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I find it annoying & somewhat gruel that parents/adults call their young children "Old"
 please give them a chance to be young in life,
 before we ask " how old they are"
 people may think it is P.C. & maybe it is; 
 but when a baby of barely a day is said to be " 1 day old" 
 how many days,weeks or years is enough, without the "OLD" on the end
rant over
The Creative Genius is
"occasionally crazier
and yet adamantly saner
than the average person"
by Barron
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Brain Fog lately; plenty of mixed ideas;
when putting to Art, most turn to meh
I have started redrawing designs of Maori Symbols/Mythological Creatures;
 have changed some popular designs to give symbolic meanings of our times;
as well others to give more modern concept; e.g. Hei Matau with Bird Head to signify Safe Journey's through the Sky over Water; as from N.Z. everywhere is over Water.
Hei Matau; Fish Hook Safe Journey over Water; Prosperity, Abundance;
Manaia; Protector over Sky, Earth & Seas.
 Koru ; new Beginnings, new Life, Harmony with Nature
well i seem to have a need to do Parody's of one of my Fav; Artists Renee Magritte
           started with his "Son of Man" painting;
  which i parodied in my version "Hidding That Which is Hidden";
         A Statement about Man's Junk, that we all Know is there but which is Hidden out of Sight.
     2nd Version being an Astronaut in place of Man in Hat;
 depicting Mission Launch Console , Satellites in Space & Earth with Space Junk in place of Magritte's Apple;
      We all Know that there is Space Junk, but it is Hidden from every day View;
    3rd Version depicts a Lab. Techie in a Bowler Hat, with Earth & Space Junk in Place of Apple;
                  The Visible that is Hidden;
  Statements about what  is happening in and above our World with all the Rubbish piling up.

  4th  Version just had to do of Darth Vader,
 with Darth in Bowler Hat and Death Star in place of Magritte's Dove (Man in a Bowler Hat)
 well gave upcycling silverware a try; rather like,
 finding good patterned & cheap Silverware a bit of a task;
  still happy with what i created;
 have gone back to creating more political/environmental  Art;

as well as finally doing a retake of Renee Magritte painting "Son of Man"
have wanted to recreate in my style  for sometime, although hadn't been able to get the right feel to what i had in mind;

so Summers gone, now into Autumn, days a lot shorter & colder;
well gave this idea of creating jewelry out of Silverware;
apart from tracking down ,good quality silverware ((E.P.N.S)( electroplated silver/nickle))
hunting around 2nd hand dealers & garage sales, oh and own kitchen cutlery ;
finding some hand tools for cutting & shaping;
good drill bits for drilling holes; hand rasps/files for shaping & smoothing
coarse & superfine sand paper, polishing pads
silver chains, earring bits n bobs, hooks,eyes, etc;
has been good fun & not overly annoying ( don't lose 40% to cracks etc, as in egg craft).

have barely been able to complete pendants/earrings fast enough,
 and they're flying out the door, like hot cakes
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  • Listening to: Julia Deans/kiwi music (N.Z. music month)
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Doc Who-/kiwi comedy festival
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
don't know what's going on with D'art; upload photos of art; shows photos are there, then go to my home page and photos aren't there;
noticed couple other people in my fav list are having same problem;
photo appear in galleries but not on home pages/profile pages;
hope sorted soon;
  • Listening to: Julia Deans/kiwi music (N.Z. music month)
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Doc Who-/kiwi comedy festival
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
have decided to try & stick with clown series, partly to see where it goes & partly to not be so A.D.D.;
bloody difficult; as for every drawing I do; there's another 1/2doz +, that are partly done, or just scribble of ideas;

have been using Gimp to get different effects lately; but the weird thing is, i can only get effects once;
i can repeat the process with a different drawing & just doesn't happen;
oh well; guess just makes more original;

sticking with Clown series partly due to Clowns being able to be so many different types, good, evil, sad, happy, deranged; etc,etc; & yet still be pinned to being a Clown ;
  • Listening to: Julia Deans/kiwi music (N.Z. music month)
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Doc Who-/kiwi comedy festival
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
Flag Counter
  • Listening to: The Sounds (91.9 radio)/ &Gin Wigmore
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Fringe/BIg Bang-7 days(kiwi comedy; T.V)
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
after an attack of arthritis in right hand & left wrist;
which stopped me from holding pencil or using Dremel for carving my eggs;
i come to the conclusion that Einsteins' time being illusion ain't right; i'm no spring chicken anymore & get old person ailments;
so time is a definite; & it goes in one direction only;

today things are much better, came across painting of Picasso's seated women with a green scarf;
started doodling picture & one thing lead to another;
so added Dick Frizzell style kiwiana to Picasso drawing;
added Kiwi armchair, with rolled arms;
Tiki style hands,feet & mouth;
kiwi silver fern added to scarf;
may add other quintessential kiwiana to drawing;
ducks on wall behind; etc,etc
  • Listening to: The Sounds (91.9 radio)/ &Gin Wigmore
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Fringe/BIg Bang-7 days(kiwi comedy; T.V)
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
well haven't been on deviant much lately;
it's summer down here in southern hemi; so lots to do;
also got caught by Pinterest; tend to put stuff there 1st , as much quicker to upload & new;
crafting eggs of various types @ present;
while the urge takes me;

