And I wanted to buy a chicken! (re-hatched)

Hi folks,

Every now and then when the moon is in the first quarter and the tea leaf readings are favourable I like to sneak in a “straight” colour work. In these days of somewhat dubious advertising claims I was amused by the refreshing honesty of the shop name that I spotted last year on my travels. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve hyperlinked it to a bigger view on Flickr as the window contents demand closer inspection :).


Edit: I hope that it brought a few smiles to faces, it made me smile when I spotted it. I found a reference to the shop on the web which describes it as “Eccentric, fabulous and slightly frantic”, sounds “right up my street” as the saying goes except that it’s not up my street it’s about 50 miles away ๐Ÿ™‚

I love eccentricity, I think that the world needs more eccentrics. I remember that when I was young I was pretty darned introverted. Then something happened and I remember the occasion and circumstances quite vividly, it was like someone threw a switch in my brain and all of a sudden I didn’t much care what the world thought of me, I realised that, somewhere inside my brain there was another “me”, one neither I nor anyone else had seen before and it came as a huge surprise!, a more confident and self-assured me, and from roughly that point on, I became a lot more extrovert, bordering occasionally on the eccentric, a trait that has steadily grown over the years. I’m reminded of the song “The hollow man” by Marillion, I think that, if I hadn’t changed I would have become one ย and I very nearly did:

“Watch this cold world dishing up these endless hollow men
Find us anywhere you look
Come and meet our friends
Stand us in our silly clothes
Put our batteries in
Line us up like fairground ducks
Watch us grin and grin

See the lies behind our eyes
See the will to win”

Best wishes


A Place For Creation


Something that I hope is of interest to my fellow creatives. I recently joined a very interesting site that perhaps you already know of, “A Place For Creation” ย . You can view my profile at

I’ve been corresponding via their Creative Coach Facebook group with the site founder Gemma Louise Kimpton and she’s been extremely friendly and helpful. Looks like they’re building a nice friendly artistic community there.

Hope it’s of interest, check it out and mention my name if you get in touch with them.

Best wishes



This little piggy’s off to market!


Well not quite yet maybe but, given my spectacular lack of success to date in selling my work online, I’m seriously considering printing up a few of my local works when and if ย funds permit, getting a license to sell at a local market (yes you need a license for everything in this country except breathing but I’m sure that that will come in the fullness of time!) ๐Ÿ™‚ and trying my hand at the direct face-to-face direct sales method. I need to give some thought to my sales pitch, I think perhaps, “Please buy my work before we starve!” is a bit too “in your face”, honest, but too blunt so I’ll work on that aspect :).

I can see myself on a cold, wintery Saturday morning dressed in my finest winter togs, beanie hat, fingerless gloves and flask of hot tea , the later essential as I don’t function without it! :). What people miss out on online is my god-given charismatic charm, humour and wit and my “honest John” face LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ :D, time methinks to give it a go!.

Best wishes,

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