Last year Mick was involved in The Cabinet of Souls project with Phil Kitchen, Hev Johnson, Roots & Wings and the band Dr. Socrates. The collaboration was to celebrate and recognise the heritage of the North East.
10.15 on a Saturday Night, diptych, oil on board, each piece 16″ x 12″.
Inspired by The Cure’s song of the same name these pieces were created to celebrate my love of a band whose music has been integral to my wellbeing throughout my life. I am big on lyrics linking them to episodes and feelings I have experienced. When you have bi-polar, relationships and navigating life can be hard and non-sensical. Actions can make sense to one person but not the other. Fairly natural feelings can be escalated and it is hard to ‘belong’. Sometimes music just makes so much sense, songs become written about you, for you, by people you will never meet but somehow they get you…..and that feels good.
‘10.15 on a Saturday nightAnd the tap drips under the strip light’
Written by Lol Tolhurst, Michael Dempsey & Robert Smith
Work available to buy via http://www.streetartinitiative.co.uk
We are excited to announce we are involved with Street Art Initiative who will be representing artists like us who have barriers to creating and selling work due to a variety of reasons including mental health issues and homelessness. Check them (and us!) out at http://www.streetartinitiative.co.uk
And then this happened …..during lock-down we have watched intellectual films, documentaries and other TV programmes, we listened to Guardian recommended podcasts…delved into online theatre … then we ran out … and then I said…
‘Mick, people rave about this Tiger King thing… we should keep up to date with popular culture…’ OMG! OMG! Our heads have exploded….I don’t know who I like or dislike , I don’t know who is sane and who isn’t and spent yesterday drawing Joe Exotic and Carole Basking .. we have only watched three episodes…
Portrait of Penny by Aly was chosen to go into an online exhibition by Disability Arts – all info below pic.
Artist Name: Aly Smith
Artist email address: email@example.com
The title of the portrait: ‘Penny’
Time code of work on exhibition film: 07:00- 09:00
Information about the person it depicts:
Penny has been supporting people in the Byker area for many years now by cooking and ensuring families and individuals have food. She campaigns against food poverty, and during this time of Covid 19 she has continued cooking voluntarily and getting meals to sheltered housing residents.
A description of the portrait: A pencil line drawn portrait of a woman wearing glasses, she looks serious.
Information about the artist: Aly Smith is an artist with bi-polar and a few other mental health diagnosis thrown in depending which health care provider she sees. Her work often looks at the comedic side of her bi-polar whilst wanting to raise awareness of mental health and the struggles that herself and people have.
Portrait for sale £25.00 all proceeds go to an NHS charity.
We were chuffed to be featured in Dwell Time online mental health and art magazine again. This time with a portrait of me injured after a manic episode painted by Mick and a few words by me …
‘Aly Injured’ by Mick Smith
Oil painting on canvas by Mick Smith. 45cm x 36cm.
Text by Aly Smith –
With my bipolar I am fortunate to usually have insight to when a hyper is about to hit. I can avoid triggers such as alcohol and going to gigs and the bizarre task that is avoiding all music by Pulp. I love Pulp but the crescendos in the music and in Javis’s performances lead me into exalted moods that on occasion have resulted in special tablets being administrated by the Community Mental Health Team….
This portrait was painted by my partner Mick 6 years ago. I was manic and I also was a super hero. I could fly. Except I couldn’t and ended up in a back lane flat on my face awaiting an ambulance. I buggered my nose and was patched up beautifully in A&E.
I look scared in this portrait. I was.
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Check out the amazing Art & Mental Health publication Dwell Time which I am honoured to have had my artwork and text accepted for publication.
I should have kept the mask on…. by Aly Smith
It’s weird how divisive wearing a mask has become. People whom I considered rational have gone ballistic over either the need to wear one or the need not to. I get the confusion, the government continuously give us varied messages and to be frank downright lies…. I am on the wear a mask side, I can’t rationalise not wearing one and with the many hospital visits we have had over the last three months due to Mick’s eyes I am more conscious then every of the vulnerability of the human race and the need to protect each other.
Wearing a mask is completely alien to me so I am recording the process through art to produce a series of work for an online exhibition. I am also taking commissions at £25.00 each (including p&p UK). I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog by Mick – Seascape in oil painted whilst in lock-down #isolationart. This could be a new avenue for me to explore – I would appreciate any feedback. #IrisMurdoch #TheSeaTheSea
‘The Sea The Sea’ Oil on canvas board. 16″ x 20″.
This painting has sold for £110.00 pounds if you would like to commission a piece drop us a message or email email@example.com