For those of you who haven’t been introduced to the bizarre world of Portlandia, please indulge in this little clip: Put a Bird On It. Go on. You know you want to. It will only take one minute and 42 seconds of your time and I promise you with my whole heart that you will thank me for it.
Last weekend, Jimmy and I put up our wee little exhibition at the Golden Hare bookshop in the Grassmarket. We deliberated over the name and came up with the gem that is ‘New Wave Deco, ‘ which is an exploration of art deco architecture found in Edinburgh. Buildings like Dominion Cinema, the Lothian House doors and the derelict Odeon were represented in bright, new wave colours created over backdrops of super stellar interplanetary ‘shizzle.’ The show piece was created by both Jimmy and myself. It was an experiment of using my fabric techniques with his mixed media patterning and…badges! The badges are mini artworks of the originals. And hey, hey, lucky you! You can have a mini artwork of your very own should you happen to wander through the doors of the Golden Hare. Badges are £1.50. Bargain! Hello stocking stuffer and hello happy recipient.
Now. About the badges. I now need to introduce you to Tex and Bonnet, which can be found by following the yellow brick road to this link. This is currently our holding page but hold on to your hats, kids, there’s going to be a whole lot of developments with this new venture as the months roll out. We’ve been planning plans and scheming schemes.
As for me and my varied life as artist and teacher, I’ve been busy working in two local schools. My day began with orchestrating the putting together of a dramatic Winterwonderland display. One 4 metre stretch had a set design of 8 foot trees (white painted mdf) in the foreground and houses in the background. The other space, stretching across 4 metres, is a set design of icebergs peopled by penguins. The art departments have been busy creating 3D penguins galore, stars o plenty, background houses and 3D snowflakes. As the children and teachers were discovering the set up, there seemed to be an overall feeling of ‘oh, penguins! Cool!’ and ‘Man. Those trees are huge.’ Hopefully a happy festive spirit has been properly injected into that space.
This afternoon I was at the primary school teaching young minds about the amazing qualities of salt on watercolour paint. We were learning all sorts of fun techniques for watercolour painting. These will be used next week when we revisit the Urban Sketching sketches they worked so hard to create. With a little wax resist here and paper towel effect sky there, I should think their paintings are going to shine.
What a week. And tomorrow…the commission of Royal Circus.