I Should Be On Stuff

….like t-shirts or skateboards…

…thats what that gallery owner said way back before lockdown….

…took me awhile to realise that nephew Max could be a source for used boards….and when asked at the Xmas brunch table if he had any he immediately left the table for 20 minutes to go find them!….

….and here are the results…

….Cheers Max…

….all boards had the original graphics ground off….stained to look like “real” wood…all skulls “n” bones and graphic edges burnt on with the trusty poker work machine….

…Max decided to go for a ridable option (these three are well thrashed)…and will bring me a fresh board to redecorate….a board we can document the wear and tear on…

….should be interesting….

New Job Starts Today

…it’s a dayshift thing

…so I have spent the last 11 days adjusting to sleeping at night…

…and not really being at all painty or drawy….

…so here’s another lump of the big secret project revealed…

…and the new job?…

…not sure you’d believe me if I told you…

…but…

…I’m gonna be driving a big bucketed loader thing down at the local waste transfer station…

…yup…

…I finally get to work at the dump!….

…better get gone…don’t want to be late on my first day….

Fail By Numbers

….the original idea was to take the 50 year old oil paints left over after I replaced their paint by numbers palette with acrylics and revitalise them with linseed oil as suggested on the box, then smash them with the mallet whilst counting loudly, to create an abstract “piant by numbers” pattern….

….we (me & Spencer) didn’t factor in the robustness of the 70s plastic vials that the paint has been stored in all these years….

…we retired to the living room to listen to vintage Italian film music and talk shit in lieu of being “creative” for the afternoon….

…my dreams of being able to repurpose the evil fluids have been returned to the planning department for adjustment…

Sketchy XVI

…this page….further musings on the “Raise Zealandia” idea and some plans for the library day bed….

…that page…back to the real work at hand….

….mmmm…sketchy….

Ok Ok

…you’re right…it IS time I showed you some of the big secret project….after all I finished it last year…

…only to get bogged down by an over ambitious framing “option” that involved gluing a multitude of pieces of badly cut ply wood into a herringbone pattern….

..then filling in the gaps and cutting the whole shebang in to strips…

….then (the bit that isn’t getting done in the near future)…..(if ever!) shaping/sanding them and bunging them onto the finished art works….

…I haven’t looked at these pieces since January….

…these are the first two in a series of ten….

…they are 46cm by 46cm in their socks…

…ready?….

…right…

…ahem…

…without further ado, I’m proud present part one of the big secret project – revealed….

….(sure you’re ready?)….

…some stills…

…there are 10 pieces in the group…

…three more pairs and two stand alones….

…stay tuned.