When putting together a collection we assemble all the working sketches together as shown above. Favourite images are pulled out to go to the next stage which is creating a full oil, these final oils then form the collections you see as limited editions. The remaining sketches are assigned various duties such as calendar use, social media marketing or future licencing. Nothing is wasted but we do go through ideas and titles at quite a rate!
Our creations evolve almost on a daily basis; at any given time we are 12-18 months ahead of what you see in the galleries which leads to a double life of moving mentally back and forth when a collection is released that you finished a year and half earlier but it seems to work, even though we may be a little crack'd in the head!
Most of these creations are never seen, the limited edition or final oil takes centre stage but the raw brushwork on the inklings of an idea can be just as attractive.
'Smackaroons' shown above is a typical example. From an initial basic idea of two figures throwing macaroons we filled out an entire scene taking inspiration from the film 'Fight Club'. This is usually done quite quickly with large brushes before changing to smaller brushes for details, working at speed allows a little more natural flow to be passed on to the painting. Generally we try to intensify the initial idea, create a colour harmony and tell the story in an attractive manner as possible making sure the humour remains intact.