Winchester Collage Expanded

Winchester-Spring-Showcase-2017

I had the opportunity recently to put some of my original pieces on display at Winchester Framing & Home. It seemed like a good moment to address an older piece that has been squirrelled away into the corner of the studio for a couple of years. I painted this collage of illustrations from well known Winchester sights hoping to create a colourful Summery image that I could use for some promotional items. It did indeed develop into a limited edition print, as well as a mug and postcard design. But the original acrylic and ink work was never fully completed.

Winchester Collage Expanded

With the showcase coming up at the gallery I decided to add to my initial collage, growing the scene out just a little and filling this lovely floater frame with colours drawn out from the original artwork. I’m so pleased with how it looks with that black edge and it really does stand out a treat when featured in the Chesil Street window! Here’s some photos of the finished piece – ‘Winchester  Collage’ 70 x 50 cm, acrylic & ink on canvas board.

Buskers Code

A well known feature of the High street in Winchester is it’s variety of live music by local talented buskers. It made perfect sense for me to include one of those musicians in my expanded composition (I particularly liked the pose over the guitar). But it was a big surprise to be contacted by the subject i’d chosen! I was delighted to learn that Marvin Naylor is a regular performer, and keeps a busking diary (See diaryofabusker.com. You can also sample his original music at marvinbnaylor.com) which has been going since he started in 2010. Writing up whatever happened at the end of each day. He admits it’s a bit behind, so the entry for Day 1065 when a woman stopped to show a photo of my painting, won’t be up for a little while yet!
Marvin Naylor painted by Jonathan Chapman MA
A big thanks to Marvin for getting in touch and for leading his likeness to my ‘Winchester Collage’.