Did I wake you?

When answering the phone the most common thing that anybody says to me (after 'Hello') is 'Oh, did I wake you?'

Now I know there are some people who do sleep at 4 o'clock in the afternoon but not me. Sometimes I get 'Did I wake you?' from down the end of a phone line earlier in the day but the afternoon ones are the most disconcerting.

I know I don't have the chirpiest (is that even a word?) of voices but 'Did I wake you?' at 4pm is too much.

No you didn't wake me, I'm just tired of your interuption. Get to the point of your call.

The Shortest Story...an epic in the making.

'The Shortest Story: 20 days' is a painting I've been 'working' on for over a year. It's based upon the Harry Chapin song of the same name which tells the story of a child born into extreme poverty.It is a very sad story and probably my least favourite Harry Chapin song.

However, my partner likes the song and thought I should create an artwork based upon it. So, towards the end of January 2005 I began work on, what was intended to be a Valentine's Day gift (Feb 14, 2005).

Two Valentine's Days and over a year later, this is where it is at - just over half finished. It's a difficult artwork to get excited about even though I'm happy with how it looks so far. Obviously I haven't actually been working on it every day. For the most part it's sat in my studio, neglected for the larger part of 2005. Early February 2006 I managed to progress it to this stage after about a days work but haven't touched it since.

Maybe the song is just too depressing or maybe the image contains too much fine detail that I'm reluctant to tackle? If I really set my mind to it I could finish it in a couple of days.

Whatever happens I thought I'd show it to you. Maybe a few words of encouragement might be in order...
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