Sunday, November 30, 2008

Moosik Shower

On the first day of Christmas my bubba said to me.."You wanna moosik shower with me?"

Sit back and enjoy...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fish out of Water

Looks like the computer will possibly be running properly by next Tuesday in which case I can plug the tablet back in. Meanwhile I'm supposed to make back up copies of everything which is impossible because the USB ports are not recognising memory sticks, camera, wacom tablet and every time I put a CD into the drive the computer restarts....eeerrrggggg.

I've got to start making the Christmas cards. I have borrowed a guillotine, I have the paper, I bought what the lady assured me was gold glitter (to add the tacky bits) but it turns out to be for cosmetic use. It sticks to the skin beautifully but not paper. I now have nice, glittering gold hands.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's Above You

Cycling around the corner in a zennish state of mind to be confronted with the horrible guy in the next street with his equally disgusting, fat, boxer dog careering towards me like an enraged bull. Everybody on the street loathes this guy and his dog. They must have been away a few months because I had almost manged to wipe the ugly couple from my brain. When the French family on the other side of the street are here they carry a big stick with them because of this guy.

Anyway, here's a guitarist I like.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Shopping

I bought some really nice Viking fibulas last year (turns out they were Finnish) from a very nice fellow from Germany. So this year I thought I would get some more...they were super reasonable prices. So I sent an email asking if he still sells because I couldn't remember his seller name and I got an email back today saying he's in rehab. Don't know what to make of it. Hope he gets better is all I can think of.

Timbobig, the only blogger I follow, has pointed me in the direction of Glen Hansard who I never knew about. A great discovery for me.

Here's a link. He's buzzing from the other side of the universe.
Apparently he offered some very good advice. If you ever face an insurmountable wall, turn to the opposite direction and start walking and eventually you'll go right round the world and come out the other side. This makes sense to me and I wonder if my usual approach of trying to dig under it may be completely up the wrong street.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dotty Bird

This I did in CS3 Illustrator and with the Wacom tablet but the main reason I posted is so you can see this levitating orchestra. (If you need cheering up or anything).

Purile? Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sounds Like...?

I downloaded Adobe Illustrator 4 today. It's wonderful but this old machine doesn't recognise the Wacom tablet at the moment so I hope I can get it fixed before the trial runs out.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Or Like this...?


I may have posted a bit of this image before? It's from when I had the demo version of Adobe Illustrator CS3. Honestly, it was great...for sixteen days. Now they have a new version out CS4 but crikey, it costs about sixty squillion quid. I know the software can do a million things but what about us who are not students or companies? I would even do artwork for free for Adobe if they gave me a version at a reasonable price. Hello? Hello, Adobe? IIlustrator CS4 are you listening............?

Here's a link to an internet friend who makes wonderful, genuine stained-glass lamps. He's a jolly good cartoonist too.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

In the Rain

If I were a bird I would take a running jump off a mountaintop today. The clouds are scudding across a brilliant, blue sky. Leaves are yellow-flashing through the air. There's shadows dancing on the glass guitar case just fell over..... the police closed the main road yesterday because there were tiles blowing off the apartments and smashing onto the cars.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Forgot the Link

I forgot to put this link in. Fabio Federico. Quite honestly I forgot to breathe while I was listening until my snake brain kicked in.

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Out There

Well, Adobe Photoshop 2 has perfectly nice brushes.
Arthur is howling which means the massage lady next door has a client.
Henry, the neighbour on the other side has taken off in the dead of night as he always does at this time of year. His new wife hides in the house all day and absolutely everybody in town thinks she is wanted across Europe. For what? Nobody knows. Something to do with boats. And everybody knows she was married before she snaffled Henry and she never divorced and the reason she married Henry is because he's already had two heart attacks and he owns lots of apartments in Germany.
See, it's all happening here. The wind is still roaring.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Straight Hair

Must be full moon or something...the wind continues to howl...I have a lot of things I am supposed to be doing right now and am in major diversion activity. So, here's some magic playing by guitarist Gaelle Solal. I will never reach such technique but it's good to have dreams and anyway, I'll just plod on and maybe in twenty years time....ha, ha...OMG I'll be 75.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008


I think the whole world is on ebay today. Thought I would buy something medieval like a coin perhaps for a possible Christmas present but it keeps redirecting me to Tibetan gem encrusted daggers which I am not interested in.
Blowing a gale again.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Strange Child

Here's a link to a brilliant animation called "The little girl who was forgotten by absolutely everyone...even the postman." By Katytowell on Youtube. I wish she lived around the corner! The person who invented the little girl, that is.

