What The Scarecrow Sees
Keep up to date with what’s happening in my world, from art projects to the weird and wonderful.
…This was the snippet of a conversation I overheard this morning as I trudged through the stormy winds and torrential rain that tried to destroy me and anyone else stupid enough to be out in it. It lifted my mood no end.
So, my site has been up a month and by now I should be sitting down to write my third blog but here I am only getting round to the second.
“Where have you been?” I hear you cry, “What have you been doing?”
Well, mostly paperwork. Boring, confusing paperwork. Good way to start the year. Still, had to be done and it’s all behind me now.
I’ve also been doing a lot of preparation work for some fairly adventurous (well, for me anyway) projects coming up. There are more powerhose murals in the pipeline and they all have to be planned out. Really looking forward to getting into the “wetsuit” again and playing Ghostbusters with the powerhose.
Add to that a bit of illustration work, an album cover, some commissioned pieces and portraits and a story I’m helping write for a shadow puppet play (!) and what you get is a head full of ideas and not enough time to arrange them into any kind of workable order.
After many months of mulling over the design and changing my mind countless times, my website can at last see the light of day. Here, you can keep up to date with my project work, latest finished pieces and thoughts and ideas. You can also buy stuff from the shop and commission work.
Most of my Christmas holidays has been spent getting all the last minute bits and bobs ready for the site with She Who Cannot Be Done Without, Jolene, the rest of the time was for planning and scheming. There are lots of goals set for 2013 which I’ll share with you as things progress. If even half of them come to fruition it’ll be very exciting. Some of these plans involve Pirate Heart Records, a very cool home for some great rock n’ roll bands. I’ll be helping design some merch for these bands and the Pirate Heart brand itself including T-shirts, album sleeves, posters etc. I’m also working on a series of collectables from the recesses of my dark soul which will be unleashed through Pirate Heart.
I intend to add to my series of rock portraits also. There are so many heroes of mine still to paint so I better get to work. Add to that many more murals (some done with the powerhose), school projects, writing, new albums from the bands I sing in, Setting Off Sirens and Cadaver Club and I can safely say 2013 is more or less covered!
I suppose I should explain briefly why I’ve called my blog “What The Scarecrow Sees”. Well, I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of the scarecrow and for years I’ve felt a kinship with this lonely creature. The scarecrow is the outsider who dutifully stands at his post doing exactly what’s expected of him, year in, year out. He watches the comings and goings of others. He knows he’s missing something important but is afraid to step beyond the boundaries of his own field. Leaving my post has been one of the best decisions of my life and because I’ve been the scarecrow for so long, I really appreciate where I am now and where I’m going.
I hope you can join me here and there on my wanderings, there’ll always be a song for you at the campfire,