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Where Was I

…oh, that’s right…7 years ago I was just arriving back from the UK with a sketch book full of story ideas that I thought I should commit to paper…

…when, suddenly, I was distracted by a whole bunch of other ideas that just had to be drawn first….

…and then….

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…the original from 2009….

https://boredinarecordshop.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/attenborough-i-aint/

….and now for the rest of the story….

(in weekly instalments  of course).

So I Saw This In A Book Review

…the book is called “As Above, So Below: Art Of American Fraternal Society 1850-1930…

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…it is beautiful…with a foreword by David Byrne….

…I need to buy this book so that I could look at the image above EVERY day…

…sad face – no funds….

…but I could try to make one, right?…

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…primitive early attempts…IMG_8558IMG_8559IMG_8560…old mirror frame that’s been lying around half re-furb’ed for years….IMG_8637…tissue paper “template for bones…IMG_8557IMG_8636IMG_8638IMG_8639IMG_8649IMG_8650

…the advent of the electric knife (early skulls carved with box cutter blades) made life easier, messier, but easier….IMG_8783IMG_8816…under painting…poster paint + PVA glue…IMG_8834

…tissue paper layer…IMG_8835IMG_8837

…tissue paper/coloured PVA layer…IMG_9062IMG_8958

…linseed oil on frame…IMG_9066…final tissue layer & hung….IMG_9067IMG_9068

….right.

….( I didn’t seek permission to use the image of the original that inspired me…but would hope that every one that can afford a copy of the book will buy one to make me jealous)….

…(and this is why there haven’t been any “octopied” paintings of late….more soon as I’ve had a spate of sales and need to re-stock!!!)….

…(but I’d rather be making more skull&bones now that I’ve discovered I can work in 3d!!).

Employee Of The Month

…my good friend Dee… …for looking extra-piratey instore… IMG_4897     ….the gold teeth?…an after thought.

…(employee catch phrase of the month : “where’s my hat”).

Mail Call

…ooo a letter…that isn’t a bill!!…IMG_3455

 

…it’s from faarrr away…

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…hey, I recognise that hand-enhanced address….

 

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…coud it be?….

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…a belated xmas greeting from Pamo & Jeff?….

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….yay! It is!…thank you Pamo & Jeff…

 

 

 

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…(and a quick pic next to the logo so I can prove I didn’t just steal the images off the internet)…

 

…(and for anyone not already aware of Pamo’s fine blog…and Jeff’s impromptu stand-up performances, head on over to….

 

http://pamoart.com/2015/01/05/my-diet-coke-addiction/

 

…tell ’em I sent you).

Oh Crap Is That The Date

…it’s the 21st of December and I haven’t yet posted pictures of this years Xmas album display…IMG_3314 IMG_3315 IMG_3316 IMG_3317

 

…it was my good friend Dee’s only “chore” when she gave me the afternoon off…and she did a damn fine job….

…this years Xmas record sales have equaled last years (3) and with a half promise on another, we may, for the fourth year running, be about to experience continued growing returns from this emerging market…

…speaking of “damn”… the figures for my nativity scene haven’t been as popular as I thought they would be…maybe I should stop referring to them as Xmas desecrations rather than Xmas decorations….

…(no photo of them as a group, sorry, but unlike the very well behaved cows and sheep, the my ass wouldn’t stay still for the shot)….

..(badum tisss)…

 

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…and finally…a framed, needle point piccy from 1958, of a little dog I got from the dump as an Xmas pressies for myself….

 

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…(yes, I have since taken the time to clean the seagull poo off of it)….

…jingle bells.