Monthly Archives: June 2014

The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all

The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all. Howzat for a hefty and pretentious title? I just thought if I start the post off sounding clever and literary then I can just take it downhill from there. Old Jimmy 3 crowns here has been having bad dreams as he’s been watching too much Game of Thrones and wakes up thinking that he’s going to become the next king of Westeros and meet a particularly grisly fate after a series of increasingly poor decisions. Or maybe I should rename the piece ‘Soul crown’ as that has a more jazzy ring to it then I can do a post which would probably be more about soul music. I’m undecided on the whole issue. Or perhaps I’m just making it all up as I go along in order just to write some accompanying text.  Sometimes even I’m not sure…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint and charcoal
Size: 60 x 85 cm

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Lady in Red

I wanted to steer clear of the whole ‘I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight’ shtick with this write up but the way I’m feeling this morning I’m really not sure where else to go. I’m a little hungover is the problem. Inspiration has fled my meagre brain and I’m only just able to string a sentence together. Anyway, I’ll start with something simple. ‘The Lady in Red’ apparently started life as ‘the way you look tonight’ but there was another song with that name so he had to change it. And, just in case you didn’t know, Chris de Burgh claims to have ‘healing hands’ so should be able to sort out any nagging ailments if you ever get to meet him. In all truth the lady in the picture is wearing red and that’s all there is to it. That, and the fact that Lady in Red makes for a very effective earworm. If it starts playing in your brain it’s pretty tricky to make it stop. I’ll leave you now. Make what you will of it all…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Lady in Red

Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal

Size: A4

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King Rameses II

King Rameses II

King Rameses II

King Rameses II was also known as Ozymandias in Greek which, in the balance of things, are two pretty impressive names. He is often regarded as one of the greatest, most celebrated and most powerful pharaohs of the Egyptian Empire. A feat which I think we can all agree is pretty special considering the history books are littered with failed, feared and hated kings.

So that, in a nuthsell, was my inspiration for this little number. I came across the idea whilst doing a bit of ‘research’ (or, more accurately, viewing random articles on wikipedia) during a slow afternoon when i came across the big man. You might say “That isn’t research” but you’d be wrong. Strictly speaking I was just amusing myself on the internet but inspiration strikes when we least expect it and i’ve read some pretty amazing stuff pressing the random article button. So therefore it was work. Sometimes something a bit different can recharge the old tanks. As it happens I also know a crow called Rameses but that is a different story entirely…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: King Rameses II

Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal

Size: A4

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Be Me Bronze

Be Me Bronze

Be Me Bronze

I met this guy once during a house party. Things took a slightly odd turn from the second I walked in. The party was jumping in the kitchen but this guy was sat in the front room on his own like a statue. He didn’t move a single muscle and spoke to nobody. Even when people tried to talk to him he just sat there and stared straight at them. A few people had freaked out and this is why the party had moved to the kitchen. It took me a little while to get to the bottom of it but it turns out he wasn’t a living statue from Covent Garden but was an actual mannequin and everybody else had been taking some medical grade hallucinogens. I decided to take a photo for posterity and used that as the basis for my picture. So now you know. Or maybe I’m just making it all up. Who knows?

Available from http://idiom.bigcartel.com/product/be-me-bronze

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Be Me Bronze
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal
Size: A4

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Ain’t no mountain high enough

Ain't no mountain high enough

Ain’t no mountain high enough

‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’ was inducted into the Grammy hall of fame in 1999. And it was written by Ashford & Simpson and performed (in it’s original incarnation) by none other than Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. If that isn’t enough of a pedigree to inspire a piece of art then I don’t know what is.

I’m sure you probably know it but if you’re in the mood you can check out the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz-UvQYAmbg&feature=kp

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Ain’t no mountain high enough
Materials: Paint pen and charcoal
Size: A4

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How’s Drake?

How's Drake?

How’s Drake?

Whilst back home for TT week I decided it wasn’t to be all just beer and sleeping so determined to pull my finger out and do a little work, not too much mind as I was on holiday, but a little… First off I had to find some paint and as the Isle of Man isn’t your textbook hive of graffiti artists and artist grade spray paint I had to head off to B&Q to peruse the aisles of car and radiator spray paint. Not to be put off by their lack of choice in make and colour I grabbed what I could which consisted of two different types of blue car spray paint. So, with such a meagre selection of paint I decided to rummage through my mothers art supplies and came up with an old can of pink Ironlak, a touch of black car paint, a few  acrylic paints and some gloss paint that I wouldn’t have given to anyone. Anyway with the paint in order I headed off in search of a wall that I could throw my lacklustre wares at and like usual the place to head was the Howstrake summer camp which has long been forgotten and left to fall in to disrepair.

