posted on June 12, 2007 at 5:51 am

no this damn blogge is not a chore
dear disciple
how could you
of all people question me..
was it so much better when i wrote in the morning….?
i wonder
strange days for beeing
my mother was without power n phone cos of the storm
people have lost their lives
broken glass n bits of trees everywhere
the ritziest hotel here in bondi
smells like a sewer
imagine if you was just arriving for yer honeymoon…
nk n i had our honeymoon in a nice hotel
with champagne and chocolate strawberries
we went out n had mexican food most nights
im sorry but i never get sick of guacomole
it was july and we swam in the atlantic out front of the hotel
we went to the amusement arcade known as funland
we felt sorry for the parrot in the cage in the foyer
what a shame for poor polly…
the weak afternoon sun gives its final burst
a blaze of glory
im listening to slowdive demos on shuffle
im dressed in black from head to foot
my beard is long and needs another trim
my suntan is starting to fade ever so slightly
im doing a lotta painting
i love to paint quite frankly
its one of my fave things to do
i can finally lose myself
which i long to do
oh i long to lose myself
and painting turns off the switch
have you tried painting
you out there
if yer stressed
buy a little paint set n some paper
have a go
it doesnt matter if its good or bad
its the process
put some music on
if you indulge in herbal relaxation
or a glass of red
or nothing
go on
what ya got to lose
it may do the trick
you got that big olde sheet of white paper
my art steering committee sent me four sizes of white paper
the paper itself is a trip
youll feel like a real pro peeling yer sheet outta the block
careful gooseball…dont rip the corners
and dont cut yerself on the paper
ooooh that smarts
now now now
stick it up on yer eisel
or down on the table
oh look at all that potential
you could do anything you like
why dont you?
go on
anything you like
break the rules
follow the guidelines
be picasso or turner or van go go
or naive or pointillist or futurist
or be yerself
can you carve out a new identity here
i wassa lucky in a way
i wasnt influenced by any artists
i was influenced by plenty of musicians
but no artists
i mean i admire em n stuff
but now when i paint
im a free man
i dont know what im doing
i dont know how to do it
and im not trying to be like anyone else
at least i got that
but my latest lot of paintings have got vibration
they have movement
which is what i want
want my paintings to move of their own accord
want them to have the effect my songs have
wanna hit it onna visual as well as aural level
yes im a fucking overachiever stretching my meagre talent thin
but what the hell
it keeps me off the streets
so start painting
or colouring
or drawing
or anything
invite girls up to see your etchings
if it works for ya
just get on with it
no more procrastination
art now

42 Responses to “chore”

  1. avatar
    Tony | 12 June 2007 at 7:27 am #

    i am leaving
    i am leaving
    but the fighter still remains

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    Matt Davyddson | 12 June 2007 at 8:06 am #


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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 8:25 am #

    i am a rock………………………im a shorrrealityfogdetterist…..coz oranges dont say much on saturdays,do they ……..i mean,REALLY!?… thing that i have learned…in my life.with my year 9 education .is ……there are no “rules”…or “universal realities”…..90% shock value,and 5% bullshit,and 10% heart and 3%gutz,and 21%pure love……art and soul,genx xxxxxx p.s.well when you cant see….this big ole world is trippy er…if thats possible

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    lily was here | 12 June 2007 at 8:44 am #

    Now i feel depressed
    I never had a honeymoon

    Ok! Im going to make an effort to dig out the charcoal again. I too love the way you can disappear into it with the music. Im not very good dont think but my mum loves every one I’ve done πŸ™‚

    Sorry about your mum having no power or phone?! Please tell her I emailed yesterday & send her my love.

    I laughed at my teenager the other day saying that she didnt realise that Pablo and Picasso were the same person πŸ™‚

    sue c

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 8:57 am #

    Kilbo, vote in the “Survivor games” threads, in Hotel Womb. DonΒ΄t be Bradapower

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Chores – don’t we jussa hate them.
    Can never catch up – especially cleaning the car, thatsa moved way down the list.

    You can tick the blog off the list. Next – & don’t forget the washing up.

    Peace & Love,

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 9:58 am #

    Yeah, I might give it a go, I haven’t painted since college, I’m always tempted to push my 3yo outta the way when he’s mucking around on his mini-easel and go for it!

