Saturday, 30 April 2016


The expression on this kid's face from this magazine ad looked somewhat accusatory to me. So this is what I came up with.

Maybe someone traded his Capt'n Crunch for a healthy breakfast cereal.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Frankenstein inspired

Almost two years ago now I did an online art course with MOMA - Experimenting with Collage. One of our assignments was to do an altered book project. I was a little tentative at first because, well, altering a book felt a little sacrilegious. But I suppose in these days of digital everything re purposing books into works of art isn't so bad.

First, I found a hard cover copy of one of the Outlander books lying around the lunch room at my husband's place of work. Lots of people leave books there they are finished with and don't want anymore.

I was going to go with a theme because the name of the book was An Echo in the Bone, but I gave that up in favor of doing whatever I felt like. There are a couple of pages worthy of the word 'spooky' I think. This is one...

Altered book project page

Damien Hurst's show had been here and I had a little booklet with pics of some of his works in it. If you look closely at these Frankenstein inspired pages you will see his diamond skull peeking out.

The face does have something to do with Frankenstein but I'm sorry I can't remember now. And I don't have the book anymore. It seems to have disappeared!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Storm or Apocalypse?

So, last Thursday evening we both fell asleep on our respective couches while in front of the tv. Nothing unusual there. But at some point soon after a crazy ass storm hit. It was the thunder, wind, and hail banging on the windows that woke me up.

I immediately looked over to the window sill where I'd last seen one of our cats...not there. Clad only in my pjs I threw myself off the couch and out the back door into our small garden. Trees branches and thorny bougainvillea were whipping around, rain and hail were pelting down ( the Persian Gulf?) and although I could hear one of the cats I couldn't see her. I was in a bit of a blind panic I must admit.

Doha Storm Small from abdullah mumayiz on Vimeo.

As you can imagine, going from a nap on the couch to a scene from the apocalypse was a bit disconcerting. I was out there in that back yard trying to out scream the sounds of wind and thunder! I finally narrowed down the pitiful mewling I was hearing to under the bar-b-que. She poked her head out and I quickly scooped up cat #1 and retreated inside.

I put her down on the floor and raced upstairs to grab some towels. Coming back downstairs I noticed there were drops of blood on the floor...oh my god, she's hurt! I yelled instructions at my husband to figure out where she was bleeding while I then ran out the front door to see if I could find the other cat.

Outside the wind was blowing but not as strong. I could see a large tree branch down across the way and there were torrents of rain water pouring down the street. The rain was cold and by this point so was I as I was soaking wet! I ran back inside and grabbed my bath robe. On my way back downstairs my husband informed me that cat #1 seemed uninjured.

Back outside I finally spied cat #2 wading through ankle deep water towards our neighbours place. I scooped him up and returned inside where I quickly discovered I was the one bleeding. I'd cut my finger on something. The worst of the storm came and went in maybe 15 minutes. Whew! All safe and accounted for.

These are some scenes from around our compound the following morning...

Morning inspection with  cat #1
We know the people who live here.
They couldn't get out the front door at one point.

Lots of downed awnings!

Flooded tennis court

Sunday, 17 April 2016

RIP Spirit of the West

"The end of the band has been greeted with more sadness than surprise, as fans have followed lead singer John Mann's struggles with first cancer, and now early-onset Alzheimer's." (source)

Read more here and here.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


I finished this sewing project too. But I tried to machine sew both back and front so it's not exactly...ummm, straight. Oh well. Now I understand why you're supposed to start on the back...or was it front?

Guess it's back to YouTube!

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

Monday, 4 April 2016

Oh, if only...

"If you want a candidate who's real cool..."

Saturday, 2 April 2016

The Old Dark House

"In the early 2010s, Time Out conducted a poll with several authors, directors, actors and critics who have worked within the horror genre to vote for their top horror films.[15] The Old Dark House placed at number 57 on their top 100 list." - Wikipedia

I learnt about this movie and the above fact while listening to the Secret History of Hollywood podcast, A Universe of Horrors. It's 7 hours full of Universals history in the production of horror movies! If you want to help support these interesting, extensive and entertaining podcasts click here.