with stones on their feet

Keeping me chipper.
Cough from hell!

lester bangs

"William Miller: So Russell... what do you love about music?

Russell Hammond: To begin with, everything.

For three consecutive days, i've drawn out watching one of my all-time favourite films - Almost Famous.
It's one of the best things to watch a movie that is not only magic but is clearly made by someone who loves music. I don't see the point of a film without a good soundtrack, it's the backbone of the story and it makes me envious every time a piece of music kicks in to compliment a monumental/subtle/inconsequential moment in the story. 'Cause really, who wouldn't want a soundtrack to their life.
Elizabethtown is another example of Cameron Crowe's musical infatuation, a lesser film but one that won me over with its soundtrack and road maps.
If you're a music lover and you haven't watched either, shame on you.

This is a list of all the music used in Almost Famous, not a bad song in there:

Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"
Black Sabbath - "Sweet Leaf"
Blodwyn Pig - "Dear Jill"
Brenton Wood - "The Oogum Boogum Song"
Cat Stevens - "The Wind"
Clarence Carter - "Slip Away"
David Bowie - "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Live)
Deep Purple - "Burn"
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "The Cover of Rolling Stone"
Elton John - "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"
Elton John - "Tiny Dancer"
Eric Carmen - "Go All the Way"
Fleetwood Mac - "Future Games"
Free - "Wishing Well"
James Pankow - "Colour My World"
Jerry Allison, Norman Petty & Buddy Holly - "Peggy Sue"
Jethro Tull - "Teacher"
Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
John Keen - "Something in the Air"
Joni Mitchell - "River"
Led Zeppelin - "Bron-Y-Aur"
Led Zeppelin - "Misty Mountain Hop"
Led Zeppelin - "Tangerine"
Led Zeppelin - "That's the Way"
Led Zeppelin - "The Rain Song"
Little Feat - "Easy to Slip"
Lou Reed - "I'm Waiting for the Man"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Simple Man"
MC5 - "Looking at You"
Nancy Wilson - "Lucky Trumble"
Neil Young - "Cortez the Killer"
Neil Young - "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere"
Pete Droge - "Small Time Blues"
Peter Frampton, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Gordon Kennedy - "Hour of Need"
Peter Frampton, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Gordon Kennedy - "You Had to Be There"
Rod Stewart - "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Russell Hammond & Jeffrey Bebe - "Love Thing"
Simon and Garfunkel - "America"
Steely Dan - "Reeling in the Years"
Stevie Wonder - "My Cherie Amour"
Stillwater - "Chance Upon You"
Stillwater - "Fever Dog"
Stillwater - "Love Comes and Goes"
The Allman Brothers Band - "One Way Out" (Live)
The Beach Boys - "Feel Flows"
The Chipmunks - "The Chipmunk Song"
The Guess Who - "Albert Flasher"
The Seeds - "Mr. Farmer"
The Stooges - "Search and Destroy"
The Who - "Sparks"
Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"
Todd Rundgren - "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
Yes - "I've Seen All Good People: Your Move"
Yes - "Roundabout"

I love soundtracks =]

I will at some point post some new work, the pre-christmas mayhem has put me off my game a bit. Urk.

helen stellar - io(this time around)

anna zabba

"Well Frank settled down in the Valley and hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead he sold used office furniture out there on San Fernando Road and assumed a $30,000 loan at 15 1/4 % and put down payment on a little two bedroom place his wife was a spent piece of used jet trash made good bloody marys kept her mouth shut most of the time had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind. They had a thoroughly modern kitchen self-cleaning oven (the whole bit) Frank drove a little sedan they were so happy.

One night Frank was on his way home from work, stopped at the liquor store, picked up a couple Mickey's Big Mouths drank 'em in the car on his way to the Shell station, he got a gallon of gas in a can, drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it, parked across the street, laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red then Frank put on a top forty station got on the Hollywood Freeway headed north.

Never could stand that dog"

-'Frank's Wild Years'

2009 listenings

VV Brown
Florence and the Machine
Passion Pit
The Temper Trap
White Lies

Unfortunately, the BBC's Sound of 2009: The Longlist didn't tell me anything i didn't know already but i got myself a nifty wee list to remind myself when i inevitably forget to buy them all!
My memory banks are senile geriatrics.

candi staton - you got the love


I've watched this a ridiculous number of times and i never tire of it.
Boh is incredible.

watching - superbad

for emma, forever ago

Written in a sleepy haze.
I miss writing in quaint fonts and inexplicably slanted lines

2007, thank you for Justin Vernon, he made two thousand and eight sound more wondrous than i could have hoped for.

russian red

A delusional boy and his sex doll.
I couldn't possibly love it more.
Ryan Gosling can do no wrong.

