How are you off for cardboard boxes? We've been collecting them at an alarming rate since lockdown has driven us to buying loads of stuff on line. Our son Peter who seems to alight upon all sorts of weird things on You Tube led us to some mad person building a full size 3d replica of a Ferrari F1 car out of cardboard (that one has had 8 million views!), and another bloke making a working coin operated bubble gum dispenser out of cardboard. Inspiring stuff. So I looked at all our cardboard and decided to start simple, and I had the perfect project.
I'm a big fan of the Cornish artist, the late Alfred Wallis (put him into Google and select Images and you might see why). Dear old Alfred was a simple and humble man. After a working life on fishing boats (many of them sailing boats) he spend his retirement in his little cottage in St Ives painting what he knew, boats, and harbours. Alfred couldn't afford posh oil paints and canvases so he used what he had, tins of old household paint and bits of carboard.
Ah, you say, Neil's going to do a painting on cardboard with leftover boat paint. Oh no I'm not, well not yet anyway. You see I already have a Wallis picture, or rather a super copy made not with paint but with felted wool courtesy of our Peter who is dab had at making objects and pictures from handfuls of wool which he jabs and punches with a barbed needle. He's brilliant at it. for Christmas he made me a computer - a good old Sinclair Spectrum
and for my birthday he made me this fab Wallis copy for which today I have made a frame, most appropriately for a Wallis, from several layers of carboard.
Here below is a picture of the Alfred Wallis original, it's called Two Ships.
Peter didn't do a bad job did he? That's my boy!
My frame is alright as well - cardboard just like it ought to be.