Box it off
Once, when I was child, I had a box. It wasn’t a fancy box but it was special to me. I put all my toys and favourite objects in there to keep them safe. Which would be all well and good except that I had a big brother. One day I went to pull some special item from the box only to find it wasn’t there. After a bit of frantic searching it was nowhere to be found. Unsurprisingly it had been taken hostage and hidden away. As it was I knew a few little secrets of my own so kidnapped some precious stuff that belonged to my brother and we eventually had a trade-off situation. I eventually got my box and its contents back but I learned two things that day than can be expressed in common sayings. One is ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ and the other is ‘know where all the bodies are buried’. Here ends the parable of the box.
In case you can’t tell the spurious link to today’s picture is the fact that the face is made of boxes. And that is that.
Bonus fact for the day – The first commercial paperboard (not corrugated) box was produced in England in 1817. So now you know.
Hunt the Stag
Well, that was tiring but fun. Here at id-iom we had a stag do to attend in Manchester on the weekend. Needless to say it got a little out of hand at points but then again what do you expect when you put twenty odd lads together and ask them to have some fun. Anyway I thought i’d try and get my eye back in and this is came out. Looks like I might need to go back to bed for some further R&R.
Out of the ether and on to the paper
Whilst rustling around for some paper to start a piece on I came across a bit which had, quite lazily, been used as a piece of scrap to test a pen and wipe a paint brush. It had obviously been the closest thing to hand. As it had no other apparent use I decided to just have a little play around with it and guess what happened this little beauty came out of the ether. I’m not really sure what to say about it apart from the fact you never quite know what you’re going to get before you start…
Title: Out of the ether and on to the paper
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint, watercolour and charcoal
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Seagulls. They’re a noisy bothersome lot. But here at id-iom they hold a special place in our hearts. We originally hail from the Isle of Man and, like a lot of places near a coastline, we share our space with an inordinate number of the unruly beasts. Whilst this is nothing special in and of itself it has given us an excellent understanding of seagulls and their rather loutish behaviour.
This piece was created as a warning to all those out there who are not ready for the attack. But it will come, oh yes, it will come. There you’ll be enjoying a sandwich on a sunny esplanade in any number of coastal towns when suddenly a shadow crosses your path but before the prehistoric part of your brain can react the seagull will swoop down stealing away with your tasty lunch and taking it to the nearest roof top to devour whilst screaming bird obscenities at you between gulped mouthfuls.
You, bereft of your lunch will probably fall to your knees, cast your eyes up to the heavens and scream ‘Why me?’. Alas, it is already too late, this round goes to the avian yobs. All you can do is retreat in shame whilst keeping one eye on skies above in case he returns…
Seagull eyed viewers will note that we have done this imperious looking chap before but this time he’s been flipped to better fit the wall for this little back yard commission all completed in the blazing sun on a Bank Holiday Monday.