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Days Of Future Unknown by MikeGould
Days Of Future Unknown
Deliberately improvisational acrylic painting. I started with some basic red/yellow/orange and added other colour as necessary. The title and content probably fit my state of mind at the moment. My job is subject to a restructure and I am erring on the side of taking redundancy, looking for some alternative work and concentrating on my painting at the same time. In some ways I feel more relaxed than I have for a while. In others it is daunting as I am surrendering the safety net. However, sometimes you have to take a risk to be happy and I do have support from my family. I suppose the painting reflects both relief and aprehension.        
Our local Robin by MikeGould
Our local Robin
We have a Robin whose territory covers our garden. It is very comfortable with people and comes very close - except when you want to take a photograph. This is my best shot so far, a little bit of camera shake, but I'll keep trying. 
Rage by MikeGould
We all suffer from rage to lesser of greater extents. It can be both destructive and liberating. Coincidently my soundtrack to this was Citadel by Ne Obliscaris. Both painting and music contain elements of rage and violence punctuated by passages of calm. It felt good to get this off my chest and better on paper than on people. Don't deny your rage  - express it.  It doesn't solve the problem but it is liberating. 
Contrary by MikeGould
I didn't know where this one was going when I started. My soundtrack was the new Roisin Murphy album Hairless Toys. I decided to use mainly green with touches of yellow, white and red as highlights. I just squirted the acrylic on the paper, used the brush to get a colour effect I liked and then scraped some of the paint away with a piece of card. The fish like creatures just appeared. It was strange that one of them appeared to be going in the opposite direction which suited my mood which was generally counter to the rest of the world.    
Happy 150th by MikeGould
Happy 150th
I thought I should do something to mark the  150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland. Not as wonderful as I would have liked it, but it is roughly the alternative image I wanted to convey. Tradition is for museums, art needs to live.   
It was with sadness that today I heard that Terry Pratchett had died. I was not only a fan but knew him for a period of my life when I was involved in running science fiction conventions and he was a guest at one we ran locally. Quite often you find that people whose work you admire do not live up to expectations, but the great thing about Terry was that there was no pretense - he was a great people person, had no airs and graces and always treated his audience with respect. He was funny and entertaining and contributed rather than took over. His early discworld novels very much satirised the SF and fantasy genre, but he developed into a great satirist, making fun of the foibles of everything from business to football to the internet, but with affection rather than antagonism. He transended the genre and achieved a well deserved success which few in the SF & fantasy circle achieved. He will be sorely missed by his fans as well as his friends and family, but his legacy will keep going because it deals with great characters and stories and universal truths. If you haven't read his work go out and do so.        


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Mike Gould
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
I was born in London and now live in Peterborough near Cambridge with my wife and son. I did my degree in graphic design but have ended up working as a business analyst. I have painted on and off for years but have really got to grips with developing my work in the last 5 years. I paint as I feel at the time and the style of the painting suits the mood. I don' tend to stick to one style for very long - my painting is as ecclectic as my music listening,

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Trekkicat Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I thank you very much for your comment. It means alot to me, to know that someone actually likes what I do. Huggle! 
marcelflisiuk Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the favorite!
nickalive Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fav
guhgel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you so much for the fave and your comment.w00t! 
glitterfishfairydust Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for watching and appreciating my art! You have a really cool gallery!

Going under by glitterfishfairydust  
HeartySpades Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for kind comments! I really appreciated it.  I also would like to thank you for adding my works to your favs and +watching me :)
MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Mike for the kind words you left into my profile!
Very apreiciate!

Méli :heart:
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Birthday cake  icon  Happy Birthday, Mike!!!!!!  Have a wonderful day and ENJOY!!!!!!!
MikeGould Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Carol. Luckily this year it falls on a Saturday so I am able to work on a painting and we have some friends round tomorrow. Time to chill I think. 
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like the perfect day :D
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