Monday, January 23, 2006

My Frogs...



Here's a painting I done when I was seventeen years old, I used oil paint on board, and it measure's around 6ft by 3ft.

I used to keep frogs in a vivarium, and paint and draw them. In the background of the picture, you can see a stylised view of the Art school building.

I am shown here, with my frog friends and a large leaf, from inside of the vivarium, looking out on an ever changing world. The Art school became a department, lost it's name and identity. It was a big thing to me back then.

Anyway, hope you like it, please feel free to critic here.

Going up to the studio tomorrow to work on some more vocals, and maybe a little guitar. I'm really looking forward to it, although not the travelling. Rachel will be there, she's been working on them today with the engineer, she's great to work with, she has great energy.

Work on the new song is going very well, I've got some lyric's and all the guitar parts, I'm still refining everything, but it sounds cool. Hope everyone's good, hey, I'm doing really well in IAC chart, thankyou everyone that's been voting and playing my tunes, I'm doing well on the independant chart. Thankyou for all your support, I really appretiate it. So, take care and GMaS...

mikey

35 Comments:

Blogger Elaine said...

You really like to paint on big surfaces don't you? It looks great. I love frogs. I used to find them in our window wells.
Can't wait to hear some new music from you. Right now I am loving Come On Ryan. I keep playing it over and over.

Monday, January 23, 2006  
Blogger greekzoe said...

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Monday, January 23, 2006  
Blogger greekzoe said...

Your paintings are very nice. I particularly like the one you posted yesterday. I never painted on glass before. Was it difficult to do?

Todays painting is excellent. I especially love the frogs. The colors are very complimentary of each other. It is pleasing to the eye is what I'm trying to say. It is very nice. You are an excellent artist.

I have a couple of my drawings I did many years ago up on my blog. I would love to hear what you think of them.


Take care!!!

Zoe

That was me above. Had a typo. Sorry:)

Monday, January 23, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

your paintings are fab, why dont you consider maybe doing some exhibitions. alot of trendy young artists (like yourself) would love to see your work, who knows you could get v.v.v. far.
nice to hear about some new songs and im glad your feelin better and all of you are well. my mum sends her love and best wishes, she always asks about you.
take care and love to the family
love lots blog buddy
Lucy (tammy girl)xxxx

Monday, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

I'd love to have the room to work on such large surfaces.
I'd also love to have the time...

The froggies are great.
As a kid, I used to catch frogs
from the lake back home in Quebec.

You have such a wonderful variety in your artwork.

Keep the tunes coming.
It must feel so good being creative & then when it all comes together.

I really admire your contribution to our music!

Love
Dale

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

My brother used to have a big ol' bullfrog when I was little. I liked him very much, he was an albino but one day he hopped out of his cage (I guess thats what you can call it). I can't remember his name. I love this picture, and it has helped bring back some old memmories. Have some fun in the studio. I can't wait for an album.

-Kevin

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I really like "A Better Me".

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

Do you know what happened to that poor whale that found its way up the Thames?

My daughter came home from school today, quite upset with the news that it had died.
If so, I am sad, too.
The news she heard was that, apparenty, while the whale was being moved (?), it died in transit.

Do you know if this is true?

BTW, she asked me this because she knows that I blog with people from the Thames area. She had no idea that I had already heard it from you folks on blogger...

Have fun recording tomorrow.
I say HI to all.

Love
Dale

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

Great painting Mikey. Can't wait to hear your new song. How long will you be on the road for when you tour with Rachel?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

well I'm no art critic but I like all the art of yours you've posted.

Ever think about designing an InThe Attic logo for the summer broadcast? I'd like to see what you come up with.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Kara said...

Beautiful :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

This is one of my favorites; Henri Rousseau Cuthbert's take on Jeremy Fisher. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Mikey, I just wish that I could draw and paint. But I'm useless. Hope the recording went well. Looking forward to hearing your new song. I bet you have a good time working with Rachel, she must be fun to work with. Lucky man! Mark

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Hi Mikey,

I hope you had a great day in the studio...This painting is wonderful, have you got many?? Do you still paint or music keeps you very busy?? maybe you can do an art-exhibit.

Elena

Tuesday, January 24, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Hi Mikey

A big Thanks for taking the time to fill us in on the poor whale's fate.

It's sad when things like that happen to innocent creatures. I guess the good is that it wasn't humans that caused the whale's death - this time...
It would have happened had London or people been there or not.
We, as humanitarians, were doing our best to rescue the poor creature.

My daughter just started a blog of her own, called "Beth Rocks". She likes the people who I've met through this blogging circle.
I'm encouraging her to blog more, because she's an amazing writer & poet.

