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Athena and the Lady of the Lamp

Athena and the Lady of the Lamp Athena and the Lady of the Lamp

There I was tidying up my front room and it came to the onerous task of cleaning the coffee table. The table was pretty filthy and I just couldn’t be bothered to sit there scrubbing away with cleaning products but thankfully an idea popped in to my head. What if i just quickly sanded down the surface and gave the table top a new lick of paint?

With nothing more in my head than the willingness to throw some paint around I started with gusto but the realisation slowly dawned on me that I didn’t actually have anything in the way of a plan. To remedy this I had a swift glance through my little book of ideas and struck upon a small nugget of information that I’d jotted down that was somehow to become the basis for this piece; Florence Nightingale used to have a pet owl named Athena which she rescued from children outside the Pantheon in Athens hence the owl’s name. Florence loved the little owl and she went on to become the famous British nurse whose name is now synonymous with the word ‘mercy’. That was all I needed in the way of inspiration so here you have a somewhat abstract version of Florence and her pet owl, Athena. If you want to discover the sad fate of Athena then you simply must read this article.



Title: Athena and the The Lady with the Lamp
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint and charcoal on wooden board
Size: 122 cm x 117 cm


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What remains unsaid.

What remains unsaid.

I wonder what the next line out of the man’s mouth will be? Will he be truthful or diplomatic? It’s tricky to be certain. There are a lot of variables that can help determine his response. Sometimes discretion is the key and sometimes not. Although if my girlfriend came home with Comic Sans newly installed as her default font I know that I certainly wouldn’t be very happy as it would annoy me before she’d even finished her first sentence. But that’s probably just me. C’est la vie.

Today’s pic is brand new (and currently for sale if anyone is interested) but i’ve always quite liked the idea of existential pictures that seem to be aware of their surroundings and we’ve employed stencils that can think for themselves to dubious comic effect previously:

How can i tell her?

Bugger! Wrong picture again!

How to get your man



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