The John Moores Painting Prize 2018 & some Beautiful Bunting!

We’re in full summer holiday mode here at the moment and lovin’ every minute (just about!).

Today we did one of our favourite things – hop on a train and head to The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

The John Moores Painting Prize* 2018 exhibition is on display at the moment and so we headed in to have a look.

(The *JMPP is a painting competition open to all UK-based artists working with paint. It culminates in an exhibition at the Walker Art Exhibition in Liverpool which is held at the same time as the Liverpool Biennial. It’s named after the sponsor of the prize, Sir John Moores (1896 – 1993) and was originally intended as a one-off. It’s now a biennial event and this will be the 30th exhibition in 60 years – since its launch in 1957).

One of the first paintings to catch the boys’ attention was ‘doubt and distance…..of lost content’ by Pete Clarke. They found it very intriguing, thinking about what kinds of creatures might live in such a place.

doubt and distance……of lost content by Pete Clarke

We all liked Virginia Verran’s ‘Black Star,’ enjoying looking at the shapes and patterns.

Black Star by Virginia Verran

‘One Hundred Harvests’ by Liz Elton is made from painted food bags, getting the viewer to consider our use and waste of materials and impact on surroundings.

One Hundred Harvests by Liz Elton

There were many bold and bright artworks on display, such as the ones by Nicholas William Johnson (‘The Intolerable Strangeness of Vegetable Consciousness (Sunspilt II)’) and Alan Fears (‘My Favourite Chair’).

These contrasted against the muted tones of Mark Osbornes’s ‘Untitled Pink’ artwork.

One of my favourite pieces in the exhibition was ‘Red Road’ by Graham Martin.

The winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, beating 2,700 entries, was Jacqui Hallum with her ‘King and Queen of Wands’ textile piece. Her artwork drew inspiration from a deck of tarot cards – the King and Queen represented at either end of the piece. Such work always causes a stir in the art world, with many questioning whether it should have triumphed over the others. But, I have to say, whether you consider it to be art or not, it did have a presence in the gallery. You can listen to Jacqui talking about her work here.

We then had a go a creating our own works of art inspired by Luci Soni’s ‘Untitled Bunting’

Untitled Bunting by Luci Soni


We all agreed that it was a great afternoon, if a little tiring!

Snoozing on the train home!

You can visit here to find out all about The John Moores Painting Prize 2018 paintings.


Bubbletastic Blooms!

Bubbletastic Blooms

A sunny day not so long ago myself and the littlest member of the family decided to get into the garden and throw some paint around!

Inspired by all the beautiful blooms springing up in the wonderfully warm weather we decided to create some of our own.

We got paint & washing up liquid and mixed them together.

We then got a straw and blew some bubbles into our painty mixtures. (Remember to blow NOT suck!!)

Bubbletastic Blooms
Bubbletastic Blowing!
Bubbletastic Blooms
Blooms or Brains?!

We used a couple of different colours and layered them on the paper.

We did think that our bubble art resembled a brain, but decided to focus on creating some flowers instead!

We found some leaves. We looked at the different shapes, felt the textures and talked about the patterns. We then drew some on our flower.

Bubbletastic Blooms
Really concentrating on drawing leaves.

After a little bit of snippin’ an’ stickin’ our beautiful bubbletastic blooms were complete!

Bubbletastic Blooms
Ta-Dah! Beautiful Bubbletastic Blooms!


Bottles, Buttons & Beads

A Saturday morning with no plans & a collection of bottles, buttons and beads! Me and my two little sidekicks set about transforming these objects into something beautiful!

We painted. It was a glorious mess, a riot of colour!

We threaded. Concentrating on putting buttons and beads onto wire.

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We watched. The bottles dried outside and we noticed how all the paint started to mix, big blobs dropped onto the grass below.

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We transformed. We searched for a suitable stick to use. We cut, twisted and revamped all our bits into a wonderful mobile hanging!

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We then ate biscuits!! 🙂