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….

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….

Pre-loading Projects Pre-Holiday

…it all starts in that damn sketch book…

…just one obsessive scrawl in the corner of a page….casually re-imagining that skull and crossbones design thing you’ve been chasing around…(and around….and around)….

…and then….you add another idea involving bits of scrap ply you still haven’t re-cycled since closing the record shop…..(just below ANOTHER octopus)….

….head back to the flies to flesh them out and make them more patterny….

….realise that they could be a good “venue” for those marvellous acrylic metallic, paints they sell in handy test pots at a local paint shop (…er…national chain of paint shops…big ups the Resenes folk)…

…get said acrylic metallic paints…

…get serious with the acrylic metallic paints….and the afore mentioned skull and crossbones design thing….

…suddenly wish you hadn’t done that in your sketch book instead of maybe committing it to some form of less pagey media….

….console self by going out and collecting a-lot of metallic test pots to further experiment with colour combo’s…..

…film the whole damn matter so as to get the glitter affect through to the slightly confused….(“what is he going on about these acrylic metallic paints for, looks like flat colours to me”)….

….prepare for “relaxing” holiday in Kokonga….painting metallic flys on all manner of things, 24hrs a day or until made to stop….

…see you all in a week or so with (hopefully) some results….

…(some areas of sketchbook pages blurred to protect other ideas and aid concentration on the idea at hand)….

…(thank you…you’re welcome)….

: P

Sorry I’m Late But I Have An Excuse

…been trying to get to this all day….

Scan 7

…but some a-hole threw a sanitary waste bin thru the shop’s front window last night…plus the hoards are in town for the ‘Sabbath concert…busy cleaning up/talking shit allllll day….wish a dollop of jam had been available…photo’s tomorrow…if I’ve stopped swearing about it….grrrr.

Some Content May Move Your Lunch

…I have a huge collection of post-it note “back in 5 minutes” excuses attached to the back of the shop door…. at some point I’ll photograph them and share them with the world at large……but this one needed to be documented and removed before it attracted flies.IMG_7258IMG_7260IMG_7262

…mmmm….flies.

21 Years Behind The Brush

…ooo…this is the first page I did with a brush…Scan 781

…actually it’s got some pen work in it as well, but my confidence that the brush was a good idea took a couple of years to “take”…

…can’t remember the context for the idea…

…or which publication it appeared in…

….(possibly a capping mag’)….