Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Here's a painting I done when I was about 17, it's called 'Vivarium' and it is an oil on board. I was inspired by Frank Auerbach, but wasn't rich enough to buy paint in such large quantities, so I bought a bag of pigment and some linseed oil, and found my own colours, like brick dust, charcoal, earth and some paint. The pigment, which ironically is colourless, added with linseed oil and a colour is what oil paint is. Using paint this heavily was a great experience, I was able to add pebbles and even dead insects. The picture show's a front side view of the aquarium I kept at college, housing my frogs. There was a resevoir of water in the bottom, and plants growing, it's technical term is vivarium.
As I remember, this painting was massively heavy, and I think it still exist's, but I'm sure the colours have faded. Anyway, to answer a question, I don't paint at the moment, and actually I haven't painted in quite a few years. I still draw quite regularly, but music takes up all my time now, I still paint pictures, but hopefully in people's heads.

By the way, you must catch up on the Indonesian blog, I know I've been slack but it's really getting good.
Thanks for all the comments, take care and GMaS.



Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

I know, we can only spread ourselves just so thin - quite like paint!

I understand that we only have time to do so many things...
You do a wonderful job of painting pictures in my head - it's a boundless canvas!



Wednesday, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Nice painting. The faded colours would add an aged, vintage effect. I love this one. I can't wait to hear your "audible oil genius". GMAS.


Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

You always amaze me at your ways in which you improvised to get color to continue painting. That is a true artist!


Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

That is very, very creative of you Mikey! The picture is very special too.


Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Bri said...

Hi Mikey, I sure love the varied materials in your artwork. Really cool.

Hey, I'm in California right now. My friend Joe, whose first degree was from art school, took me for a walking tour of his old art college the other day. In Oakland, a funky neighborhood, really interesting and fun to hear the stories. He hadn't been back in ages. I thought of you, actually!

So many of my musician friends are also visual artists. Interesting, huh?

Anyway, I'm listening to your "Tourist" right now on IAC. Great song, that.

Please visit my blog for some California photos. I think I got some good ones of the cross on the beach.


Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger ticharu said...

It doesn't matter what kind of art you make. Creativity is the pinacle of human endeavor. Writing music, singing, painting and writing stories are peace.

Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger AlianaDrex said...

As long as The Muse is around, it doesn't matter what form you chose to express the energy. The painting is terrific!

Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

Another lovely painting Mikey. You're not going to need to hire any artists to design your Album cover are you? Congratulations on the continued progress on IAC. I was shocked to see Baby Teeth at number 3 on the charts today. I spent 100% of my luxury purchase fund on some expensive recording software in celebration, I think it may be a good investment. Pete turned me on to it. It is called Melodyne.

Can't wait till the next season of In The Attic starts up and we can hear your new material. Give our love to Rene.

Thursday, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

Hey Mikey! I love this painting. It's just gorgeous. I'll go check out your Indonesian blog now.
Hey, I'm going to be in London in less than two months now! I would love it if I got to see you perform or something!
- claire -

Friday, February 03, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Hello!!,'s a pity that you don't paint at the moment....well, your music is wonderful too :):):)
Whenever you have time, please, tell us, of the different styles that you have used, which is your favorite?
Can't wait to see In The Attic again!!!

Friday, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Kid Ric said...

Hi Mikey,

There never seems to be enough hours in a day.

Great painting.

I have been slackin' bad myself.

Thought I would at least stop by and say hello my friend.

Peace, love and light,

Friday, February 03, 2006  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Thanks everyone,I just realised that I didn't mention how big it is, it is about 5ft by 3ft, and super heavy. Anyway, thankyou very much for all the comments, in answer to Claire, I'm sure I'll be playing somewhere when your over. I'm really looking forward to ITA, Well done Gary, I've been playing your tracks mate, I think my 'Better me' is just behind your 'In this street', and 'Baby Teeth' is going to be number 1 mate. Keep playing the tracks, take care everyone.

Friday, February 03, 2006  

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