Welcome to my online new gallery, Clifton Arts Challenges.

Following the recent pandemic developments here in the U.K. I have been trying to find new ways of carrying on with creative activities as a Clifton Arts member.

Clifton Arts set a series of weekly challenges at the start of the Lockdown process in March 2020 called The Stuck At Home Still Life Challenge. This is designed to help members remain creative whilst keeping members in touch with each other and reaching out to our community by posting entries onto the Clifton Arts website weekly or whenever they want to.

It isn’t a competition though artists are given 6 days to complete their work and send it in by midday of the following week, late works are always accepted.

Shown here are my replies to the fun of the Clifton Arts Challenges.

Barry

 

April 8th 2020. 3rd Challenge ‘The View of My Road’

That van’s parked outside again! (Pen and ink on card)

April 15th 2020. 4th Challenge ‘Things That Might Come In Useful’

Barry Hawkins Box of Bits
My little box of bits. (Graphite pencils on Cartridge paper)

April 22. 5th Challenge ‘Pareidolia Images in Every Day Objects’

Barry Hawkins - Blue Shirt
My blue shirt portraying for those that can perceive them, the images of a hooded man and a lady in flowing robes amongst the folds. (Watercolours and colouring pencils on Bockingford paper)

April 29th. 6th Challenge ‘The Garden in Lockdown’

Fuchsia (Watercolour)
Fuchsia (Watercolour)

May 6th. 7th Challenge ‘Plagiarism’

Head of an Old Peasant Woman (Oils on Canvas)
Head of an Old Peasant Woman originally by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. (Oils on Canvas)

May 13th. 8th Challenge ‘Working on a New Surface’

Oystercatchers and Swifts (Enamel paint on Auto Spray Painted Aluminium Panel and Black Marker)
Oystercatchers and Swifts in a shell. (Enamel paint on auto-spray painted Aluminium panel and ultra fine Pilot black pen)

May 20th. 9th Challenge ‘The Unbearable Difficulties with Hands’

Angela Washing Her Hands The NHS Way, (Whilst Singing Happy Birthday Twice) (Pencils on Cartridge Paper)
Angela washing her hands ‘The NHS Way’ whilst singing Happy Birthday twice. (Graphite pencils on Cartridge paper)

May 27th. 10th Challenge ‘Making an Impression in an Impressionists Style’

Brown and Blue Vase (Oil on Canvas)
A still life of a brown and blue jug with Angela’s retirement flowers and fruit. (Inspired by Paul Cezanne) (Oil on Canvas)

June 3rd. 11th Challenge ‘Paint Yourself as a Younger Person’

Barry Hawkins Self Portrait (Oils on Card)
Artist self portrait on polishing duty at St Annes Head Lighthouse for Peter Fitch PK. (Oil on canvas covered board)

10th June. 12th Challenge ‘Taking a Sculture/Statue of Ancient Greeks, Egyptians or Romans and Setting Them in Their Time or Place’

Mars (Oils)
Mars. (Oils on canvas covered board)

June 17th. 13th Challenge ‘Kitchen Paraphernalia’

Pots and Pans (Pencil)
A still life of cooking pots and pans. (Graphite pencils on Cartridge paper)

June 24th. 14th Challenge ‘All The Right Tones But Not Necessarily In The Right Colour’

Negative Puffin (Watercolours)
A painted negative Puffin portrait. (Watercolours on Bockingford paper and a digital positive photograph)

July 1st. 15th Challenge ‘Judging a Book by its Cover’

Skerries Stories Cover (Oils and Oil Paint Pen) Credit to Moxie Finn for the Titles
Skerries Stories To Tell In The Dark book cover. (Oils and oil paint pen on Daler board) Credit to Moxie Finn for the Titles.

 

July 8th. 16th Challenge ‘Through Art Learning About Animals’

Starlings, 2 Juveniles and 3 Adults at the Water Bath (Pen and Ink)
Starlings, 2 juveniles and 3 adults enjoy the water bath. (Pen and ink on Bockingford paper)

July 15th. 17th Challenge ‘Water and Glistening Surfaces’

Rainy Window (Oils on Board)
Rainy window. (Oils on canvas covered board)

July 29th. 19th Challenge ‘Your Favourite City or Town Outside the UK’

Lisbon E25 Tram (Pen and Ink)
Lisbon E25 tram. (Pen and ink on card)

August 5th. 20th Challenge ‘Not Worrying About Perspective’

