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Now that is a headboard!

Made of reclaimed wood by sculptor Ariele Alasko.ImageImage

She also makes lovely painterly/sculptural pieces:

See more here on her blog.

The Freud Museum is organising a fundraising art auction as part of the celebrations surrounding its 25th anniversary. From 20 October 2011 to the 20 November work donated by contemporary artists are being exhibited and sold in silent auction to raise much-needed funds.

Here are a smattering of works being auctioned:

Antony Gormley

Michele Fletcher
Last Night

lili Spain
Victoria, Victoria! (or How to Create a Fake Deity on a Sunny Day in the Woods)

Linda Lencovic

Emma Jane Spain
From the series Echo

The full list of artists who have kindly donated works:

Judith Alder, Alice Anderson, Santiago Borja, Christie Brown, Jack Catling, Brian Chalkley, William Cobbing, Paul Coldwell, Anne Deguelle, Michele Fletcher, Patricio Forrester, Kathleen Fox, Solveigh Goett, Judy Goldhill, Antony Gormley, John Goto, Sarah Grainger-Jones, Maggi Hambling, Ollie Harrop, Susan Hiller, Andy Hope 1930, Sharon Kivland, Vivienne Koorland, Annie Leibowitz, Linda Lencovic, Barbara Loftus, Caroline May, Jane McAdam Freud, Maurice Owen, Katja Rosenberg, Martin Rowson, Nike Savvas, Josie Smith, Emma Jane Spain, lili Spain, Emilia Telese, John Timberlake, Alison Watt, Rachel Wilberforce and Helen Wilks.

All funds go to keeping the museum running and maintaining the house and grounds – like the historic therapy couch which needs thousands of pounds worth of restoration.

Check the amazing works on Facebook and bid for a good cause at the museum starting next Thursday!

Bubby and I went a little crazy on Monday and decided to do a quickie chalk board feature wall in the scary rental bathroom we have been shackled with in the new house. The walls are atrocious, so I thought this would help camouflage the worst wall and add some personality!

The decision was spurred on by this cheeky Elle Decoration cover, which I just loved:

…especially the unedited dirty bits – click on the image to read (details posted by Popbitch):

 Here are a few more images I have saved on this trend…

A natural history line drawing:


I particularly like the look of the next 2 ‘messy’ ones below.

These feel more natural, fun …and this is going to sound horrifically snobby (yes, I DO hear how much of an insufferable snot I must sound sometimes! Heh!), but the lighter grey of the wiped out chalk will lighten up the black a bit and make it more textural. Like the panel below, it becomes more like an expressionist painting and brings it all together somehow.

I can’t wait to get the chalk out when I get home from work. I will post the wall when we have the initial drawings done. Bubs has some nautical themed ideas and I am thinking maybe something akin to Tacita Dean’s yummy blackboard drawings, like the series The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days.

Little by little that poor, neglected bathroom is being redeemed out of the ghetto madness it is currently in (you will understand what I mean when I post the befores – dirty green/yellow, orangey wood, blue patterned tiles…brrrr! I was getting a rash even walking into the room.)

I can’t wait!

A good friend of mine (ahem), Linda Lencovic, has an exhibition opening tonight in London near Notting Hill that I want to invite all of you to if you are around.

The works are drawing and painting, here are a few images below:

The show is on for a month at Art Work Space. You can get info on location and times and see more work on her website here.

Do hope you can make it!

Is anyone else getting really tired of all the royal wedding drama?

These ‘commemorative prints’ are the perfect antidote to all the smarmy coverage and tat that is being flogged! They are 50 x 70 cm and meticulously hand printed by the talented Daniel Speight over at The Soft City.

Get some original art while they last and replace that dated ‘keep calm and carry on’ hideousness on your wall with something cool (are you sensing my aggravation with those hideous prints??? So tired of seeing them EVERYWHERE. Ick.)

I am going for the last one, myself…now just have to find a wall to hang it on!!! (Why is everything in old houses so small??)

I have been feeling a strange urge to get back into etching lately…something I haven’t done for over a decade (my god! has it really been that long??).

I ran across these prints by Michael Mazur for Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno and now feel the urgent need to get on it and find a print studio asap!

The deep velvety blackness and loose drippy marks are exactly the qualities I want for my own prints…a close translation of the paintings I have been working on to print.

Love the ethereal quality in the one below.

They remind me of Goya’s ‘Giant’ aquatint, printed in 1818:

Gorgeous. Now if only I could remember how to aquatint…!

Bubby and I found the best Bed & Breakfast in Canterbury a few weeks ago – the Arthouse B&B – a bright, quiet, comfortably converted fire station walking distance from the center of town.

Outfitted in midcentury modern, contemporary design pieces and original art work… with hand made rugs by one of the owners, Anna Deacon, the place was an aesthetic delight!

The beautiful flowered rug in the lounge below is one of hers.

The guest rooms are separate from the owners home at the back of the yard, and are situated in the old fire station, giving more privacy than the average B&B.

If you rented both the rooms in the station, you would have the whole place to yourself (and at £55-60/night per room, this would be totally manageable for a private weekend away) or you could take friends and share the whole pad!

Below was the cute front room we stayed in. Note the painted chair by Zoe Murphy, whose work has been featured everywhere lately.

The kitchen, lounge and dining area are completely for guest use, and a huge continental breakfast with fresh croissants was ready every morning.

The wire chandelier above the stairs is by the owners, textile artist Anna and graphic designer John Taylor, and the intriguing painting in the dining room is by Phil Wise.

We will definitely be heading back here for more relaxing away from the big city.

Book a room here on the Arthouse website…I highly recommend it!

Some more beautiful images from photographer Andrea Ferrari…this time on the light side of life!

Another installment showcasing work for next week’s  A Night — There Lay the Days Between show at the 242 Gallery, showing September 1st – 5th.

The beautiful pieces below belong to Irish artist Alice Peillon.

Do check out their website which gives more information on the artist’s work and links to their personal websites.

Below are some gorgeous images of dark rooms from photographer Andrea Ferrari.


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