Friday, October 07, 2005

Southend Pier.

Here's a picture of me at my first exhibition, I was in my mid twenties at the time. The painting is a presentation of the charred twisted remains of Southend pier after a huge fire had destroyed the shore end.
Southend pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, at one and a third miles long, and has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over since first being built over one hundred years ago. I used charcoal from the burnt wreckage of the pier, ground up to make black paint.
I went out today with Brendan (Rene's brother), to make a new film to go with some of my music for the show next week. We had a great time, and it was Brendan's first time down Southend pier, where we decided to shoot (listen to me, with the lingo), I bumped into loads of people I know, it was really weird, and although a little hazey, it was a beautiful day, one guy I knew was fishing, and gave me two mackeral for me and Rene's dinner tonight. I love fresh fish. What a day.
mikey

26 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Great picture,
Very talented and resourceful too. It sounds like you are having a great produtive day, sounds great. Ill be posting some fun stuff too with my children. I thought it would be neat to get them involved. They will be so excited to see people commenting on their stuff. Thanks again, michael :)

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

wow mikey i had no idea you had an exabition? of your own work. you are really truly gifted! its amzing that you can be good at things that you create (which turns out to be true magic). well done youre a true artist, any chance of exhibitions in da future? up north maybe it would look swell in the lowry(is on the salford keys features work from l.s.lowry's infamous match stick men, not like in the status quo song) i can see it now, "the amazing stylings of michael cuthbert, (mikey to his mates)"

good work love
regards to rene and everyone
love from Lucy (tammy girl)

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Nice tan Mikey. Looking forward to more WHOTV.

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Seychelle said...

Cool pic. Very artsy. Love the purple tie.

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Gary said...

very cool, very mod

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

I agree with Gary. You do look very Mod.

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

I can see that you like making pictures from raw materials, which is very "special" I have no other word to describe it. You should post more artwork, I think we'd all enjoy it. And is that stuff spilling out of your cup?
Have fun!
-Kevin

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

Aww you look so cute! Great painting aswell. I hope the film was fun to make - sounded like it was. Talk to you soon!

- claire -

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Thanks Michael, just visited your blog, thanks again.
Hi ya Lucy, I haven't done any paintings for several years now, but one day I will again I'm sure. It was only when I was in France and drew them pictures in my songbook, that I remembered how much I still love doing it. Music has taken over my life for some time now, thanks for your constantly beautiful blog's.
Cheers Joeboy.
Hi Seychelle, do you know, I had forgotton that I was wearing that purple tie, well done, years ahead me. Thanks.
Nice one Gary, thanks mate.
Hi Kevin, about the picture, most paintings are called 'representations' because they represent the certain thing they have copied the image of. My painting was made from the actual object within the picture, thus making it a 'presentation'.
And the stuff tipping out of the cup is cheap champagne, it was the opening night of the exhibition, I had a huge cigar and didn't take off the shades all night. A truly brilliant night. Thanks mate.
Hey claire, thanks alot, the film was fun, I'm glad you like the painting. It's one of my favorites.
mikey

Friday, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Tom Pratt said...

Your artwork is fantastic Mikey!

Have you ever considered doing a painting or drawing for each of your songs on a particular album?

Even if they can't be printed or reproduced well in a CD package, you could at least have a CD release party at an art gallery and show them there or a short DVD video that shows them off could be included with the CD.

Peter Gabriel had artwork commisioned for all of the songs on one of his albums and I thought it was such a great idea.

Looking forward to the video for "Listen to Me"

Tom

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Thank you for the inspiring comment. If I run into any trouble during the recording process or lyrical work, I'll give you a shout.

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Ooh cool painting. You look very dapper! You have amazing techniques. Really interesting and inventive.
Looking forward to the movie...I have to go back to work next week (boo!) so I'll have to catch the re-run.
I love fresh fish too...yum.

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi again!I'm being a pest now- my daughter (age 7) has a riddle for you -How much does a pirate pay for earrings? A "buck an ear!" ;)

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Bri said...

Mikey! In the photo you look a bit like John Lennon crossed with one of the "Goodfellas" gangster guys. Funny look there, but the artwork is amazing.

