my work at the Summer Salon exhibition opening this week at the Candid Arts Trust in Angel Islington. The exhibition is open from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th July, 12-6pm and the private view is Thursday 30th June 6-9pm.

There are lots of artists showing in the exhibition and the Candid Gallery is a lovely venue just around the corner from Angel tube station, they also have a very nice cafe!

https://candidarts.wordpress.com/

The exhibition is free and all works are for sale, hope you can make it!

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Drawing news, Painting news and Newsnight news!

Newsnight 2015It’s been a very long time since my last post here on WordPress, about six months and during that time I’ve been continuing to work on the project for LALU at University College Hospital as well as having people pose for me at my studio for paintings and drawings. The photo above is a screengrab from Newsnight’s NHS debate just before the election which was broadcast from the Macmillan Cancer Centre where I spend my Thursday afternoons drawing people and the displays of portraits from the project were visible in the background during the programme. Here are some of the latest drawings, photo’s of the displays and a photo of me drawing at the centre taken by Sara from LALU (click any image for full size).

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I’ve also got a couple of new paintings to publish here, the first is a quick oil sketch of Idunn. Painted in one sitting, it’s a little different in style to my normal portraits over several posing sessions, here’s the image:

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The second is the latest in what has become a series of still life paintings with a common theme, this one is titled “Still Life with Tulips” 2015

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And here are some of the other drawings from the last few months, thank you to everyone for posing!

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As always, you can see latest work on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SimonTolhurst) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Tolhurst/16537193567) and I’ll finish this post as I started it, with inconsequential tv news. A long while ago I was one of several artists drawing the subject of a tv reality show who was life modelling for the first time. The resulting show is called “Man Up!” and I’ve never actually seen it, in fact the only person I know who has is one of our security guards at work. He didn’t manage to record the show but he did get me a couple of screen shots from it, so thank you to Brian and to bookend this post here are the photo’s!

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A Post Before Christmas, New Work and News

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It’s been a while since my last post and with Christmas almost here I thought I’d update my blog with recent work and take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Xmas, Bon Noel, Buon Natale, Happy Holidays etc and so on!

It’s been a busy few months so here come lots of images!

First up is an oil on canvas still life titled “I Dreamt I Was”, here’s the painting:

I-Dreamt-I-was-01It’s a curious composition and group of objects I know, but it’s always been an attraction of the genre that it’s possible to symbolise and encode still life work with all sorts of thoughts and feelings. It’s also a great way to challenge technique by including different materials in the choice of objects and those are all the clues you’re getting!

Watercolours have become a regular material for me to work with, I’m still enjoying using them and I’ve also added some water soluble pencils to my materials, here are the latest:

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Cat-Visitor-01-WI’ve been drawing friends and new people that I meet and the LALU Portrait project is also still ongoing at University College Hospital. Here are some of the latest drawings since my last post: (click for full size)

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Beverley-and-Maurice-01-mid Kim-and-Kai-01 Nicola-and-Jeremy-01-mid

Sam-01-mid Robert-01-mid Anisa-01-mid Susan-01-mid Maudline-01-mid

Helinda-01-mid Anne-E01-mid Marcella-and-Tom-01-mid Kristine-01-mid

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In September I was at an open day for the Camden and Islington NHS in St.Pancras Gardens where I was drawing portraits of visitors. I managed ten drawings in the five hour event, here are all the drawings from the day:

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I’ve also made a couple of (scruffy) self portraits when there was no-one else to draw.

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Still life has been a fruitful (no pun intended) genre lately, here’s “Still Life with Roses” which is linked to another painting from earlier in the year, (“Malachite, Hematite, Ammonite, Tiger Eye, Lapis Lazuli”), from an earlier blog post. Here’s the picture:

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It’s been a busy and productive year and it’s been a pleasure to meet and draw so many wonderful people, thank you to everyone who posed in 2014! Thanks as well to everyone at UCH and LALU for the opportunity to work on such a wonderful project (which now has over one hundred drawings produced).

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I’ve also had the chance to try my hand at a few new things, from watercolours and acting as photographer (for LALU’s Bridgathon fund raising event) to Halloween face painting!

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It’s also been a pleasure to see some of my paintings in their new homes in far flung places, thanks so much to Daniela for these photo’s!

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Finally for this post (and this year) here’s a Christmas still life using watercolours and colour pencils and I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and all best wishes for the new year! Thanks for reading!

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