"Earth’s distant orb appeared the smallest light that twinkles in the heaven; whilst round the chariot’s way innumerable systems rolled and countless spheres diffused an ever-varying glory. It was a sight of wonder: some were hornèd like the crescent moon; some shed a mild and silver beam like Hesperus o'er the western sea; some dashed athwart with trains of flame, like worlds to death and ruin driven; some shone like suns, and as the chariot passed, eclipsed all other light." From "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

The Folk Art Of Cactus County #7

I’ve finally got back to painting again after clearing a space in my room and I can’t tell you how good it feels, I’ve really missed it. Here’s a piece I was working on previously called “Welcome To Cactus County”. I was unhappy with how it turned out so I just left it. Then I picked it up yesterday for the first time in months and saw how I could improve it. Jonesey had recently got a lot of old greetings cards from e-bay, some of them over 100 years old. A few of them had shiny gold bits on which really worked. Thus inspired, I got out my small tube of gold paint and highlighted the edges of the skull, the sunbursts and other bits as you see.
I’m much happier with that. I think it’s finished now? I’d better not mess about with it anymore, so I’ll say it’s finally done. I’ve also started work on a small space picture which is a sketch for a bigger version I’m planning. I’m hoping to have that done by the weekend. Watch this space...

Suggested listening: “Saint Low” a beautiful album by Saint Low aka Mary Lorson, ex-Madder Rose.


  1. I'm liking the painting very much! Cactus County is cool...