September 25th, 2006


Artyfarty and the Return to the Mothership....

Well we are now into week four of a Trail ....

And it truly is.....

Hopefully life will return to normal towards the end of the week.

Today saw the return of yours truly to the bosom of the Department/Mothership. Dragged kicking and scraming from my dusty Whitehall Office and returned to the shiny glassness that is HQ.......

T'riffic !

Still it will cut my daily commute/hell to an hour each way and save me a 30 minute walk or an extra train journey.

Only thing is there are soooooo many people feels quite odd.

The weekend was a bit of a maddun.

Saturday I went over to finish artexing Bro and S-i-L's living room, (Picking up the last of Wave 3 from the Dr Who line from Lakeside .....)

Got home and I had a BBQ on the spur of the moment and had Mum and Dad up for nosh and a beer or too.

Sunday I had to catch up on all the stuff I didn't do while on jury service so went shopping first thing. Called into to see Grandma and then spent the rest of the day painting and drawing... my French friend has been encouraging me to do so after many years away from the pencil and the brush I knocked out a few very quick sketches and watercolours.

The best of the crop were these:

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Sadly I don't have access to the young lady depicted, so I am going to try and pick up some cheapish books on photography of the nude form and paint and draw from I can't afford the £100 to do evening classesat the moment.

I also have a few sculptures in mind, A Barn owl with wings outstretched and a nude. So after months of prevarication I am going to make a concerted effort to get back into the art zone.

Meeting Al Bean, Lunar Module Pilot and fourth man on the moon and seeing some of the pi$$ poor sculpts in the Surrey Sculpture Society Show at Wisley last weekend has really boosted my confidence and determination to start learning and improving again.

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Is that all there is….

On Sunday when I was working over at my Bros place I was able to download the last few months worth of photographs….

Including: Nepal, The General's Review, A day out with Christine at the British Museum, My Garden before the Laurel tree was removed, Hampton Court Flower Show, A day out with Christine at Groombridge location for the recent film version of Pride and Prejudice, some pictures from a drawing trip with Christine and her friends to the Watts gallery near Guildford, a day out and picnic with Sharon in the Ashdown Forest, Antony's 33th Birthday, Apollo era exhibits and capsule from the Science Museum, pictures of the sculptures from the recent exhibition of the Surrey Sculpture Society at Wisley RHS Gardens …and my meeting with Al Bean….

Is that all there is…..could you get a more diverse range of subjects on one camera ?!?

Here's the moment that I met a Moonwalker and a couple of pictures of my momento's from the evening…which I will remember for a very long time.

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This is a very famous picture of Al Bean during an EVA on the moon which I have had on my home PC pretty much since I bought it back in 1997..

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so now I can frame this with the mission patch and hang it in the studio…

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It was only afterwards that I thought of something less obvious that I would have liked to have asked him…
"Whether he could remember what he was thinking when the EVA picture was taken"… I could have kicked myself…

However, having read extensively about his trip to the moon, I know that he actually had very little time to actually consider where he was and what he was doing…he just motored on with the schedule as dictated in the mission checklist….