Mysta's Mirror - Cloaked Figure - Featured Image

CSI: Creative Scene Investigation

On the afternoon of the 8th January 2018, Al and I set out to explore the Starting Chair Stone on Moor Park. Like forensic experts entering the scene of some dubious crime, we approached the stone with respectful caution. The only things missing were our white forensic body suits, something we considered a step too far in deepest Deepdale!

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Mysta's Mirror - Moor Park, Preston

Experiment One – Where to Start

On the 7th January 2018, my sense of creative hopelessness suddenly morphed into skin tingling delight and ecstatic euphoria. In an instant, my search for the starting point became, quite literally, ‘a walk in the park’. Al and I had been out and about, pacing a circuit of Moor Park in Preston. Moor Park is near to where I live and is our regular exercise destination in the battle of the bulge. We must have walked that same path over a hundred times, maybe more, yet we have never, ever noticed a small, unassuming information plaque beside the path on the north edge of the park.

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Mysta's Mirror - M.A.G.I.C.

The Theory of M.A.G.I.C.

Well it’s good to be back. I’ve been absent for a couple of months after our ‘celebrated’ art vehicle Art a la C’art was blown over by the wind and suffered multiple ‘injuries’. Sadly, we have had to retire her for the time being and are no longer exhibiting at Brixham Pannier Market. But never mind, because that allows me to begin a whole new project. It’s time for some M.A.G.I.C.!

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Jolly Jingle

A Jolly Jingle

My good chum the ‘Fishing Rod Man’ is deploying his strongest tactic to date. Here at the Pannier Market, this unsung hero of PR and Marketing is attempting to mesmerize the unsuspecting public with a spectacular display of lights and bells. His jolly jingly reindeer demeanour is proving to be a ‘hit’ with visitors.

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Mysta's Mirror - Where have all the Art Lovers gone? - Peg People

Where Have All The Art Lovers Gone?

After six weeks of 24/7 hard slog producing a collection of art work for Brixham Pannier Market, my hopes have been dashed. It’s an uphill struggle trying to impress the good people of this seaside town. People come and people go. Some glance and some stop to look, but overall, most sail by as if Art a la C’art is invisible …

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Mysta at Rivington

Night Demons

Last night, at midnight, I had an encounter with some demons. I was driving through darkest Deepdale, in the heart of Preston (Priest Town) as torrential rain hammered down. I could barely see the road ahead, so I eased off the ‘gas’ and slowed right down…

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Am I An Artist?

I know a man who collects Victorian street lighting. He spends all of his time researching it, purchasing it, then restoring it. He fills his home with his beloved iron pillars and rusting canopies and talks of little else. I admire this man very much because he knows exactly who he is and what he does. He is an avid ‘collector of Victorian street paraphernalia’. I am so envious. I listen to his latest tale about his most recent acquisition and wish I were more like him.

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So What’s It Like To Be An Artist ……. ?

So what’s it like to be an artist, or rather, what’s it like ‘trying’ to be an artist?  Am I an artist because I say so, or am I an artist because others say so? My head is full of questions and doubts. At 52 years old and having been producing work for 23 years, I like to think that I’m getting closer to the answer. I suppose I find being an artist similar to being a creative ‘iceberg’. The majority of it goes on beneath the surface with a small, vulnerable ‘blob’ poking it’s head above the parapet. …

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