A Music List – College Wait

I was reading an Into The Orchard post about an Oasis album it got me thinking about albums I have totally loved and, although I’m not a big fan of ‘lists’, I’ve decided to post a list of some of my faves. Here goes. No particular order of preference.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

AC/DC – Back In Black

John Martin – Solid Air

The Waterboys – A Pagan Place

World Party – Private Revolution

Prince – Sign O The Times

Van Morrison – Into The Music

The Decemberists – The King Is Dead

Julian Cope – 20 Mothers

10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe

Cocteau Twins – Treasure

Christy Moore – Ride On

Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy

Sigur Rós – Agaetis Byrjun

Arcade Fire – Funeral

REM – Life’s Rich Pageant

Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow

Steve Earle – Copperhead Road

Thea Gilmore – Rules For Jokers

Neil Young – Weld

Ok, I’ll stop at twenty. I realise a lot of these are obvious big name albums but I’m not ashamed to say I have loved them all at different points for different reasons. I could have gone on and on. The thing is – there are so many gems out there that I have not heard – so any suggestions most welcome.

Today was my official study day and tomorrow is my designated day off so college finally starts in earnest on Wednesday. I am looking forward to it although there are some natural nerves. There was some info on the college website about the life drawing class – I haven’t drawn from life in a long time and I know my work will benefit greatly from it so bring it on. It’s good to have a couple of days before it starts to ready myself.

I’ll post again when I have some imagery of some kind to share.



I did this silly drawing today for a #mergimals twitter project – whereby you merge two animals in a drawing – an age old visual device but a fun one nonetheless. My original idea was pine marten octopus but I was rushed for time so used one of my old dog with tattoos and stuck on a seahorse ending – not my finest hour but like I say, harmless fun.

It’s been a busy week this week – my wee girl started school and my son started full time nursery. I am no longer a stay-at-home dad – which I find very sad but also liberating. I enrolled at college yesterday which was a bit of a marathon – sitting at a computer doing elementary numeracy and literacy ‘core skills’ exercises is not my idea of a good time – my head was mince by the end of it. Anyhoo, I start next Wednesday – first class is sculpture – ‘take a roll of wallpaper and a graphite stick’. Bring it on.

So I don’t know how much I’ll be blogging anymore – I won’t bore with details of college work and as I’m aiming for a strong portfolio I’m not going to be doing much personal work. Who knows though, I cannot say what I’ll do with the blog. I’ll need to change the about page for a start. Maybe I’ll find it therapeutic to come on here and empty my cranium form time to time.

Olympic Meme Bewilderment Cathedral

I’m really kind of writing this because I haven’t posted anything for a few days and nothing regular for even longer. I have been doodling on occasion but not felt the need to post any of it – the urge to blog is a strange beast – I know I’ve posted really pointless drawings – just this side of nothingness really, but felt the desire to share – and sometimes I do stuff that I think is a bit more worthy but just don’t want to share at all. Anyhow, here I am just blogging for the sake of it. Maybe there are things on my mind.

I am about to enter a period of transition that will change many aspects of life for me. This is my final whole week of being a stay at home dad. Next week my daughter starts primary school, my wee boy is going to full time nursery and I am going to enrol in college. So, all change on the home front. Clearly I have feelings about the change but I’m not going to dwell on them here.

So, what else has been rattling around my cranium lately? Oh yes, the Olympics. It seems that much of the country (known as the United Kingdom), has been riding on a two week euphoria rush of an almost fevered religious nature watching the London Olympics – I have found it a touch unnerving to behold. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been really fond of sport and have enjoyed aspects of the Olympics in the past but I just didn’t get the fuss this time. Perhaps I am bitter as I was working many evenings and missed many of the higher points of the games but I think it’s the fact that we’ve had to suffer the 7 years of hype leading up to them – I’ve found it excruciating at times – an almighty plastic parade of frenzied capitalism with very little resemblance to sport as I know it.

Apparently everyone has been rallying behind TeamGB and the ubiquitous Union Flag – and therein lies my problem – flags are about identity when it comes down to it and I just do not identify, relate or have any positive feelings towards the flag. Im a Scot and a Northern European, for sure, but I’ve never felt like a Brit and probably never will – I just don’t get it. Oddly enough, the games seem to have thrown up the issue of Scottish independence – both sides of the political divide claiming points on the back of athletic success – (Scotland won more medals per capita than England did etc). I read some particularly nasty tweets from so called unionists earlier but seeing as they seemed to come from people of weapons-grade stupidity, I dismissed them.

I think the point I seem to be labouring towards is that it was two weeks of sport, nothing more or less. Yes it was brilliantly staged and arguably the best Olympics so far, but as time, technology and human capability rolls onward, so it should be. Set in a first world country with gargantuan amounts of money thrown at it anything other than utter success would have been unimaginable. And was it great? I only have the BBC’s word for it – and that was hardly impartial – I found it difficult to follow the proper news through them over the two weeks.

There is also much talk of ‘legacy’ – that there is going to be an abiding benefit to the country on the back of it all – there has been a lot of knee-jerk politics shouting for more competitive sport in schools and the like – although, let’s face it, high end elite athleticism is beyond the majority. I feel that we are so close to the hype that judgements are all pretty obscured (including my own!)

I didn’t intend to rave on about the Olympics for so long but there you go – at least I’ve blogged something this week. I realise I will be in an absolute minority (of one) regarding the games, and some may find me offensive, but there is a feint whiff of religiosity about it and clearly that kind of thing should be butchered at birth. I’ve said enough on the subject now so here’s to Rio and a lack of bias.

Maybe I should post something visual too…

Been playing with ink, paint and WD40 on wood – clearly needs work.

Temporary Sketchbook Solution

Whilst attempting to tidy the artshed I came across a wee green Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook dated from January 2000 – I had only worked in a few pages so have most of it to use – random quote in it from back then ‘time is a strap on my wrist – point of nothing’ mmm who knows what was passing through my head at that stage. Anyhoo I’ve got somewhere new to draw for the next wee while. So much for working bigger – the book is titchy.

Yet Another Dead Sketchbook

A crude collage of bits of the last sketchbook from the second half of July. This is the beginning of another month but there few coppers in the kitty for a new sketchbook (that and the fact that I rarely venture into the city centre) – I may have to get creative for my next one. Loose pages – punched, filed, strung, glued, stapled, folded, torn, scrapped in a book handmade. Any ideas considered.

I may have touched on it before but I’m still struggling to nail down the point of sketchbooks – other than I find them addictive. Ok – August 1st resolution – get all of my sketchbooks in one place. I’ve said it before now I must do it. I also must blog more – this seems to be the first one for a week and a half.