My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

From postage stamps to posters…

During my forty-five years of eking out a living as an artist, I have put my hand to just about everything.  In the 1980’s the Crown Agents commissioned me to design postage stamps for the British Virgin Islands (prestigious but not very well paid) and the 1990’s found me painting posters of the nightlife in the city of Leeds (the club owner skipped the scene and I was not paid at all).  Between the two, the Methodist Church commissioned me to create a twenty-five foot high stained glass window on the theme, Christ Triumphant and the Health Department paid me handsomely to devise advertisements that implored residents to wrap-up their garbage.

To brighten what has been a dull, rainy day here on Dominica, here is the pulsating 10,000-decibell poster for The Pleasure Rooms.  It remains in my possession – no pay, no poster!  One of the preliminary sketches was featured a couple of days ago. 

1 comment:

  1. When faced with such a vibrant scene, the pleasure is all ours, Roger.