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Welcome to the official blog of Joanna Neary, where you can catch up on Jo’s bewildered world past, present and looming. Mainly, this blog consists of scanned pages from her sketchbook with a running commentary, dashed off between duties, work and other hobbies. As well as banging on about art, there’s also past gigs, and music, such as the one about being interviewed for Prog Magazine in 2019, which led to some delightful exchanges with fellow nerds. It was all very civil, even when Jo had to admit she’d got a Frank Zappa fact wrong.



I am fascinated by faces. I love it when someone looks furious with their face in repose.

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In which I attempt to promote a night coming up, plan to read some more PG Wodehouse in connection with said night, realise I got rid of the Wooster ones in the clear out of 2019, share some thoughts, which might mean very little to anyone but me, display my Christmas gifts like a proud lion at a car boot sale and fail to end with a joke. 

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Looking I just love sculpture. I am rubbish at it but I love the process and other peoples work. In particular, sculptors drawings. See Barbara Hepworth’s hospital drawings for starters. Soon I’m going to take my family to see the David Nash at The Towner in Eastbourne and then put them through an Art Foundation […]

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I do like to help spiders usually. The other day I karate chopped a spider web because a butterfly had just flown into it. The spider looked livid. Like the bite on my leg. 

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I was going to write down what those things were, but I immediately forgot them and just added the rosy cheeks instead. Maybe my Brighton train had arrived in Victoria, or more likely, been diverted by Satan and his goats on the line at Haywards Heath.

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It was originally meant to be a celebration of the seaside, and a damning indictment against the fashion for having hermit crabs as pets. But now it’s just a series of stupid voices and a joke about Rick Stein.

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When? Here are some pictures from Prog Magazine, I was in the August 2019 issue, the feature called “My Record Collection.” Photo c Kevin Nixon Where? This is my reading chair. The blue box under the book shelves is the Sculpture Box, in case anyone suddenly has the urge to make something in 3D. The […]

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Anita Colby’s Beauty Book is a 1940’s book about following a four week beauty regime, that ends in having a baby. In Week 2, Day 5, you have to lie upside down on an ironing board to get rosy cheeks.

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An art auction to raise money for two schools in Lewes has just ended and I was thrilled to be asked to contribute. Here are my Bootleg Books they auctioned. I did them for my own entertainment (and to make a dent in some of my Art College amount of art supplies), so being able […]

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There is a terrific exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion at the moment. Here is my sketchbook, inspired by the 1970s Chicago Art Scene. Well he did make the scones, and forgot the baking powder. So they are cheese flavoured rocks made of flour and one egg. He still ate one. That’s cheese addiction […]

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