id-iom vs The Mere Scribbler
There’s nothing id-iom likes more than a good pub so when we got the call from an imminently opening pub in Streatham called The Mere Scribbler and were asked to do a portrait in their beer garden of Frances Burney – after whom the pub is named – we jumped at the chance. Frances ‘Fanny’ Burney was a 18th century novelist, diarist and playwright who progressed her career in the area. Given the limited number of pictures of Fanny that are available we didn’t have all that much to work with other than a handful of severe looking portraits from the time. After a bit of toing and froing however we finally had an agreed design. There’s no detail in her hair as they are going to get some ivy on the wall which will, in time, hopefully become her hair so the plain yellow is a bit of a stopgap til then. If ever there’s a decent excuse needed to go to the pub then I guess that’s it…
Since I’d done a self portrait yesterday I thought it was only fair that today I did a portrait of the other half of id-iom. I’m not entirely sure if I’ve outdone myself but I think it’s just about recognisable as him. He’s got the same screen printed background featuring the id-iom seal of approval and I’ve coloured his nose in green as he just mentioned the other day how he rarely uses the colour green in his designs (for some reason best known to himself) so I thought I’d remedy that here. Right, what’s next?
I’ve never really done a self portrait before and I’ve no idea why the muse demanded it but here it is – the picture you never asked for. Despite the fact we’ve used ourselves for models for a number of our pieces over the years (mainly because we’re always available and happy to work cheap) I’d never considered a self portrait – until now. With the screen printed id-iom seal of approval as the background I think I’ve just about captured my own likeness well enough so that maybe you can recognise it as me (if you happen to know me obviously). Anyway, it is what it is but I’m interested to know what anyone thinks…
Well our time in the House of Pain(t) has finally drawn to a close and the demolition crew have already moved in. Apparently they’ve done whatever internal work they needed to do and the place will start tumbling to the ground later today. We should hopefully have some pics we can show before too long too and I wouldn’t mind collecting a memento or two if we can while we are at it…
Anyway, onto today’s piece ‘A portrait of the artist as a young man’. I have clearly stolen the title from the James Joyce novel of the same name. That’s probably where the similarities begin and end. It’s based on a photograph of me taken a couple of years ago and features me giving a big thumbs up whilst wearing my best winning smile. I think the fact that my smile is obscured behind the respirator I’m wearing just goes to make me look that bit more enigmatic. Either that or vacant. I’m not really sure which.
I think after today there’s only the panorama to reveal from this room then a couple more bits and we’re all done. Oh well, onwards and upwards…
- This is the end of the line… (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- King Dog and the Angels (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- House of Pain(t and wheatpastes) (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- Spraying bricks (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
- Sholto & Hugo’s House On The Hill… (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
So there i was trying to work out what to paint on the wall when the idea of doing a self portrait suddenly occured to me. I’m not entirely why I decided to do it as i reckon it’s fairly dangerous ground to cover. It seems a little self obsessed and surely everyone is their own worst critic – especially when the subject is themselves. Nonetheless i decided to carry on regardless and see what would come.
Now I probably wouldn’t be making this post if I was entirely dismayed at my attempts to capture myself and would probably have just painted straight over it in a pique of embarrassment, so, i suppose by virtue of the fact that you can see my attempt means that i’m somewhat pleased with the end result. Although anyone who knows me (and is therefore in a position to comment) will surely be able to make up their own mind as to the success of my venture. So i’ll just leave it at that for now…
The muse had departed and inspiration was hard to come by…
The say the devil makes work for idle hands so i decided to keep busy composing a few self portraits to see me through the long winter nights
Also, you don’t have to tell me what a stunner i am as i already know!
Title: The many faces of lunacy
Media: Ink, acrylic, spray paint, paint pen, charcoal, glitter and watercolour
Size: All A2
Filed under art, Painting
About a year ago we were rooting around in a charity shop as we are wont to do sometimes and came across the picture we have used as the background below. It only cost a few quid and i just knew that we’d come up with a good use for it… Along came the day when i’d cut my parachutist stencil when it all just seemed to fit so i digged the picture out and hey presto – new art!
Once i’d done one i couldn’t resist putting it on another: