Level 3.4

….I’ve “become” a published author….

..you can “become” a published author to…

https://nullk.github.io/penguin.html

….(cackles maniacally and goes back to “publishing”)….

…(struggling to find a right way up image)….

…(ah – there we go)…..

…last one….

…(less sense?….damn, now that I have the covers and titles I was going to work on the content)…..

…(more maniacal laughter)…..

Level 3.3

….old timey paint by numbers…check….

….octopus….check….

….identifying signature…check….

…my work here is (was) done (last year)…..

…check…. (check)….

…(cheque please)…..

Level 3.2

…remember these?….

…they moved on to be….

…and….

…they eventually became…

….repurposed as a New Zealand Music Month vid’ for Dee’s wonderfully catchy tune, “shit fly”…written to celebrate the delightful cloud of short-lived flying things that hover round the outhouse out at Aramoana….

…a fitting end for nearly 100 brooches presented in a custom built carry case for a pre-xmas market thing that didn’t happen….

…(damn…thought I had a bunch of photos of the production lay out…flies all arranged on trays with the “colour guide” post it notes that I used to ensure that none of the flies have the same colour scheme)…

…er…

…here’s some post video shots…..

…maybe they’ll have another market this coming Xmas….

…if we’re allowed out by then….

Level 3.1

….to celebrate moving from level 4 to level 3 (or level 4 with takeaways as I’ve heard it referred to) I have decided to share the end pages of the new sketchbook that are “obscured” by “template B” in the last post….

…( I also realised that the image doesn’t reveal the true nature of any of the pieces that I’m currently wondering why I started in the first place and that there was absolutely no reason to keep this experiment in alternative uses for “template B” under my hat)….

…(oh yes…there’s more than one of the damn “template B” things)…

…(a lot more)….

Lockdown 33

…that’s right…there’s no lockdown 32…

…spent the weekend (a long one to commemorate Anzac day) revisiting the stressful holiday project….

….still stressful….so no photos….

…as of midnight (3 1/2 hours ago) NZ is on level 3….

…not much change for me except a welcome increase in freight volumes and hopefully a return to my usual hours soon….

…having adjusted my body clock to one routine the temporary shift to finishing after I’ve usually eaten dinner and going to bed an hour after I’ve eaten has sucked….

….(I am getting a bucket load of painting done though)….

….(nothing I’m willing to share in its entirety yet)….

…(only some of said things involve “template b”)….

…(and nothing involves any colours called “melting moments”)…..

Lockdown 31

….before we get into this I must apologise to Chris for my blatant desecration of his wonderful artwork that graces the cover of the Tiny Pieces of 8 Lp, “She Shanties For Frank”…

…hopefully you can forgive me bro’….

…but….

…I couldn’t resist all that empty space….

…and we had a few extra copies of the screen printed cover floating about….

…and I wanted my copy of the Lp (number 13) to be a little more different than the rest with it’s personalised burnt CD of the early mixes….

…and….um….

….and as my cousin Phil is always fond of saying….

…”you know what would look good on that?….a skull and crossbones, that’s what”….

…there…..admission done…


…now to go find some more empty space….

Lockdown 30

…running a bit late today…

…because I’ve been thinking….

…if ALL of the folk that love, support and would vote for the incumbent President of The United States were to take the stated dose…..

…would the world be a better place?

Lockdown 29

…..noooooooooooooooo…..

….I stocked up on a bunch of test pot colours pre-lockdown (ha!…and you were all buying toilet paper!) for a project that proved too noisy and too stinky (burning +oneware is best done sans house mate, the smell of blazing 70s wood finishes does linger a “bit”) and have run out of “melting moments” one coat shy of the next part of the less noisy, less stinky project I switched to…

…was reduced to adding small quantities of water, leaving to soak and shaking the container violently so as to extract a wan near-water-colour consistency fluid to wash over the piece in the vain hope that I could achieve the cover I needed….

…7 coats later….

IT’S ALL GONE….

AND I’M NOT CONVINCED IT LOOKS “MELTING MOMENTS” ENOUGH….

…and while I can (I think) order more on line, I’d feel like I was abandoning my local paint shop to a post-lockdown wasteland with only test-pots to eat….

…first world lockdown problems….

Lockdown 28

…a couple of days ago Dee pointed out, after a particularly gruelling safari in the garden, that bees and butterflies had discovered and were feeding off the fruit bits on the top of the compost heap…

…behaviour I’ve not noted before because I usually discard the household scraps shortly before I mow the lawns…(lawns not happening because- night shift)….

…we’ve tried for the last couple of days to photograph this, but or camera work and the co-operation of bugs was not what you would expect from a well run insect park….

,,,today that was slightly better….

…unfortunately these average efforts might be the end of it due to greatly increased sightings of flies and wasps….

…which is kinda why I was covering up the scraps in the first place….

Lockdown 27

….was burbling on about label makers in the comments section of a recent post when I remembered these… a pre-lockdown find at the local dump-shop….

…bargains at $4 each….

…could use those lovely bulging plastic frames for some form of art skullduggery…..

…then I noticed the over-labelling….

…kiwiana repurposed hand built diorama madness!…

…did they just make two?….

…did they have a little shop at the base of the mountain?….

…here they are out of the frames (carefully) for clarity….

….(and you all KNOW how conflicted I am….shall I peel the labels to see what they housed originally…should I be considering filling them with dioramas of my own?….how many more did the original perpetrator make?…do I have the whole set?….are these valuable examples of pre- mass produced kiwi keepsakes?…..soooo conflicted…did I mention “how many did they make”?)….

…(guess I could hang onto them till after lockdown….if you lean in real close and squint it’s almost like being in the mountains)….