    Hey sk, I had a listen to that song on your myspace site called Track 9, is that one of those space rock bands you like???? Who is it?????
    Love always,

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 10:28 am #

    No no no SK, dont go to the ‘Survivor’ HW threads! Or do so at your own peril heee!

  9. avatar
    Rehan | 12 June 2007 at 11:29 am #

    Wonder what Simon says to that last line?

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 11:49 am #

    just finished writing a big long blurb but my fucking computer went berko and spat the dummy…i was going to way before i was so RUDELY interrrupted that i hate chores and they should be banned…i lose myself in a good book although i do like to doodle…a bit of a compulsive doodler really…glad to hear you and the family are ok..nature can be a real mother sometimes, ay…
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 11:51 am #

    ah bugger a typo…dsjfhas;kjnfweuhwerhdfhas hkjvn c jfhbnclqwei rn[or weor oerhimwrqwmc;weru cm;w;er uc
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi, Mr Nevets, Glad ta see that things’re goin’ Wellish~
    Have ya tried using phosphorescent paint? My mother wassa painter, she loved the stuff~

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    My dear fellow,

    Apologies if I seemed whiney. It was not my intention to vex you. I make no excuses for my preference though, I like it in the mornings!

    Qualitatively, however, there is no marked difference. It is, indeed, your show and you can post whenever you bloody well like, of course.

    I do, however, reserve the right to question you whenever it taketh my fancy!

    As ever,


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    eek | 12 June 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    I like it in the mornings!

    Does this fall into that too much information category? πŸ˜‰

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    restaurant mark | 12 June 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    had a lot to catch up on. sorry about the storm…grew up close to the coast in louisiana, been through my share of hurricanes. i find weather very interesting, but it can be scary. my wife has never been to new orleans, so we planned to go there on our honeymoon. so i had this killer place booked in the french quarter…gorgeous. then of course, five weeks or so before our wedding, katrina hit and the honeymoon plans had to change. now obviously things were worse for others than for us…justing having to change plans and all, but it makes me sad having grown up there that amelia will never get to see and experience the city like it was. anyway…hope it’s not too bad for you and your family there.

    don’t think i could get sick of guacomole either…think i eat mexican food about 3 days a week

    take care man

  16. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 12 June 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    I thought the Pseudo Oriental Poppycock’s third studio album was an effing masterpiece.

    Anyone beg to differ ?

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    veleska1970 | 12 June 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    so sorry about your mom, and everybody else who’s “picking up the pieces”, so to speak. i went through that myself just about two years ago with katrina (to restaurant mark~~i remember we talked about this, you being from around n’awlins, too.) mother nature can be a real bitch sometimes. i hope your mom’s situation is better by the time this is read.

    so now you’re using paper, huh? i was always fond of BFK grey paper. the texture is so nice, especially when you’re using Prismacolor pencils. it works well with conte’ crayons, too. maybe you’ll give it a whirl sometime?

    i never really had an “influence” for my artwork, especially my photography, either. i just kinda go with whatever moves me at the moment. i guess that’s my muse intervening. πŸ™‚

    “…stretching my meagre talent..”
    you’re being sarcastic, right? “meager”??? steve, please don’t underestimate yourself. you have so much talent you can’t help yourself.

    lotza love……

  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 12 June 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    “have a go
    it doesnt matter if its good or bad
    its the process”

    But what does matter if you have any creativity:

    John: [staring in front of eisel] Duh, when’s lunch?

    John Garratt

    ps – Sue C, I never had a honeymoon either. My wife feels guilty about spending money on trips/vacations/holidays/whatever.

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    CSTCoach | 12 June 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    “im sorry but i never get sick of guacomole”

    That was a funny line. Why apologize for an extreme love of guacamole? does anyone dislike guacamole? i mean, it isn’t one of those controversial things, like brussel sprouts or asparagus. or are you perhaps implying that its a zero sum game? that your extreme liking of guacamole is somehow reducing the quantity of guacamole available to the rest of us? could that be one of the many meanings cleverly insinuated between the lines of what purports to be a simple blogge???