On the Beach (Watercolour)
Henry and Chloe on the beach. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

August 19th. 22nd Challenge ‘Feelings of Homesickness’

Europa Point, Gibraltar (Pen and Ink)
Europa Point, Gibraltar an oversea lighthouse keeping posting of several weeks in the summer of 1987. (Pen and ink on Bockingford paper)

August 26th. 23rd Challenge ‘Looking Through The Looking Glass’

Looking Through The Looking Glass (Oils)
Looking through the windscreen and the driving mirror on a rainy day. (Oils on canvas covered board)

September 2nd. 24th Challenge ‘Fantasia, Paint an Inspiring  Song or Noise’

Little Red Rooster (Oils)
Little Red Rooster, the Rolling Stones second UK number 1 single December 1964. (Oils on canvas)

September 9th. 25th Challenge ‘Legs in Action’

Harvestman Spiders (Coloured Pencil and Ink)
Harvestman Spiders. (Coloured Pencil and Ink on Cartridge paper)

September 16th. 26th Challenge ‘Painting in the Style of Van Gogh or the Fauvists’

Fauvism Sunset and Clouds (Watercolour and Felt Tip Pens on Cartridge Paper)
Fauvism Sunset and Clouds (Watercolour and Felt Tips on Cartridge paper)

September 23rd. 27th Challenge ‘Aftermath of an Accident’

Aftermath of an Accident (watercolours)
A Starling that had flown into the window. (Watercolour on Cartridge paper)

September 30th. 28th Challenge ‘Hats’

Hats (felt tips, pen and ink and coloured pencils)
A still life of hats. (Felt Tips, pen and ink and coloured pencils on Cartridge paper)

October 7th. 29th Challenge ‘Rule of Six Challenge’

Long Tailed Tits (watercolours on Bockingford paper)
Six Long Tailed tits on a bird feeder. (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

October 14th. 30th Challenge ‘A View Through the Trees’

The View Through Trees (watercolours)
A view through trees at the Malvern Hills from outside Upton. (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

October 21st. 31st Challenge ‘The Beach’

Kerloc'h Beach, Crozon, Brittany (watercolours)
Kerloc’h Beach, Crozon, Brittany (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

November 4th. 33rd Challenge ‘All Our Eggs In One Basket’

Six White Eggs (oils)
Six white eggs in a woven basket on a white cloth covered table. (Oils on canvas covered board)

November 11th. 34th Challenge ‘Draw or Paint in the Art Nouveau Style’

Art Nouveau (pen and ink with watercolour wash)
Honesty. (After Alphonse Mucha) (Pen and ink with a watercolour wash)

November 18th. 35th Challenge ‘Favourite Comic Book or Magazine Character’

Dan Dare (pen and ink, felt tips, and coloured pencils)
Dan Dare and Digby trap the Mekon at the solar power charger tree in the Millenium Square, Bristol. (Pen and ink, Felt Tips, and coloured pencils)

November 25th. 36th Challenge ‘Interior of a Room’

Lundy South Lighthouse Radio Room (pen and ink on cartridge paper)
Lundy South Lighthouse Radio Room (Pen and ink on Cartridge paper)

December 2nd. 37th Challenge ‘If Music Is The Food Of Life Then Paint On’

Paint It Black - for Jamie (felt tip, pastel, crayon)
Paint It Black, the Rolling Stones – for Jamie. (Felt Tips, pastel, crayon)

December 9th. 38th Challenge ‘The Night Before Christmas’

The Night Before Christmas in Antartica with Adelie Penguins (watercolour on Bockingford paper)
The night before Christmas in Antartica with Adelie Penguins. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

December 16th. 39th Challenge ‘A Monochrome Challenge’

Monster Wave, Skerries Lighthouse (oils on canvas)
Monster wave at the Skerries lighthouse during a winter storm in shades of brown. (Oils on canvas)

December 23rd. 40th Challenge ‘Portrait of Someone You Love’

Portrait of Your Love - Angela (pencil on cartridge paper)
Angela (Graphite pencils on Cartridge paper)

December 30th. 41st Challenge ‘Frozen Ponds, Pools, and Puddles’

Teal On A Frozen Pond (pen and ink on card)
Teal on a frozen pond (Pen and ink on card)

January 6th. 2021 42nd Challenge ‘Advertising in Art’

