Over the years, Joy has taught in schools, participated in Open Studios and has staged regular group and solo exhibitions.
Always keen to learn new skills, Joy has also explored Fine Art Textiles, Stained Glass and Photography – and she’s particularly interested in the way that a variety of disciplines can inform any given project.
This approach has been invaluable in collaborative work with her partner, Peter Ballam, where, together, they have designed and made costumes, stage props and shared a wealth of artistic and musical creative ideas.
THE ALBUM COVER
Peter had designed a fabulous visual mock-up for his new album, which was, originally, going to be called ‘Ancient Origins’. But, as the album was being re-recorded and mastered in 2016, this idea was completely abandoned.
Peter had encountered ‘ The Excavator’ – an extraordinary steam-punk inspired traction-engine sculpture created by Joe Gray at Shiver-Me-Timbers. This had now become the primary inspiration for the album cover.
So, having established Joe’s approval and indulging in a fun photo-shoot, Joy Brittain set about using the imagery for the album cover.
The design was sketched out onto a 32”x 32” canvas, starting with a ‘grisaille’ tonal underpainting. Subsequent transparent layers of pigment were used to build up to the final image. A high resolution scan was taken of the finished oil painting and the lettering was added, later on, digitally.