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'Consumerism' on show in Parma, Italy - 8, 9, 10 June 2018

April 23rd, 2018

My painting 'Consumerism' will be on show at the biggest ethical festival in Europe.

The Parma Etica Festival will take place in Parma, Via Toscana Parco Eridania on 8th , 9th, 10th June 2018. It will take place in an area of 47000 m2, consisting of green open spaces and meeting rooms located in the heart of the city just five minutes from the railway station.

During these three days, there will be free workshops and debates held by nutritionists, doctors, scientists, writers, dance teachers, yoga instructors and people who practice sport.

Veg World - China

March 19th, 2018

Veg World - China

Well, I finally made it into print in China. 30,000,000 subscribers!

26,000 followers on Facebook

December 24th, 2014

26,000 followers on Facebook

This has taken quite a while (especially the last 1,000), but it's getting there.

However, I'm not sure what good it's done me; at the risk of slaying sacred cows and committing Facebook heresy, does anyone else have a similar following that never buys any artwork?

Yep, despite having the FAA shop embedded (and my previous site similarly embedded), not one of my followers has ever bought so much as a card. So why do they follow me? Beats me!

www.facebook.com/cyberpixman

Eleven days since I set up - more than 1,800 visitors...

December 19th, 2014

Eleven days since I set up - more than 1,800 visitors...

Now this may not see like anything significant, but although this hasn't resulted in any sales as yet, it is nevertheless really exciting. Why is 163 visits a day (average) setting my heart all of a flutter?

I had a dedicated art website through another company for the best part of two years before following a recommendation to set up with Fine Art America - and the best that other company managed, with all the optimisation and good news under the sun, was 1,000. In the course of a whole year!

That's an average of just 2.7 visitors a day!!!

I suppose I must have been an idiot to have accepted that as normal!

What is so special about Digital art?

December 18th, 2014

What is so special about Digital art?

A good question, which I used to hear a lot when I started out on my Digital journey. The image you see here is a freehand portrait painted by me in that tricky medium, watercolour. Watercolour is not a good medium for portraits generally, but it does have a great effect if you are very, very careful not to mess it up: One slip and it's ruined. That's one difference; with Digital it's hard to mess it up because you can erase a mistake without penalty to the media (for any non-artist reading this, watercolour paper doesn't like any fiddling). Compare this painting with any of the portraits in my gallery and you'll see some big differences in the results.

Generally though, aside from the convenience of not ruining your media, cleaning brushes, or having quite a bit of space taken up with easels, white spirit, water, dirty brushes and strong smells; it's none of that which makes Digital special for me.

I have and will continue to paint (when I get the space again) in traditional media because it's still utterly briliant. I discovered Digital as a new route to art almost by accident when I needed to paint a young man, posthumously, as a token for his distraught mother. At the time I had no traditional media to hand (I'd stopped painting in fact). I wondered if I could paint something from scratch using Photoshop, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The point of this lengthy preamble is this. I didn't like digital art very much because let's be honest, people use it to 'cheat', taking photos and simply applying digital filters to them. And there's a whole industry around using photo-matte techniques, which produce some unbelievably appealing and exciting results - in skilled hands it really is art-form; But it's still photo-manipulation and, well, I tried it, got some good results, but it just didn't feel like I was the 'complete artist' in control of everything. I'm a 'pedant' who (in the absence of commercial pressure), likes to bother with painting a background for example; the hard way.

So again coming back to the point, many people look at my work and wonder how I did it, because let's be honest, most Digital art looks much the same; like something out of TRON, or a PlayStation video game environment. The best compliment anyone ever paid me about my work was, '...but it doesn't look like Digital art'. There's a good reason for that: I just treat the media as if it was canvas or paper, but take advantage of what Digital is good at - experimenting without penalty. I trained myself in traditional media and I don't know any better when I apply that experience to Digital. So when I say it's a 'Digital Painting' to the few who think that means a computer did it for me; wrong. It's all me, because that's the way I like to create; all of my paintings from about 18 months ago are pure 'paintings', free-hand from scratch; good old fashioned draftmanship.

