I wanted to tell you the exciting news that I have been asked to produce a doodle for Epilepsy Action again this year which will be auctioned along with other celebrity doodles on National Doodle Day. When in Rome…do as the Romans do. Celebrity contributors this year include: Tom Hardy, Joanna Lumley, Warwick Davis, Miranda Hart, Harry Hill, Debbie McGee, Danny John Jules (currently in Strictly), Brian May, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Zoe Wanamaker, Alan Titchmarsh, Alison Steadman and James Purefoy amongst a host of others. This year’s doodle is an original oil sketch of the Trevi Fountain, the iconic 18th Century attraction in the centre of Rome. As there are now only TWO original paintings of mine left on the market this is your chance to own one of my originals for a great value price. The waiting list for commissions and House Portraits is now five years long so I won’t be creating new available paintings for quite a while. The size of the painting is A5 and has been produced on an official National Doodle Day Card and signed on the reverse. All the doodles will be auctioned on ebay on a 10 day auction from Friday 21st September and I hope you can spare a few minutes to bid for mine. Throw a coin in to the fountain to bring some good luck for this year’s auction. The auction finishes on Sunday 23rd September 2018 around 5pm.
One of my pieces of work, “May Day Celebrations, Magdalen Bridge, Oxford” (Above) was picked out of hundreds of entries to be included in the exclusive Oxford Art Book which is out now. The most surprising thing was that the editor originally did a Google search for Oxford artists’ images and my image popped up. She then contacted me to see if it was available to be published. The book has already received a lot of initial praise from Miriam Margolyes, Rick Stein, Helen Fielding and Jeremy Paxman, all Oxford locals. My favourite is the quote from journalist John Simpson, “Oxford may well be the most consciously beautiful city in Europe, and I get a daily kick out of wandering round its streets. It’s a brilliant idea to let today’s artists show us the grand sights – and the intimate ones as well”. Copies can be ordered through www.theoxfordartbook.co.uk.
For the past five years Mark has contributed a painting for National Doodle Day which is then auctioned in aid of Epilepsy Action. Alongside Mark’s paintings are other celebrity drawings and pictures from the likes of Miriam Margolyes, Alan Titchmarsh, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lorraine Kelly, Sir Peter Blake, Fay Ripley, Grayson Perry RA, Debbie McGee and Richard Curtis amongst a host of others. This year’s doodle is an original oil sketch of Hallgrimskirkja, the iconic church in the centre of Reykjavik in Iceland.