This time last year I posted a “Happy New Decade” cheery post, full of the joys of the coming year, blah, blah.
Won’t be doing THAT again.
Hope you have all survived this past year. And that’s not a blase hope -you -are -well -kind of throwaway comment – I really do hope you have all got through this relatively unscathed.
For me, well….. I guess I’m here dusting off the cobwebs of this blog to start again with blogging after disappearing off the face of the earth. Taking each day as it comes really. I do have some tentative goals to begin with, but if this year has taught me anything at all, its definitely go with the flow, because the flow can change at a moments notice!
So yes, 2021…..lets see what that brings eh?
Hello, Happy New Year! Its 2020 and for some reason, I get more excited about New Year than I do about Christmas.
So….do we still do goals? Hmm, lemme see. Not sure about doing a 2019 review that’s for sure. Not much to say on that to be honest – yeah I finally got a job, but its retail hell-on-earth, so I guess my first goal for this year would be to extract myself from that, and get myself into another type of job.
Another goal, would be time management, ha!
The thing with me is working 12 hours every other day needs a day or two of recovery time, and by then, its back to work. So……until I acquire another job, I’m going to have to re-jig my schedule to fit in some creativity.
(Can you tell I have had some time off? This post is peppered with sketches, haha!)
So yes, first things first, time management and find a new job. Do you have any goals to aim for this year? Lemme know – we can hold each other accountable, hehe! 🙂
I’m sitting here in my little kitchen, with a mug of tea, wondering how I’m going to spend my day off today. I think about getting creative, making art, and planning on how to finish a project I started 3 weeks ago.
Scrolling through the news, I came across this:
Its a banana stuck to a wall.
This work of art (by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan) sold for $120k dontchya know. AND you have to change the banana every so often!
Well now, clearly I have been doing this art thing ALL wrong….pity I ate my banana for breakfast, pfft!
Link to sky news article : The world has gone bananas
Ok so I’m hopeless at blogging, heh! So caught up in work. My days start early and finish late, and are filled with a myriad of people buying a myriad of odd things. (In one shop we had a sale….buy two, get one free. A woman bought three packs of socks, saying she would only use two packs, but another free pack was better as a spare. I suggested she use it as a “stocking filler for Christmas……” She didn’t get it, ah well)
Took this shot as I walked to the train station one foggy morning.
Been playing with incredibox which is a music maker in which you have funny little guys make music and singing lyrics by picking different clothes. Weird, but then all weird things amuse me! (One of the lyric lines is “When an elephant bats it back, c’mon yeah, ya gotta get up”)
Marvelling at the recent frost affecting nature – this spiders web is amazing!
I may also be buying a 5ft tall stuffed plushie monkey. It weighs a ton, is as tall as I am and will take up a train seat all of its own. Should I actually buy this monstrous thing, (it was stuck in the basement of a shop I work in….it needs rehomed!) I will have to literally carry it down one of Glasgow’s busiest city streets, amongst Christmas shoppers, because I don’t drive y’see. Now that’ll be a feat worthy of documenting, heh!
So I found this little storybook called “The story of Little Black Bobtail” in one of the shops I work in. I bought it for a £1 because it was going in the bin.
“We can’t sell books like THIS!!!!” exclaimed the manager in horror…..
but boy its old, and that’s why I love it so much.
I opened the first page and look at the date
1909! (Its written in pencil, haha….you wouldn’t get pencil writing lasting that long now)
Anyway the spine has come away from the book and there is no information on who wrote it, so I looked it up. It was written by a Helen Bannerman (who incidentally was Scottish!), and she wrote books like “Little Black Sambo”. Mainly because her husband was an officer in the Indian Medical Service, so Indian and Tamil children were her source of inspiration, naturally.
Look at the adorable illustrations! I don’t know if she drew them herself, but they have such a quaint naivety about them. I love them!
The story is rather dramatic isn’t it?!
The pages are yellowing and aged damaged. Crumbling away from the spine. Interestingly enough, the overleaf of the illustrated pages are left blank, so throughout the book, there are lots of spaces (I thought at first it meant missing pages, but no…its meant to be like that) I did wonder if I should remove the pages and frame them, but I won’t. I do love the book as it is in its raw form.
I hope “Annie” whoever she was, enjoyed it too!
Well well well…..who would have thought it. An email came through congratulating me on my 4 years blogging. REALLY???? Gosh…..
This is the first doodle I posted here way back in 2015. I think the post was about making a doorstop for someone (a doorstop, I know….who does that?? Me, clearly…..) I don’t know why I posted the sad monster doodle….I’m generally quite cheerful when I’m creating! But yes…4 years give or take a few gaps when life interrupted the flow of things. When I started, I didn’t think I would last half as long. I have met so many wonderful people on here, and I thank you all for wandering along with me online. To new followers, welcome! I hope you enjoy the odd musings that pop up here from time to time. 🙂
Just to show you what I’m doodling…..first the blobs and splashes on the page
Then the “transformative doodle” thingy
Oh these simple things do amuse, don’t they?! 😀
So I made this little art book, just for out and about travelling to work and things.
I made it with strips of long paper all folded together…..lemme show you
I splattered a huge sheet of recycled drawing paper with watercolour paint….Jackson Pollock style. (That cup of orangey liquid, is watercolour water….its not juice, heh!)
Then waited for it all to dry, before tearing into 4 long strips. I may have used a hairdryer……it helps move the paint around too.
Then I folded up the strips into equal sections, making the pages of the book. What I love about this is are the details that emerge in the smaller format. So many are missed when viewing a large sheet, but making it smaller just brings a different persepective to the artwork. I see shapes and patterns that I didn’t notice before.
Stick a cover on it, doodle around the colourful shapes that I see, and make art. Its quite interesting making something out of random blobs and dots. And having some colour already on the pages, takes away that “oh what can I draw on this pristine white sheet of paper?” feeling.
I’m going to make another one now – it only takes about 20 mins to do (including drying time)
Hello (again). So after my last post, I was thrown into more work between two shops and 12 hour days once more. Charity retail is not for the faint hearted, I can tell you! Creative time was limited, my mood worsened (I know, I know, introvert problems, what can I say) and finally…..finally, I have a few days spare.
So I decided, once and for all to get my act together. I collected every pen and pencil I own, and sorted them out, cleared my desk, tore up some scrap paper and cobbled the pages together with cable ties (because the less *perfect* a sketchbook looks, the more inclined I am to play in it. I do have the most lovely embossed leather sketchbook, which I received 3 years ago for Christmas. Needless to say 3 years on, I still haven’t touched it)
My aim is to create/draw/paint/doodle/note take, every day. Just a short time, say 30 mins max. Not creating a work of art (pressure), not for Instagram or Pinterest (because….pressure – although I’ll share some things on here because I like you 🙂 ) I’ll stick random things of the day and just play. Gosh I miss it.
So this is my little set up. Drawing stuff within grabbing distance, paper ready to be scribbled upon, and coffee. Always the coffee. Out of shot is a little portable CD player (old school, yep) so I can immerse myself in music should the mood arise. Also, no interruptions! Happy Days! Hope you are all well. x