What Digital gives me is freedom to express without limitations: It gives me the freedom to experiment without the media punishing me, and it gives me permission to have an off day and still be able to create, because it's always ready to go. It gives me the ability to make my own 'brushes' and to create textures that no traditional media could achieve, short of the real masters of those media. It doesn't clutter my home up with zillions of half finished works either, and the kids and the cats can't trip over anything, or spill anything. It allows me to paint huge images, knowing that I can print them out on any surface, at any size, up to and beyond the the size I painted originally. It allows me to paint fine detail that can't be done with a brush, and if I choose, paint microscopic hairs on an old gardener's arms. Sometimes, I just love doing that kind of detail.

That's some of what's special about Digital - it can be anything you want it to be, and for me, the possibilities are endless - with no reason to produce yet another TRON lookalike, or use a swiftly applied Photoshop oil filter to a photo; that's a choice I don't intend, or want to make. Sure, that means it can take me up to seven weeks to complete a piece (owing to my rather laboured style), but at least it's honest, and that's all it needs to be in order to call myself an 'Artist',

355mL used in global campaign against PepsiCo

December 18th, 2014

355mL used in global campaign against PepsiCo

Nigel Follett's visceral painting '355mL' depicts a mother and child Orang-utan standing bewildered against a background reminiscent of the Great War. In place of poppies however, they are surrounded by Pepsi cans (355mL). Ths image has been selected to drive the point home as to PepsiCo's complicity in sourcing conflict palm oil.

The vast, ancient landscape of the Leuser ecosystem supports some of the last populations of rare species like Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos, elephants, clouded leopards and sun bears. With your help we will save it from being destroyed for Conflict Palm Oil.

Every day bulldozers drive deeper and deeper in the last stands of rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia. Why? To meet the ever growing demand for Conflict Palm Oil that is used in potato chips, crackers and snack foods made by companies including PepsiCo.

The only thing standing in the way of PepsiCo doing the right thing and taking a leadership position on this urgent issue is the companyís refusal to act.

On December 9th, Palm Oil Activists around the world are coming together and calling on their communities to make thousands of phone calls to PepsiCo offices all over the planet.

Here are the 3 simple steps for participating in the PepsiCo Global Call-in Day

1. Find your countryís PepsiCo customer service phone number:

USA: 1 800 433 2652
Canada: 1 800 433 2652
Australia & New Zealand: +61 2 9951 1799
India: 1800 224 020
For Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa this website will direct you to the customer service phone number for your country or region: http://www.pepsico.com/Home/GlobalSites. The customer service number for each country can usually be found under the Ďcontact usí button on the webpage. Let us know if you need help finding the right phone number for your country!

2. Make the call:

Hereís what to say when you pick up the phone:

Hello , my name is ___ from _____ and Iím calling you today regarding PepsiCoís use of palm oil and products that are tied to rainforest destruction and human and labor rights violations.

As a consumer, I donít think it is acceptable for a company like PepsiCo to use palm oil that is tied to rainforest destruction and human and labor rights violations. We believe PepsiCoís palm oil commitment has critical gaps that must be addressed immediately. PepsiCo must take action to identify and eliminate suppliers who are destroying rainforest and violating human and labor rights violations, including in the Leuser Ecosystem.

As a globally recognized brand with an immense international reach, PepsiCo must succeed in stopping the bulldozers and abuse in its supply chain and use its influence to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.

Will PepsiCo step up and cut Conflict Palm Oil for good?

3. Ask your friends to make a call by posting on Facebook and Twitter:

Share on Twitter. You could use the sample tweet below.

Join @RAN and @redapesís @PepsiCo Global Call-in Day and demand that PepsiCo cut #ConflictPalmOil

Why I left Deviant Art

December 18th, 2014

Why I left Deviant Art

It was a short romance, lasting about two years. The inset picture may give you a clue as to why I packed up my stall and left.

Whilst there's no doubt that DA is the 'Jupiter' of the digital and contemporary art solar system, gravitationally sucking up millions of would be and established artists, or that there are very many amazing artists showing their work on the site, it's not generally the kind of art favoured by those that moderate, or the majority of site followers that now make up the audience.

