Animals... · Art · Colour · Dogs · September 2014

A Tourist’s Guide to Being a Tourist: Gallery Different, Central London

If I was one of those people who values their worth by the artistic talent and/or success of their friends, I’d probably think quite a lot of myself. I do think quite a lot of myself. I’m not sure how I’ve done it, but most of my friends are into illustration, game design, writing or something similar (no interpretive dancers as of yet). A week or so ago I visited Gallery Different in Percy Street, which is in Fitzrovia. My friend Bernadette is part of an exhibition until 20th September of work by the Society of Women Artists, so we went for a private viewing (different from a public viewing in that they served wine and I got to meet some of the artists themselves).

This is one of Bernadette's paintings.
This is one of Bernadette’s paintings.

Sweet little dude, huh? This is her website, although if you really want to know what her paintings are like then you should pop round mine for a cup of tea since her work is in almost every room in the house excluding bathrooms (so far). In fact, if you want to commission her then drop me a line and I’ll have a word tomorrow morning when we walk the dogs. Incidentally, she did a portrait of Fred a few years ago and he looks very stately and not at all like he’s the sort of dog who nicks your slippers. I do, however, have video evidence of that.

Anyway, back to the art. Lots of women are currently showing their work at Gallery Different; my other favourite artist was probably Rosa Sepple, who knows how to depict a good night out. My nan, who came too, bought one of these pictures. I can’t remember which but I reckon anyone sneaking around her living room is going to get a fright when they turn on the lights and see a giant cartoon of poultry watching them.

Event and Place Gallery Different, Fitzrovia, London

Cost Apart from the train tickets and food we got afterwards, it was free. I’ve never been to a gallery that charges to go through the door, although the art itself isn’t exactly the price you’d pay for a canvas print in B&Q.

Food It was a private viewing so they served wine. I don’t think it’s something they do everyday.

Other people I wore nice shoes so I could pretend I was fancy and regretted it when my toes got squashed walking from the tube to the gallery. Judging by the people who were there, you can wear anything you like since it’s an art gallery and the more eccentric you look, the more people think you’re a Serious Artist. The gallery itself is in quite a nice part of the city so you might get a few art snobs wandering about, which are fun to watch although I can never be sure whether I want to engage them in conversation. 8/10 for people watching, 10/10 for things to look at. Possibly not the best place to visit if you’re uninterested in art.

(All Hail) Creation · Art · Colour · Complaints · Internet · September 2014

Slight Smugness and a Poster About Slugs and Snails

Today is the day I would have gone back to school were I still a student, and it felt really, really strange going about town seeing people in my old uniform trotting to and from that wonderful institution/seventh layer of hell. My feelings are kind of mixed about the whole thing; on the one hand, I’M FREEEEEEEEEEEE. On the other, I’m broke and spent a large portion of today ironing.

Still, in the spirit of change, I decided to try out WP’s new post editor. It’s clean and simple, which I like, but I also miss the insane intricacy of the old editor, which has about a billion links to click if you’re bored. Now I have to go on YouTube more than normal.

Okay let’s get down to business and learn how to upload images here:

SugarAndSpiceByFrancescaBurke SlugsAndSnailsByFrancescaBurkeWhat do you reckon? I had a bit of a moment when I was browsing Etsy and everything I saw seemed to be focussed around gender, especially gifts for babies – who, let’s face it, are not aware of their gender. So I came up with a couple of alternatives to those cutesy little nursery rhymes people like to sing!

They are available here as prints and here as downloads.

Excellent, the link button is the same. Hmm. Maybe I’ll flit between the two editors depending on my mood, like those rich ladies who go from a cafe to bar on a whim.

Bugger, I can’t find spellcheck.

Colour · DISCUSS. · Indifferent Ignorance · Internet · June 2014

It’s Time to Out-Sparkle Eurovision, Folks!

Happy Rainy Wednesday snowflakes. Is it Wednesday? Can’t tell, but I have two hoodies on the go and Mum and I got new wellies for walking the dogs. Happy June!

Anyway I am mostly writing this to point out the very cute little icons now on the sidebar. I found them for free at this website, made by a lady named Carrie. I decided on pink because I’ve recently needed something sugary sweet that isn’t ice cream (although I usually also go with ice cream). Thing is, the icons clash with the milestone things I have, and I can’t change the milestone colours. Carrie offers forty-one different colours so could you guys please help me choose? Something vibrant but not eye-breaking. Ta.

