Friday, February 3, 2012

no.4 (Chandos Place)

it rained while i was drawing this house, and so the lyrics [from 'vicar in a tutu'] are appropriate. it was also freezing cold...

part of the reason for this project is for me to embrace our neighbourhood a bit - to seek out some of the streets and side roads that i wouldn't ordinarily wander down, and to get my head up and look around me a bit more.
an unforeseen side effect of this is that i'm having to be a bit choosy about the lyrics that i use in the prints.

i decided early on that i'd post a copy of each print - with a little note attached to explain the project - through the door of every house i drew, and it's dawned on me that i can't then write anything too bleak or awkward on the image.
nobody wants to anonymously receive a picture of their house with some doomy or vaguely depressing sentiment splattered across it.

so i'm looking to use just positive and upbeat lyrics from the ipod tunes.
given the music in my collection, that's quite a challenge :-)

soundtrack :

'greetings to the new brunette' by billy bragg
'opus 43' by dustin o'halloran
'automobile noise' by the blue nile
'vicar in a tutu' by the smiths
'here lies soleil, so long' by paul thomas saunders


  1. I love the idea of letting the householders have a copy of the print. I had been wondering whether anyone had noticed you standing drawing. Steve got a very funny reaction once from someone in St Ives when he was drawing the back of their house from the beach.

  2. i've had a couple of funny reactions so far already - might post about them at a later date. i've also been warned by a friend in the probation business that i might be suspected of conspiracy to commit burglary! sue wondered whether i should knock on the door and get permission before i draw, but i'm not entirely convinced about that...