The artists that I respected and downright admired when I joined, all stopped posting in the last six months: In fact they stopped visiting the site altogether; one even posted that they'd lost motivation and said goodbye in a sort of 'art suicide note'.

Take a look at today's, 'What's Hot? screenshot and you may begin to understand what's happening. Manga, Manga, Manga, fan art, monsters and titillation (Manga) and people dressing up as Manga characters. Manga has it's place as does all of this artwork, but it now represents the majority of what gets pushed, day in, day out on this huge site. And Manga is what? A standardised format where artists are essentially trying to invent a better mousetrap - and for creativity that's pretty much a death trap. Much of it in my opinion (what do I know?) is completely banal, 'me too', tripe. And that's not to disparage individual artists, because some of them produce brilliant stuff, even if I am a bit sick of seeing it and having it rammed into my eyeballs.

No, it's more a criticism of the DA moderators who seem to have lost their way and plummeted down the populist rabbit hole, chasing a Manga rabbit. So if you're hoping to get noticed on the 'dark side', you'd better sharpen up your cartooning tools, because for the moment at least you may just find that your erstwhile efforts are lost amongst a horde of increasingly desperate Sonic and Manga wannabes.

And that's why FineArtAmerica stands to make a massive impact. It's called 'balance'.

355mL Profits to Orangutan Outreach

December 15th, 2014

355mL Profits to Orangutan Outreach

This painting was designed for the recent global protest organised against PepsiCo by pressure groups Orangutan Outreach and Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

I will be donating all proceeds from each sale of this painting (in any form) to Orangutan Outreach.

Every day bulldozers drive deeper and deeper in the last stands of rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia. Why? To meet the ever growing demand for Conflict Palm Oil which is used in potato chips, crackers and snack foods made by companies including PepsiCo. This painting parallels the war that companies like PepsiCo have declared on pristine environments and endangered species such as the Orang-utan, with what we now view as totally unacceptable - the unprecedented slaughter of the Great War.

Will we look back in another hundred years and view the actions of companies like PepsiCo as barbarity, as we do the Great War? Will there be any rainforest left by then? Will we even be here; ourselves extinct for a packet of potato chips?

http://redapes.org/pepsi/

If you like Evanescence...

December 14th, 2014

If you like Evanescence...

This new British band outdoes Evanescence at their very best. This link will allow you to stream their debut album, 'Parlour Games'. Check it and be amazed. www.eleanoreandthelost.com/music.htm

Eleanore & the Lost are a symphonic rock band (with a hint of prog) resonating influences from Jeff Buckley, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, Bjork and Evanescence. There are also glimpses of earlier Beatles' songs such as Eleanor Rigby. The song lyrics are beautifully crafted whilst the music has catchy, memorable tunes. The band leader, lead vocalist and songwriter, Eleanore, boasts a four octave range and a voice that is instantly memorable; she is also a consummate performer.

Eleanore & the Lost initially formed to promote Eleanore's debut, the studio album "Parlour Game" and have performed gigs across South East England including Guilfest, the famous Half Moon in Putney, The Boiler Room in Guildford, Babalou in Brixton, the Fairfield Halls in Croydon and at the Windsor Festival, plus Battfest and the Green Gathering in 2013 amongst others. There have also been numerous interviews, airplay and live radio performances (most recently BBC London).

Second album "The Gift" is being released in three parts, the first of which was released in April 2014 as a download (a special edition hard copy of the album will be available once it's completed) and a tour is in planning to promote it.

The band is the inspiration for my painting 'The Calling'.

Music as Art

December 14th, 2014

Music as Art

I like to do more than write about myself in my blog, so occasionally I'll be posting other artist's work that I admire - including new musicians that I think are worth a listen.

This is Hector Mazzotti (Heitor Mazzotti), the new lead guitarist of 'Eat The Rich', whom I saw at his debut gig in the UK a week ago. Nothing can prepare you for this band with this virtuoso now playing lead guitar. Check out his YouTube channel for more mind blowing performances. I should add that he's just the nicest guy as well. Forget what you think he's going to be like - just listen.

You can stream one of his solo albums here (this is a rock/blues electric guitarist, you have been warned!

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Kosmo+Dimensio/9632625 (copy and paste link into your browser)

 

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