Friday, 16 November 2018

A Coping Mechanism


Just a couple of photos from my studio recently. The picture above is painted on cardboard, I'm going to do more, it was really fun. And below are some patches I've been working on. Some of them in progress on the left and the finished pile on the right. I just need to get them photographed for the shop but the light has been baaaaaad today. Hopefully I can sort something out tomorrow.


I've been having a tough week but I look at my little pile of patches and feel proud of the work gone into it and how colourful it is. I hope they will make other people smile too.
To keep my spirits up this week I've been watching a lot of idol music videos on youtube, I recommend it as a coping mechanism.

Friday, 9 November 2018

October



It's weird posting a thing about October a week into November. Everything seems to move so fast now that I feel as though I'm supposed to have posted this during the end of October. I'm sure a lot of that feeling is made up by me though and what's left isn't something I agree with anyway. We can all post whatever we want, whenever we want. It can be cool how fast things come and go but also I like things to hang around for a long time and if I want to draw what happened in October I need October to finish before I start the drawing. So anyway, old person whinging to calm my self doubt aside here's some things from October.
The "it's too late" feelings definitely had an effect on this drawing and I'm not sure if I actually like it and even though it's Friday and days mean next to nothing to my routine, I'm certain it's Saturday and that's making me feel weird and I'm all thrown off balance but I needed to just do it anyway so here it is. Sometimes you get an idea and you have to do it or feel like a failure.
This is all coming out a bit negative but I'm just rambling because I'm doubting myself in various ways but am actually fine, I'm just so certain that it's Saturday.
Those tiny mushrooms were adorable.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

clouds

Clouds are fucking magic. The whole sky is magic and unthinkable but clouds. Wow.

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This time of year means I get sunsets through the window by my desk while I'm still there and I love it. Taking a photo of clouds feels mundane but also how can you not? I think they're the only real life thing that will often genuinely look like a painting. Like a huge, old oil painting you'd see in a gallery and wonder how they got the clouds so right.

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I love looking at clouds and just becoming more and more amazed by them, the more I look the more magic they seem, the more unreal they are. I remember once when I was at nursery it started snowing and I was adamant that it wasn't snowing, there was just someone on the roof throwing some sort of snow like substance over the edge and that's what we were seeing through the window. If I look at clouds for long enough and carefully enough I feel the same, they can't be real.
I think this post is brought to you by hunger and day 27 of inktober, my brain is just mush filled cloud wonder but that's fine with me. In case you're wondering I'm not posting inktober here because it's already on my instagram and twitter and I'm planning to make a zine and probably put some of them on redbubble and that's already too many posts. You can find it if you want.

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Maybe I'll turn this into a cloud blog. That'd be pretty cosy.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Alex Kane Meat Pandora

I'd seen the video for Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees for the first time and I thought it was so cool I had to show it to Will. I love all the double exposure so much. After that, Happy House came on and I was all "oh my god why do I recognise this so much but not from this song. It must have been sampled on something I know better". Mindless Self Indulgence!



So we were listening to Bitches by Mindless Self Indulgence and Will suddenly remembers a front man with a latex outfit, black with yellow trim and wild bleached hair, we'd seen them live a few times by chance but he can't place them. I have no idea what he's talking about. Can't remember can't remember. He says one time at least was at Rock and Blues so I figure out what year we were there and he googles the line up and, shit, Antiproduct! Yes! I remember that band name, put it into youtube, watch the first video, "oh my god I totally remember them, his make up, her cool hair!" Don't know the song though, I guess only ever hearing someone live by accident a couple of times doesn't get the music in your head. Scroll scroll. Bungee jumping people die.



OH MY GOD I REMEMBER CHANTING ALONG TO THAT IN A CROWD! Then I remember that he was in a Pandora strip so I try to find it on google image but the comic or the photo I remember it being based on is nowhere to be found. I was hoping and hoping I still had all my old Pandora strips, I'd be so sad if I'd got rid of them and I was certain I'd had this particular one. She was one of my first loves, I'm not saying that the Pandora comics in Kerrang are a good role model to have but teen me was into it and sometimes you gotta take what you got. Anyway, too scared to check because I was pretty sure I'd thrown them out a while back we carried on down our youtube hole for a bit but before bed I had a quick look or I wouldn't have slept and I FOUND IT!

