‘We come in peace, shoot to kill!’. Lines immortalised by ‘Captain Kirk’ in the Firm’s 1987 hit ‘Startrekkin’. Now, whilst that song has thankfully been swallowed by the sands of time the sentiment expressed in those lines is still very much alive and well. It’s cats. They think like that.
Cats are inscrutable little suckers. Even at the best of times there’s just no telling what they’re thinking. When you think they’re being friendly they’re probably just demanding food or threatening to kill you. And if ever they do get opposable thumbs then we’re probably in for some serious trouble. I, for one, welcome our new cat overlords…
Title: We come in peace…
Materials: Spray paint, stencils, paint pen and watercolour paint on a section of map
Size: 50 x 45cm
Please email if interested
Over the weekend here at id-iom we actually picked up our tools and set to work on a piece – and on a bank holiday to boot. I’m a little surprised we weren’t hungover and lying in our darkened rooms. That said, much of the previous couple of days were indeed spent enjoying a beverage or two. Anyway one half of id-iom is off on his summer holidays tomorrow so we thought it best to get this commission finished before he set off.
For this piece for a teenage girl’s bedroom we were asked to incorporate the peace sign and the words ‘Spread the peace’ and that was it. Now, that’s a brief i can work with. In fact there was one more bit of information we were given and that was that the piece had to use the same colours as the new bedding – which just so happened to be pretty much rainbow colours. As you probably know we like to use a bright colour or two so were more than happy to comply.
After sitting stroking our beards for a while we managed to get a design agreed and then decided upon a method we’d used before – but this time with plenty of added colour! Setting to work on a pristine and newly painted wall is always something of a worrying moment but we plunged ahead regardless. After a couple of hours of applying stencils to the outside we were just about happy then it was just time to colour in the middle and apply the final black level. A final bit of touching up and there you have it. Job done. And another satisfied customer…
And here’s a couple of in-progress shots if you like that kind of thing…
Rest and be thankful
Maps have proved very useful over the years. Although I doubt this map will be guiding anyone anywhere again. Destiny has something entirely different in store for this particular map. She’s become art. Maybe we could look at it as a roadmap to peace.
Rock the casbah! Here we have ‘Rest and be thankful’. The title of which came and hit me like a rock to the head. It’s funny how your brain works sometimes. As i was glancing at the finished picture trying to think of a suitable title a picture of a friend’s house from childhood came to mind. That house was called ‘Rest and be thankful’. So there you have it. The workings of an artist’s mind.
Anyway, it’s a wraithlike lady with a childlike yet hopeful flower of peace. If that isn’t some kind of incisive commentary on world affairs then I don’t know what is.
It’s 48 x 60cm and is signed on reverse. Here is the ebay link