"Dorothea's Apple Tree", acrylic and ink on paper, 100 x 100 cm, Charlie Kirkham 2015.

Dorothea’s Apple Tree

Following on from the progress post about Saint Dorethea’s Orchard  I’ve finally got this drawing finished! It’s 100 x 100 cm on grey (acrylic) primed paper, drawn with ink and paint markers in black, grey and white. I took this to be photographed a few days ago and am really pleased with the high resolution image as it shows a lot more of the details than my phone pictures.

"Autumn Leaves", mixed media collage on cardboard, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Autumn Leaves

This was an exploration of Autumn. What would Autumn be without a little bit of John Keats: SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, 5 And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, 10 For Summer has…

"The Swineherd's Yellow Fox: Detail", 170x23cm, Acrylic & Ink on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

The Swineherd’s Yellow Fox (detail)

Based entirely on the poem “The Swineherd” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (also used as inspiration here). The detail above shows part of the 170cm long work on paper. I wanted to incorporate a lot of repeating motifs and I liked the idea of the yellow fox literally hiding and reappearing.

"Froggy and the Tadpoles", mixed media on paper, 43x30cm, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Froggy and the Tadpoles

I was trying to merge 2D and 3D in this piece. It started when I saw some googly eyes and thought they looked like frog spawn. This work also linked into the mural I was creating about healthy eating and the life cycle at Rhymes Nursery, Birmingham. Using found buttons, sequins, eyes and leaf skeletons I merged the collage and drawing elements.