Garden

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I’m entering this photo in a competition about zen spaces from the Curious Emporium – (the prizes look awesome)  – you should post yours too 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Curious-Emporium/275540382598046

This is the cabin we put up last year. i spend loads of time in it writing music. When the trees all have their leaves on it feels like I’m in a forest clearing – you wouldn’t know it’s in the middle of a town.

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Just in the bit of garden you can see there are apple trees, a cherry tree, a peach tree, a plum tree, a ginko tree and a fig plant, hops, a baby grape vine, curry plant, sage, rosemary and chives. I have forgetmenots and dandelions growing as weeds but they’re too pretty to pull up. There’s a baby monkeypuzzle tree growing behind the curry plant – next year it should be big enough to see 🙂

I’m growing the big apple tree into an arch and behind there is a fire pit 🙂

Further up the garden there’s lavender and mint and dill and fennel, oregano, thyme, hyssop, eucalyptus, and mature grapes and violets and rhubarb and poppies.

When we moved in 4 years ago, it was just grass and primroses and a little falling down shed. I am really happy with how it is now. Imagine how good it’ll be when the palm trees are big 🙂

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Town Hall(s)

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Town Hall(s)

Things you might see in Luton:
If, whilst passing the current, imposing marble town hall with the verdigris roof and tasteful neon blue glowing clock, you happened to see a hooded figure with the power to open portals into the past.. you might be priviledged to watch the gentle townsfolk of Luton burning down their old town hall on 19th July 1919, to celebrate “Peace Day”. (Or rather, to protest against the apalling living standards returning soldiers and their families were subjected to)

Not satisfied with burning down the hall and chasing the cowardly councillors, some enterprising soul dragged a piano into the street and played “keep the home fires burning”.

You can say what you like about Luton folk, but they certainly have a sense of humour.

When the town hall was rebuild 20 years later, they made it out of stone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Town_Hall

Arndale centre

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Arndale centre

Continuing my “Things you might see in Luton” series.. this is the Arndale Centre, George st entrance. It opened in 1972. You won’t see it in Luton any more, because this entrance was knocked down in 2012. I wanted to record it though for its sheer brutalist concrete magnificence, and also for the many pints of cider drunk on those steps.

Zombie Shopper

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Zombie Shopper

Continuing the theme “people you might see in Luton” is this delightful zombie shopper. You almost certainly will see more than one Zombie Shopper in Luton Mall, formerly known and still fondly referred to as the “Arndale Centre”. For some reason, you’re more likely to encounter a Zombie Shopper when you’re in a rush. You can see the bruises where people have been ramming them with their trolleys to get past.

Rescue!

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Rescue!

Continuing my series of “People you might see in Luton”.. I’ve got a bit carried away. You won’t often see a girl in a short purple dress racing to save her dreadlocked friend from a shadow. I’m not saying it never happens though.

Lila Louche

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Lila Louche

Continuing my series of “people you might meet in Luton”

Meet Lila, who likes the good things in life.

Patriotic Pete

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Patriotic Pete

Continuing my series of “people you might meet in Luton”, here is Patriotic Pete. Is he a member of the BNP or just a cheery enthusiast of middle England? We might never know.

Lillith nouveau

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Lillith nouveau

I coloured in the picture of my daughter I did yesterday. She will be extremely unimpressed about the overuse of lilac.

Nice couple

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Nice couple

Still playing with a graphic novel/comic style.. number two in my series of “peope you might meet in Luton”

Pencil, scanned and touched up, printed and coloured with alcohol felt pens.

Running girl

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Running girl

I’m toying with an idea for a graphic novel. It would be based in Luton.
I’ve sketched out one of the characters (the street is from bury park near the football ground)

My current technique is to sketch in pencil, scan in, whack the threshold up so the lines are black, and print out so I can experiment with different ways of colouring using the alcohol pens.

This is looking a bit more fluid and comic-y than trying to go over everything in ink..