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…

At The Behest Of Paul Vincent Lawford

…I break my “what?-is-lockdown-over-and-I-was-so-busy-painting-that-I-didn’t-notice” silence and post….

…the last “octopied” piece I completed before disappearing down the rabbit hole that is my current obsession…

…I’m on the final stretch now…

…one more piece to complete…

…cosmetic tidying up to do…

…the overly complex framing to make

…and then I’ll have some “spare” time….

…maybe I’ll do a post or two…

…no rash promises….

: P

p.s…..thank you Paul for reminding me of my obligations to my wordpress community…without you this would be a blank page!….

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….

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)….

Lockdown 15

…finished this last year….

…been saving it for a special occasion…

….like having a fruit eating gathering…

…(cancelled)….

…or international bowl day….

…(doesn’t exist)….

…or wearing it on my head because it’s the middle of the night and i’m bored ….

…..(image unavailable in your zone)….

…or celebrating being just over halfway thru lockdown…

…(mmmm….halfway thru lockdown)….

Lockdown 5

….camera battery charged up again…now I can do what I was going to do yesterday…..

….ladies and gentlemen for solitarily confined edification….

…+oneware 27….

….with soothing sounds of buggered bearings and torrential autumn rain…

….mmmm….ambient…..

Something A Little Deeper Perhaps

….mmmm…kidney shaped bowl….

…(…rediscovered this under the pile of flat trays!…must have a tidy up in the art pile and see what else I haven’t posted….)….