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A belated journal update



Well 2014 was a year of ups and downs, but then so are most years. To begin with I have had some sort of creative block, I haven’t been short of ideas just found it hard to get on with it and getting them onto canvas or paper. I did move all my art stuff (easel Etc..) into my bedroom and divided it up into studio half and sleeping half but his didn't work as the room is only 12 by 8 feet it was a bit cramped and light in the room (despite me using a daylight bulb) was dark, this had the opposite effect to what I wanted and in the past year only did two paintings and have one unfinished, of the two paintings that I posted in my gallery one was done a couple of years ago and the other I did this year, I also posted a photo that I took years ago and edited last year.

I put this “ Creative block” down to tiredness I was working as a cleaner and having to get up at 4 A.M to go to work cycling 7 miles to get there, a round trip of 14 miles 20 if I go to the pet shop or take a detour to visit someone, and at 55 I am no spring chicken, could not get into the habit of going to bed early and would still be awake after midnight, getting about 3 hours sleep a night. I was also getting stressed out with money problems and was afraid that I was going to end up homeless (again) I was having car problems (still am) see the previous journal entry. And I think that most of what I did was just functioning on autopilot.

In June I applied for a job, same employer, different job and got an Interview, The interview went well and now I had to wait to hear if I got the job. As I didn't hear anything for over a month I pretty much assumed that I didn't get the job.

Another cleaning job came up with more hours a week so I went for that and got it, then I got a phone call asking me if I was still interested in the job I had an interview for this was two months after the interview, which I said yes.

October, Disaster Struck! My Brother in Law Sean, was killed in bike accident, We were not sure what happened originally we thought that he was overtaking a tractor that turned across his path and he was unable to stop in time went straight into it, when my sister got his leather jacket back from the Police, I could see by the marks on it that he had slid down the road, the inquest is not until March. He was a member and moderator of the Crippled Old Biker Brotherhood ((C.O.B.B.) as well as the Unpredictable s Motorcycle club, Wales. Also a Member of the Thorondor motorcycle club, Of which I was also a member. He was Very Popular and will be missed by a lot of people.

In November I started The Job that I had an interview for in June, as a Clean and Green Technician, at the University. Its full time so I am earning more, I am not so stressed out or as tired and my brain seems to have switched back on. However It is not going to be until the middle of the year before I start to get more financially solvent.

December. Basically a quiet month and it just flew by (A bit like this year so far.) My daughter went to stay with her boyfriend's family in Cornwall, so I had Yule/Christmas on my own, I did go to my Mum's on Christmas day and helped cook for her. I postponed our Christmas and my daughter and I still haven’t had our Xmas dinner yet.

January and February I have been doing a bit of sketching and starting to clear the bramble jungle that used to be a garden outside my house.

I also started to work on my old Suzuki GS550 that I bought for £400 in 1983, had some good times on that bike and I was going to sell it for spares and use the money toward a new (Bigger) bike , but nostalgia got the better of me and I decide to restore it, it's going to take a fair amount of elbow grease as the engine is seized through standing, but it is cleaning up OK. I am documenting what I am doing and might put that online with the title something like 70's Budget restoration.

The Police gave my sister a copy of the road traffic investigators files from my brother in laws accident, After reading through it, I could see what had happened, that he went to pass the tractor as it turned and unable to stop he ditched his Triumph hitting the road about 50mph and slid 23 metres into the tractor his bike probably hitting him on the way, the driver of the tractor tried to keep him alive by CPR until the paramedics arrived, but he had massive internal injuries.

This brings us up to now, the garden is looking tidier I planted Cherry trees.. I am actually earning a reasonable wage, Have been getting on with the writing, I gave up with the rewrite of the Dr Who story, I need to concentrate on my original work and get that finished. I still haven't started with the print making yet, I am setting myself a target of at least one hour a day painting and I must draw something daily even if its a thumbnail sketch..

It's odd that now I have less time to do the things I want to do I find that I have a lot more to do and I am now motivated to do them.

