3648. Greenbank (7)

Set on the backdrop of a dramatic and moody sky is this lovely piece of graffiti writing from Bnie was painted a few weeks back during an RBF paint-in. Bnie is a writer whose work I really admire, it has a freshness and simplicity that works for me. That is not to say it is simple, far from it, more that it comes across cleanly and is easy to enjoy.

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021

The colour combinations in the letters contrast nicely with the patterned 3D shadows, and the ‘tie-dye’ effect of purples and whites is quite magnificent – more of that please! There is only one thing that I’m not too fond of, and that is the chocolate brown decoration on the perimeter – it is not my favourite street art colour. All in all another blinder.

3637. Cumberland Basin

Ordinarily this artist would need no introduction, but that is especially the case right now, as hardly a week passes without Pekoe appearing on the pages of Natural Adventures. This wonderful portrait in purples and greens was part of a large paint jam in Cumberland Basin, and the themed colours ran from piece to piece.

Pekoe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2021
Pekoe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, April 2021

This is a wonderful piece from Pekoe and incorporates a new feature that she is incorporating, namely the dotted circle on the cheek with the tear in it. I have only recently noticed this embellishment, and think I rather like it. It’ll be interesting to see whether it becomes a mainstream part of her work. This is a fabulous portrait as always, and she even has a Kid Crayon party hat.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

3615. Dean Lane skate park (406)

More fabulous Pekoe work… this artist has been going paint crazy over the last few weeks and keeps turning out beautiful portraits. Painting this one would have involved climbing over an iron railing (rather her than me) to access this swimming pool wall.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

This face-on portrait in blue with bright yellow hair certainly grabs attention. The subjects cheeks are emphasised with circles in which sit Pekoe’s trademark tears. I feel sad when I see the tears as it makes me think that the artist herself is sad and expresses her sadness in this way. Of course, it might simply be a thing that has no deeper meaning at all. This is another fine Pekoe portrait, yet another one in a superb series.

3612. M32 roundabout J3 (306)

Bnie has been painting quite a lot with her RBF crew recently and it is always great to see her nicely balanced letters and fills, and beautifully decorated 3D shadows that are a trademark feature of her work.

Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Bnie, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

I don’t know if this wall was painted for a special occasion or whether it was part of a general paint jam, but there was a great turnout of artists and some fine work laid down. For me, this one from Bnie might just have been the pick of the bunch, it feels like her work is improving each time I see something new from her. The time for a gallery must be fast-approaching. I am really enjoying the incorporation of a mouth in the ‘B’.

3610. M32 roundabout J3 (305)

The incredibly busy and talented Pekoe painted this piece a short while ago along with several of her RBF friends on a section of wall that was long overdue for a refresh. The wall at this particular point is in a narrow stretch of cycle path and very difficult to photograph without being totally over-faced by it.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

Pekoe has been producing so many top drawer pieces of late and this is another one to add to her catalogue, although there is something about it that I am a little uncomfortable with, I’m not sure what, but I think it could be the mouth. The feature image gives you an insight into the length of this wall, and the size of the collaborative paint session (all the yellow-background pieces). Still more to come from Pekoe’s purple patch.

3604. Greenbank (04)

Greenbank is the most wonderful temporary graffiti/street art spot. It is a very long hoarding, perhaps 100m, which separates the Bristol to Bath cycle track from a large new development. I guess the hoarding will be here for a few more months and then this great art asset will disappear and we’ll all have to look for somewhere else. This is the way.

Pekoe, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021
Pekoe, Greenbank, Bristol, April 2021

Pekoe has been on fire over the last year and she is turning out some truly magnificent pieces. This ‘kill the bill’ portrait is in magnificent purple and yellows (which I recollect from school are opposite colours) and with her white beanie, it really hits the mark. This is beautifully finished and it looks like she took her time to add in some details in the face and hair. Another triumph from the very busy Pekoe.

3598. M32 roundabout J3 (301)

I haven’t posted many pieces by Evey, mainly because I haven’t actually seen all that many. She tends to paint with other Resting Bitch Face (RBF) crew members, including Pekoe and Bnie, which was the case on this wall.

Evey, M32 roudabout, Bristol, March 2021
Evey, M32 roudabout, Bristol, March 2021

What I particularly like about Evey’s work is its simplicity and femininity (without being girly, if that makes sense). Her letters are nice and organic, but it is her fills, which are so often full of happiness, that show off her creativity. Although her work is still developing, there is something about it that I find incredibly attractive.

3587. Greenbank (2)

I realise that although I have photographed quite a lot of pieces by Bnie over the years I haven’t posted all that many on Natural Adventures. In fact that could be said of a great many artists. There are only a handful of artists that I will post everything I have, and they are, in no particular order; Laic217, Inkie, Kid Crayon, Sled One and 3Dom… in fact there are others, but I just can’t remember them right now. I suppose that this places a kind of ranking in my own mind, but I don’t think that is necessarily the case.

Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, Bristol, March 2021

This is a super piece of writing from Bnie with a really nice colour selection and 3D shadow shading. I like the way she has incorporated a little smile into the letter ‘B’ which is like a mash-up between Ryder and DFC1848. The way the colour shading works and the white accents work well together to give the whole piece a bit of a 3D lift. Note to self – post more Bnie work.

3559. Dean Lane skate park (401)

I was fortunate enough to catch up with Pekoe as she was painting this pink face in Dean Lane a couple of weeks back. This was one of several portraits she painted over the space of a few days and which left her skint… spray paint is not cheap.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2021
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2021

It was interesting watching her work on this portrait, and her ‘trial and error’ approach to some elements of it. She was working on the nose and nostrils when I took this picture. Seeing the piece in draft like this, gives you a feel for how important the finishing is in street art and just how much work goes into these works.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2021
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2021

I have always liked Pekoe’s work, from the very first piece I saw… there is a kind of authenticity and honesty about it and it is calmly unpretentious. Finding each new piece brings me a little moment of joy.

3555. M32 roundabout J3 (289)

A weekend or two back Pekoe had a pulse of painting activity that would make your eyes water. It seemed that she has left one of her beautiful portraits at every spot in town. This one, alongside some graffiti writing from Mena was at the M32 roundabout.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

I love the way that Pekoe has used the space to turn her usual portrait orientation into a landscape one by trailing the woman’s hair off to the right. I also love the colour selections, which although not my favourite colours seem to work so incredibly well in this instance. The spot on the eyes and lips lift these features and the shading around the face add real depth to the piece. I absolutely love this one. Bravo!