4185. Cumberland Basin

This lovely piece from Desi is another from the RBF paint jam a little while back and continues the bright and optimistic colour scheme adopted for the whole wall. I would love to watch an RBF paint jam, but alas, my working routine means I am restricted to lunchtimes and weekends (during which I have a whole ton of family commitments).

Desi, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2022
Desi, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2022

Desi is an artist who has only been painting for a year or two, and with every piece her ideas and skills improve. It won’t be too long before she is giving some of the more established female writers a run for their money. The pastel shades used have a touch of ‘love hearts’ about them and this is a nice sugar-coated piece. I like the introduction of the blue triangles, adding interest to the fills.

4180. M32 Cycle path (155)

Oof! I am absolutely loving these script writing pieces that Mena painted in the late autumn, and the departure from her customary blocky letters is inspired. It is so good when writers experiment with new styles, and this is a winning formula in my opinion.

Mena, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
Mena, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021

Painted alongside fellow RBF artists, this is a real stunner. Looking like a neon sign, the clever horizontal fills are really effective. Also the sharp lines are so skilfully done. All in all a really classy piece.

4174. Cumberland Basin

Painted as part of a recent paint jam from the RBF crew (Resting Bitch Face) is this magnificent portrait piece by Pekoe, who seems to be the beating heart of the crew. The whole wall is a cheerful and bright delight and I’ll be posting other pieces in due course.

Pekoe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2022
Pekoe, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, January 2022

The colour scheme is really fresh and up-beat, creating a positive vibe. As always with a Pekoe piece, the facial expression and big hair feature strongly. I’m not too sure about the hunched shoulders and short neck, but otherwise another beauty from Pekoe.

4168. Dean Lane skate park (451)

Ok, ok, so Christmas was a little time ago now, but I am still so far behind with my posts that this delightful Christmas message from Pekoe in Dean Lane is coming to you a little later than I would have liked. The sentiment is still well-meant though and beautifully delivered.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2021
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2021

I didn’t see nearly as many Christmas pieces this year as I would have expected, so this was a sight for sore eyes. The portrait almost has a comic book look to it, especially with the speech bubble, and the dark colours used for the features add to that school of art. Something almost ‘Lictensteiny’ about it. The three TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) at the end of the Christmas message relate to three of the places Pekoe loves to paint. This piece was the cherry on the top of a very nice Christmas break.

4098. M32 Cycle path (149)

Regulars will know that I really like Bnie’s work. She fits into a school of writers whose letters are not cryptic… what you see is what you get, and the magic is created in the colour schemes and in the fills and patterns. Some, for example Mena in yesterday’s post, try something a little different from time to time, but it is in perfecting what you enjoy that shines through the most.

Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021
Bnie, M32 Cycl path, Bristol, November 2021

This newish piece on the cycle path, part of an RBF paint jam, does incorporate some slightly new letter shapes and the horizontal fade from purple through to green in four shades is beautifully worked, but it is her distinctive patterned (in red and black this time) 3D depth that is truly masterful. Great piece.

4097. Sparke Evans Park (21)

There is something very enjoyable when an artist adds to their repertoire with something quite different. Mena is a writer who up until recently worked with uniform soft blocky letters, but recently she has gone on a spate of beautiful script writing, which has taken her work to a new level in my opinion.

Mena, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021
Mena, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021

This piece in Sparke Evans Park is an absolute belter. The script is beautifully designed and the horizontal blend of colours in the fill are masterfully done. A really lovely piece and a great new direction for the artist.

4088. Greenbank (18)

Somehow, this piece got left behind in my ‘conveyor belt’ publication system of new pieces on Natural Adventures. I spotted the error and have corrected it. Bnie is one of the most consistent writers around. Her uniform and recognisable letters are always beautifully turned out, and her 3D shading designs part of her USP.

Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021
Bnie, Greenbank, September, 2021

This piece, on the long Greenbank hoarding, is a joyful and colourful work. The bold letters and individual colours are perfectly set off with white highlights that give the letters a little bit of a lift. This is a tight and accomplished piece of writing.

4071. M32 Cycle path (147)

I cannot help but absolutely love this recent portrait piece from Pekoe, for lots of reasons. Of course, I am a big fan of her work in any case, but the wonderfully stylish haircut absolutely does it for me, and it is a major departure for Pekoe whose portraits normally have big and sometimes disorganised hairstyles.

Pekoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021
Pekoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2021

Pekoe has been doing a lot of full front or three-quarter face portraits, and the difference here is that she has gone for a profile, and I think it works really well. I like it all – the grey face and pink cheek, the blue hair and lips and the yellow border. This one is definitely a keeper.

4025. Brunel Way (128)

I am a little annoyed with myself, because I was actually very close to Pekoe while she was painting this piece, but was having a long conversation with Tack Jucker at the time. When, finally, I walked under the bridge to see who was painting, I saw that it was Pekoe, but she had gone, and I missed her by minutes. Such a pity as it is a while since I last spoke with her.

Pekoe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021
Pekoe, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2021

Notwithstanding my irritation, the piece she painted is a good ‘un. A classic Pekoe portrait in a vibrant red with decorated big white hair. The tears are there, which always makes me a little sad, because it projects a sadness in the character, and maybe in the artist too. Great to see another piece from this prolific Bristol portrait painter.

4017. M32 roundabout J3 (354)

This is a very appealing colour selection for this fiery Pekoe piece on the M32 roundabout. Another interesting feature is that Pekoe has given us more than just a portrait, which is the norm with her work, and we have the top halfI  of the character.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout ,Bristol, October 2021
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021

I think that this might be an early Halloween piece, or it is simply a cheeky devil, either way it is nice to see, and I love the little winged orange emoji-type thing. Brace yourself for a season of Halloween pieces, which seem to be getting more and more popular every year.