  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Foo Fighters
  • Reading: The Wolf Within by Sean Ellis
  • Watching: Marty Swartz YouTube guitar tutorials
  • Playing: Rob Peter to pay Paul Or Rob Paul to pay Peter
  • Eating: Marmite on toast
  • Drinking: Tea
Brighton West pier at sunset by Azul-Seahorse
Brighton West pier at sunset
I found this photo lurking in the bowels of my computer, I took it A couple of years ago with my little Kodak point and shoot, it looked a bit dull so I did a bit of editing on it, I quite like the family running up the beach as the sun is just dipping into the sea and the sad remains of Brighton West Pier silhouetted against the sunset.
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Rita Petite prototype crop by Azul-Seahorse
Rita Petite prototype crop
I did this painting form the sketch that is somewhere at the back of my gallery, and originally I used the cheap student paints which faded and Rita's face turned green, It was annoying me sitting around looking sorry for itself so I gave it a quick repaint, also the proportions were all wrong she had a very long neck which I shortened and her legs just didn’t look right, It is also a pretty poor likeness.
What I am pleased with is I seem to be getting the hang of mixing the colours right for blonde hair, I also must add that the people in the background look better faded.
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Hot rod couple Preliminary Sketches by Azul-Seahorse
Hot rod couple Preliminary Sketches
A sketch and a rough painting of something that I am working on, I haven’t decided on a background yet and I have changed the girls skirt for jeans.
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My car exhaust has been blowing and making a sporty growl for a couple of weeks and then it got louder so I got some exhaust repair gum and tape to botch it up with, on closer investigation it has snapped off at the flexible joint, which is part of the section that contains the Catalytic converter, OUCH! big expense I then find that the Anti roll bar has rusted through and is about to snap so that is now double the expense, on top of that a water pipe burst outside my house and I ended up underneath the car laying in a stream of water.  I am however getting the parts off E-bay and going to fix it myself (or try to, the car that is not the burst pipe Thames Water have fixed that). hopefully save myself a bit of cash.
Also I found out that and old friend had died that I hadn't seen for Eighteen years and I was angry at myself for not keeping in touch with him.

On a happier note.......
I saw the Queen today, I was on my way home from work on my bicycle and went to the shop to get some bits for dinner (salad if you are wondering) and I noticed a large group of people near the entrance to the railway station (Reading General). I Did my shopping came out from the shop and headed for home only to find my route blocked by a large number of Police who had also stopped all the traffic. A lot more people many of whom were standing in the middle of the dual carriageway holding phones up, I didn't have a clue what was going on so had to ask what was happening, "The Queen" was the reply the guy I asked seemed shocked that I didn't know, so I parked my bike dug out my Kodak point and shoot and managed to get the camera switched on as she came past, I did get a photo of her arm doing the regal wave as her car went by, for a change something was happening and I had a camera there to record it, not really a great photo though.
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltry, Going Back Home
  • Reading: Outlaw by Angus Donald
  • Watching: Nothing Given up TV
  • Playing: Rob Peter to pay Paul Or Rob Paul to pay Peter
  • Eating: Marmite on toast
  • Drinking: Tea

A belated journal update



Well 2014 was a year of ups and downs, but then so are most years. To begin with I have had some sort of creative block, I haven’t been short of ideas just found it hard to get on with it and getting them onto canvas or paper. I did move all my art stuff (easel Etc..) into my bedroom and divided it up into studio half and sleeping half but his didn't work as the room is only 12 by 8 feet it was a bit cramped and light in the room (despite me using a daylight bulb) was dark, this had the opposite effect to what I wanted and in the past year only did two paintings and have one unfinished, of the two paintings that I posted in my gallery one was done a couple of years ago and the other I did this year, I also posted a photo that I took years ago and edited last year.

