Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese R I P
For the many fans of Tangerine Dream world wide, it was sad to recently hear of the passing away of the band's founder member, Edgar Froese. Tangerine Dream were the pioneers of ethereal electronic rock, their melodic if unearthly music interspersed with space age soundscapes riding over rhythmic bass lines together with swirling patterns and textures - perfect background music to work to.
Tangerine Dream's unique music had a huge influence on me during my teen years - an innovative band that created melodic and atmospheric sounds, the likes of which had never been heard before, nor since. Once in a while, they would even come to the UK; was fortunate to see them live on many occasions.
Needless to say, I have followed this band all through their prolific career. Their early classics Rubycon, Phaedra, Force Majeure, Underwater Sunlight and especially Logos still sound amazing !
Early January 2015
It's the time of year when we all make plans to try and be better people; slimmer, happier etc... However, none of us know what may be around the corner, no matter what time of the year it is. Any day can be the right day to make changes in one's life, without sounding too preaching. I know only too well just how precious each and every day is.
As for me this year, I will continue on with my art of course. I have recently built a new e-commerce Lunartics Shop, as this is the year when I will be working extra hard to make Lunartics more widely known. Recently, I have been working on a series of fantasy-themed paintings, for a range of jigsaw puzzles. Here are some of them below...
26th November 2014
I'm no photographer, other than when I take photos for my reference files. When I was at Art college, it was constantly drummed into us that Illustrators need tons of reference material, on just about every subject under the sun and in my case, the moon. If you are starting out as an artist, this is still very good advice.
Nature, and particularly the British countryside never lets us down. This year, the autumn has been especially colourful... not sure why, but it has.
Here are just a few photos I took recently that I thought I'd share... see below
27th October 2014
The Illustrated Man
It hurts me to say it, but I am not reading enough these days. I have lots of paperbacks novels lined up on my bookcase. If they could speak they would no doubt plead with me to pick them up, but I don't. Many of my books I have read before and plan to read again, and there are many that I still have not read. Shame on me...
I used to read at least 2 or 3 books a month, but now that I am working most hours on my latest paintings as well as writing a Lunartics novel, it means there's less free time to read, and this saddens me.
I did pick up Ray Bradbury's "The illustrated Man" the other day... read the first story "The Veldt", and even did a painting many years ago inspired by this story... Here it is below
20th September 2014
Glowing Orange Orbs
Have you ever seen glowing orange lights floating in the sky? Please, I'm not talking Chinese Lanterns here, but large orange orbs that pulsate as they hover in the night sky. They will then suddenly fly off faster than even Superman, only to reappear moments later in a different part of the sky?
I saw such a phenomenom a few years ago, on the 23rd July at around 9.40pm on the road to Cambridge as it passes Northampton... yet what did I see?
Were they weather balloons, ball lightning or simply tricks of the light? Better still, could they have been alien spaceships? It's a nice thought but unlikely of course. I just wish I knew what they were...
23rd August 2014
Just home after an amazing five days at Loncon; the World Science Fiction Convention at Excel, London. It was a fantastic convention and great to catch up with many of my fellow Artists... in particular Jim Burns, Anne Sudworth, Chris Moore and Steve Crisp
I'm pleased to say I had a very positive warmth towards my Lunartics characters, which I exhibited for the first time, yet sadly there wasn't space to exhibit all 188 Lunartics. I took some of my book-jacket originals along too, including some of my Heinleins, Arthur C Clarke's and Asimov paintings
Made lots of new friends over the four days, and was priviliged to meet the legendary SF Artist Bruce Pennington, whose paintings greatly inspired me when I was a teenager.
I could have sold lots of my George RR Martin "Fevre Dream" prints but only had the one with me, which sold on the first day.
I still have plenty available over in the HORROR Gallery