Sit back, relax and tell me what you see when you look at these blobs of paint. If you said ‘horse’s head’ you’re probably a psychopath who imagines grisly sights in the normal run of everyday life. Only joking. This is what happens if you use a stencil of a horses head about 30 times then whack the stencil on the wall while it’s still wet to see what you get. The end result is somewhat pleasing in my humble opinion. Join us again tomorrow for more accidental art…
There I was doing a bit of a spring clean in my studio/shed when I come across some old canvases and stencils behind a paint splattered table top. As it was Sunday and there’s always something better to do that tidying up I decided to put all my finds to good use. With the background already largely finished on this one a somewhat ghostly horse suggested itself for reasons best known to the muse. A little rummaging through the stencils and I’d found just the one to get on there. Once it was done I thought a little text around the edge to give it a little lift was all that was needed. The text reads:
‘And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder. One of the four beasts saying ‘Come and see’. And I saw. And behold a pale horse…’
As the canvas is old and a little cracked from winter in the shed I’m thinking the street is the best place for this bad lad. Now if I can just find somewhere suitable…
The back of the door into the gents toilet at the White Horse had seen better days and was festooned with an array of hastily scribbled tags and football related slurs so we were asked to sprinkle a little id-iom magic on it and make it all better. Given that a lot of their customers on a weekend have definitely had a few jars we thought we’d give them a discreet reminder of exactly where they were so hopefully when they wake bleary eyed the next day there is no confusion over exactly where they’ve been.
That, plus the pair of eyes at the bottom of the door (which I read somewhere make people believe they’re being watched and so behave better) and the fact that there’s not much space for any extra graffiti will hopefully allow the door to remain relatively unscathed for longer. That’s the theory at least…
As an aside I really should remember that doing somewhat complicated lettering that must be aligned straight and true is easy at the design stage but really rather less so at the actual painting stage. Let that be a lesson to me.
The centaur lady in this piece looks a little unnerved as she rears up with her WWI era helmet on. The text reads ‘The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth’.
I’ve been trying to write this for a while and that’s currently the best i’ve got. Which is far below the usual lacklustre standard of my posts. Sometimes it’s easy to do the write ups that accompany our pieces and some days it’s like pulling teeth. Unfortunately today is proving to be one of the difficult days. Do you know what? I give up.
Title: The horse stares…
Materials: Watercolour, spray paint, stencil and an orange felt tip pen!
Merry Go Round
Round and round we go, where will we stop, only id-iom knows…
It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint and ink. Signed on reverse.
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This picture is based on a bust from a local pub of ours, sadly though someone stole it one night and its never been returned.
It is 41 x 41 cm in size and is made using hand cut stencils and watercolour. Signed on reverse.
Here is the ebay link
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So another day and another couple of pieces in picture in id-iom’s Yuletide Fundom Demolition Sale – both are A3 and we have started the auctions at a measly 99p! Game on!
The first piece is called ‘Walking Weird’. It’s A3 in size and consists of a hand drawn girl in the crab position dressed in a bikini with a watercolour background. Like you do. And it’s signed on the reverse. Here’s the Ebay link
Our second piece is titled simply ‘Horse!’ is an A3 screen print with hand finishing. It features two figures; one with a head of a horse the other a sexy woman in some kind of S&M gear. Need i say more?
Perhaps strangely the inspiration for this piece came from a toy horse that was bought at a market in Spain that had such magnificent packaging that he just had to be purchased. I can’t imagine the toy passed any safety inspections and was probably covered with lead based paint but i had no intention of sticking it in my mouth. He even had some text on the box which had been badly translated into English (I’m guessing from Chinese). The text reads:
‘Flips the tail, horse runs
Truly scamper action’
The toy and packaging were magnificent in their crappiness but it did supply us with hours (well, minutes) of entertainment whilst drunk one night and at least we managed to get some artwork out of it. All in all i’d say it was a pretty good toy. It’s just a shame we don’t have a picture of the toy or box for you to marvel at.
It’s A3 in size and is a screen print with unique hand finishing including acrylic and spraypaint. Signed on reverse. Here’s the Ebay link
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