I think perhaps this essay has demolished my brain. Urk.

syntax - pride

lover's spit

I wasn't in the right mood when i first heard Broken Social Scene and dismissed them for a year at the least.
I'm so stupid sometimes



Six of the drawings for EDADID.
Two still to photograph. One to draw. Hopefully i'll catch up with the posting!

1. a copy of a Seurat i did for my Paw
2. a christmas card for my Mum to be multiplied and send out. I couldn't draw holly. Ridiculous
3. a bastardized version of a Rinko Kawauchi photograph
4. a bastardized version of Oliver H's photograph, 'Postmodernity'
5. a bastardized version of Bas Jan Ader's face during his short film 'I'm Too Sad To Tell You'
6. another silverpoint of one of Bas Jan Ader's many expressions during 'I'm Too Sad To Tell You' - I've fallen a bit in love with it

It was my assessment hand-in day today, well, technically yesterday. Colour me frantic. Feedback is thursday with a tutor i don't know. That'll be nice. A new face, a new opinion. Hopefully not a bad one!
Ucht, i miss being quietly insecure, these days i stomp about in a panic-driven frenzy. Oh, what a joy i'll be in 4th year =]

seal - crazy


The forecast predicts no snow this week coming.

"...one night after supper, Dub turned up a snowshoe rabbit, blundered it, and missed. In a second the whole team was in full cry. A hundred yards away was a camp of the Northwest Police, with fifty dogs, huskies all, who joined the chase. The rabbit sped down the river, turned off into a small creek, up the frozen bed of which it held steadily. It ran lightly on the surface of the snow, while the dogs plowed through by main strength. Buck led the pack, sixty strong, around bend after bend, but he could not gain. He lay down low to the race, whining eagerly, his splendid body flashing forward leap by leap, in the wan white moonlight. And leap by leap, like some pale frost wraith, the snowshoe rabbit flashed on ahead."

- 'Call of the Wild'
Jack London


I am now the proud possessor of my very first DeviantArt Daily Deviation =]
I've been after one of these since 2005!
The work in question is 'Four'
Giddy, just doesn't quite cover it. Especially with the impressive artistic meltdown i've been having since September =]
It's going to take years to reply to all these messages!
Lovely =]

Bad blogging of late, assessments and essays took precedence, they still are in fact. Grumble. I have however been partaking in a little project thought up by Jen Collins - if you were at the degree show you will remember her amazing little tea monsters - called Every Day A Drawing Day In December which i found through Miss Sanna Dyker, who is lovely enough to follow my little blog and let me follow hers. I suggest everybody have a gander at their blogs as they're full of fantastical things.
I hope to get the six drawings i've done on here later this evening, right now, however, i need to drink copious amounts of tea and watch Stranger Than Fiction in the dark.

Going into uni on a Saturday has confused my brain.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós - Colours

winter animals

Sebastiaan Bremer

The envy is stupefying.

daniel lanois - sohno dourado


In My Father's Den

I'm a sucker for an Aussie film, especially when they get it as right as this.

The usual unloading of things i've been toying with. Nothing seems to quite work but i suppose if it was all worked out by now, the second semester would be a very dull affair!
I can't get the idea of cavernous eyes out of my head but i can't quite get them onto paper yet. I live in hope.
I am dreading my assessment. DREADING.

mazzy star - into dust

kris kindle

Two sugars and two thirds milk. Cold Espresso.
I sicken myself sometimes.

Kevin Francis Gray

burial - archangel

the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift

There is more than likely going to be an influx of Scottish blogs, noting down forever the little bit of magic we witnessed on the 23rd of November 2008.
And so they damn well should.
Snow still makes me giddy and waking up to it this morning - even after the night of extreme nausea i was suffering from - was no less magic than when i was a wee girl. It did, however, take me a few minutes to understand what snow was again...mornings are not my forte. Branded 'The Littlest Zombie' at one point, i believe.

First snow!

I feel that i need this book.
A 1954. 1st Edition. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Illustrated by Mervyn Peake.

If only i had £200 pounds to spare!

