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Ahh . . . . .

I seem to have been on the move constantly for too many weeks. Bratislava was great fun, and the short trip to the UK was good: lovely to see my family and my old friends again. But now I need to stop… and breathe.

I’ve been concentrating on the February challenge for a week or two, using what happens around me as a ‘feed’ into this. Now I want to go back to having a normal life. The problem for me is that I’ve never had ‘normal life’ – I’ve never had a 9-5 job – and certainly my life in Italy is not predictable. I’m not complaining –  I choose my life, after all –  the only thing is that I have no room to freewheel. It’s the difference between playing a solo gig and playing with the band. With the band there are moments, for example, when other people are taking solos when I can ease off a bit, BUT playing a gig solo, there’s no time to relax. I once remember doing a solo gig when I was REALLY exhausted and I forgot to sing the chorus in a song . . until I noticed there was a large hole where there should have been a voice.  . .

So a period of relative calm will help. I also want to do more drawing: so here’s a sample: I’ve never been taught to draw: the odd helpful hint in classes but never from scratch, so therefore there are subjects I don’t know how to approach: one is trees, so I tried this based on a video by Rob Kunst. I think it’s an improvement- gets me away from the ‘cauliflower-lollipop’ look!

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Bratislava – 8: THE END as the begining with a beer . . . .

Drawn at the airport, whilst watching female airport staff who are clearly forced to wear the highest of high heels . . . if they don’t induce vertigo, they’re not high enough. As a consequence, all these young women clomp around with a peculiar gait, appearing to be riding an invisible space hopper.

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Bratislava – 7: The Town Hall, pomegranates and Slovakian Blues

Yes more drawing from/in a bar: this time it’s the Town Hall for Maximilian’s Cafe. I ordered a Pomegranate smoothie, which was delicious, and made me feel so self-righteous  that the three pints of beer I drank at the next port of call barely touched the sides, let alone my conscience!

The last evening we spent listening to the Blues at Next Apache, two tasty guitar players: (a pair of teles: a sparkly G&L, and a semi made by an Italian liutaio called Jim Read!!!) backing a moody harmonica player/singer: great versions of Johnny B. Goode and Cocaine.

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Bratislava – 6: Bohmerland, transport and the Next Apache

The transport museum in Bratislava was great: not only because the exhibits were interesting, but also it was ‘manned’ by people who were the collectors and restorers: such as the guy who collected Bohmerland motorbikes!

From there we returned (yet again!) to Next Apache where we heard an album by a Slovakian singer, called Dan Barta, which was excellent, and which we subsequently bought in a shop that sold wine, CD’s and books!

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Bratislava – 3: photography and back to the bar . . .

Went to the Central European Centre of Photography: saw a wonderful exhibition by Gerlinde Meisenbock.. taken on a Holga . . lots of multiple exposures.

Also there was wonderful lady on reception who talked to us for ages – didn’t understand much of the language, but the sentiment was lovely.

Retired to a bar, from where I did this, …this time tried blocking out with watercolour first and then adding detail. I often wonder whether my objection to the term ‘plein air’ is that it’s a pretentious way of saying outside, or whether because in my case it rarely is truly outdoors . . . . .