Lucy Burscough

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The Artist is IN! Inside the SketchOMatic at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

In Community Arts, Gallery/Museum Projects on 20/10/2012 at 18:51

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It is often the case that artists have to have many strings to their bows in order to make a living and I’m no exception. I often surprise myself with the variety of  projects I find myself working on, but today I took on a role that was decidedly different even for me: I  spent a hour as half artist/half machine as the moving parts of The Cornerhouse’s ‘SketchOMatic’ portraiture booth! What a  brilliant idea and loads of fun.

I sat behind a two-way mirror in a wee cubbie-hole while the customers experience was of a cartoonified passport photo-booth, even down to the presentation of the portraits via a drop-in slot! A hugely inventive and creative attraction which drew in the crowds and had the public queuing up to get their ‘SketchOMatic’  portraits. As in many aspects of life, the joy is in the detail, and with that in mind I have to congratulate The Cornerhouse for the quality of their engineering!

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Hi folks. Lucy Burscough here. I’m an artist based in Manchester, UK. Welcome to my blog.

In Paintings on 17/10/2012 at 17:30

I’m starting this blog to post images of my artwork as it progresses, write a little about the arts for health projects I work on and whatever else occurs to me as I go along, no doubt. 

Within my personal practice, I tend to paint portraits, but I’m having a little change of direction with my latest painting. Inspired by the somewhat ramshackle gorgeousness that’s in my garden, I’m really enjoying painting one of the many varieties of poppy-seed heads that do pop out of every nook and cranny. I love these papavers and meconopsis when they’re in flower but I’m always blown away by the beautiful ‘Statue of Liberty’s crown’ structures of the seed heads when the petals drop. No wonder they end up growing everywhere, it’s such a pleasure to give them a shake, see the natural salt cellars at work and disperse the tiny seeds in the process.

Here is the work in progress:

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This one is an Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).  Please feel free to leave comments and do pop back to see the painting finished.

Thanks for visiting!

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