    “can you carve out a new identity here”
    you know, travel can be like that too. at least that first real time on the road, alone, away from the people who know you (and the boxes that they put you in). You realize that you’re free to try on whatever hat of your own choosing, whatever role. You realize that there really are no boundaries except for the ones that you put on yourself or allow to be put on you. You come to understand that you do indeed contain multitudes…

    “want them to have the effect my songs have
    wanna hit it onna visual as well as aural level”
    That’s very cool. It’s what drives my writing too. I’m strongly attracted to that thing or state or whatever it is that you tap into with your music. i’m forever trying to hone my writing to take someone to the state that your music takes me. it’s very cool to see you painting soundscapes as colour. an interesting idea…


  20. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 12 June 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    Painting is a nice diversion but nothing is better than writing if you want to vent!! The heinous human race is evil incarnate. We start wars, ethnic genocides; deadly racial and tribal conflicts and homicides are a worldwide atrocity. WE claim to love God but we decimate his/her oceans, forests and lands. WE massacre wildlife species and even abuse dogs, cats and horses. We inhumanely hunt, vivisect, slaughter, fish, poach and generally ahhihilate God’s creatures. God should consider wiping us out with a holy asteroid.
    On another note Isidore is a better CD than McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full”.

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    mtv | 12 June 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    always wanted to “be able” to paint, mad for it as a child, but disillusioned in highschool when my art wasn’t deemed A+… being forced to be creative really sucks and then being told it’s not good enough, whatever that means in art terms… you get the picture (ha!).. anyway, inspiring blog this one… very inspiring…

    c u in september! πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    right on the money, couldn’t agree more ( green is the colour of your eyes…Ah!) My new passion is drawing and painting…losing yourself, seeing what emerges from your unconscious mind….i sorta like the shifting perspectives… you like enchiladas? oh yeah, you dont eat CHEESE…how bout tofuey? corn tortillas some sauce ( mole or tomatillo..hmmm) and what ever fillin ya like, wrap, into the oven…VOILA! Presto…Open Sesame!! have a nice day…Art rules!! d*tx

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    JJ | 12 June 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Avocados are wonderful fruit; love ’em in whatever form. While going to Empalme from San Carlos to work last week in Mexico, there’s a train crossing where vendors sell their wares. One had two parrots in cages. Wanted to buy ’em and set them free, but they were tropical birds and this was the Sonoran desert.

    I used to paint, sketch in charcoal & pastels years ago. Went to lessons with groovy teacher upstairs in old Victorian house. Somehow got defeated by forces of practicality in college and left it behind. Would like to revisit that place. When I’m in a local art supplies store and smell the cadmium yellow, ochre, midnight blues in their tubes – brings it all back with fond memories.

    RestaurantMark – sorry she won’t see New Orleans as it was; no other place quite like it. SueC – take that honeymoon, girl.

  24. avatar
    verdelay | 12 June 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    I’d love to be a painter
    Painting by the sea
    Painting jolly pictures
    Of sunflowers and me

    I’d love to be a painter
    I’d love the artist’s life
    The coffeeshops and cabarets
    The palette and the knife

    But life, it turned out different
    It turns upon a dime
    But all life is an artwork
    Even yours and mine

  25. avatar
    kat | 12 June 2007 at 4:15 pm #


    1. the storm aftermath. been through it in nc, and thank god not in lousiana. its so strange. i’ve read books about the great floods of newport and cincinnati and i don’t like to think of it.

    2. i lose myself alot, but want to more and more instead of sordid other things like keys & money.

    3. my sister kelly is an artist, but i never tried painting. writing is what i like to do, tho i luv luv art..

    4. i never get sick of guacamole either..

    ciao ttb’ers

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    kat | 12 June 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    louisiana i meant. damn spelling..

  27. avatar
    matthew | 12 June 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    thank you steve… you make me finally want to watercolour again.

  28. avatar
    davem | 12 June 2007 at 6:33 pm #

    Anything avocado is yum – but straight to my ample hips.
    I just can’t paint. Even squinting, after a few, with a following wind and looking from behind…..I’m just totally shite.
    I admit I’ve never really “got it”. Love the olde music but not the piccies.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    the Garfunkel comment was hilarious!

