This is it.

“We always imagine that there’s got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now; this is the Great Somewhere Else we all carry around in our heads. We believe Somewhere Else is out there for us if only we could find it. But there’s no Somewhere Else. Everything is right here… Make this your paradise or make this your hell. The choice is entirely yours. Really.”
Brad Warner.

I read this morning and it really struck a chord with me. I know both types of person and I veer from one to the other.
I had a really great meeting last night about the Zine Fair and it was one of those situations where you’re sat with people who are interested in making life a bit richer.

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An end, a beginning.

Yesterday I think I reached the bottom and had an out pouring of grief like I have never felt before. Sometimes perhaps you have to break to realise that you need fixing.

This morning I woke up and I produced three paintings in quick succession, more than I have painted in three months. Brave new feelings have been found and demons have been fought and destroyed. Taking solace in creativity is a wonderful thing, to take a blank page and fill it with colour, a pile of materials and make something new. Oh what a metaphor for life.

 

Some things that made me smile today…

Maria Carluccio

Choccorie

1950’s card

Becca Stadtlander

Traditional eskimo folk art: Bear Emerging from Sea

Artist unknown

Hemzo Karoly

Traditional wooden dolls.

Boys who do it well: part 9

Oh yes its that time again, my favourite post of the week. Credit where credits due this week so lets kick off with Southsea’s food Lord…

Charlie Thompson…

Absolute food hero, blogger, cyclist and all round good chap. Charlie is the man behind Southsea Food Social an informal and friendly guide to cooking, eating and entertaining. Also a fellow team player in Strong Island and the only man to make me cry by not breaking my heart but by making me chop shallots. He also has awesome taste in music and loves chilli which in my book earns major Brownie points!

Next is Illustrator and designer Dan Matutina

Dan is based in the Philippines and his work is AMAZING! I want one of his tees and his style is sick. Being geek and proud, I love his celebration of nerd style.

This guy melts me, its Ian Reid!

Photo courtesy of shit cake

Ian Reid, the man behind “Sex, Hood, Skate & Videotape,” “Tales From The Hood” is one of the original dudes to bring skateboarding to New York City. Straight out of Brooklyn, NY. Ian shoots film and photography, some pretty hot ladies in there (be warned younger readers).

Brooklyn shot by Ian Reid, I cant wait to go next year!

Well thats all  folks, be back with a little post later today about last nights Strong Island Festivities!