Sunday, 23 December 2012
Monday, 3 December 2012
I was off work a couple of weeks ago, and in between all the grey rain days we were lucky enough to get out on such a walk. I took a few pictures to try and catch that chilly russet beauty :)
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
I'm going to try very hard to get over to see the exhibition and I would recomend anyone else who can to take the opportunity. I think it is going to be wonderful :))
Thursday, 8 November 2012
They may not be pretty but they are always the start of something new ;) So these are the scribblings for two of the three new pieces I am beginning.....
Monday, 29 October 2012
I will be offering her for sale in my Etsy shop soon along with some others both old and new.
Monday, 22 October 2012
As I begin to pull together all my ideas for my Witches/Poison Garden of masks, all lovingly tended by my Witch/Crow mask (this is just my working title for her at the moment), I'm also gathering books around myself to feed and inspire me on my creative journey. I've just begun 'John Saturnall's Feast' by Lawrence Norfolk
'The Poison Diaries & The Poison Diaries: Nightshade' by Maryrose Wood
Friday, 12 October 2012
I'm quite enjoying the spontaneity of it. I'm not posting ' what I had for breakfast' etc, just thoughts, ideas, little snippets, things that capture my attention or inspire me. So please stop by and say hello. It would be lovely to catch up with you there :)
Thursday, 4 October 2012
The concert was incredible, an absolute marathon at over 2.5 hours long split into 2 sets. They played all the songs I love and know so well, along with a good number of tracks from the new album. The sound was extraordinary and the atmosphere was magic :)
I was up on my feet the minute the lights went down, I'd promised myself I would be. The opening track ' Brilliant' was really powerful, with an unexpected and excellent drum solo from
Shouldn't have worried about that, by the second half they had definitely turned the sound right up! I love to feel that bass going up through my feet into belly :)) And the pace had gone up as well, it was amazing, hardly time to draw breath between numbers, a real sensory overdrive. The new tracks certainly stood their own amongst the classics. They sounded rougher live than on the record and really shone. To mention just a couple, well, 'Lie' was awesome nearly finished off my voice box singing along with that ;) and 'Change' was hypnotic and enigmatic, it drew you in. Other outstanding tracks of the night.. difficult to say as it was all so good, but 'Hymn', ' Death in the Afternoon', New Europeans and 'All Stood Still', certainly brought the house down. A fantastic version of 'Astradyne'.'We Stand Alone another huge favourite of mine was gorgeous and of course 'Vienna' a real shivers down the spine moment that was !! :) All this enhanced by great lighting during the show and I also liked the backdrop projections, simple but very atmospheric.
Back for two encores from past and present. I know it's not been so popular amongst other fans but I liked 'Contact' as the final number, it was a brave and typically challenging Ultravox decision. To bring us all up so high with the energy and excitement and then play such a quiet and very poignant piece... made you think and I liked that :) Sadly it was marred by the now pretty infamous 'triflegate' incident, which left us all stunned and brought down with rather a bump. Then the guys were gone and it was all over.
To make just a perfect day, I got the unexpected treat of getting the chance to say hi to Chris Cross a couple of hours before the concert started. I wandered over to the Odeon (as it always will be to me ) quite a bit before the doors opened. I was bored of being in my hotel room and basically too excited to sit still. Saw Chris just outside the stage door and he graciously signed my 'Brillant' CD for me !!!! It was a bit tragic, as I was as star-struck as I had been when I was 16 or 17, still couldn't think of anything sensible or interesting to say and my hand was shaking like a leaf as I handed him a pen to sign with. Forgot to ask if I take a picture, my brain turned to mush ;)
Then very lucky after the show as well. I hung about by the stage door in the hope that I might catch the others to complete my autograph collection. After the incident, that I mentioned, didn't really think there would be much chance. Certainly sure that Midge would not be in a mood to meet any one (and who could blame the him), and thought the others might shoot off as well. By midnight, I think the few of us remaining had rather given up, then one of the stage crew popped out to tell us that the guys had all gone home. As he was talking to us who should wander out behind him but Warren Cann!! A real gentleman, even though he was obviously exhausted he was happy to sign stuff and chatted away to us. I did get my photo taken with him but sadly the chap who took it couldn't work my camera properly and so nothing came out *sobs*
It was an amazing and emotional evening that I wouldn't have missed for the world. I had wished that they might have played something a little more unusual, perhaps 'I Never Wanted To Begin', 'Passionate Reply' or something like that, but let's face it we all have our favourites and they can't possibly play them all and it certainly did not spoil my enjoyment at all :) The guys have just got better over the intervening years, Midge's voice is still stunning, it really was the best Ultravox concert I've been too, well worth the 28 year wait :) And a seriously wonderful birthday present, thank you so much for the ticket Chris (that's my Chris, Chris Dean not Chris Cross) just to avoid confusion ;)
Thank you so much, Billy, Warren, Chris & Midge !! Now just waiting for the live CD to come out so I can enjoy it all over again!
So to finish my ramblings just a few more of my piccies, rather crap I know but full of memories.
Saturday, 29 September 2012
Still trying to get my head together, my voice back from sooooooo much singing;) I will write up more when I've calmed down a bit, but enough to say for the moment that it was the most incredible Ultravox gig I've been to (and I've done a few ;) ). An extraordinary evening, the guys were on absolutely top form! Two and a half hours of brilliance and got to meet some really nice people as well :))
I tried to take a few piccies but being rather short it was difficult, lots of backs of peoples heads, although my view in reality was really good. But just for the memory ;)
More to come.........
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Photographer: Chris Dean. Mask & Model: Tanith
Requiem (Special Commision)
Photographer: Chris Dean
Book I'm currently reading or re-reading I should say : Carnevale by Michelle Lovric. She is a wonderful author and I go back to her evocative works often :)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Yes, I'm the body painted lady in the lift with Freddie! I was so lucky back in 1986 to be part of the now seemingly legendary Queen party at the Kensington roof Gardens. It was held after their concert at Wembley Stadium on the 12th July, the last gig of their 'Magic' Tour.
. So I get a phone call a couple of days before the party asking if I'd like to be a model there and it took all of a split second to think about it and say YES :))
It really was an astonishing and utterly unforgettable evening. I was painted up to look like I was wearing a bell boy uniform and my job was to bring the guests up to the Roof Gardens in a mirrored lift . (which is where the photo was taken). There were other body-painted models there, some mingled with the guests whilst others were painted up as shells and stones and lay in a huge faux aquarium! An extraordinary sight.
I loved every minute of it and once all the guests had arrived I was able to just party along with everyone else. A never ending supply of champagne, Queen giving a brief but wild performance, dancing all night and then a cab home at about 7.00 in the morning , it was a hard job but someone had to do it ;) It took about 4 baths to get all the body-paint off but what a hell of an adventure and such a special thing to be a part of. So to see this piccie was such a treat :))
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
I'm also working on 2 larger pieces (full face masks) . 'Lady Laudanum' as mistress of poppies is another of my poison plants. Also 'Visions' a very personal mask who is not part of this series. It will be a little while longer before they progressed enough to share :)
When finished these will be for sale on my Etsy page.
Naughty Spider never likes to think that something is happening that might not actually involve him, so he just had to help out ;)
Thursday, 17 May 2012
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And I just got my ticket for their UK tour, Hammersmith Apollo, September 27th :)) Last time I saw them there was in 1984 !! So many memories............... I can hardly wait!
Monday, 23 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
From the The Humane Society International