Lockdown 3

…the truth is I’m not really locked down…I work for a transport firm…unloading truck & trailer units and rail wagons, late at night, with a fork lift…I’m “essential”…at least while the freight still flows…we’ve already had our hours cut and start times moved as the numbers of truck arrivals are reduced….

…I’d have to admit to being a little disappointed that all the projects that immediately sprang to mind when the lockdown was announced, are now out of reach…especially with the shift in start/finish times meaning that I’ll be arriving home very close to my usual bedtime reducing the amount of daylight hours/Dee not sleeping hours available to me to nil…. so I’m picking that I’ll be sleep maladjusted and more than a little bit grumpy for the duration….(will be painting up a storm and/or complaining blogging in the wee hours to console myself)…..

…yay….

….could be worse…

…while I’m at work my hallway could fall foul to an infestation of musicians and the instruments they rode in on…

…(note – amplifier in middle of hallway is disproportionately larger than attached instrument and plugged into the outlet closest to the log burner)….

…(not a trip hazard at all)….

Lockdown

…day one…

…sheltering in place with good friend Dee ….she makes good pies that go well with a cup of tea or two….

…found this on the table….

….should I be concerned?….

The Squarish Thingy With The Figure On Top

…(cheers for the title Frag’)….

…the squarish thingy with the figure on top is bro’ in-law Steve’s (significant) birthday gift and his “cake” decoration….

…twine wound in two directions around a custom made cardboard box, over a plain brown paper wrapping….glued on all edges and across centre of flat surfaces to frustrate any attempt at cutting….pinned at corners whilst drying to keep edge twine in place….

…hand written instructions added….

…two or so hours to “wrap”….

…some beer may have been involved….

….”brown paper parcels all tied up with string…(er…”twine”)….these are a few of my favourite things” – Mary Poppins….

…but possibly not Steve-o’s….(any more)….

…(note sticking-plaster over twine-cut)….

…at least twenty minutes of family entertainment….

…and the present?…

…800 Twinings Earl Grey teabags….

…(Twinings…twine…get it?)….

…and a giant Belgium biscuit instead of a cake….

…tea…check…biscuit…check…golfing reference….check….

…successful first project from the new work bench.

What Is A Boy To Do

…..that’s it….less than a crate of stock left…three items still to be collected….the large radio station record unit (that’s still in the pictures) has gone to it’s new forever home….

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…the record shop is finally closed….(apart for some tax stuff)…

…now I can have my hallway back….

…and my free time?….

…I’ll be dealing with these….IMG_0449IMG_0450IMG_0451

…75 or so “donor” paintings, just waiting to be “Otcopied”, that have amassed whilst I’ve been busy….

…(has anyone seen my paint brushes?)….

…(and why does there seem to be rather of a lot of wooden items accumulating ’round the house?…are they possibly associated with “Toneware”)….

….(hmmm, I’m going to be busy, aren’t I?).

I Wasn’t Going To Say Anything Until A Few More Pieces Were Finished

…but….

…I had these wooden plates/platters just lying around and time on my hands…

…and…

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…pencil, paint, pokerwork the skull & bones…

…repeat for the patterny bits…

…polyurethane….

…I’m calling it “Toneware”.

Hum 3

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….or “Bali Hai 2” if you will….another that has taken ages to finish….but I’m home with my leg up after twisting my knee at work….the perfect easel….or lap top lap….

…aaand I’ve finished selling the record shop on-line….just a few loose ends to tidy up, a couple or three parcels to send, then I can sort my studio space…..(ooooooo, studio space)…put picture rails in my hall way and get these damn “Octopieds” off the floor & out of storage & hanging!!!….

….soon.

More Humming

…more humming…IMG_5598…more humming….IMG_5599…more humming….IMG_5602…more humming….IMG_5603…more humming….IMG_5605…more humming….IMG_5606…more humming….IMG_5921…more humming….

…art piece found at beginning of Easter holiday…finished whilst on holiday…just figured out I hadn’t shared this one yet….

…more humming.