Bristolian Express Passenger Service, Temple Meads to Paddington
‘The Bristolian’ an afternoon express passenger service from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington ready to depart in the 50’s. (Felt Tips, graphite and coloured pencils, pen and ink on card)

January 13th. 2021 43rd Challenge ‘Things Seen at an Airport’

Saab 340 Aircraft at Kirkwall Airport (watercolours on Bockingford paper)
Saab 340 Aircraft at Kirkwall Airport (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

January 20th. 44th Challenge ‘Strong Contrasts in a Coastal Scene’

Camp Bay at the Twelve Apostles Mountains (watercolours on Bockingford paper)
Camp Bay at the Twelve Apostles Mountains near Cape Town, Sth Africa. (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

January 27th. 45th Challenge ‘Distorted Reflections’

Reflections (Derwent and Lakeland coloured pencils, felt tip pens and pen and ink)
Reflections of myself in a stainless steel pan. (Derwent and Lakeland coloured pencils, Felt Tips and pen and ink on card)

February 3rd. 46th Challenge ‘Snowdrops, Crocus and Catkins Challenge’

Snowdrops (watercolour on Bockingford paper)
Snowdrops in the garden. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

February 10th. 47th Challenge ‘Spring Time Activity on a Farm’

On the Farm (pen and ink and felt tips on card)
John Deere tractor ploughing the land ready for seeding. (Pen and ink and Felt Tips on card)

February 17th. 48th Challenge ‘A Moment in History’

War (watercolour, pen and ink)
War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. (Watercolour, pen and ink on Bockingford paper)

February 24th. 49th Challenge ‘Our Last Holiday’

Postcard From Crete (watercolour, pen and ink on Bockingford paper)
A postcard from Crete designed and created from six of my photographs taken on holiday during 2019. (Watercolour, pen and ink on Bockingford paper)

March 3rd. 50th Challenge ‘Childhood Toys’

Children's Toys (oils on canvas)
My 58 yr old teddy bear with various of our children’s toys. (Oils on canvas board)

March 17th. 52nd Challenge ‘Fashion in your Formative Years’

The Radiogram (Derwent Lightfast oil crayons)
My parent’s stereo radiogram and wall paper. (Derwent Lightfast oil crayons)

March 24th. 53rd Challenge ‘Dramatic Skies’

Clouds at Cape Byron, NSW (watercolour on Bockingford paper)
Towering clouds at Cape Byron, NSW from a photograph taken by Australian ALK fellow member and pen pal Ken Ohlsson. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

April 7th. 55th Challenge ‘Vegetables using Five Colours Only’

Vegetables Using 5 Colours (oils on canvas)
Still life of vegetables in a bowl on a cloth covered table. (Oils on canvas)

April 14th. 56th Challenge ‘Anything Postal Related’

Britain's oldest post box in use today after 160 years is in the village of Holwell, near Sherbourne in Dorset and is an 1853 octagonal design made by John M. Butt of Gloucester.
Britain’s oldest post box in use today after 160 years is in the village of Holwell, near Sherbourne in Dorset and is an 1853 octagonal design made by John M. Butt of Gloucester. (Oils on canvas covered board)

April 21st. 57th Challenge ‘Black and Blank Influenced by your Favourite Welsh Artist’

Cerrig Meibion Arthur Standing Stones in the Preseli Mountains (Oil on Canvas)
Cerrig Meibion Arthur Standing Stones in the Preseli Mountains ( after Graham Sutherland). (Oil on canvas)

April 28th. 58th Challenge ‘A Visit to the Gallery’

Tate Britain Gallery on Millbank (Pencil)
Tate Britain Gallery on Millbank. (Graphite pencils on Cartridge paper)

May 12th. 60th Challenge ‘Portrait using a Limited Colour Palette’ 

Henry (Oils on Daler Board)
Henry. (Oils on Daler board)

May 19th. 61st Challenge ‘Man’s Influence on the Landscape’

Man's Hand In Our Landscape (watercolour and pen and ink on Bockingford watercolour paper)
Man’s hand in our landscape. has dramatidcally influenced and changed it as here with these huge and essential electricity pylons of the National Grid. (Watercolours and pen and ink on Bockingford paper)

May 26th. 62nd Challenge ‘Shakespearian Themes’

Juliet’s Balcony (felt tip pen and ink and watercolour on card)
Juliet’s Balcony (Felt Tips, pen and ink and watercolours on card)

June 2nd. 63rd Challenge ‘Influenced By David Hockney’

