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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.



Fear sets in. It’s all right when you’re rehearsing in a small village hall and making each other laugh with ridiculously entertaining acting exercises (like the one where Nicholas Quirke, our director made me and Juls reply ‘no’ to each other’s lines when we thought it wasn’t good enough). Our first night’s stay seems to […]

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All right? Apparently, according to Sheila from the Jolly Roger in Falmouth, if you want to go past Plymouth, you need to wear a bum bag under all your clothing and it’s thick fog past Bristol. Sheila went to Exeter once for half an hour and then fled back home because there was too much […]

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I started a new sketchbook today so now I’ve got two on the go. The big one has my pottery designs in it, in case anyone’s interested. Pots to come. Page one of this new book is a terrible sketch but one of my favourite things – a drawing within a drawing. I used to […]

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This summer I went away from my son for a whole five and a half days. I couldn’t stop eating on the day I set off for LIVERPOOL We run into a friend in town who is as obsessed with Test Match Special as my husband is. I ignore them after a while and try […]

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On one of our summer love days, (a trip to the beach for a swim and then a jaunt around Bexhill-On-Sea), my cohort made the fatal error of refusing to accompany me for a cup of tea. Here, I try and write movingly and from the heart about how it made me feel. (I mean […]

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YURTS It turns out* that Yurts have also been stolen by us Middle Class Ponces from other cultures. Along with Humus, Macramé and The Distressed Look. (The above bit is pertaining to the social things I’ve been doing this summer. Paradise Park in Newhaven with the History of Everything To Do With Planet Earth and […]

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Is Marriage a competition? What will be in the next Bridget Jones film? And what is a Bombus Mega Bombus? I Spy Book Of Mum I’ve had at least 14 months of feeling like a cliche. I was almost definitely a cliche as a student but I didn’t notice it at the time. I probably […]

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Wedding Anniversary Time Of Year Since our lad was born, we’ve had four days out. We initially called them Treat Days and then Love Days. Here, we plan LD #5.

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My sketchbooks are exactly that, sketches attempting to capture moments and times I don’t want to forget and lists of things to do or have done and slightly insulting records which I have to clear with my family before posting. Anyway, here are the nearest examples I have of commissions or finished bits of work. […]

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Here is one of my days in a pie chart. Drawing it combines several of my favourite things. 1. Pretending to be a mathematician (or secretary or notary) 2. Drawing with a dip pen 3. Acting as if my day was important enough to be recorded 4. Imagining myself to be an outsider artist, earnest, […]

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