Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Art from the street

 Found art, Mitch, Hampshire 2015

Street art can take many forms; sometimes it is shouting out loud "look at me, I'm Art I am".  Other times it is just lying there waiting to be found.  

serendipity doo dah, Hampshire 2014

Sometimes someone has gone to a lot of trouble creating Art, sometimes it just happens by happy accident.

streaming dreaming, 2015

Sometimes you can go to a lot of trouble creating an image.  Sometimes it was there all of the time.

Six word novel, Woolston, 2015

Some people put a lot of thought, skill and commitment into graffiti.  Other people manage to be more succinct.

 Xmas plug, Carnaby St, Christmas 2014

Sometimes street art is commercial.

 Boycott Israhell, London 2014

Sometimes street art is political.

 Car Art, Tony, Southampton, 2014

Sometimes street art is mobile.

 Old shop sign, Eastleigh
Sometimes it is hidden.

Yarn bomb, Woolston

Sometimes it keeps a low profile.

M27 bridge, Lower Swanwick

Sometimes it is still practising

Samer, Avenue Subway, 2014

Sometimes it should be in a gallery.

A27 Bridge, Bursledon, 2014

Sometimes it shouldn't.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Upfest 2015

Official Upfest Festival artwork, MyDogSighs

Upfest, Bristol have announced the line-up of artists for their July 2015 festival.  The list is like a directory of the great and the good.  I mean, everybody is gonna be there.  You're probably on the list yourself . . .

There is a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it.  
You can find out more here: 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Paint the city, stranger

Parmitters van, Fark, Southsea
Southsea, Portsmouth is a vibrant kind of place.  

Paint the city, Fark, Southsea
 There's a touch of faded seaside glory here and there

 Fark, Clifton Road, Southsea
 but on a day like today, with the sun shining, cathedral bells ringing, weddings occurring, scooters gathering, street fair; live music in the street, skateboard park buzzing, circus in town, bars bulging, yachts, kites, kids, ice creams, well, it's the place to be.

 Emily Barker, Lord Nelson, Skate Park, Cadillac; Southsea Saturday afternoon

 Monk, Southsea Skate Park

There's a whole bunch of street artists in the area.  Have I mentioned My Dog Sighs? (Oh, I have ...).

 My Dog Sighs, Southsea bandstand

 There's also Fark, Morf, Midge, and a host of others working to Paint the City. 

 If you like street art and design you should take a trip to Teatray in Osborne Road, run by Fark, where the attention to detail is meticulous - from the typeface on the shop sign to the way the cakes are presented.  

The bird on the shopfront is by Morf, the lettering by Brighton's Gary of MSK.

Fark, Southsea
All over Southsea and Portsea Island you can find examples of birds by Fark.  Above is a fairly big one from round the corner in Ashburton Road.  Below is a smaller one.

Over the road from Teatray is some hoarding hiding a spot where some work is going on.  Morf painted a little mural on it:

Not everyone approved.

The hoarding was blown down and when it was replaced Gary (of MSK and Brighton) painted this:

The owners were not happy, because they weren't asked.  They preferred this:

Fortunately Gary found a spot round the corner to have another go:

Go have a cake and a coffee at Teatray and explore Southsea


fin DAC
So class

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Mad Society

MSK, Southsea, 2015

I’d like to give her the old heave ho–in a dark alley somewhere.

Rabs, Aroe, Southsea, 2015

I love you, Mr. Bates! And I know it’s not ladylike to say so, but I’m not a lady and I don’t pretend to be.

MSK, Southsea, 2015

What's a 'weekend'?

Morf, Southsea, 2015

At least I'm not fishing with no bait

Gary, Southsea, 2015

Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.

Southsea, 2015

 I, Thanos, gaze upon the cold vastness of space and muse upon my life. Both, I find, are empty.

MSK, Southsea, 2015

Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel.

Southsea, 2015

Now, you are damaged goods

Gary, Fark, Southsea, 2015

There's nothing like an English summer, is there?   Except an English winter."
Clifton Road, Southsea

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Just read the instructions

This evening I saw a tweet with a link to Nasa TV.  
Twenty minutes later we watched this rocket take off, live on Nasa TV.  
Twenty minutes later we watched Dragon fly over our house. For real.
Half an hour later we saw the International Space Station fly over.

Dragon is delivering research equipment and a coffee machine to ISS.
How did they get this far without coffee? 

Below is the barge that Falcon, the rocket, was due to land on - so it could be re-used.  
It hit the barge, named JustReadTheInstructions, but at such velocity it bounced off.

Thank you SpaceX

Saturday, 11 April 2015

What is the price of two sparrows?

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 
Luke 13:34

 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.
Leviticus 1:14

If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young
Deuteronomy 22:6

And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
Ecclesiastes 12:4

 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
Deuteronomy 22:7