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Spotted this in Latimer Road, W10 ( just near the junction with Oxford Gardens).  Wouldn’t have found this one if I hadn’t gone out of my way to play Ingress (this street art happens to be a portal).

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Work in progress…

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Some more street art from the Brick Lane area of London.  I’m afraid I wasn’t as careful with my note taking this time so the photos are labelled with a location where possible, but otherwise your guess is as good as mine!

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

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Cheshire Street, E2

Cheshire Street, E2

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Grimsby Street, E2

Grimsby Street, E2

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Pedley Street, E1

Pedley Street, E1

Junction of Brick Lane and Quaker Street, E1

Junction of Brick Lane and Quaker Street, E1

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Bacon Street, E2

Bacon Street, E2

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Brick Lane (near Tatty Devine)

Brick Lane (near Tatty Devine)

Sclater Street, E1

Sclater Street, E1

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Sclater Street/Bethnal Green Road, E1

Chance Street, E1

Chance Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

Braithwaite Street, E1

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Spotted this in Wakeman Road, NW10, and it made me laugh out loud.

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Enjoy the view

No sketches to share this week, so here’s a view of my studio instead. Just imagine yourself surrounded by the scent of roses and honeysuckle.

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This beautiful mural is hidden away in Codrington Mews, W11 – I only happened to catch a glimpse of it by sheer happenstance as I walked along Blenheim Crescent.  The monochrome mural is beautiful (and well worth a closer look at  – click on the image to view a larger version), but round the corner on the other side of the building is a second mural.  This one is slightly more random, but still interesting.

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At the start of April I went to visit the Terry Pratchett mural that was being done by Jim Vision and Dr Zadok.  At the time of my visit the mural was only half finished, although it still looked amazing (click here for my previous blog post on this).  I finally got a chance to go back and view the finished mural at the end of May, and here it is.

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It truly is a work of art.  Go and see it if you get the chance.

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On Thursday I went to the London launch of And So Forth, which is a new interdisciplinary opera and theatre company that specialises in collaborative work between exceptional emerging artists.  Now there’s a mouthful.  I’ll be honest and admit that I bought a ticket solely because the artistic director of And So Forth, Laura Attridge, is a friend of mine and I wanted to support her new business.  I knew it would involve music, probably opera, and that was it.  If you’re looking for sophisticated critique then you’re in the wrong place, but here are my thoughts on the evening.

The evening opened with jazz music during the drinks reception, the singer was Harriet Eaves and I wish I had got there earlier so I could have heard more of her!  Particularly liked her version of Toxic, but it was all fabulous.  Then the main event started and I was awash in a sea of confusion.  This isn’t a criticism, it’s just a very sad fact that I have trouble following the words of operatic verse!  However, the sound of the music was beautiful and very evocative, and I enjoyed it very much.  The verses were in the program so in theory I could have followed it better by reading… but to be honest I actually like just enjoying the sound and feel of the music as they are.  It’s nice knowing what’s going on (I caught up with the program during the interval), but there’s something lovely about just enjoying sound for what it is at face (ear?) value.

After the interval there was an acted piece which I thought was excellent: very involving, well written, and well performed.  Top marks for that and I’d love to see more of it.  The evening ended with a 12 minute opera which I did manage to follow, and I enjoyed that in a different way to the earlier performance.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening (church pews aside – ooh they’re not the comfiest of things are they?) and I look forward to attending more of And So Forth’s productions in the future.

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Well, Street Art #52 didn’t last long, it’s now been replaced by a piece by Inkie.  You can find it on the canal towpath (somewhere between Meanwhile Gardens and the Ha’penny Steps, W9).

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