4825. St Werburghs tunnel (320)

Evey, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Evey, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

Ooh, Ahh! This is a stunner from Evey, painted during Bnie’s birthday paint jam, described by Paul H as the paint jam that keeps on delivering, and he is right. I would suggest that this might be Evey’s most ambitious piece to date, and she has carried it off with style and competence.

Evey, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Evey, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

This is an ambitious piece with lovely large letters spelling EVEN, and within the letters a picture of people hanging out under a stretch of arches, in front of a setting sun. A story within a story, if you like. The letters are rounded off with a colourful 3D drop shadow. Big respect to Evey for this one.

4818. St Werburghs tunnel (318)

Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

There are a handful of artists whose work fills me with a little tingle of excitement each time I came across their work, and Pekoe is right up there with the best of them. Her portraits feel like part of the furniture of the Bristol scene, and represent what is so good about the range and diversity of the city’s street art.

Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Pekoe, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

This piece was another RBF contribution to Bnie’s birthday celebrations a week or so back. A three-quarter view portrait with a blue face and ginger hair… what’s not to like about this colourful piece? The downturned mouth makes the woman look a little grumpy perhaps, but there is a friendly sparkle in the eyes. Pekoe has added in some clever shading, both on the face and in the hair, to give the whole portrait depth and texture. This is another fine piece from the wonderful Pekoe.

4812. St Werburghs tunnel (317)

Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

The RBF crew are very popular among other artists in Bristol, and birthdays are often an excuse for a whole group of artists to come together for a paint jam. Recently it was the turn of Bnie to celebrate, and there was a great turnout of artists in St Werburghs tunnel to join in the festivities.

Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Bnie, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

Bnie, certainly pushed the boat out with this design, which incorporates her customary beautiful letters, slightly jazzed up, and with a beautiful five colour horizontal fade across the letters. The letters (as if they weren’t already great) are brought to life under a white zig-zag line across the piece, where the colours appear where the white is, and outside the line, the letters are simply black with white outlines. A complex and beautiful piece of writing. Belated Happy Birthday Bnie.

4809. Coach and Horses

Hazard, Coach and Horses, Bristol, November 2022
Hazard, Coach and Horses, Bristol, November 2022

It is too easy in life to take things for granted, and sometimes we need something to remind us that special places, people and events are happening all around us all the time, if only we woke up and appreciated them. I had such an awakening yesterday, when photographing this Halloween paint jam from the RBF crew on the wall of the Coach and Horses. This spot is easy to drive past, but very difficult to stop and park near, but thankfully I found some obliging double yellow lines that I occupied for five minutes.

Hazard, Coach and Horses, Bristol, November 2022
Hazard, Coach and Horses, Bristol, November 2022

Hazard is a phenomenon. Her work goes from strength to strength and this recent Halloween portrait is absolutely exceptional. The detail, the shading which provides depth, and the expression are flawless. I love this piece and Hazard’s work, and I do not take it for granted, rather I see it as a privilege that I get to see her work on a regular basis. Brilliant.

4712. Spake Evans Park (56)

Evey, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, August 2022
Evey, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, August 2022

Evey has been out and about much more this summer, or at least that is how it feels, and with each outing her work is improving. Her letters are large and obvious, spelling out EVEN, with a focus on the variation of fills.

Evey, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, August 2022
Evey, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, August 2022

This one was painted as part of a collaborative wall and is notable for its horizontal fills of at least six colours. There is something not quite consistent with the drop-shadow on the stars, but that is a small detail, all in all this is a bright, fun piece from Evey.

4705. Elton Street (8)

Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

It was while she was finishing off this piece that I met Bnie for the first time, and I was genuinely very pleased to at last make her acquaintance. I had seen her painting once or twice before, but hadn’t spoken with her. This time I was able to ask her about her work, and during the course of our discussion, she told me that she was the organiser of these boards, hosted on the side of Lost Horizon arts centre, where she also works.

Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Elton Street, Bristol, September 2022

This wonderful piece, sort of sign-writing, is a slight departure for Bnie, but perfectly executed. The patterns surrounding the ‘Know your worth’ writing perhaps give Bnie away a little bit, but if I am honest, If I hadn’t been there (and signed it) when I visited, I’m not certain I would have spotted it as a Bnie piece.

4703. Cumberland Basin

Evey, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022
Evey, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022

It is quite by accident, but wholly appropriate, that I should follow up a piece by Bnie with a piece by Evey. The two artists are part of the RBF crew and often paint alongside one another.

Evey, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022
Evey, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022

I consider this to be Evey’s best piece that I have seen so far. The green palette set on the red background works exceptionally well and makes it difficult not to notice the piece. Large bold letters, filled with a clever array of greens and a thick black 3D border combine well. There are some nice sharp lines, in particular at the base of the first ‘E’ and the white highlight is subtle, but helps to lift the letters. Upwards and onwards… it is great to watch on at the improvement as it happens.

4702. Dean Lane skate park (528)

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

I met Bnie properly for the first time last week, and it was great to be able to put a face to a name, and to get to know a little bit more about her art and her other work. It was a pleasurable experience, and I hope the first of many, which seems likely as she is painting noticeably more often these days.

Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Bnie, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

This piece in Dean Lane from earlier in September, is a classic piece of Bnie writing. Beautifully proportioned letters, six colour slices faded expertly, and her trademark 3D shadow, this time with straight bars, rather than her usual patterning. This is a very nice piece of writing, from an artist who is taking things up a notch.

4699. Dean Lane skate park (526)

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

A really quick one this morning. I have to make an unexpected trip and won’t have much time for blogs. This is a pity, because it feels like an age since I last posted anything by Pekoe.

Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022
Pekoe, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2022

This piece was painted for the annual Dean Lane Hardcore (DLH) event a couple of weeks ago, when skating, music and spray painting come together in a raucous and fun festival. All a bit loud for me, so I decided not to attend. I don’t mind what the reason for getting Pekoe out to paint, I will always welcome her work.

4698. Cumberland Basin

Vozie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022
Vozie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022

This is the first piece I have posted by Vozie, an artist from Cardiff, and inspiration to many female artists in the area. Up until this year I hadn’t really been aware of her work, but since Upfest, I have noticed a few of her pieces about the place.

Vozie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022
Vozie, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, September 2022

Vozie is an extremely good writer, as this piece demonstrates and has all the features you might expect to see from a talented and experienced writer. The whole piece is really tight, with stunningly crisp lines and borders, but it is the design, colour selection and faded fills that ooze class in this piece. I am so pleased to introduce Vozie to the pages of Natural Adventures with an absolute belter.