Eurovision's Brightest littleballofgay.tumblr.com
Eurovision 2014’s brightest and most obnoxious entrant. Sorry Conchita. From littleballofgay.tumblr.com

 

Right next question: is anyone going to watch the World Cup? Is anyone even mildly interested in the sport of football? Let’s set the ‘overpaid and under-worked serial adulterers’ parameters now…

April 2103 · Colour · Funny · Internet · Jesus

You Are About to Experience the Best Website in the World Ever (except this one of course)

http://www.dokimos.org/ajff/

With the sound on.

I love Jesus more every second the tab is open.

Thank you, Ruby!

April 2012 · Art · Colour

Mindless Self Indulgence t-shirt

Mindless’s tour ended this week. I didn’t see it, but I am prepared to make a deal with the band: if they come to the UK to play, I will wear my shiny new Steve, t-shirt:

It’s a remake of a top I drew on in pen for my first My Chem show… I couldn’t think of lyrics to write, so I decided to use a band that was either another that I liked or piss loads of fangirls off.
This fit both on some level.
I chose Steve, Righ?’s name over the others’ because it contains punctuation, not because he is Dr. Death (the MCR show was the first ‘Danger Days’ show; the fact Steve plays Dr Death was actually a well-kept secret at the time. Hello, irony).

There are no pictures of me wearing it because I’m allergic to taking mirror-photos of myself, and it’s cold today so I’m also wearing a gigantic cardigan… The original t-shirt can be found here and here, and if you’re on DeviantART, do your thing here.

Cheap, Twitter-inspired post done. I was going to talk about History revision, but I haven’t really done any yet.

(All Hail) Creation · Art · Colour · December 2011 · My Chemical Romance (get a category)

Introducing My First Ever Piece of Non Satirical/Deadly Serious MCR Work.

I wasn’t going to blog any more this year, but then I finished some stuff I’ve been working on since May or June, and thought I’d share it with you lot as a happy new year gift. Or, alternatively, a ‘hope this makes your gloomy January better’ present.

You want to see each piece separately? Of course you do (click to enlarge to full-sized glory).

 

There is a lyric from every original song in there, I think, but one of them is wrong. I did redo it (twice) but then I remembered that age-old saying “Would you destroy something perfect in order to make it beautiful?” and watched television instead.

If any of you could suggest proper titles for each piece, as well as a collective title, I’d appreciate it, because at the moment they are up on my DeviantART profile with really lame names. The only thing I can come up with is ‘Spot the Mistake’, which isn’t the most promotional title out there…

I really won’t blog until 2012 now.

(All Hail) Creation · Art · Colour · Funny · July 2011 · My Family and Other Animals · Photogenius

If Art is the Weapon, Mascara is the Nuclear Bomb.

Do you remember the day you rounded up your friends, took them down to the nearest hill and made them pose for your Media coursework? You don’t? You’re missing out.

Since that’s not the photograph I’m planning on using, it can hang out on the Net. Exam boards get upset if your coursework turns out to be on the Internet (and they have a program to check). Sadly, this means I can’t publish some of my best work, like a To Kill a Mockingbird piece on 9/11, which is one of the best non-MCR related things I’ve ever written.

Anyway, since you all get sadistic pleasure out of making me look like a fashion-conscious, sparkly, pretty, normal person, here are the photographs from my now infamous makeover.

          

Now for the ‘holy shit’ moment:

     

The ‘sophisticated’ look, according to Ellen and Isobel:

   

The wreckage:

  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a short, scowling, makeup-avoiding teenager gets turned into a short, smiling-shyly version of Boots’ makeup section. I think it took four hours… Please give Ellen and Bel lots of valuable things for their patience… And for getting me to agree to the idea on tape so I couldn’t back out.

Colour · Funny · Get Yer Mind Out of the Gutter · Internet · June 2011 · Lists · Pure Insanity · Videos

Multitasking With My Linking.

I apologise for ignoring the Internet almost completely over the past week. I’m genuinely not sure when I last posted, or what it was about, I just remember Isobel’s declarations that the new comment box is ‘STUPID’. However, this afternoon I am (mostly) awake and have lots to catch you up on.

I found a really excellent blog post about Father’s Day, I think on Twitter, but it has been swallowed up by my timeline. Instead, I leave you with a video that’s partly about a dude who missed out on quite a few Father’s Days.