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The Antiproduct Pandora strip! And a load of others I'd managed to keep over the years. I'm so glad I still have them. Maybe now this strip will come up if anyone else ever feels the need to google "alex kane meat pandora" on a Saturday night.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Painty, Hungry, Pigeons! ~ Shop Update

Shop update! Some things I made that you can buy! Wow!

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These badges were a lot of fun, I did lots of painty messes and tiny drawings and then cut them up and stuck them together and made badges out of it. They're totally one off because of how I made them so if there's one you want, snap it up ^_^

Too Hungry / Coo-cootie Patooties

Just a good factual message that is always accurate. The "too hungry for this" design is available on stickers and badges.
My biggest recent project, my new zine! It's called Coo-cootie Patooties and is all about how pigeons are awesome and beautiful and I love them and you should love them too. I also made stickers, hand cut ones of drawings from the zine and also these super fancy sparkly ones I had printed, I love them. I also offer the sparkly sticker as a badge. All your pigeon-y needs ^_^

Coo-cootie Patooties Zine

I'm really pleased with how this zine turned out, I hope you like it too.

Monday, 24 September 2018

A Day Out

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We don't get to spend a day out together very often but on this day we totally did. We went into the city and pottered about, I got some hair dye and lemon essential oil, apparently it's good for energy. We went to a second hand bookshop that we'd never been in (despite living here for 7 years now) and it smelled very much like book :) Will got some Swamp Thing comics with cool covers and I got a fairy print that was only 50p! We stopped for a drink and did some drawing and it was nice and relaxing.

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It was a really windy day and on the way home I got this conker. It wasn't ready to come off the tree, the wind forced it's hand and I wish I'd taken a photo of it when I first found it. It was so pale with just a tiny bit of brown near the top. Look at how velvety it is at the top, so sweet ^_^ In this photo it already was much darker and now it's fully brown! Nature's magic, even when it gets battered by the wind and comes apart too early it still tries to grow.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Tank and My Beech Tree ~ This Week's Things

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Tank is on his fourth day without pain medication and is still doing absolutely fine. I think it'll take me at least a week to calm down about it, I'm still paranoid there'll be something wrong with him but he is happy and bouncy and so happy to be back in the big cage, he's been so snuggly with everyone after being alone for a whole week :)

I've always had an interest in that good witchy shit but was put off trying to make a connection with it when I was younger because everything I read talked about needing a coven. It's been getting more popular lately and so I've been thinking about it again and with age I've realised I don't need to worry about how other people do things, I'm not interested in it in any sort of a religious way, I don't even care if what I'm looking at is completely fictional.

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I got these books out of the library about witchcraft and magic, mostly for the pictures and I've been reading The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic this week. It's not really about witchcraft so much as how other groups of people saw and dealt with witchcraft which is disappointing but does have some good illustrations in it that I think I'll use as reference for some of my inktober this year. I also have had a green man tree oracle that was gifted to me years ago and I was reading through it and turns out the beech tree we have at the end of the garden is a pretty nice tree to have because among other cosy things "slivers of beech wood and leaves were once carried as talismans to bring good luck and increase creative energy" so surely sitting under it and getting hit on the head with beech masts can only be good for me :) (I haven't read all the tree descriptions yet, I bet they're all good, trees are good). I've had the cards out and I'm thumbing through them every now and then and looking at my beech tree. I love cards, thumbing through trading cards is super relaxing too. I love the idea of having little objects to hold that are attached to particular thoughts or goals or general "have a calm down" feelings.

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I finished my pigeon zine! I'm so proud of it and the stickers to go with it. I made a video showing it all off which is here and the listing is here :)

Other things this week: Some zines I ordered from Gemma Flack arrived and I'm so excited to read them, I love their work. We tried a sainsburys vegan chocolate bar, the crispy milk choc one, thumbs up from me plus it was cheap. I made a necklace with a lot of colourful plastic beads and a Snufkin charm and I also finished painting my spotty cardigan. I should wear it out and try taking some outfit photos, I don't think I've ever really done outfit photos? Good to try new things. The nintendo direct happened. I already very much wanted a switch but oh my gosh I want one even more, I do have a 2ds xl though so I'll just concentrate on all the games I haven't played that I can get on there! One day tho...

Hope you're doing alright. To end my week I'm going to make a crumble using some apples someone up the road was giving away for free ^_^