Happy birthday LJR’s and Star Wars a thon

Yes that’s right its Friday! I’m looking forward to an epic weekend, its Little Johnny Russells 5th birthday tomorrow so happy birthday Ben and the crew!

As a recovery tool we are doing a Star Wars marathon on Sunday commencing around 3pm and watching the 3 originals back to back, A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus a roast dinner WIN!


I am not afraid to admit I am a geek, it basically meant at school I was an outsider. As painful as this period of my life was its taught me to feel pretty darned cool about being an individual. Once that’s sucked out of you how can you be original, challenging or creative?

I ran into a lot of problems about who I was and how I fitted into the world and to be quite honest I had some severe problems with depression and acute anorexia for most of my teens. Then I turned to intense drug use to escape and bad relationships. I now realise all that time I was running from something, but what? Just not being true to myself, and I discovered I could make things, like music, craft and art. It made me happy and I stopped running, I became aware that the universe is bigger, bolder and more fantastic and I was part of it and that rocked!



Hey ho lets go!

Yay so I went out Saturday night in my ‘costume’ and I bumped into my fav Star Wars character of all time…

My best friend in the world Heidi, Boba Fett and me!

I got pretty hot dancing in that blonde wig! A big thanks to all my lovely friends who made Saturday night super fun and I ended up d.jaying at a lovely house party.

So lots in pipeline at the moment, there is the exhibition opening on Thursday, come down for 6.30 and have a drink with me.

Next week I am off to France and Belgium for a week with 3 of the ladies from gallery. We will be visiting LaMalterie first in Lille, its an old brewery converted into a huge arts centre, awesome!

An empty industrial site, once again a place of work, a creative meeting place, la malterie was created in Lille over 10 years ago. It has since evolved and its mission is based around the idea of experimentation, making la malterie an artistic laboratory where artists can share space with each other and collaborate.

La malterie was created by artists and continues to be artist led.

                                                                                            shiko shiko at La Malterie

Stormtroopers holiday in Southsea

You know that keeping the Empire in order is hard work, so when there not fighting rebel scum these guys come to sunny Southsea! Nothing like a fab lolly along the front eh?

Just working on some Star Wars in Southsea stuff, like you do!

Try working in these conditions with a massive autistic kid on your back! My amazing son Joel is way off the chart autistic and learning disabled, he totally digs his Mum drawing stuff.

He was like this for about 30mins whilst I was drawing.