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    isolde | 12 June 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    Thinkin’ of you’s workin’ up my appetite
    Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
    Rubbin’ sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
    And the thought of lovin’ you is getting so exciting
    Sky rockets in flight
    Afternoon delight
    Afternoon delight
    Afternoon delight

    Started out this morning feeling so polite
    I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn’t bite
    But you’ve got some bait a waitin’ and I think I might try nibbling
    A little afternoon delight
    Sky rockets in flight
    Afternoon delight
    Afternoon delight
    Afternoon delight

    Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around
    We could make a lot of lovin’ ‘for the sun goes down

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    matt davisons paintings



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    damien | 12 June 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    You should up stakes and move the family to Perth, Steve. The weather is much nicer and we never have floods.

    Your paintings have always reminded me of Frida Kahlo.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 10:55 pm #

    freda carlo had a better moustache though

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    knot a painter | 12 June 2007 at 11:26 pm #

    did work at ye olde arte school
    enjoyed the painters & the sculptors the best
    fed them home baked cookies
    tsked over their dirty studios
    modeled for them nekky or in a pink shawl
    they in return gave me some cool paintings and much love
    miss them

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2007 at 11:49 pm #

    Oh Isolde, I thought it was bad enough me quoting that stupid Elto…sorry Billy Joel song yesterday, but that one is real goddamn vomit material!! ha ha

    Hi sk, I was thinking about that space rock song on your myspace, could it be the “new you” on your upcoming solo album?? Anyway, there’s no point asking is there, you never answer my questions!!!! love

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2007 at 12:34 am #

    in Kenya they make avocado milkshakes, and yes, they taste as wrong as they sound.


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    Thelonious | 13 June 2007 at 12:35 am #


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    Anonymous | 13 June 2007 at 12:57 am #

    i paint/sculpt to “Ani di Franco”,”The Crutch”,”Aerosmith”,amd madman/woman “tango” pieces,{traditional,and modern}{i love the old microphone/studio crackle}….its interesting to see others opinions of tempestuous ness,or blissful ness,or raunchi ness,depending on my rememberance of the soundtrack to the piece of work…..i teach “art”at my daughters,thats a trip{im sure it is,for them,as much as it is for me}…..especially when you experiment with music… and rockets, genx xxxxxxx

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    Daberhasher | 13 June 2007 at 1:21 am #

    one man’s chore is another man’s ocher…
    or something…
    is typing in the pm being kinder to your wrist? i could see where tensing up all those tendons first thing in the morning could take it’s toll…

    art now, don’t mind if i do…
    always loving it…


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    eek | 13 June 2007 at 7:41 am #

    That paper also comes in these big rolls and I’ve often been tempted to buy one. But then I think about it and the problems of storing, cutting to size, flattening, etc., before it can be used makes me pass it up. And you’d have to paint pretty damned big paintings to need it. But if a roll of watercolour paper ever shows up on your doorstep SK, you’ll know who it’s from. πŸ™‚

    And this blog comes at a really appropriate time (even though I missed the best opportunity because he’s already posted another — yes I’m a slacker) because there are some new paintings up on the SK art site . And a painting which was featured on this very blog a few weeks ago will be up for auction on ebay in in a couple of days. hmmm…I wonder which painting that could be?? You can get a look at that painting on the SK art website and there will be a link to the ebay auction as soon as it goes up. Another painting — an early (2003) Steve self portrait — will also be auctioned on ebay at the same time. The image of that one is not on the SK art site, but there will be a link to it there.

    Go take a look. You might find something you like. πŸ™‚

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    lily was here | 13 June 2007 at 9:06 am #

    JG,similar story, my other half is a workaholic and JJ we are planning one… one day πŸ™‚

    Champagne, chocolate strawberries & mexican food, ocean nearby, sounds divine.

    sue cee

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    Melquiades | 14 June 2007 at 8:48 pm #

    I just picked up the fact that you mentioned Funland by the shore. My ex-girlfriends family lived in Lewes and we would go there with her family and watch the kids get on the merry-go-round and then I’d get them out on the bumper cars and boy, did I show those kids who ruled the means streets of bumper car-ville – never saw me coming!

    Beth & I always had a ritual to greet the ocean when we first got to the shore – no matter what time it was. Steve, you’ll think this is hokey, but I sat on that boardwalk one day with my acoustic and I was playing Church and I thought to myself, what if you strolled by. that would have been surreal.

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