Copper Beeches Near Rhydown, Autumn 1978 (felt pens and pen and ink on reflective card)
Copper Beeches Near Rhydown, near Llandyssul Ceredigion Autumn 1978 where I used to live and paint. (Felt Tip pens and pen and ink on reflective card)

June 16th. 65th Challenge ‘Capturing a Sunrise or Sunset’

Translucent winter sunset at Skokholm Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)
Translucent winter sunset looking southwest at Skokholm Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

June 23rd. 66th Challenge ‘Creating A Sense of Height’

House Sparrows startled by chimney sweep’s brush (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)
House Sparrows startled by a chimney sweep’s brush. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

June 30th. 67th Challenge ‘A Scene In The Bathroom the Impressionists Style.’

Somebody showering in the Impressionistic style. (Oil on Canvas covered Board)
Somebody showering in the sort of style of Degas. (Oil on canvas covered board)

July 21st. 70th Challenge ‘Mix and Match Artists and Iconic Paintings’

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painted in the Picasso style. (Pen and Ink and Coloured Pencils)
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painted in the Picasso style. (Pen and ink and coloured pencils)

August 11th. 73rd Challenge ‘Scenes of Rescue and Help’ 

The James Caird at Sea (Oil on Canvas covered Board)
The James Caird at sea. Shackleton and 5 of his crew go for help sailing 650 nautical miles from Elephant Island off Antarctica to St Georgia in a converted life boat from the wrecked Endurance so enabling the rescue of the rest of his crew. (Oil on canvas covered board)

September 16th. 77th Challenge ‘Into the Shadows’

A Cross Country HS125 speeds into the shadows of Kennaway Tunnel (Pilot and Biro black pens and white ink)
A Cross Country HS125 speeds into the shadows of Kennaway Tunnel eastern portal at Dawlish, Devon. (Pilot and Biro black ink pens and white ink)

September 23rd. 78th Challenge ‘Autumn Berries and Fruits’

Autumn Berries and Fruits
Still life of a white porcelain bowl with blackberries and a pear, Bath plum and an apple. (Oils on a canvas covered board.)

September 30th. 79th Challenge ‘Chickens and Clucking Hens’ 

Chickens and Clucking Hens
Hens and Chickens sketched and photographed whilst on Skokholm Island off the SW Walws coast at the Bird Warden’s residence. (Watercolours on Bockingford paper)

October 6th. 80th Challenge ‘Distinguished British Cartoonist’

The cartoonist I have chosen for this week’s challenge is one of my favourite illustrators Paul Sample, and his British rocker style biker character called Ogri created in 1972 for UK magazine Bike
Paul Sample and Ogri. The cartoonist I have chosen for this week’s challenge is one of my favourite illustrators Paul Sample, and his British rocker style biker character called Ogri created in 1972 for UK magazine Bike. (Pen and ink and coloured pencils on card)

October 14th. 81st Challenge ‘Tear Things Up and Make A Collage’

Cut out and glued onto card, I have chosen the motorcycle wheel as the prime subject, with getting the motorcycle out and on them as the theme.
Motorcycle Wheels cut out and glued onto card. I have chosen the motorcycle wheel as the prime subject, with getting the motorcycle out, and riding it as the theme. (Paper and glue on card board)

October 21st. 82nd Challenge ‘An Animal Portrait’

Tiger (Watercolour)
Tiger. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

November 4th. 84th Challenge ‘Endangered UK Species in our Lifetime’

The Skylark population is in decline putting it on the Red endangered list of British birds. During 1972 and 1996 Skylarks declined by 75%, and it is still declining. The main cause of this decline is considered to be the widespread switch from spring to autumn sown cereals, and from the increase in predators.
The Skylark population is in serious decline putting it on the Red endangered list of British birds. During 1972 and 1996 Skylarks declined by 75%, and it is still declining. The main cause of this decline is considered to be the widespread switch from spring to autumn sown cereals, and from the increase in predators. (Watercolour on Bockingford paper)

November11th. 85th Challenge ‘Paint in the Impressionist Style again’

Painted in the style of Claude Monet's view of the Seine, 'Autumn at Argenteuil' this is a view of the Taff and the Millenium Bridge.
Autumn at Cardiff painted in the style of and after Claude Monet’s view of the Seine, ‘Autumn at Argenteuil’ this is a view of the Taff and the Millenium Bridge. (Oils on canvas covered board)