I long for an antique bookshop in the area. You'd think it obligatory for a small town to harbour at least one but alas, no, Blairgowrie is burdened with an inordinate amount of charity shops and pubs. Hrumph.
There's this vague memory i have of being in an old rickety bookshop somewhere in Britain, i've never forgotten its smell and the closeness of the shelves and most of all the balcony encircling the upper walls - i'm sure there's a name for those - where more books were slumbering. Yes, i choose to believe books sleep when they are not read.
I want to go back there, wherever there was.

yann tiersen - iv


The giddying effects of real live Wild Things.
Spike Jonze, don't you dare muck it up.

city and colour - sleeping sickness

little brother

Apologies for the shoddy photograph.
I've been working on this for the past couple of days. It's the most progress i've made in a while, progress i've been happy about.
Not at first obviously, i railed against the use of paint like nobody's business but of course, my dad, the one who suggested i continue down this path after seeing a sketch in my notebook, convinced me it was the right thing to do. He's always sodding right.
It very much annoys me that i can't be objective about my work and miss things like this. I'll never be able to look at a piece of work and see what others see. The burden of being an artist. Woe is me...
I'm enjoying this process though, it just needs refined and other techniques tried out. Also, perhaps, a change of age in the subject.
Also decided to leave printmaking until next semester, would be an awful shame to start with two weeks left and then be stranded during the month off for Christmas. Where the hell did semester one go?

My poor computer is not a very happy bunny. He creaks and cries and it's all my fault.
Should i clear his insides out and feed him four more GB of memory?
I think so. I don't want him shuffling off this technological coil after only a year!

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - Leave

as a fifth balloon gave up the ghost

Royal de Luxe 'The Sultan's Elephant'

I'm so sad i missed this in London.

"I feel like a daisy today"

1 'Straylight Cavern' Cell Space, Duncan of Jordanstone: Cooper Gallery
2+3 Gerhard Richter, Edinburgh National Gallery
4 Godfried Schalken, Edinburgh National Gallery

Two days, three fantastic exhibitions. Good stuff.
I fell a little bit in love with Schalken's, 'A boy blowing on charcoal'

The newest editions to the 'you'll never figure this out' series.
I really really enjoy silverpoint but it's not gonna work for this project, far too tidy. Perhaps i'll use it for pretty pictures of country life to sell to my townspeople. Yes, that sounds like a plan.
Which reminds me! I've a winter scene to get to.
Stressed out. Although, best day in the studio yet. All we needed were some good tunes to kill the antisocial behaviour! White Stripes, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith.
I think i need to get back on the Red Bull to kill my lethargy. Bad idea? Yeah...

snow patrol - if there's a rocket tie me to it

light up, as if you have a choice

'Your Personal Moon'

A happy accident.
In keeping with the moon theme, I happened across these photographs of unknown german designers' moon installations.
Having been a victim to nyctophobia as a child, and as an 'adult' who loathes walking away from dark rooms and insists on sitting cross-legged in all chairs, one of these would have made the night a far more welcoming place.

This is just something i was working on today.
After being reintroduced to Giacometti's portraits, i've been trying to use his more atavistic style of drawing. I do tend to become obsessed with the detail rather than the person but i do love drawing quickly and very linearly, so Giacometti's work provided a much needed catalyst.
I'm not exactly happy with this drawing, it's still too polite.
Expression has really got me in a bind!
I really don't want to use big emotive faces but i feel like the more blank expressions are just too emotionless. Uchttt!
I did favourite a photograph on DA today which shows exactly what i want. If only i'd taken it: http://CBJJBC.deviantart.com/art/De-Profundis-103025045

I'm a big believer that if you're going to write something on a wall, make it something worth reading.
Take note.

leona lewis - run (cover)

bear cough

My bruise
My moon
My silverpoint

george winston - the holly and the ivy

eins zwei drei vier fünf sechs sieben acht neun

Christopher Barrett

19/1/09 !

the dinner witch

7 weeks and 3 days of absolute crap - exhausted, is the word. Watching Mock The Week on YouTube seems to be my only source of cheer, so here is an influx, and yes, they are Russell Howard biased:

"Ban your fanny!"


haemoglobin or US hemoglobin [hee-moh-globe-in]
a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues [Greek haima blood + Latin globus ball]

It was taken from me today and i was left with this - an ever-increasing bruise!
It's actually blue, i just couldn't take a decent colour photo. Not that this is a decent b+w photo!

More work will appear here tomorrow. It's all ready, i'm just sleepy =]
Here's a photo of my messy messy desk instead:

becky filip - jet plane (cover)