I suppose this is a good place to start.

I know it’s iconic and this was well worth a visit, there’s a pleasant short walk around a park and pathway near enough this sign. I’ve always thought they should perhaps do something about the kerning on this piece, typographers will know what I’m on about. I’ve had a lot of fun wandering around the bits of LA near to where we are staying but , like most things here, this required a car journey. I’ve taken lots of sign pics and will be featuring them on them next few posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I … Continue reading I suppose this is a good place to start.

If you can’t draw him, hide him.

This sign of the Beatles, or perhaps better described as a mural, shows how best to deal with a face that you can’t draw too well. Everyone knows what the Beatles look like so it’s tough when you can’t get a likeness, but here where the artist can’t seem to fix it, it’s been fixed by hiding him! George is not rendered too well here either but Ringo and John are doing ok. Paul’s in hiding , perhaps just as well. I feel for the person who did this piece, I find it tough to draw any sort of likeness. … Continue reading If you can’t draw him, hide him.

Office sign in red and blue.

It seems to me that much of LA is a cacophony. In regard to streets they are full of businesses in some areas, and here you’ll find signs all over the place, all competing for the passing trade. Footfall is not really the term here, perhaps carfall should be the word. This building made a refreshing change from the norm with just the one word on it and that was not adding much to the selling message. It was like a deep breath in a long sentence. At the football match, a peak of cacophony, every second of the time … Continue reading Office sign in red and blue.

Nice one Evan

I used to know someone who called anything painted on a wall a ‘Muriel’ , so am not sure if this is a one of them or a sign, but whatever it is I like it a lot and the grey car fits in well. Thanks to whoever parked it there. I’m not usually a fan of wall graffiti but there are exceptions and this is one. As usual with these things in L A it is helped by that incessant sunny weather and vivid blue skies, this one taken on Christmas Day. The artist is Evan Mendel and I … Continue reading Nice one Evan

Christmas Eve in California

A time for snow deep on the ground and the crisp crunch of ice and snow underfoot, wrapped up warm against the chill and the easterly gales. Looking forward to hot drinks and a drop of brandy to ward off the chill in front of a blazing log fire. Well there are logs, but the rest is Hollywood fiction. This was taken this morning in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Wishing all those who bother to pop in here a very Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. Continue reading Christmas Eve in California

Nutty weather

So here we are and as per l’ve packed wooly socks and jummies for the Christmas festivities. It’s in the low seventies and the only thing being tested is the deoderant. The plan for me this time is to take loads of pictures of what I think are a great feature of LA life and that is the billboards or signs. They will take just about any available space to put up a massive sign, for almost anything, thinking nothing of erecting a load of scaffolding atop an apartment block to add to the advertising free for all. In addition … Continue reading Nutty weather

If you do ever come here don’t miss this.

The Getty is on a hill overlooking LA. It’s worth a visit just for that but add in some stunning architecture and some equally stunning art and you have the makings of a great day out. It’s free to go in, you just pay for the parking. There are loads of amenities as well as loads of sculpture and art to suit all tastes. I have a liking for the impressionists and works from the 1800s. I was never a big fan of David’s work but this simple portrait is a stunner and comes with the added bonus of being … Continue reading If you do ever come here don’t miss this.

The Road to La La Land.

So here we are own a plan on our way to la la land and the delights of airline food beckon. There’s a choice between sausage and mash, chicken curry and a pasta.In the event there’s no chicken curry left, but the helpful flight attendant suggests that we she might have a premium dish ( exclusive to those who sit in rows of two not three as we are in economy ) might be available. The online ordering system seems to have broken so what we ordered was not. Giddy with excitement I plumped for the tortellini premium. I was … Continue reading The Road to La La Land.

Stroud Wassail and the Mug of the Year.

Contrary to popular belief the Mug of the Year is not Teresa or Donald, it’s the Stroud Wassail Mug which has just been delivered to the fine Subcription Rooms in Stroud. Beautifully illustrated by Alison Merry and designed by my good self, they are there to celebrate the Stroud Wassail which is a medieval celebration taking place in January in Stroud. Find out more about the goings on that will occur right here:http://stroudwassail.com Unlike Teresa, Donald, and all that shower this lot will raise your spirits and we are likely to need that in January! Continue reading Stroud Wassail and the Mug of the Year.

Where are we?

So here we are with not long to go before another year is on us. A big thank you for all those people who took the trouble to follow and like what I do here. I decided to do some “proper drawings” as my dear Aunty Anne told me one time. Cartoons are proper drawings I muttered at the time and they gave me a living for many years. I’ve always been interested in more than cartoons. I’m keen on photography and other people’s work. Which is why I chose to start a small website a year ago http://www.looksgoodonthewall.com It’s … Continue reading Where are we?