Monday, 27 October 2008

Today is the day that we turned our clocks back, wonder what you're doing with your extra hour.

Well actually, thats a lie I'm just listening to Puzzle. We don't turn our clocks back for another week, which means ET can call home a little bit more easily.

New York is still a riot. I think I'm just about getting the hang of living here and it's getting close to home time. I think I might actually be a bit sad to leave. I'm moving back to Wburg for November which is great news. I love that place. Check out this craigslist posting I found whilst room searching, I thought I'd seen it all.

Reply to: hous-893841390@craigslist.or g [?]
Date: 2008-10-26, 4:38AM EDT

Furnished bedroom available in spacious 2 1/2 bedroom apartment. Doorman, high floor, city and sunset views, sunny, etc. Washer, dryer and dishwasher in the apartment. The apartment has good heat, is quiet for sleeping, has good air-conditioning, high speed internet and a spare computer for the roommate's use. It's an elevator building and there is a health club in the building. The room is about 200 sq. ft., has a double bed, dresser, desk, walk in closet and a window with a nice view. I'm looking for a female roommate who will occasionally not wear clothes when I ask in exchange for free rent. No sex whatsoever required. Otherwise the rent is $775/month, everything included.

Amazing!! I want to know how long the periods of nakedness would have to last for? I mean half a minute would kind of be ok, he does have 'good heat' and all.. but he might have meant 5 solid hours with the AC on. He should have really been a bit more specific. I might get in touch.

A couple of things I'm currently obsessed with are GHOST BIKES... after seeing one in Greenpoint and also this song by Herman Dune

It's amazing. Anyway, here's a rough drawing..

Yes, yes, I'm a twee piece of shit.



Monday, 20 October 2008

Oh Dear, Someone Forgot To Blog..

Shit! It's been a whole two months since my fingers danced about the keyboard for this thing. Bad blogger..

Anyway, lots to report. I've been in New York for over a month now and it's been, on a whole, pretty swell. By the time the 15th of September swung round, I had pretty much decided that going to New York for three months was the most ridiculously shit idea I'd ever come up with and that I was a total moron for ever thinking I was man enough to throw a load of party frocks in a case and just get off. But it was too late for backtracking, Rebecca was waiting in the departure lounge for me with a pair of brews and a pair of paws to push me onto the plane whether I liked it or not. I'm glad she was there.

Plane. So naturally I got the middle seat.. sandwiched next to this short, stumpy scouser, who stunk of gin and had drawn a ridiculous amount of attention to herself at customs as she had, tucked under her arm this 3ft, multicolour fibreglass 'sculpture', that essentially just looked like a whopping bong. Brilliant, of course she wanted to be my new bezzie for the entire 7 hour flight. She was totally bonkers but to her credit, she did make the time pass incredibly quickly as the lovely girl to my left and I became dead obsessed with asking her detailed questions about her travels and more importantly her technicolourbong. Needless to say, we legged it off the plane as American customs are stressful enough without a mental, pissed up leprechaun in tow. We stamped our fingers and breezed through, folded over laughing and went our separate ways.

Willy-b. So I stayed in Williamsburg for the first two weeks with a nice chap called Jon. Craigslist is always a gamble so the fact I didn't enter the flat to find a raging pervert dangling naked above my bed was pretty awesome. I liked this neighbourhood. The house across the road had a face made out of windows and doors and there were plenty of cats around for me to chase and hug. It was weird the first couple of weeks.. the moment you realise that a place is so insanely different when you live there, to when you holiday there. Anyway, in my first week I got the chance to take part in a group show over in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A wonderful bunch of people and a fantastic little gallery. I promise to post photos soon. It all happened so fast I didn't even get the chance to scan my paintings. So I'll do that when it all comes down. I also got the chance to see Martha Wainwright perform a set of Edith Piaf songs down by the river on my first night in town. It was a wonderful show, I really was blown away.

After two weeks, I moved over to Long Island City to stay with my friend Justin. We drink too much iced coffee and observe how boring each others lives are. It's boss.