I love fresh fish too. Mmmm!

Feeling all better now and anticipating the arrival of my new baby grand in the morning. I can hardly stand the anticipation. Happy girl.

I am looking forward to pointing more people in the direction of your music.

Oh! I have been telling the "stick" joke. I am famous for not being able to properly tell a whole joke. So the stick joke is perfect for me because there's no way to get it wrong! However, it's really not that funny, so my friends just go, "Ohhhhhh," like they can't believe I told that.

Love ya!

Brina

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger ginab said...

Mikey you're a Godsend. You're a blessing, You're good. I believe here in something good.

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

WOW you are very talented. I also just love your short hair! You look a lot like your brother with it.

Do you have any present works on display?

Have a great weekend!
Molly

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Britta Ruth said...

Wow, I love this painting! I'm a starter painter myself and it's so difficult but rewarding. I do love this though, very impressive!

Oh, and fresh fish is THE best.

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

Do you have any plans for the USA at all. I remember Rene wanted to go to Alaska. If you ever have the chance....DO IT....! If I ever go to England, which will be with in the year. Would London be far from you? I just remember you said your guitar went to Texas but you never went. I hope you do come out and make it close to South West Florida. The Gulf side is so beautiful. Its like carabean waters. michael ;)

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

And oh by the way... I put this picture of you as my desktop backgroud.....LOL...michael :)
People are asking who is it and then I show them. You are getting popular out here

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Gary said...

Mikey,
I posted a little song for yourself, Rachel and Pete on my Blog. If you're interested, give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just surfing around a bit, and read that you replied to Gary and listened to his song. You are a kind soul. Goodness and good fortune will come your way, and I suspect you will do your best to give someone else a "chance"(one day when you are rich and famous, and still with Rene) We all need just a little hope and inspiration. A smile, a nod that someone cares!
I look forward to "The Attic" next week!
Any not all Anonymous people are bad, maybe just shy!

Saturday, October 08, 2005  
Blogger ticharu said...

You look like a punk rocker who put on a suit for the day. It's not right man! Very funny. The juxteposition of the twisted metal and you in the 'loud' suit made a great pic. Hope ya don't mind, I just think it's funny. It's a cool piece of art, I like it all by itself, but the red shirt and that grin just kind of draw yer eye.

Sunday, October 09, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Thanks Tom, that's a great idea, I have very few pictures to go with songs, but I love the idea, and will play with it. Cheers mate.
Glad to help, any time Kevin.
Thanks Suesjoy, lovin the pirate joke.
Thanks Brina, great description, hope everything goes well getting the piano in. Take care.
Thanks Ginab, what can I say? I do my best. You are far too kind though.
Hi Molly, thanks very much, do you think I should cut my hair then?
No current works in public exhibition, except maybe this blog. Have a good weekend.
Hi Brita Ruth, glad you like the painting. I've always been a beginner at all things, cheers.
Hi Michael, where not that far from London. Your side of the pond sounds amazing and I can't wait to get over there. Thanks mate.
Cheers Gary, I have done on your blog mate, thanks again.
Your very kind anon, we'll see what occurs, I am very happy now. No need to be shy.
Hey Ticharu, spot on mate, it was the opening night, big fat cigar, I had a great time being the center of attention, the party continued back at my flat, don't remember that much of it, happy days. The picture makes me laugh too, thanks mate.

Sunday, October 09, 2005  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

wow. Southend from and expert...I'm still trying to take it all in mate.

Sunday, October 09, 2005  
Anonymous Cat said...

weird. Just as I was reading this I heard on the news that southend pier burn't down again last night. The last time this happened I was at college in southend with Rene. we left college to go and watch them fight the flames... the curse continues...

Monday, October 10, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hi Superamanda, not quite an expert, although I'm interested in local history. I hope you manage, thanks.
Hi Cat, thanks for them photo's again, they were really cool. I remember racing down to see the pier on fire myself, it was packed down there wasn't it...indeed it does....Thanks for commenting Cat.

Monday, October 10, 2005  

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