November 25th. 87th Challenge ‘Scene Inside a Plane, Boat, Bus or Train’

Driver Route Training (Felt Tip Pen and Ink on Card) A scene on board a number 25 yellow Lisbon tram enroute to the centre.
Driver route training. A scene on board a number 25 yellow Lisbon tram enroute to the centre. (Felt Tips, pen and ink on card)

December 2nd. 88th Challenge ‘A Scene of Demolition or Delapidation’

The Demolition of my old School (Oil on primed paper). The last remaining classrooms are toppled at Filton High School in October 2010
The demolition of my old school. The last remaining classrooms are toppled at Filton High School in October 2010. (Oils on primed paper)

December 9th. 89th Challenge ‘Trees in Winter’

Lime tree outside the front of our house felt and ink pens, coloured pencils and a blender).This common lime Tilia Europaea is probably more than 102 years old as the avenue was planted with them when the houses were constructed  from 1905-19.
The lime tree outside of our house. This common lime Tilia Europaea is probably more than 102 years old as the avenue was planted with them by Royal Decree from Queen Victoria when the houses were constructed from 1905-19. (Felt Tips, and ink pens, coloured pencils and a blender)

December 16th. 90th Challenge ‘Christmas Bric a’ Brac’

Christmas tree baubles and lights (a drawing using mainly graphite and coloured pencils, and some black and white ink)
Christmas tree baubles and lights. (A drawing using graphite and coloured pencils, and some black and white ink on Cartridge paper)

January 6th 2022.  91st Challenge ‘The Influence of Albrecht Durer’

Albrecht Durer's Journeys (Pen and ink).  A detail from 'Adam and Eve' shows a parrot eating figs from a fig tree. My travel photos have some views of the Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen, and photos of Scarlet Macaws in Lisbon zoo and so I've combined these to bring you a Parrot Eating Figs (Pen and ink).
Albrecht Durer’s Journeys. A detail from ‘Adam and Eve’ shows a parrot eating figs from a fig tree. My travel photos have some views of the Reichenbach Falls near Meiringen, and photos of Scarlet Macaws in Lisbon zoo and so I’ve combined these to bring you ‘Parrot Eating Figs’. (Pen and ink)

January 13th 2022.  92nd Challenge ‘Emerging from the Fog and Mist’

A Foggy Winter's Morning. (Oil on primed paper). A view at sunrise when the fog was spreading out across the city from the southwest.
A foggy winter’s morning. A view at sunrise with fog spreading out across the city of Bristol from the south west. (Oils on primed paper)

January 20th. 93rd Challenge ‘The Band Stand’

The Bandstand, Yellow Submarine’ animated by Rob Stokes and released in 1968, digitilised in 4k and re-released in 2014 (watercolours, pen and ink)
The Bandstand from ‘Yellow Submarine’ an animated film featuring The Beatles by Jack Stokes and released in 1968, digitilised in 4K resolution and re-released in 2012 (Watercolours, pen and ink)

January 27th. 94th Challenge ‘Your Desert(ed) Island 

Steep Holm, an island in the Bristol Channel. The island was one of four forts that deployed coastal artillery to stop enemy ships gaining access to the Severn Estuary and threatening places like Bristol and Gloucester
Steep Holm, an island in the Bristol Channel. The island was one of four forts that deployed coastal artillery to stop enemy ships gaining access to the Severn Estuary and threatening places like Bristol and Gloucester. (Oils on Canvas)

February 10th. 96th Challenge ‘A Still Life of Contrasting Textures’

Seaweed and Pebbles. Contrasting soft Kelp and Carrageen Moss washed up on a hard pebble beach. (Watercolours on Bockigford Paper)
Seaweed and Pebbles. Contrasting soft Kelp and Carrageen Moss washed up on a hard pebble beach. (Watercolours on Bockingford Paper)

February 24th. 98th Challenge ‘Depicting Our Emotions’

Fry's Five Boys chocolate bar wrapper from the early 60's on the adverse side depicted five emotions expressed by a young lad who desired a piece of this delicious chocolate.  Drawn using graphite and coloured pencils, pen and ink on card
Fry’s Five Boys chocolate bar wrapper from the early 60’s on the adverse side was depicted five emotions expressed by a young lad who desires a piece of this delicious chocolate. (Graphite and coloured pencils, pen and ink on card)

 

For any inquires into my work, please contact me at bghlighthouseart@gmail.com