Since then I've seen Damien Jurado do his beautiful thing, made some new friends, asked a famous tranny for directions, hung out with some old pals, saw two of them get wed, rocked a posh frock ... danced to 80's classics, fell back in love with love, ate awesome pizza, contemplated being a teenage mutant hero turtle, lolled at stand up comedy, missed people, racked up £50 phone bills, watched leaves turn gold and fall on the floor, picked them up, sucked at bowling, lost my nerve, got it back, ranted, raved, painted, lost my bank card, pulled faces, seen some great art.. but most importantly, figured that you don't have to go out of your way here to make every day a big memorable day. The entire place is rammed with novelty and 'experiences', the moment you give yourself a fucking break for having a couple of nights in and accept it'd be well more bonkers to stand in Times Square with a hot dawg every day, you kind of realise that you're doing it right and you're having a nice time.

I'm having a nice time.

So, I've been drawing quite a bit anyway. Mostly exercises to make me draw other things than pretty girls, it was getting a little ridiculous.

Here's an old dude and a dog licking its ass.
And here's a cute girl (shit) prodding a dead badger with a stick...Here's one of the paintings up in The Hideaway! Go see it in real life! (10 Goodwin place, off Broadway, Bushwick)

Here's a man with a haunted beard.
I promise to update this more regularly. I will post up pictures of the exhibition asap.

Katey x

Monday, 18 August 2008

A handful of points

I feel like a strange little cloud that's constantly floating over towns of mega excitement and villages of sheer terror.

I booked my flight to NYC the other day. When 'Chester' the fella in the holiday call centre double checked all the details with me and I confirmed with the smallest 'yes' it could have just been one of those weird involuntary squeaks your mouth lets off.. usually when the rooms dead silent. I think for the past few months I've just been dead excited, romanticising about three months of ramming pizza and pretzels into my pie hole no stop. But now the emails in my inbox telling me its real life, I'M SO SCARED.

Not to worry, I drew a picture about it anyway.....

My website is almost done and I'm so excited, it looks lovely. I'll post the address when we've stopped faffing with it. I've been painting lots and got to make quite a fun poster for Meshuggy the other day, I also got half way through a painting for a future bride and groom that have now decided not to be brides and grooms anymore, which was a shame.... for me .... and my painting.

In other news, I had a dream that I gave birth to three baby ducklings last night. Now wouldn't that have been a treat.

Over and out
Katey-Jean x

Originally uploaded by katey owl

Sunday, 3 August 2008

A tiny bag and a tiny painting for a tiny person.

I've had a nice week of buying lots of electrical goods I've needed for a long time.. most importantly a swanky laptop (yes! I can watch funny cats on youtube whilst in bed) and a geeky pink camera. I've sure missed having a camera for the past year or so, mostly when cycling past ridiculous graffiti of dinosaurs saying 'LOL'. It was bought for my trip to New York I've planned for September, as I realised of all the times I've been there I have never taken a single photograph, what a crime!

I've been working on a painting I was asked to do to mark the arrival of a friend's, sister's little girl. It was a nice commission as it was inspired by The Owl and The Pussy Cat. It was fun, I got to draw Marla holding a moggy in a very incorrect manner and a very light owl that magically doesn't squash the shit out of single pink roses. I think I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, I hadn't done a straight up painting in so long and I forgot how lazy and unplanned photoshop can make you as an artist. Here it is anyway, welcome, Marla, you beautiful miniature human.

Another thing, I finally got my hands on one of the Hot Club de Paris tote bags that I designed a screen print for a while back. I was pretty stoked on doing this as they're an awesome band ( and I got to draw a skeleton. They're super small but look pretty cute, it makes me realise how much I'd love to hold a wood pigeon. The little fat bastards.

My picture's in the latest copy of Amelia's Magazine... it was a drawing based on the idea of a positive outlook for the future. It's a brilliant little magazine full of cool music, photography and barmy fashion and I'm really pleased to be in there! Check it out

Over and out
Katey-Jean x

Monday, 28 July 2008

Here's some older pictures I made earlier this year...

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