Category: Blog

News, views and shoes.*
*There aren’t actually any posts about shoes here. But it rhymed and the rhythm of three works well. Hence the shoes.

 

A frame Houdini cannot escape from

One of my collectors in the USA sent me this amazing photograph. It’s of my Houdini print but encased in a wooden frame using wood from Houdini’s estate. Wow! I was totally thrilled to see this. (Thanks Barry!) 

At the moment, there’s still a few mini-prints left. They are normally £30 plus postage, but at the time of writing on sale at just £10 (plus P&P). Snap one up before they disappear for good! View now>>

for the magical connoisseur

For the magical connoisseur of the finer things in life, I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new Magician Series of artwork. The new collection features eight portraits of famous magicians. Let me tell you about each one… oh, sod that, let’s just get stuck into the new collection! I’ll meet you there and tell you about them. Grab your whisky and cigar, we’re going in… view now>>

(Photo: me working on my ‘Derren’ painting. Photo reference credit Seamus Ryan)

pug lovin’ gangster

I often come up with ideas late at night. I’ve long kept a pad and pen by my bed for night-time visions (non-substance induced). Many of these turn out to be pretty bad in the cold light of day. But a few get some development time. And very occasionally they make it into a fully finished form. This cheeky pug was one of the lucky (!) ones who went the full cycle. From the cradle to the easel… and now on to your wall? 

I give you ‘The DogFather’. For all the movie, mafia, gangster, pug lovers out there! 

Check him out now>>

check ’em out!

Ohhh… they’re new, they’re street, they’re hot, they’re sexy, they’re funky, they’re originals… they are my – dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, dum…

‘New Artworks’. Hmmm… should have considered a better name there. Happy viewing you lovely person you. 

A special father’s day present

‘Larry’

(Photo reference credit Richard Faverty/Beckett Studios)

‘It is hard to find a gift that delights my husband. This year I commissioned a custom portrait from  Jay Fortune. Larry was not only delighted, he was moved to tears. The portrait now hangs in our dining room where it brings all of us on-going joy.

Working with Jay was a pleasure. The portrait arrived safely and speedily. Jay is a thoughtful and collaborative painter. I felt I was part of the creative process. I wasn’t sure a custom portrait of this quality was within our reach but it was surprisingly affordable.

My husband is always gracious about the Father’s Day ties and books we give him. But this year he was truly speechless and moved. I am so happy to have found a way to show him how special he is to us.’ – M. Hass, USA. 

So nice to have done this one for really awesome people! If you’re awesome (how can you not be, you’re reading this!) and are looking for a special commission, please get in touch. 

Happy First ART-iversary

A year ago today, 19th April, I picked up my paintbrushes for the first time in 20 years. Since then, my portfolio has grown to over 80 pieces! Thank you to my collectors and supporters. It’s humbling to know that my work is now hanging on walls in homes across the world; Europe, USA, Africa, Australia and Asia. 

A special thank-you to my publishers DeMontfort Fine Art, my managers Hannah and Candy and the many galleries who stock my work. Special thanks to Jen, not only a gifted artist in her own right, but also for continuously prodding me to start my art again in the last few years. 

Despite the lock-down, it’s important to celebrate the small achievements. So, here’s to the next 12 months. Hopefully next year I won’t have to celebrate alone due to this lock-down! 

FREE mini-print give-away

Houdini’s name is legendary. He embodied the spirit of man overcoming obstacles. His struggle to escape from chains symbolised our daily struggle, reminding us that we too will escape from our current reality. With almost supernatural power, Houdini would conquer any challenge and emerge triumphant. At this time of struggle in our own lives, there is no better spirit to embody than that of Houdini. 

With that in mind, I have created a mini-print of my ‘Houdini – The Unmasking’ original portrait. The original is available, please email me for details. 

If your circumstance allows, you may choose to pay for one of these mini-prints and support my art at this time, however my gift to you is to own this for free. Place it on your wall as a reminder of courage in the face of adversity. To receive this mini-print for free, enter the code STRENGTH in the coupon box at check-out and all you will pay is P&P.

Click here to order yours today>>

Direct from the studio

Sometimes I hold onto artwork which I like to put up in the studio. However, practicing the Art of Zen (seriously, I can even get my legs behind my head now… but that’s a skill without purpose at present) and ‘letting go’, these pieces need to find new homes. Hence I have now added a ‘Direct from Studio’ section to my store. 

Here you can buy an original unframed direct from me. These pieces are one-off’s and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Please note; these artworks are not ones which feature my gallery portfolio (e.g. ARToons which are available exclusively from high-street galleries in the UK) but if you have ever wanted to own one of my pieces of art, then do check out the Direct from Studio store and grab yourself a bargain today! 

With FREE UK SHIPPING and the option to reserve a piece and pay in interest-free instalments you might find that perfect picture you’ve been seeking. 

PHOTO: ‘BatCat – Ready for Anything!’ – now available direct from studio. 

Three, two, Van…Gogh!

Issue One – Winter Solstice 2019 – ‘Connection’

THREE, TWO, VAN… GOGH! Our inaugural issue of The Isolated Artists is ready and waiting for you to download and share with your community… woo-hoo! The cover artwork is ‘Tainted Kaleidoscope’ by Laji Sanusi, a London based artist. And no Monet needed! This issue is completely FREE! Click here to read more, download and enjoy.
 

A blindfold, watermelon and Samurai… what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s just imagine it was you.

There you are, sat watching a magic show. Your thoughts drifting from the performance to your own private wanderings. Then you notice everyone is looking at you. Uh-oh, you’ve been chosen to participate in the next piece of magic.

That’s OK, you think. He’s a good magician. Kind, friendly, competent.

So, up you go, into the spotlight.

Before you know it, you’re on your back, hands under you (for your own safety you’ve been advised), a watermelon on your stomach. The magician is now blindfolded and brandishing a Samurai Sword. He spins himself around, raises the sword and before you can think, ‘have I got a donor card?’, he slices the sword down… your eyes clamp shut.

Applause leads you to gently open your eyes. Are you dead? Is this heaven?

On the floor are two halves of watermelon. The magician is smiling. You’re fine. Intact.

What the hell just happened?

Well, you’ve just met Tom Meseroll. Multi-award-winning L.A. based magician, pastor, meditator, astro-physicist, author, martial arts expert…

To read my full interview with Tom in the current issue of MagicSeen, please click the link below. Thanks to MagicSeen Magazine for kind permission to reproduce here. 

Tom Meseroll