Right now my husband has us in stitches, as he plays his Strat, making up a song called "Stinky Feet"!

I will leave you with that thought...

Thanks again
Dale

Wednesday, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

Hi Mikey,

I like the painting. The frogs look . . . wise.

What did they know about that great big world that you didn't back at age 17?

They also look like they are guarding you.

Anyway, glad to heard that things are going well both in the studio as well as IAC. You and Rachel both deserve this success.

I'm glad your music is getting out there . . . beyond the frogs . . .

Warm Regards,
-Natalie in CA

Wednesday, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Aw, I love frogs, ever since my fave toy as a little child was a stuffed frog, of all things. It was a girl. How do I know? She had a little tuft of hair with a red bow on top of her head. lol...

I love the rich colors of this painting. :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Rich Greiner said...

I collect frogs (of the stuffed and otherwise non-hopping type) and that is a great painting. Glad your music is doing well a=on IAC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Carrie Pratt said...

Mikey, your artwork continues to astound me, these are so beautiful!

So, what did you start doing first, your music or your art? You are so brilliant at both!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

u agree with amanda , very henri rouseou- i saw his exhibition recently at the tate, great artist very good stuff Mikey

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

*I agree rather

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger brojo said...

Mikey
Aplogies for not posting in a while, business has been crazy and it has kept me overwhelmed and very tired.

I love that you are accesible at IAC it is very nice listening to your music every day.

Are you going to tour this summer with the gang, I hope so I am definitly looking forward to catching you live.

Well I hope everything is swell with you and you have a great day.

John

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Meg said...

Your paintings are lovely, you are a very talented artist. It is really interesting how you bring all kinds of creatures into your world or you go into theirs. Is it the simplicity of their lives that intrigues you because to be honest sometimes I wish I was a fish just swimming around in a nice tank.

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Is that you in the painting with the frogs?
I can't believe you were just 17 when you did this.
I hope you are thinking of framing and displaying all your work.

Hope all is going well in the studio.

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

I really love the frogs Mikey. I told you that I've been on a frog kick lately! They're fun to watch.
You are an incredibly versatile artist - and I honestly love everything you post!
Glad to hear the recording is going well.
Really enjoying your IAC stuff.
Take care,
Sue

Thursday, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

Hey Mikey. Love the pic. Listening to Plasticine right now. One of the most romantic songs I've ever heard!
xoxo
- claire -

Friday, January 27, 2006  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hey Mikey - What a cool picture. It must be nice to be so talented between your art work and music...I'm jealous.

Friday, January 27, 2006  
Blogger Michael said...

Hey Mikey,
You make all the things you do so easy. I mean you have a knack for the arts. I wish I did. Im trying to bring the boys up in a way to show them that there are things they can do well and get more out of than playing computer games. Im trying to get my 6 year old into recording with me and have him write a song and we will record it so he can give the cd's to his classmates. He should be popular with the girls....michael

Friday, January 27, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

If you get a chance, please check out my Friday, 27th Jan post!

Thanks.

Smiles
Dale

Saturday, January 28, 2006  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Mikey,

Oooh, I'm liking this latest batch of posts. You are quite the visual artist.

Only one critique:
The stark white you used in the upper portion of the painting should have been repeated somewhere (even if just a tiny bit) near the bottom. That way the piece would have been more cohesive.

Interesting how you flatten out your subject matter. This is what Picasso meant when he said art was a flat surface and should be conveyed as such. Nicely done!

Jack

Saturday, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Gauguin, eat your heart out. How are you, Mikey! I've been bad. I haven't visited your INDO blog in a while. I promise I will! How can it get any better than this?!!

oxo Seychelle

Saturday, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

Thanks for visiting &, yes, I did do the drawing.
I don't have much of a portfolio yet, as my time is very limited.
I just seem to be busy with my family & doing other things - like working, blogging ,skiing...
LOL

I am very proud of the piece & thank you for your critique. It is always welcome!

Love
Dale

Saturday, January 28, 2006  
Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

Dig the frog painting...anything with lots of green or blue in it and I'm happy...how's that for a punter's perspective?

The IAC IS fantastic. My ELECTRIC FORGIVENESS project with Rabbit is at #32 on the Electronica charts, and it's been added to 7 stations. We started a station and added you and Rachel, along with our buddies The Grip Weeds. That website may be what we were all looking for.

Sunday, January 29, 2006  
Blogger Marietta said...

Mikey this painting is fabulous, and you did it when you were 17? WOW!
Congratulations on doing so great on IAC!!! Feel My Heat is my new favourite, it's so cheerful!!!

xoxoxo
M

Sunday, January 29, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

You're slackin' on yer blog, man...

Sunday, January 29, 2006  

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