Today’s Art (13th February 2018)

Well, today’s digitally-edited painting is a painting (from memory and reference photos) of a room that I stayed in during one of the best times in my life (and which I get nostalgic about every now and then). I can’t remember the last time I painted this room, but it might have been in this painting from 2016.

As usual, this painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“And Memory Once More” By C. A. Brown

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4 comments on “Today’s Art (13th February 2018)

  1. Matthew Smith says:

    I completely agree with you that Virtual XI is an extremely underrated album. Lightning Strikes Twice always has been one of my favourite songs. Also spot on about Futureal (possibly one of the worst songs after Hooks in You on No Prayer for the Dying) and Angel and the Gambler being the outliers, almost like a poor warm up act before the anticipated headliner. The rest are all melancholic nectar. The only thing that’s not so brilliant is the cover, and the title – its a football reference, didn’t think you were into that sort of thing.

    And it was fine that Bruce left for a while. If he hadn’t, his solo career would never have developed through its various iterations, and in particular we wouldn’t have Accident of Birth – the best song (and album) that Iron Maiden never made.

    • pekoeblaze says:

      Glad to hear that someone recognises how good this album is 🙂 Likewise with “Lightning Strikes Twice” too. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to consider “Futureal” to be one of Maiden’s worst songs though (it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the album, but it’s still a reasonably ok song on it’s own merits.)

      As for the cover art, although it would probably be better without the football references, the rest of the cover art looks pretty dramatic. Plus, there’s a certain element of cheesy late 1990s-style “so bad that it’s good” that comes from the football-related elements apparently being added to the cover art at the last minute. Then again, given how good the album is, they could have used a plain cover and I’d probably still think of it favourably LOL!!!

      Good point, plus we wouldn’t have got two wonderfully gloomy Blaze Bayley albums either 🙂 Accident of Birth is a brilliant album, although my favourite one of Bruce’s solo songs is probably “Chemical Wedding”.

      • Matthew Smith says:

        Chemical Wedding is brilliant, I also think Tyranny of Souls deserves an honourable mention. His older three albums confuse me however. Tears of the Dragon is nice, but as he says in his own autobiography he was confused as to his own artistic direction at the time anyway. Apparently there’s a new one on the way.

        Your art is most magnificent. I have followed it for some years and it really has developed over the years. Are you doing it professionally?

      • pekoeblaze says:

        Surprisingly, I haven’t really heard a huge amount of Bruce’s solo stuff (mostly just the “Accident Of Birth” album [which I really must dust off and listen to again sometime] and the “Scream For Me Brazil” live album, which include Chemical Wedding, Tears Of The Dragon, a few songs from “Accident Of Birth” etc..) but, yeah, from what I’ve read online about his older albums, they seem a little bit strange. I didn’t realise that he was making a new album – but, then again, wasn’t one of the songs on “The Book Of Souls” originally meant to be a solo song rather than an Iron Maiden one?

        Thanks :)Yeah, I’m surprised how much it has developed too (usually, I don’t even notice this until I look at my older art LOL!). At the moment, it’s more of an amateur thing though.

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