My good friend @davidjcarmichael wanted me to draw/paint him a picture of his pooch, Marty. I did, and he received it as his birthday card today. This was the process. Be kind, I’m new to this!

#art #illustration #watercolour #pencil #pencildrawing #sketch #drawing #painting #amatureartist #instagay #pets #dog #pooch #pet #birthday #gay #countryside

Just one of my bedside tables. I’m in a dark room, with curtains drawn and surrounded by glowing candles, watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose… alone (as usual). Not typical Sunday evening viewing, and not the best thing to watch considering my chronic insomnia. I sure know how to have a damn good time! I’m considering laying a protective circle of salt around my bed… but not on the good rug – I’ve only just hoovered. #polaroid #polaroid1000 #polaroids #bedroom #bed #instagay #gay #lgbt #movienight #movie #exorcism #emilyrose #sunday (at River Cottage)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me.
#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore (at Route 66 Amarillo Texas)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me.

#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore (at Route 66 Amarillo Texas)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me. Just silly old me, wishing for a dream to come true… 2/3 Original snap: Dee Lawson

#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore #dream #wish #loveme #countryboy #countrymusic #folkmusic #wideopenspaces (at Route 66, Texas)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me. Just silly old me, wishing for a dream to come true… 1/3

#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore #dream #wish #loveme #countryboy #countrymusic #folkmusic #wideopenspaces (at Route 66 Amarillo Texas)

Here’s the finished result! Spent yesterday creating my mum’s birthday card, ready for tomorrow; it’s our late 22 year old dog, Lucy, on the moors near our home. Watercolour and pencil on parchment paper. Inked text overlay. Hope she likes it!

#watercolour #pencil #sketch #parchment #paper #art #ink #dog #pets #rural #mountains #moors #countryside #brecon #breconbeacons #wales #rainbowbridge #bordercollie #welsh (at Brecon Beacons National Park)

Spent yesterday creating my mum’s birthday card, ready for tomorrow; it’s of our late 22 year old dog, Lucy, on the moors near our home. Watercolour and pencil on parchment. Inked text overlay in next photo. Hope she likes it!

#watercolour #pencil #sketch #parchment #paper #art #ink #dog #pets #rural #mountains #moors #countryside #brecon #breconbeacons #wales #rainbowbridge #bordercollie #welsh (at Brecon Beacons National Park)

Ode to Barry Island, by Max Boyce

I remember Miner’s Fortnight when I was just a lad,
We’d go to Barry Island, the weather always bad
In a brand new shirt and shoes that hurt,
The one’s mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.

We’d catch a Western by the square, my bucket in my hand
Then all the fuss to get on the bus and we always had to stand Then I’d be sick
And my shoes I’d kick,
The one’s mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.

They’d put me by the drivers seat for me to ‘av some air
And my mother’d say, “He’s never this way,”
She’d come and comb my hair
Then I’d see the sea and I’d want to pee
And if I couldn’t I’d cry
When we went to Barry Island on that last week in July.

Our caravan, “The Waters Edge”, 10 miles from the sea!
And we’d drag the cases over and we didn’t have the key
We couldn’t light the gas lamp,
I’ve gone and marked my tie
When I went to Barry Island on that last week in July

I’m on the beach, It’s Sunday I’ve got a friend called Russ
I’ll ave to buy another bucket, Left mine on the bus.
I’ve cut my foot, It’s bleedin
My cousin says, “You’ll die
And we’ll bury you in Barry Island on the last week in July”

I’m going to the fair tonight, my bucket full of o’shells
The weather forecast’s settled now,
with dry and sunny spells
I’ve brought Mangi a present and I’d wave the see goodbye
My mother’s found my plastic mac
and the weather’s nice and dry
Aye, that’s how I remember Miner’s Fortnight,
when I was just a lad
I went to Barry Island and the weather always bad.

~ Max Boyce