August 21, 2014
If you’re bored in Brighton this Saturday…

You may not know that there’s a Neolithic site on Whitehawk Hill in Brighton that’s 5500 years old (pre-dating Stonehenge by some 500 years). It’s a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure, which apparently is a rare type of ritual monument, and it’s being excavated at the moment.

Here’s what the it probably looked like 5500 years ago:

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You may also not know that this Saturday (23rd August) they’re having a free open day 11am-5pm where you can get a guided tour by the archaeologists, handle some of the actual neolithic finds including pottery, flintwork, and bones, etc. Plus it apparently has a great view over Brighton.

You can either get the 21, 21A, or 21B (get off at Manor Hill) or just walk up there if the weather’s nice (head up Southover Street from the Level - directions on the link below).

Here’s some more information about it: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/caa/whitehawk-hlf/about

Here’s more info about the open day this Saturday: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/caa/whitehawk-hlf/news

Here’s their Facebook Group (with plenty of pics of the dig): https://www.facebook.com/groups/606829526078059/

And here’s their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DigWhitehawk

August 21, 2014
For those wondering (probably no more than 2 of you)…

I haven’t been posting/commenting/liking much this week because I’ve been commuting to London and back every day to attend a course for my day job.

The combination of the coursework overloading my brain, the commuting tiring me out, plus homework when I get back to Brighton means that I am zombie-fied 24/7.

Normal service will resume from this weekend onwards.

August 18, 2014
Dream Figures sketch by Paul Watson

Ended up putting this quick 5-minute sketch of mine on my main art site because  it got a lot of positive feedback on Facebook.

August 18, 2014

weldiabhaltuirseach said: Good post on the doubt. Do you think it's worth anyone pursuing a job (more than likely part time tbh) in art/music/drama industry? I keep being told to leave it and do something "safe", but thats from people who have master degrees in big science/math/engineering jobs who currently work in clothes shops because the economy here is all "emigrate or be on the dole". I think if everyone can't get jobs whats the point, there are no "safe" jobs. But I see what they mean that some are more safer?

Yes, I think it’s worth pursuing a job in the art/music/drama industry, but I’d warn you that the amount of art/music/drama you get to do in the art/music/drama industry will probably be very low - most of the work is administrative work such as filling in endless forms to try to get arts grants while being paid peanuts (I worked in the community arts sector many years ago), although there may be some exceptions.

August 17, 2014

Anonymous said: How do you deal with self doubt as an artist, just keep soldiering on? The doubt is rough sometimes.

Just keeping soldiering on is certainly part of how to deal with self-doubt as an artist.

I think I’ve also got to the point/age where I’m bloody-minded enough that if a piece of artwork isn’t working I can just bin it and start something new. I’ve made enough pieces of artwork that I’ve been happy with that occasional failures don’t shake me that much - they’re just part of the eternal learning/development process and an intrinsic part of being a practising artist. Failed pieces annoy and irritate me (mainly because I’ve lost the hours I’ve put into them), but they don’t cause self-doubt.

Where self-doubt tends affect me is when I’m thinking about the entire direction in which my artwork is going. There are so many choices and so little spare time that I feel I’ve got to make sure I don’t end up pursuing ideas down blind alleys. For that I rely on instinct - and again a degree of bloody-mindedness.

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August 17, 2014

courier5 said: have you been reading that book on AOS? thoughts? am nearly done, enjoying greatly.

lazarus-inspiration:

I’ve finished the biography by Phil Baker, which was very interesting.

I haven’t started AOS: The Artist’s Books 1905-1927 yet, but it’s on my reading pile.

(Shifting my answer over to this blog)

August 17, 2014
A slightly better photograph using a proper camera rather than my phone
Dream Figures 5 minute chalk sketch on black paper, August 17 2014.

A slightly better photograph using a proper camera rather than my phone

Dream Figures
5 minute chalk sketch on black paper, August 17 2014.

August 17, 2014
Dream Figures
5 minute chalk sketch on black paper, August 17, 2014

Dream Figures
5 minute chalk sketch on black paper, August 17, 2014

August 17, 2014

I woke early this morning after a bad dream which left me with a feeling of disquiet all morning (I forget the actual content of the dream).

I have vague ideas for new artwork emerging from this disquiet.

August 16, 2014

Anonymous said: Do you know what your MBTI is - and do you consider it a reliable guide to general get a feeling of how a person tends to think?

I’ve just done some online version in order to answer the first part of this, and the answer is: INFJ.

As to whether it’s a reliable guide: well, it’s a reliable guide as to how you would answer a set of questions. I always prefer to get a general feeling of how a person tends to think by being with them and learning how they tend to think from real life situations.

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August 16, 2014
Had a quick wander round the North Laine and picked up a few things to read in the comic shop

Had a quick wander round the North Laine and picked up a few things to read in the comic shop

August 16, 2014

rsthomason replied to your post “The weekend is here, the wine is being drunk”

I’ve got some wine too! So, How much is too much, and when did it happen?

After collating the empirical evidence, I have concluded that the amount of wine I had last night was too much.

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August 15, 2014
The weekend is here, the wine is being drunk

And I’m sick to death of the stupid things going on in the world.

As such, I would love it if you would send me some questions to my inbox over this weekend, starting tonight.

There may even be prizes*.

http://lazcorp.tumblr.com/ask

* This is a lie - there will NOT be prizes. Unless you want a free drawing or somesuch. Maybe.

August 12, 2014

After I’ve finished a piece of artwork I always feel listless and lacking direction for a few days - it happens every time.

I’d really like to get some more photography done (I’ve got at least one new mythological character that I have all the props prepared for, and several more that are rapidly solidifying ideas), but photo shoots take time to organise and I’m severely lacking in spare time at the moment. Apart from all the time I waste online, of course ;)