Art by Torben Ulrich

Following on from the recent post about our friend Blue’s recent adventures with creative mark making, it reminded me of the fantastic unique artwork created by the equally fantastic and unique Torben Ulrich:

T.U.’s work with ball, rope, racquet, and rice paper has its beginnings in 1971, when the Lions Club of Copenhagen asked a variety of politicians, actors, writers and others to make “a blue elephant” for a charity exhibit to benefit a senior center in Denmark.

Today, using primarily skipping rope and tennis racquet and ball, T.U. makes imprints with ink and / or acrylic on rice paper. First, with the rice paper on the ground, weighted down, he skips an inked rope onto the rice paper. When dry, the paper is then posted or held against a wall and an inked ball is played / volleyed onto it. Later, a text may be added.

T.U. tends to call these works “rice papers”. Some are photographed and go into the computer, where the colors or textures are sampled or played with further.

  • Paintings by Torben Ulrich.
  • Torben Ulrich.com – home to all of his other creations, including music, film and writing.
  • Apparently his son is quite a creative type too. :)

Sheaffer Saratoga Snorkel – Fixed!

I got my Sheaffer Saratoga Snorkel fixed today – w00t.

I did this pic to thank the people at The Fountain Pen Network for all of their help, and Ian at Cathedral Pens for getting the parts I needed to me quickly.

Sheaffer Saratoga Snorkel - Thank you

Now it’s working, it’s a lovely pen. Writes very nicely – the best of all the pens I’ve got (and that’s quite a few), and filling it is actually fun.

Not bad as a water pistol, either ;)

Grass Roots with Blue

UPDATE – Added Blue’s latest mark making experiments. Simply beautiful.

Our groovy spiritual friend Blue is playing with paints again and indulging in the best form of creativity – getting out there and enjoying nature’s own art materials. See the interesting results of painting with coarse grass, leylandii, pine needles and a simple dry stick. Blue says:

Anything can become a brush. A hand, a stick, a rock, twigs, leaves, grass…I have had no more direct painting experience than this…to pick a fist full of grass, to dip it thoroughly into a dish of my favourite green gold watercolour, and to make a simple one stroke painting. Here are a pair of one-strokes. Painted out in the open, in a free and wild painting session, exploring my basic instinct to paint, to make marks on paper. I found myself loving this new process, liberated from brushes.

So great to see you painting again, Blue!

Squee Time for Sam

Alllrighty then… it’s time for me to have a squee… stand back, this could get messy.

That little Zep fella has had more than his fair share of squee thrown at him. To celebrate me finally getting my hands on a copy of Ain’t Life Grand, and just because it’s high time he had some more, it time for me to squee over the man that personifies everything that’s cool, sexy and downright fantastic about rock and effin roll. Yep, it’s his turn.

Slash! You half Brit hard rocking mound of loveliness… , everything about you is just perfect. You’re still the ultimate rock star. OMG! You are teh hottest! The greatest thing to happen to Stoke-on-Trent since the oatcake.


Oooo! Loookit that divine leather-clad bee-hind! Even he can’t leave it alone!

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

(did I do good WOTW?)