And Exhale

…(for those of you that were holding your breaths between posts)….

…been tardy with communicating with the outside world, but I have an excuse or two….

…have been focused on the above…

…have been adjusting to new work hours and getting my head round larger, heavier machinery to operate…

…have been trying to assimilate the fact the my local city council representatives think “consultation” means telling me how it’s gonna be and not answering a single question I have put to them re:- them screwing the resale value of my property by sticking a sewer thru half of it….

…(am supposed to be typing a lengthy letter to “them” instead of blogging!)….

…being asked to come out of retirement from a certain area of my skill base to help someone organise a huge donation to charity….

…being asked to contribute to two (count ’em) compilation comics after god knows how long away from black and white creations….

….but I am still here.

…here’s a wee sneak at what this piece might be heading towards when done…

…bones still need to be re-burned, but I think this should elucidate the matter somewhat….

…and…

…inhale.

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.

Stringing You All Along

…still stalling for time on the big secret project….

…in my defence, I did finish this piece this year….

….mmmm…flycedelic….

…has anyone else noticed how hard it is to light metallic paints for a clear, all encompassing snap shot?…..

…stay tuned for more prevaricating and fart-arseing around in our next episode….

For Months

…I’ve been walking past this piece hanging in the hallway, completed last year, and I was mistakenly under the impression that I’d posted it….

…was scrolling back a bit to remind myself how to blog and realised it wasn’t there…

…so now it is….

…and some stills to reduce the blur….

…all the flies are detailed in acrylic metallic paints…they glisten as you walk by….

….must now cross reference everything in the house with the back-blog to make sure it’s all been shown to you….

…(or could he just be stalling for time to complete that “big-secret-project” he keeps promising us?)….

Cryptic As All Hell

…tantalising as f**k….

…marginal notes to self….

…thought I’d document them before erasing and putting on the finishing touches….

….mmmm…finishing touches…..

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….

Good god Is that The Time

…so busy making stuff I forgot my words…

…and the best I can do for a “triumpant” return is this repurposed touristy trinket from the Maldives….

…(….he didn’t even have the forethought to synchronise it with the actual doomsday clock…pfft…lazy!….)….

…(…and in his somewhat lack-lustre defence he will point out that he did go to the trouble of turning the fish upside down…that took ages…)…

…hey…I’m back.

…(shall not promise more or regular….but will try….)

: P