December 6th, 2010

stuart, and the hawaiian luau



Last night I drew Stuart, sitting reading on the sofa, this time in profile. I'm fussing over him quite a bit at the moment because he's felt awfully neglected for the past couple months, when events have meant I haven't had a single weekend at home. During the day, we took a walk along the river to Greenwich Market, which was twinkly and bustling in the run up to Christmas.



On Saturday, my studio mate Ellen Lindner celebrated her birthday with a Midwinter Hawaiian Luau. Which made for some amusing combinations as people traipsed in from the snow in their thermal leggings and grass skirts.


Birthday girl Ellen Lindner & giant banana

The last time I went to a winter luau was 13 years ago, in Moscow, the day before I risked everything to tell Stuart I fancied him.

The temperature had been a steady -20C, and my friend Georgia Jansson and I took the Metro out to some obscure market I'd never heard of, where Georgia knew we could buy all sorts of exotic fruit. So we haggled with the fruit vendors, picked up a Beach Boys album from the Gorbushka (a dodgy outdoor CD mart, which name literally means 'heel of the bread loaf') and headed to her place to go wildly tropical. I couldn't find a Hawaiian shirt, but my Russian landlady let me borrow a eyeball-searingly bright Nehru jacket she'd somehow managed to get hold of during the Brezhnev era.


Gary Northfield and hipster pineapple
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hula girls



My neighbour friend and I just made a picture for Ellen and Stephen, after we went to their Hawaiian luau this weekend.



My neighbour wants to say a few words:

hello people,im goin to tell u a story.once upon a time there were two girls called Hula and Huli.they lived with a pet hampster called booboo . one day booboo pooed on the carpet. Huli accedently steped on it. Then hula divorced her from being sisters for 6 months. 6 months later huli came to visit hula the only difference was she was a mermaid,unfortunately when hula divorced huli she got under a spell so now she will be a mermaid for the rest of her life. THE END.


THIS SHOULD TEACH U A LESSON THAT U SHOULD NOT DIVORCE UR SISTER OR SHE WILL TURN INTO A MERMAID.