Saturday, 17 January 2015

A Portrait of Russell

Russell Platanus Acerifolia is born!

'Russell Square London Plane Tree' (Platanus acerifolia)
Watercolour, 56cm x 76cm, Jessica Rosemary Shepherd 

Date of conception: 22 December 2014 at 14:54 hours

Birth: 17 January 2015 at 12:00 hours

Birth sign: Capricorn

Sex: Male

Hours of labour: 160 hours

Number of cups of tea drunk: 110

Number of painting blocks: 4

Number of times I lost my nerve: 10

Hours of walking in the campo: 30

Total number of days off: 3 

Top 5 albums played:

Philip Glass: Metamorphosis & Violin Concerto 
You just can't seem to stop painting when this music is playing - great for blocks. Recommend.

Current 93: Thunder Perfect Mind
Pure escapism, pretty dramatic lyrics that are good when darkening the layers

Ennio Morricone: The Best Of
The Spaghetti Western tracks are great for overcoming blocks and fear. I especially like 'The Ecstasy of Gold' as it makes me feel like I can achieve ANYTHING.

Yann Tiersen: Amelie Soundtrack
I played this towards the end - it was like a celebration

Other albums played:

Bowie and Ennio meet Glass: Heros Low Symphonies
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis, Violin Concerto, Koyaanisqatsi
Calexico: Feast of Wire
Pink Floyd: Atom  Heart Mother, Meddle Trance Mix, More
Jack White: Lazaretto
The Black Keys: El Camino
Leonard Cohen: The Essential Leonard Cohen
Simon and Garfunkel: The Best of Simon and Garfunkel
Nick Drake: Way to Blue
Jose Gonzalez: Veneer
Gravenhurst: Flashlight Seasons
Current 93: Thunder Perfect Mind
Cerys Matthews: Explorer
Death in Vegas: Dead Elvis, Scorpio Rising, Trans-love Energies 
Enya: Paint the Sky with Stars
Ennio Morricone: The Best Of
Ennio Morricone: The Mission
Wolfgang Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
BBC Radio 6 - Mark Radcliffe and Maconie - sometimes you just need a laugh
BBC Radio 6 - Nemone's Electric Lady Land
Pink Floyd: Atom  Heart Mother, Meddle Trance Mix, More
Yann Tiersen: Amelie Soundtrack
Satie: Piano works
Guns and Roses: Guns Greatest Hits - I play 'Welcome to the Jungle' a lot when I loose my nerve
The Rolling Stones: Forty Licks
Bob Dylan: The Ultimate Collection
Bob Marley: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold as Love
The XX: XX
First Aid Kit: The lions Roar
Fleetfoxes: Fleetfoxes
The Doves: The Last Broadcast
Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Dr Alimanado: Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Rutts DC vs. Mad Professor: Rhythm Collision Dub
Unitone Hifi: Wickedness Increased
Chopin: the Best of Chopin
Enya: Paint the Sky with Stars
Patti Smith: Banga
Joy division: Permanent
Madonna: Music
The Very Best of Euphoria - I often have to play the trance late at night to keep me going
Sash and Digweed: Communicate, The Northern Expeditions - ditto
Helix: Abyssus Abyssum Invocat - ditto


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Shevaun! It's really weird as I have just logged onto my mum's laptop and it looks really yellow on her screen, but in reality it is much bluer. Glad you like it.

  2. Wow Jess.
    I hope they give you a big bonus for this one. I'm sure all your fellow artists would agree you've landed on the professional scene. Its a conundrum to me, but evidence of your skill that a 'water colour', can capture the reflections, texture and waxy nature of the cuticle.

    Back to teaching emulsions !!

    1. Thanks Chris for your kind words. Just got to take Russell to the UK now and deliver him safely to his new owner. Slightly worried about this bit. I was going to get a courier, but tickets were on sale with Monarch Air and I was hooked in so to speak. Anyway, really glad you like it. This picture wasn't taken at the end oddly enough, so the finished painting is a little different. Rather like the mystery.