Sunday, 1 July 2012

Virgil, Gabriel and Jack

 Virgil and the Accelerators
“sublime guitar riffs and perfect fretmanship mastery”
from Virgil, his 18 year old brother Gabriel (drums) and bassist Jack Timmis. 

It's 7.30am Sunday morning and after a hectic weekend i'm just managing  to rest quietly for a few hours before opening the shop, precious time. 

Friday afternoon saw us (Effigy Music) dashing up to...

... "The Flowerpot"
in Derby so gav could recce the band "Virgil and the Accelerators" whom he's filming at their gig in the Marshall Amp factory in Milton Keynes at the end of August. 

My gorgeous girl helped with the shop on Friday so we could skive off early. We'd booked into the Jury's hotel for the night (which was conveniently opposite the flowerpot) but had been warned to be there before 6.00pm as the Olympic Torch was going through the centre and the roads were closing.  So.....we left at 3pm and thanks to the Sat Nav lady, or maybe it was me programming in "avoid toll roads" that we missed the M6 Toll and found ourselves meandering up through Uttoxeter at 6pm.  However, luck seemed to be on our side and just as we thought we were going to have to walk about a mile to the hotel we just managed to whizz down a road that was on the verge of being closed off, spotting the flowerpot and thus the hotel...phew!!!

After an hours rest and some food we sauntered across to the flowerpot, met up with friends and watched these amazingly 'very young' and extremely talented musicians.

It was nice not to have  a late drive home afterwards especially as the recce also involves a chat with the band manager and the band members at the end of the night.

Saturday morning was gloomy and threatened rain and we set off early from Derby to Birmingham (on the M6 Toll this time - to which i owe many thanks to James for finding the postcode on his phone for me- to call in at IKEA - i don't know what it is about these stores...they give me the creeps with their flat packed UFO's and their "outer space" store maps...

see any similarities?

It's probably because i'm of the X Files" generation (thats "files", not "factor") and  
"Trust No One",
 "Believe Nothing"
 "Question Everything"
 is my motto...

But I survived it, with no help from the vile coffee they served in the cafe!!!

Anyway, onto recent art projects:
These are some smaller paintings i've been working on
3"x3" squares (well mostly) i sell in the shop, i only have a few left

...and a remake of an old one, i'm working on

and this is my art desk as of this morning.... messy

I've also got some new assemblage pieces i'm working on too, but will photograph those when finished.

The shop has been fairly steady so far this summer, not as busy as last year but we're enjoying having to be innovative getting people in.  We have some really nice inexpensive jewellery in and have decided to display them properly in glass jewellery cabinets (hence the IKEA trip).  We've had two really big deliveries during the week and the Armoury is brimming with stock everywhere at the moment!!!!!

Okay....time for coffee and toast, enjoy your Sunday everyone.

"Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced". 
 - X-Files