Playing with the motion button in the above drawing.

I often pass a jogging lady when I'm on the bike by the seafront and we always exchange "holas" and today I bumped into her on a street and we said "hola" and she asked if it was too windy on the beach and I said yes (this is in Spanish) and I ask if she is French and she says no she's English and German. And then there's that pause when two english speaking people realise why are they speaking to each other in Spanish. Anyway, it was funny and I'll certainly meet her again.

A 20 euro note flew out my pocket as I was cycling down a steep hill but I actually saw it on the way back! I had to climb down a ditch and over a metal fence to retreive it from a pile of rubbish. Watched the whole time by a man with a bucket skulking in a doorway. I wonder what he thought I was doing?

And, I just finished a ten hour render of an animated fractal using the demo version which is a new version of the one I have and it's just now I have a very nice yellow , unanimated square with "evaluation copy" all over it. I'm going to upgrade anyway. Ultrafractal 5.0.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


One and a half hours queuing in the police station in Reus this morning to collect a piece of paper. Panic attack crawling across the floor trying to get its hands on me. It seems strip lighting plays a big part in my panic attacks . Anyway, now I'm wrecked but I did go to a wonderful shop that is so crammed with fancy dress costumes and bolts of material that it is difficult to walk down the aisles which are about 40 cms wide. Bought six handmade buttons.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

B is for....

But you have to listen to this version of Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega and played by cyrloud o Youtube. He makes his tremelo look as effortless as patting a dog.

The "B" is Times New Roman font and filled in from an old drawing of faces.

Saturday, November 08, 2008


And make it snappy!
Not my own joke but it's going to be an idea for a Maureen cartoon. The perfect date. Ha, ha, not.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Moo Cat Too

That's odd. It's a red cat really. It's got to be the way I saved it?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Crass Stupidity

If I were a cartoon I would have smoke coming out my ears today. I saw, for the first time, the paperwork needed in Britain, for a Home Information Pack, which is a delightful scam the government there has invented for getting money out of people when they sell a house. I cannot believe the stupidity of some of the many hundreds of questions. How about this...
Bathroom fitments...please mark Included, Excluded, None.
Taps, Plugs, Soap and toothbrush holders, Toilet Roll holders

and in External areas...
Water butts
Clothes line

Television and telephone...
Television aerial (in another part of the questionnaire it asks where is the television aerial)
Radio aerial.

Apart from the fact that I am mad at the idiocy of a person who would quibble over a toilet roll holder etc, it's a huge scam, an utter waste of printing and paper, an appalling waste of the seller's time, the buyer's time, the estate agents, the solicitors. And what a SAD, SAD reflection of what Britain has turned into.
AND; AND:::::A British estate agent here in Spain actually stabbed a guy to death two days ago over a house deal. What is wrong with the world?

I've got to find some nice music here.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I mean this is the link...

The link in the previous one is to a very funny cartoonist on Youtube called "".

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This morning a fellow came to collect twenty year's worth of rubbish which I had piled up for him. It is oddly exhilarating to be freed of ten meters of binbags full of broken things. Now the house is virtually empty and I much prefer it this way.

Now I carry two keys and one is for the padlock on the bike.

Here's a link to Paulo Sereno who everybody should hear. I've linked to this clip before but it really makes me happy.

Monday, November 03, 2008

In a Spot

Playing around with lighting effects. Looks a bit computer generated to me...which it is. Paint shop Pro.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Night Letters

You know if you left click on the image it will make it full size? I didn't know that for years, ha, ha. This is another negative image.

It's raining . The street is asleep outside.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Woo Hoo. Put the colour illustration in negative mode and all sorts of mysterious colours come out. Now I see it like this I think it could make an oil painting.

Anyway, I don't like it being dark at seven in the evening so here's a link to an astonishing oud player that I came across on Youtube. He's the kind of musician that makes you think he has a direct connection with the universe and via his playing you can see it.
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