It's been a long, long time since my last entry.
Apparently it is true that time flies when you're having fun.
Though where it flies to is, so far as I know, not specified anywhere.
Somewhere nice, I hope.
The past month HAS been fun.
This time last week I was at an artists' meet, discussing how Coventry winning the bid to be City of Culture 2021 would become a practical reality, and the city's vision - not just for 2021 - but for the next decade, and beyond.
It was reassuring to be surrounded by so many creative people.
Reassuring because it shows that Coventry has a real artistic community, which kinda flies in the face of my previous opinion that the city was falling further behind nearby cities, such as Birmingham.
It was a chance to hear from local officials regarding regulatary matters - the dreaded 'health & safety', licensing etc. - and their offer of support to anyone who was thinking of putting forward a project idea.
Personally, it sounded like ... well, not a literal mine-field, but something close to a metaphorical one. I get why it's there, but that doesn't mean I get it.
So, brain in sensible thinking mode, it's time to for sensible thinking.
A couple of weeks before that I took a trip to FarGo Village - Coventry's self-described creative quarter. It is to my shame that I have never visited before.
I can't even think of an excuse as to why not ... too busy ... too far away ... nothing holds water.
Anyway, I went along with the idea of possibly renting out a workspace there.
Turns out it's a really cool place. Both exactly how I thought it would be, and not how I thought it would be, at the same time.
It's as colourful and vibrant as I imagined, but bigger, more organised too.
Not as random, even if it does remind me of a settlement straight out of a Fallout game ( it's the shipping containers stacked one on another ).
So, I spoke to Lucy, who organises events, and to some of the people who already have a space there. Everybody was really amiable, and kindly gave me the time to ask far too many questions.
The end result is that I will be attending the Summer Makers' Market on the 30th June / 1st July. If you accidentally ( or deliberately ? ) find yourself in Coventry on either / both of these dates why not drop in and say 'Hello' ?!
Speaking of which - I have been mostly focussed on making stuff for the Makers' Market, which means the next music-inspired uber-project
( Pink Floyd ) has been placed on hold for a bit, while I put together a series of smaller ideas. There will still be music-inspired illustrations, but these will be related to specific lyrics, rather than a band's entire back catalogue.
As I said, the past few weeks have been really busy. But a good busy, rather than a 'panicky / where do I start ? / there aren't enough hours in the day !' busy. The usual post-project lull hasn't had a chance to take hold, and that's been a good thing.