Website Tweak

I’ve had a quick change on the website updating photo’s and adding some new bits. I’m currently framing up pictures for an exhibition I’ve been asked to do at my local pub. Great excuse to pop in have a beer and a look at some wildlife photography. As it’s on for October I’ll be changing the pictures each week to keep it fresh and hopefully will encourage people to come back. So if you’re in Yorkshire in October please pop along to The Standard of Freedom in Skircoat Green Halifax and have a look. And for people who like trivia its the only pub in the world called that!! Visit the website HERE

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Wildlife Pirate

As some of you may have noticed I’ve updated the name of my blog, don’t worry Spugwash hasn’t disappeared he’s just evolving.

I’ve recently been asked to exhibit some of my photographs in a local Art event and thought it was about time I had my own website which I could then promote on my pictures.

I liked my pirate heritage but thought using my old gamer tag wasn’t the way to go, so investigated a few available domain names. Wildlife Pirate was available and just seemed to fit. So Spugwash has morphed slightly and the new name links to my website, my blog and my Instagram presence.

So please pop along to my website, you’ll be made very welcome and I’d love a like on the Facebook button if you like what you see. I’ve added a This Week button which will show the shots I’ve taken that week.

www.wildlifepirate.co.uk

Please feel free to let me know what you think and if you’re in the neighbourhood on the 16th or 17th April please drop in and have a look at what will be some great photography.

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Italian Street Sign Art

Florence in Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture and in my opinion some of the best street sign art I’ve ever seen.

I wasn’t that impressed with the so called masterpieces in the Uffizi gallery. Lots of pictures of fat ugly babies painted by people who had obviously never seen a baby!

However on the streets of Florence people have been having a lot of fun with the street signs and we spent hours trying to spot new ones. These are just brilliant.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As you know I’m not much of an art buff but its been Half Term here last week so I took a day off so we could have a day out. The Yorkshire Sculpture park is one of those places that’s on your door step but you never get round to visiting so off we finally went.

The park is is an open-air gallery  showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The park’s collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe.

There is plenty of works to see but the majority are piles of bricks or collections of metal along side pretentious descriptions of what the artist believes they represent. Personally I don’t get it but if that’s what you like then its fine by me. There were a couple we liked but the majority left me scratching my head.

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Porky Pig was another picture bought from the Oxford Street gallery and features him in front of a selection of lobby cards promoting his cartoons.

Lobby cards were printed promotional materials of different sizes that could either be displayed or passed out to customers in the lobbies of movie theaters. Animation historian Jerry Beck provided the 15 lobby card originals which were scanned to produce the Porky Pig Lobby Card background. These lobby cards were created during the Golden Age of Animation, both in-house and by special design studios hired out by Warner Bros.

Porky is currently on display in the living room.

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This picture is a special one as it was a gift from my wife for my 40th birthday.
It is also a picture of one of my very favourite comedy duos, Tom and Jerry. Growing up the weekend TV always featured somewhere at least a couple of these classic shorts. Nowadays they are seen as violent and racist with Amazon even putting a warning on their listings for them! What has the world come too. Yes they were violent, but it was slapstick comedy no-one died, everyone survived to do it all again another day. I happily bought the complete collection for my kids and they loved them. All they got from them was a laugh, a giggle and a happy smile.

This image is from the 1945 classic Mouse in Manhattan which is really a solo outing for Jerry mouse who decides he’s had enough of the country life and sets off for the big city. Leaving Tom a note he packs his bags but after a night of adventures, dancing and chases he returns to the quiet life before Tom has even woken. tearing up the note, he kisses Tom and settles back to a life of cat and mouse chaos.

If you haven’t seen it I’m sure it’ll be on Youtube somewhere so have a watch, have a laugh and enjoy a classic slice of animation heaven.

Currently on display in the living room.

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Foghorn Leghorn is a personal favourite from my youth. I don’t really know why a Southern Gentlemen rooster tickled my fancy but boy I say boy he used to make me chuckle.

This picture was bought from an animation gallery behind Oxford Street in London which has since moved. A visit to the gallery used to be an integral part of any trip to London usually followed by a nice meal at an Italian next door.

Russell the gallery owner is another gentleman who always remembered me and what I had bought even though my visits were infrequent and usually at least a year apart.

Currently on display in the living room.

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My second picture was bought at the same time as Muttley. this time he’s in action with his “friend” Dick Dastardly ” in an attempt to Catch The Pigeon.
Currently on display at the foot of the stairs by the front door.

Apologies for the picture quality its from the old iPad.

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I’m not a great fan of art. With modern art I just don’t get it and religious art seems to be a lot of suffering and fat babies. I quite like a landscape and I do like waterlillies. Van Goghs’ Potato Eaters makes me laugh every time I see it. It’s like someone’s dressed up some monkeys and he’s tried to paint them. But at the same time I do like his sunflower and a poem I wrote when I was about 10 about his Pavement Café was published in the local paper.

My personal art collection is slightly different to what you’ll see in the Louvre or the Hermitage but I still see it as the highest form of art. Cartoon Art.

I bought my first picture about 20 years ago when I was still working as a cartoonist. It’s of one of my all time favourite cartoon characters Muttley. He currently hangs at the top of the stairs out of the way of the kitchen makeover but he will return to pride of place in the new dining room.

‘Wake up there, Muttley, you’re dreaming again! You’re not Robin Hood and you’re not Gunga Din. You’re not a brave knight or a king that’s been crowned. You’re just plain old Muttley, the snickering hound!”

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