I put this “ Creative block” down to tiredness I was working as a cleaner and having to get up at 4 A.M to go to work cycling 7 miles to get there, a round trip of 14 miles 20 if I go to the pet shop or take a detour to visit someone, and at 55 I am no spring chicken, could not get into the habit of going to bed early and would still be awake after midnight, getting about 3 hours sleep a night. I was also getting stressed out with money problems and was afraid that I was going to end up homeless (again) I was having car problems (still am) see the previous journal entry. And I think that most of what I did was just functioning on autopilot.

In June I applied for a job, same employer, different job and got an Interview, The interview went well and now I had to wait to hear if I got the job. As I didn't hear anything for over a month I pretty much assumed that I didn't get the job.

Another cleaning job came up with more hours a week so I went for that and got it, then I got a phone call asking me if I was still interested in the job I had an interview for this was two months after the interview, which I said yes.

October, Disaster Struck! My Brother in Law Sean, was killed in bike accident, We were not sure what happened originally we thought that he was overtaking a tractor that turned across his path and he was unable to stop in time went straight into it, when my sister got his leather jacket back from the Police, I could see by the marks on it that he had slid down the road, the inquest is not until March. He was a member and moderator of the Crippled Old Biker Brotherhood ((C.O.B.B.) as well as the Unpredictable s Motorcycle club, Wales. Also a Member of the Thorondor motorcycle club, Of which I was also a member. He was Very Popular and will be missed by a lot of people.

In November I started The Job that I had an interview for in June, as a Clean and Green Technician, at the University. Its full time so I am earning more, I am not so stressed out or as tired and my brain seems to have switched back on. However It is not going to be until the middle of the year before I start to get more financially solvent.

December. Basically a quiet month and it just flew by (A bit like this year so far.) My daughter went to stay with her boyfriend's family in Cornwall, so I had Yule/Christmas on my own, I did go to my Mum's on Christmas day and helped cook for her. I postponed our Christmas and my daughter and I still haven’t had our Xmas dinner yet.

January and February I have been doing a bit of sketching and starting to clear the bramble jungle that used to be a garden outside my house.

I also started to work on my old Suzuki GS550 that I bought for £400 in 1983, had some good times on that bike and I was going to sell it for spares and use the money toward a new (Bigger) bike , but nostalgia got the better of me and I decide to restore it, it's going to take a fair amount of elbow grease as the engine is seized through standing, but it is cleaning up OK. I am documenting what I am doing and might put that online with the title something like 70's Budget restoration.

The Police gave my sister a copy of the road traffic investigators files from my brother in laws accident, After reading through it, I could see what had happened, that he went to pass the tractor as it turned and unable to stop he ditched his Triumph hitting the road about 50mph and slid 23 metres into the tractor his bike probably hitting him on the way, the driver of the tractor tried to keep him alive by CPR until the paramedics arrived, but he had massive internal injuries.

This brings us up to now, the garden is looking tidier I planted Cherry trees.. I am actually earning a reasonable wage, Have been getting on with the writing, I gave up with the rewrite of the Dr Who story, I need to concentrate on my original work and get that finished. I still haven't started with the print making yet, I am setting myself a target of at least one hour a day painting and I must draw something daily even if its a thumbnail sketch..

It's odd that now I have less time to do the things I want to do I find that I have a lot more to do and I am now motivated to do them.

  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Foo Fighters
  • Reading: The Wolf Within by Sean Ellis
  • Watching: Marty Swartz YouTube guitar tutorials
  • Playing: Rob Peter to pay Paul Or Rob Paul to pay Peter
  • Eating: Marmite on toast
  • Drinking: Tea

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Jim Steevens
Artist | Traditional Art
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Current Residence: house in the middle of a golf course
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Blues,Metal, Folk.Classical.
Favourite photographer: My Friend Syd
Favourite style of art: Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood
Operating System: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
MP3 player of choice: Never owned one
Shell of choice: Tortoise
Wallpaper of choice: Woodchip, but I prefer paint
Skin of choice: Sausage
Favourite cartoon character: Ogri
Personal Quote: OH B*****ks! not again!
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