have been getting interested in corrugated cardboard art; where people are carving paintings into cardboard;
we'll see;
Easter almost on doorstep so keep going with eggs;

do tend to tear hair out when carving eggs & they disintegrate or blow out half of design;
and believe me, i don't have alot of hair to pull out;(from my numbskull anyway)
  • Listening to: Supertramp/Fleetwood Mac
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: Fringe/BIg Bang-7 days(kiwi T.V)
  • Playing: Mass Effect3
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
Chinese year of Snake 2013  or Black Water Snake; or in N.Z. year of the Taniwha;(Maori Mythology; water dwelling creature);
so have been designing & drawing water snakes/ Taniwha ; in various shapes sizes & styles;
as Chinese new year falls on my D.O.B. hope it bodes well for the year;
  • Listening to: Fat Freddy's Drop
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: meh
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
Hey; kia ora ;
have started posting my art & craft to Pinterest;
my sculpted crafts tend to reach pinterest before deviantart ;
have a lot of my fav kiwi(n.z) artists ;
other  fav; artists;
as well as kiwi slang/sayings;
kiwi muso's that i listen to;
fav; photography;
  • Listening to: Fat Freddy's Drop
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: meh
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
well been sculpting goose eggs & painting xmas themed eggs;
finding stands & caps for hanging eggs on wire for stands been mission;
working out rite look for stands , been trial & error;
using l.e.d. tealites candles,fitted to plastic stackables;
tried wrapping bases in black tape 1st, to stop lite from leaking around base;
worked rather effectively, just looked a bit shoddy;
decided spraying in enamel paint looked better;
working out caps for hanging goose eggs on wire or for xmas tree decorations was troublesome;
had a lot of help & suggestions from ladies @ Aarons Emporium Napier(thnx ladies);

lost a number of eggs to sculpting; some have hairline cracks that don't show up until sculpting;
others disintegrate due to vibration of dremel,
yet others crack or blow out designs, due to sculpted designs being to close to each other;

they say you normally  lose 30% of eggs in sculpting;
think i'm closer to 45% @ moment,the more i do, the better i;ll get;
finding suitable eggs for sale, not as easy as once was;

have had awesome feed back & praise from friends & local galleries;
and of course deviantart fans;
  • Listening to: Fat Freddy's Drop "silver & gold"
  • Reading: ya Whaaat
  • Watching: meh
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Whittakers choc Slabs
  • Drinking: Demon
well that's the surrealist 3 weeks I've had in a bloody long time;
1st my mum gets sick,
then I'm going to mums' funeral;     aaarrggghhhh!!!!!
then managed to bring home a bronchial infection,
which I haven't got over yet;
then one of my fav. N.Z. painters (Don Binney) passes away;
so hence i haven't really been inspired to draw or paint;
keep getting the urge to do another bird picture in Don Binney style,
but sketches just seem hollow;
keep browsing deviantArt to see whether will help with inspiration,
but just seems so disconx;

thought maybe by writing about, may help; but so far seems blank;
D'rek;
Napier/New Zealand;
Irish/Welsh;
student of Surrealism;Cubism
self taught sculpture;
Wood;(carved Walking Sticks)
Ostrich Bone;/Ostrich Egg;(carved/painted)
Beef Bone;(carved)
Plastic Creations;(recycled milk containers/soft drink bottles);

Semi-self taught Painter; (correspondence course thru "The Learning Connexion")

fav quote;
              "Every Child is an Artist, the problem is how to remain an Artist after we grow up"
                                       (Pablo Picasso)
influences in Art;
        Jeffrey Harris; Colin McCahon;Ralph Hotere;Bill Hammond;(N.Z);
             Pablo Picasso; Henri Matisse; Salvador Dali; Max Ernst; Giorgio De Chirico;Leonardo Da Vinci;
                     deviantArt Artists

fav music; Shihad; Gin Wigmore; Julia Deans; FatFreddys Drop ;(kiwi music);
            Pink Floyd; Supertramp; Talking Heads; The Police; & many others;
         genre; loud or background while creating Art;

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what an annoying day; today has been;
1st p.c. decided i wasn't allowed to uninstall a program;and then decided to freeze up;
sorted that out, then firewall desktop icon disappeared & wouldn't be replaced;
sorted that out by restoring system to earlier date;
then using graphite pencil; for some unknown reason, graphite wouldn't leave a mark on paper(really weird);
found other graphite pencils, but only small pieces remain;
so got to shading drawing; & got continual smudges all over the place;
lets hope this evening is less eventful & tomorrow brings a briter day;