So with paint in hand and a few friends for company I set upon throwing some paint about. I can’t really say there was any plan for this piece apart from deciding on painting a face and having to get it finished as soon as I could as I had return my mum’s borrowed car as soon as possible. I think the most important thing I can take away from this piece is NEVER USE GLOSS PAINT. Sage advice if there ever was any…

How's Drake?

How’s Drake?

How's drake?

How’s drake?

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Boards, glorious boards! (final 4)

Taking the cure

Look into my eyes…

Blue anchor wallpaper board

Acceptable in the 80’s

Oh Tuesday, why are you always so near the start of the week. Maybe you should swap places with Friday every once in a while. Anyway, I digress. We finally got to see these boards in situ at the Isle of Wight festival last weekend when we were djing for Pootopia. They provide toilets at festivals and they have hundreds of compostable toilets and are beautifying them with artwork on boards which fit into the toilet doors. Which is where we came in. We managed to get 32 finished over a weekend, which is eight shy of our self imposed target of forty but pretty good all the same. It was good to finally see some of our boards in situ although i’m pretty sure we failed to get any pictures – which is a bit rubbish but not entirely surprising.

Here’s the final selection of four boards. I’m not entirely sure if we’ve saved the best til last but they are what they are….

Cheers

id-iom

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Boards, glorious boards! (part 7)

 

Belle epoque

Almost Original Grace

Have a peek…

Well, that weekend flew by. We were djing at the Isle of Wight festival for Pootopia and now it’s back down to earth with a bump. Pootopia provide toilets at festivals and they have hundreds of compostable toilets and are beautifying them with artwork on boards which fit into the toilet doors. Which is where we came in. We managed to get 32 finished over a weekend, which is eight shy of our self imposed target of forty but pretty good all the same. It was good to finally see some of our boards in situ although i’m pretty sure we failed to get any pictures – which is a bit rubbish but not entirely surprising.

So here’s the seventh load of doors and with only one more day of boards to go I’ll be glad to move onto something new…

Cheers

id-iom

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Boards, glorious boards (part 6)

Ailurophile

Kiss me quick!

Flaghead

Lips so nice we did ’em twice

Soooooo, it’s Friday and we’re off to the Isle of Wight festival to do a bit of djing. What a lovely day for it. Anyway, i digress. If you haven’t been paying attention then a brief recap is probably in order. Here it goes –  we went down to Somerset to paint some boards for Pootopia who provide toilets at festivals.  They have hundreds of compostable toilets and are beautifying them with some artwork on boards which fit into the toilet doors. Which is where we came in. We set ourselves a somewhat ambitious target of completing 40 boards over the weekend. Despite working just about as hard as we could we only managed a final tally of 32 completed boards (with 7 left just as backgrounds and one MIA). Not too shabby if i say so myself. The hard part was trying to make it so they didn’t all look too similar.

Today I present to you our sixth set of boards and I can see the finish line from here. Right, cats to herd and curtains to iron. Toodle pip for now…

Cheers

id-iom

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Boards, glorious boards (part 5)

Auric Luna

Take it from the champs

Hepcat

Francine

The sun is shining and it finally feels like summer has officially arrived. Just in time for festival season! Now, if you haven’t been following so far then where exactly have you been? Anyway, a brief recap, we went down to Somerset to paint some boards for Pootopia who provide toilets at festivals.  They have hundreds of compostable toilets and are beautifying them with some artwork on boards which fit into the toilet doors. Which is where we came in. We set ourselves a somewhat ambitious target of completing 40 boards over the weekend. Despite working just about as hard as we could we only managed a final tally of 32 completed boards (with 7 left just as backgrounds and one MIA). Not too shabby if i say so myself. The hard part was trying to make it so they didn’t all look too similar.

Today I present to you our fifth set of boards and we’re on a downhill slope from here. Right, dogs to feed and curtains to iron. Au revoir for now…

Cheers

id-iom

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