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Patti Smith


I did this six years ago… it’s a scan of an acrylic paint (used as watercolour) painting on watercolour paper, of the goddess (punk poet laureate) of punk.

Snarl WIP 2


As you can see, I’ve been plodding along with this gorgeous little beasty… she has totally stolen my jaded old heart (: I couldn’t have written a cooler/smarter/more deadly little beast if I’d tried! Her zen-like fearless-ness/focus just slay me… all the more so because Dafne Keen is perfect in the role… sublimely perfect. I’d hoped to finish this series with a painting of Laura in full flight, claws out, blood everywhere… but that’s not to be. To get images to work from for these paintings, I have to pause the film on my computer (the iTunes films have protective intelligence that prevents screen captures) and photograph the paused image. All the fabulous/spectacular scenes of this little beast slaying bad guys are excellent, and she is excellent… too excellent, she is always moving, just like Creaturina, almost too fast to see, she’s always a lethal blur. I would especially have liked to illustrate the big, final fight scene… doomed Logan takes out most of the bad guys, having ordered Laura to stay behind him, but she runs right up his back, leaps over his head and slaughters a few herself! My kind of lethal little beasty!

Snarl WIP


I’ve started my next ‘Laura’ painting (:

This scene is about 2/3rds through the film. Laura has not spoken a word for the whole film, seemingly incapable/too feral to talk, all she’s done is scream and growl. Logan is dying, and Laura is having to help him more and more. The Mexican nurse who helped Laura and several other children escape the military experimentation facility she’d been ‘created’ in, is dead, the other children gone. Laura clings to a photo of those other kids, and the nurse, with their names on the back… all she wants to do is get to the co-ordinates where she believes the kids to be. Dying Logan thinks it’s all a hoax, and tells her he won’t take her there… Laura suddenly starts speaking (to Logan’s astonishment) in fluent Spanish, showing him where the place is on a map, he still says it’s a hoax, and he won’t take her there. She begins, furiously, to recite the names on the photo, faster and faster, in staccato Spanish, literally right in Logan’s face. She’s a gorgeous, furious, intense little (she’s just a kid, half the size of all the adults she has to face) driven beast, far more intelligent than her creators intended her to be, though every bit as lethal, and she’s just not capable of feeling fear. And she’s angry.



Seraphim has developed a thing for hats (:



In my last post, I said Seraphim would not normally, and has, in fact, never (until today) wear/worn a crappy, free hat… here is the kind of hat she would wear… beautifully crafted, expensive and gorgeous (:

Happy Birthday Second Life!


Seraphim is very particular about what she wears, and simply does not wear clunky, stupid, free hats… until today (: She must be getting old/sentimental, because she decided she wanted to show solidarity with the current SL 14th birthday festivities, so went to the location that is giving away free crap (believe me, it is, as free stuff always is, mostly crap), and saw this ghastly (though, somehow, cute… I think it’s the butterfly) hat, and ‘bought’ it…


… she then went to some of the shopping events, looking and feeling both stupid and happy at the same time…


… later she hung another acquisition in the gallery, one the artist gave her for free, which is always lovely…


… and also placed this gorgeous, derelict fireplace, which she bought at the above-mentioned birthday shopping event (:


Just because…