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Owning one’s mistakes

There I was painting away and I thought I had it! Then I lost it. Then I managed to find it again before taking it too far and then suddenly I was looking at an absolute mess of a picture. Normally I would throw a big hissy fit and rip it up or scrawl over it like some scene out of soap when someone is going a little off the rails- but that wasn’t to be the case.

I made a post on social media about my situation and I got some words of encouragement which made me reassess the picture and carry on, although I thought it something of a loss leader at this point.

Anyway, I’m still not particularly happy with it but just because I painted something I didn’t like doesn’t mean its worthless. We all deserve a second chance. For one I’m learning and beginning to own my mistakes. I just hope the next one doesn’t make me pull what little hair remains…

Cheers

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The fate that awaits

We have previous with Martin here. Just the other day we told you about how he boarded a train to nowhere after complaining to Southwestern Rail when he missed the last train to Bristol (entirely his own fault). Perhaps you have been wondering whatever happened to that poor soul. Well, let me clear that up for you…

Martin was stuck on that train for what felt like an eternity to him but was, in fact, more like 3 days. Just long enough for people to start getting worried about him but not long enough for it to be an unsolved mystery. 

Martin’s memory of the whole thing was hazy at best and the little he could remember couldn’t be explained without him sounding like a madman. He didn’t want that, he had responsibilities, and so he kept schtum about the whole matter. He never again sent a moody message to Southwestern Rail though. Or anyone else for that matter. What’s the moral of this story? You’ll just have to work it out for yourself…

Cheers

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The last train to nowhere

Not sure what to do with himself now that he had missed the last train to Bristol, Martin had been sitting on the platform for a while when he came up with the idea to tweet  Southwestern rail to see if there’s anything to be done in order to rectify his problem. He was a little angry so perhaps his tweet was not as cordial as it could have been.

To his absolute astonishment, they sent him a message almost immediately stating that another train would pull up in about a minute to pick him up. The trouble was Martin was staring at the departures board and there was nothing going to Bristol – or anywhere else for that matter – but before he could really think about it a train pulled in to the platform and he thought he’d better board before he was stuck for the night.

As he sat down he noticed the train had lavish curtains and a general air of sophistication that hadn’t been seen on this line for at least a century. Not sure what to do Martin was looking at the doors and thinking about getting off when they silently slid shut. 

As the train pulled away from the station and around a curve Martin could see the rest of the train behind him. He saw a desperate ghostly face pressed up against each and every window he could see. Shaken, Martin sat down. He was thinking this must be the fate that awaits anyone who complains about Southwestern Rail. And do you know what? He was right.

Cheers

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

The bird-like nest on top of Diane’s head is actually her hair after just 2 sips of white wine after work on a Thursday. She intends on doing the whole bottle. She knows she has work again tomorrow but she just doesn’t care. That’s working from home for you. She read online that she can now change her hairstyle digitally using the magical power of her computer. If she can only work out how it all works then her next Zoom call should prove a little more interesting and perhaps Phillip from Marketing might finally take some notice. If not she’s going to send him a virus from a made-up but believable email address and see how he likes that instead…

Cheers

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Yes, No, Maybe, Never

When someone asks you whether you want to pop out for a pint in these weird and testing times what is your answer? Judy here is trying her best to stick to government guidelines but she just doesn’t know anymore and that’s about pretty much everything. 

What is the colour of your eyes? I don’t know. When is your birthday? Not sure. What is the colour of an orange? Pink? It’s all just a little too much for poor Judy. Her eyes are now just hollowed out depressions in the front of her face, her nose is as red as Rudolph’s and she hasn’t even had a drink in the last few weeks or at least she doesn’t think she has.

Judy has found the easiest way to answer questions nowadays is to just start replying with affirmative and negative interjections and other assorted phrases until people either get the answer they are looking for or they think she is mad. Either method seems to work. I haven’t tried this technique yet but it looks like there might be some merit to it…

Cheers

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Strawberry Letter 23

We were commissioned to produce a 1m x 1m canvas for a very discerning and influential couple for their new house (seriously, they’re the power couple behind one of the UK’s biggest soaps). The canvas was to be based on the song ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ by Shuggie Otis. It’s a great song and you really should give it a listen. With such fine pedigree to work with we knocked out some designs lickety-split and that was when it all really began…

This large commission now has the dubious distinction of being the picture that has taken the longest time from conception to completion than anything else we’ve ever produced. We’re talking well over a year. When it was finally deemed complete my relief was palpable.  

She’s on a 1m x 1m canvas and has been painted using all the paint we could find seemingly. She’s now safely ensconced in her new home in sunny Manchester. Let’s all wish her luck…

Cheers

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September sale

Roll up, roll up! It’s been a quiet couple of months and we need some new spraypaint so it’s sale time here at id-iom. We’ve got 25% off if you spend over £60 on our big cartel page. Now you can’t really say fairer than that. So, if you’ve ever needed an id-iom piece to adorn your walls then now’s the time…

Just use discount code: SEPTEMBER

https://idiom.bigcartel.com/products

Cheers

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Part 2 – Mr Edward Hyde)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of introducing the delightful Dr Henry Jekyll. Today however I’ve got a very different character altogether. Here we have a mugshot of convicted butterfly strangler Mr Edward Hyde. Legend has it he was raised in a sewer by a family of snakes but then somehow made his fortune after a few shady deals with an oligarch friend of his. This allowed him to switch to a slightly classier sewer. After his time in LA with Epstein and Ghislainehe fell off the radar and his current whereabouts are not known.

Well, that’s stage 2 of our overcomplicated 3-in-1 mural done. Now we’ve just got the reveal to go…

Cheers


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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Ladies and Gentlemen. May I present to you the debonair and urbane Doctor Henry Jeykyll. He’s an intense and knowledgeable chap and he’s always the first to help when somebody is in need of assistance. Just last week he went to some considerable risk and personal cost to ensure the safe retrieval of the neighbour’s cat from one of the big trees at the bottom of his sizeable garden. He donates a decent portion of his wage to help disadvantaged kids around the world and loves sailing. An all round good egg really. If you look close you can just about make out the halo around his head….

As this is stage one of our overcomplicated 3-in-1 pieces then I guess it’s fairly obvious where we’re heading with this one. I look forward to introducing you to the slightly more nefarious Mr Edward Hyde tomorrow…

Cheers

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Little Red Riding Hood (id-iom version)

Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Literally everyone. It turns out there are striking similarities to stories over the ages from all over the world that have the same basic structure and motifs. So we’ve decided to do a promotional image for our imaginary movie version. 

In the old tales, the wolf and Red are adversaries but in true Hollywood fashion we’ve decided to turn the story on its head and have them fall in love in our retelling. Imagine one of those ‘saving an abandoned cat’ videos you’ve seen on the internet, chuck in Charlize Theron and Idris Elba and some over the top CGI and you’re in the right ballpark.

It is A2 in size and made using the magic of inspiration, acrylic, spray paint, watercolour and paint pen.

Cheers

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