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Belated seasonal greetings everyone! An alternative Xmas message!

28 Dec

Ho, Ho, Fucking Ho!! 

Hello there! It seems ages since I posted here on the blog, so with the new year promising a new positive start and the fact I am starting to get settled back into posting and some constructive stuff, I wanted to wish you lot some seasonal jubilations, and the hope that you dear readers have had a better time than I over this festive season.

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Coming up for air….

3 Sep

Jeezus…it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and quite frankly put, it’s been no walk in the park recently for me.

As the title says, I think it is time to come up for air from the sea of crap I’ve been drowning in these few months and get back to doing what I am good at (suffering and wallowing might be something I’ve been accustomed to lately, but I’m not that good with it)

Blogging, wargaming, painting and modelling have seemed like nothing compared to the soap opera of life, so my focus shifted to more serious matters, stress even having a real physical effect on my health puts less emphasis on the whole scene too.

But, I do realise that with all the focus on the shit side of life, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. We need these things in our our life to give us a distraction from the darker and stormy side of our dreary existences.

So, with that, I am starting to feel that it is time to kick myself up the ass and get inspired again, not an easy task (well, you lot might think it is, but I can assure you, how I’ve been feeling, it really isn’t) I’ll be getting back into all my blogging (I’ll try and keep it upbeat) and all the projects I’m doing (or had been doing) I’m not going to push it too hard for health reasons, but hopefully all will be well on that front (fingers crossed)

Again, thanks for your words of encouragement and good wishes, that have indeed kept me going this trying time, and made me realise that the time for being down and beaten is over.

The grinning skull has even more significance than ever, still grinning in the face of adversity.

 

Birthday’s aint what they used to be….

31 Jul

Just checking my stats, it has been reveled to me that here on wordpress.com the Grinning Skull Blog has reached the ripe old age of two years.

That in itself to me should be a sign of celebration, but presently I don’t have the will to woop and cheer at this news.

Some of those who know me, will know that my personal issues are a bit shit at the moment, I won’t get into detailing the sad and reprehensible things that have gone on to cause this woe, but safe to say, I wish that I could announce the skulls anniversary with a bit more vigor.

As the saying goes, that which does not kill us makes us stronger (yeah I know everyone uses that, but it’s true, and I don’t really give a flying fuck) and regardless of my turbulent personal status, I want to reassure any “proper regular” visitors to the site, that all this won’t finish any work I have done. Sure my attitude stinks at the moment, but if you knew what’s going on at the moment, you’d struggle with getting right.

Also I would like to address this to anyone in my schedule that are currently waiting for me to get their stuff done, I do apologise that it will take a bit longer than I anticipate, my status now is much different, so until I find more time to devote to it rather than deal with shit, I promise that I haven’t forgotten, and I’ll get in touch with you very soon to talk more about it.

I started this blog with the tongue in cheek title, never once realising its tag line would become even more poignant than before, as they say art does indeed imitate life, and all the laughing in the face of adversity has never meant as much as it has now for me. I shall indeed take this self advice to heart and continue to laugh at all adversity that comes, in fact I’m gearing up to go to war, laughing all the way to valhalla.

As ever, I want to thank all my readers, no matter how regular for their continued support of the site and input, as you lot give me the reason to keep the site going. Thanks to all out there that have helped and inspired me during this time, and all the kind comments and advice that make me have hope that the world isn’t totally gone to shit, just yet, and a renewed faith in my fellow humans.

Thanks everyone of you.

Will

 

Slenderman, slenderman, where for art thou, slenderman…

10 Jun

Slenderman-irl

The first time I ever heard about the Slenderman, was when one of my kids mentioned it to me, and asked if I ever heard of the legend (as if it was real) To which I told him that it was probably made up, as I’d not heard about it at any time. He and my daughter point out refused to believe me and even now, they still hold a mixed view on just where they stand in regard to the whole thing.

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Taking inspiration from life….

9 May

Some of you may wonder why exactly I have taken upon myself to at some points, to sculpt strange chicken mutant creatures in my endeavors.

The Clukkatrix and the chukk being the examples I’m referring to (in the photos), but I do get asked just why my creations come about.

clukatrix

Simply put, the things around me influence me a lot, and in these instances I admit are inspired by my chickens. I’ve kept chooks for a few years now, and since having a flock I wish I’d done it years before. Not only are they easy to keep and maintain, but provide an essential service to myself and my clan (well, egg production)

As much as I love my cats, I think I actually prefer chooks (sorry cats!) not that my cats don’t provide usefulness around my home (they keep the woodmice getting in our house) but when your getting a box or more of free range eggs everyday (you know how much a box of large free range eggs are nowadays, anything from £1.50+) it’s hard to not admire them from their household input. I find them fascinating, and spend ages watching their behavior and nuances, each one with separate personalities, studying them more and more you see the similarities to the prehistoric, I imagine that dinosaurs were similar to them in both movement and ferocity (yes, chooks are sometimes very aggressive to each other, other animals and humans) There is indeed something extremely primordial and raw about these creatures that intrigues me, hence the miniature chicken references.

Simply put, I love my chooks.

To top things off, I’ve been incubating for the past few months with no avail, that is until yesterday. Now I have to say all the patience and constant temperature and humidity checking has paid off.

chook0004

Finally, with today’s latest arrival, that’ll be 10 in total from the 12 that were incubated, not bad me thinks! although these tiny polish bantams are no trouble to house and feed, I’m sure that things will change really rapidly and they’ll soon need loads of room and cost a kings ransom to feed!

All in all, will this lead to more mini-sculpts of chicken related mutants and madness? Probably not, but I’ve always wanted to make the Chukkasaurus Rex……

 

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