Shows and Dubs and the Bobble Hatter.

Sunday 27th May was my first event at the wonderful Prescott hill climb venue for their Historique meeting.

Lots of special classic vehicles there, classic Bigatti, BRM's and specials racing up the hill against the clock. It was such a beautiful day and we had a great spot at the bottom of the clubhouse steps.

My VW work was very popular, in that I sold both the original Mk1 Golf GTI piece,

and a print of it, which has enthused me to paint more VeeDub art.

I now have both a red Golf Mk2 GTI and a classic split screen camper-van on the easel, but more on those two pieces later.

I also took on three new commissions, with one being for a motorcycle, which will be the first time that I have painted one. I know it's a cliche but this is very exciting to do, as I always want to be pushing the boundaries and scope of my work.

Looking at my calendar of shows for the rest of the year, there are some big events coming up, especially the Goodwood Revival, and the NEC Classic Motor Show, so it will be excellent to have a little more diversity in my work as a whole, and obviously more prints, including Veedub's

It's equally exciting and daunting to be going to these events, but it's all part of the process now, and when I get to the NEC in November, that will be my first anniversary of shows, so it will have a lot to live up to.

Exhibiting at these shows has lead me to discover a new species of car enthusiast, lets call them the bobble hatter.

A rare image of a lone Bobble Hatter, notice the steely gaze as he sizes up his next victim.


Bobble hatters are shy creatures, that normally live on the perimeter of a small group of shall we say less enthused petrol heads, and they usually make their presence know with a pointy finger.

The finger always points at one of your artworks, and it seems to protrude from the small group of the others, but there is always a bobble hatter on the end of it.

The pointy finger is always followed by a painfully direct cry of dissension, something like "That's the wrong radiator for a Series three Land Rover" or "those spotlights are too big for that model of Mercedes". 

Once the cry is over they mostly tend to slink to the back of the group, but sometimes the brave ones will continue their harsh criticism of your work. 

I have had pictures shown to me of the correct radiator, spotlight, vinyl roof, sticker or wheel nut, and I just smile and wave them on their way, usually by pointing at something shiny to grab their attention.

They then usually scurry off at the back of the group looking for their next victim to point fearlessly at.