Sunday, January 31, 2010

things from the outside world

this video has three of my favourite things; trees, fungi and efterklang (who i'm growing increasingly fond of).

Modern Drift by Efterklang from Rumraket on Vimeo.

the installations and paintings of hiro kurata

Interview with Malalai Joya on RAWA news.

a few little snippets;
"There is a superpower in the world besides the US government -- world public opinion."

"The Afghan government begs for funding from the international community in the name of its people, but the billions of dollars poured into the country are looted by warlords, drug lords, national and international NGOs and government officials. Much of it goes back into the pockets of the donor countries."

"Obama is making the world more unjust and insecure by waging new wars in Pakistan, Iran and Yemen, and also by increasing troops in Afghanistan. While billions of people around the world and inside the US are living in poverty, he is increasing the Pentagon's overall budget in fiscal 2011 to a record $708bn, which is ridiculous. Spent in the right way, this huge amount could ensure peace and prosperity around the world."

"Our people want democracy but now know that occupation will never bring democracy for them. Because democracy without independence has no meaning. When Afghan people raise their voice for independence, western forces call them "tribal" and "anti-democracy", while those barbaric warlords and Taliban who have accepted the US occupation and are in the parliament are called "democrats""

"We can change our destiny by our struggle and efforts."

more ink

have 20ish of these drawings so far (which are getting progressively unwood-like and unreferenced).

i might have to start thinking about what to do with them. always the most uncomfortable part of the process. surely it's enough they exist. anyway, newbies...

"nothing breeds exploitation like the death of the gifted"

i'm edging towards the large blank canvas in my other room. its been there for about 4 months, looking very oppressive after a winter of A5.

Monday, January 25, 2010

For the smiling

love love love this;

Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Cutting Ice To Snow (live) from Leaf Label on Vimeo.

escape from illustration island asked illustrators and artists to share their blogs.
personal favourites are Eleanor Percival;

the morae river
by Brynn Metheney, which is basically a wildlife journal for an imaginary wetland and surrounding ecosystem.

and also like Sarah Caterisano's, just for how she seems to draw and photograph everything.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

woodenatomy II

scanner isn't picking up much detail. i had planned on sharing some links...but my arms are too b******d, so i'm going to drink beer and read karen armstrong instead.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


following friendly guidance, i drew some things lying around my desk last night. at least, it started out that way. unreality has a habit of taking over...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

daily planner

today's agenda primarily involved finishing things...

so instead, i started six new ones...

stick to the plan...

listening to more ilex.

Ilex live set @ SSTN

euphiophone, ever a delight to the eyes and ears, has used a pic of mine for ilex's SSTN7 liveset. its great, both how he makes my pictures look like something cool and her awesome tunes. on repeat. sweet!

Ilex @ SSTN7 by SSTN

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

good things

I was pleasantly surprised to be informed i had been very kindly featured on Bree Walk's blog, Citrus Hearts. its a really nice site, lots of brilliant photos, and particularly like Christopher Bibby's and Jenny's paintings.

bree's own lovely photos can also be found on her Etsy page.

speaking of etsy, i had my first etsy sale this weekend! very exciting.

also must mention bibliOdyssey. there aren't enough hours in the day to go through its amazing collection of illustrations from old history and science books and magazines, with loads of info and background on the sources. there's such a wonderful genuine quality to the images. check it out.

and here's some flowers from early morning in st stephen's green;

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

images, found and made

more bits on paper scraps. i have more on flickr. this is all going somewhere i'm sure, i have a certainty in my brain that its just not letting me in on. these pages were left in containers with used painting water to soak up the paint as the water evaporates. much nicer than throwing it down the sink.

this may be my favourite image in the studio at the minute. i found it in the bin at home. i think a child drew it. possibly a niece or nephew.

these drawings are for a personal project (do i have impersonal projects?...). i like how they looked in the water. peaceful.


another new one finished. will get it up on etsy soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

the meaning of the ritual

don't know if that's what i'm calling it, but listening to the song (villagers) at the minute and seems fitting for the time being.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

andrea d'aquino

came across andrea d'aquino in illustration mundo. lovely stuff in her gallery. would like to know how she puts her images together. may have to make a print purchase...

Friday, January 8, 2010

activities in this weeks studio

started another two pics after a wandering head delayed sleep. a little tree headed boy was creeping around my room last night, up to all notions of mischievous, no doubt. i set about at once to expose his conspirings and to find the meanings of his magics...

really wish my brain could focus on one thing at a time. paintings in the works;

and my to do list;

and i have it in my mind to at some point collate sums of the following assortment into a form or two of successive spined assemblage.

it'd be swell if someone paid me to do this stuff...or at least tell me what it is i'm doing...
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