Monkey Timberlake


On the Hagley roadworks…
“They just want to dig and dig and dig. They’re just like babies. They’re just like naughty babies!”

naughty digging baby

“We’re animals, you know.”

man monkey

“He’s very handsome.”

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

– age 5 years 3 months 1 week 6 days


Picasso crisps…


“I’m gonna do a Picasso.”

Talise Picasso_20oct13

Daddy: “Talise, do you want some crisps?”
Talise: “Yeah… why do you ask?”


Daddy: “You are a wally.”
Talise: “I’m not!”
Daddy: “You are.”
Talise: “Not to me.”


“When you’ve finished my hair, it feels all new.”

– age 5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days

Chinese team-playing cake…


“I did a mistake on the picture and I writed ‘mistake’ and a arrow to point at it.”

“I wish I had some diamonds to stick on my shoes, because they’ve lost a bit of sparkle.”


When Daddy asked what one of the people at her breakfast club does…
“She wears a blue jumper and she is a team player.”

To Daddy while making his hair into a spike…
“You’re very handsome.”


“This will take me 14 days [to do her picture]… I know it will! So it’s colour, sleep, colour, sleep, colour, sleep… [etc].”

“I can’t stop drawing, you know… I really can’t, because I’m a artist.”

“These are fabuloso, Mummy.”
– her new glitter gel pens

“Can you not put that on Facebook?”
– when Mummy took a video of Talise & Daddy singing to Chris De Burgh’s ‘A Spaceman Came Travelling’

Talise: “Imagine if the sea could talk.”
Daddy: “What would it say?”
Talise: “Hello there, I’m called Sea!”

“This is Chinese writing.”


“I can eat my cake while closing my eyes.”

– age 5 years 3 months 3 days

What is real?…


To Daddy…
“You’re real! I thought you was a statue!”

She has developed an appreciation for the sculptor Ron Mueck.

ron mueck wild man

– age 5 years 3 months 1 day

Rainbow of dogs…


Just before falling asleep…
“Who let the dogs out! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh-ooh!”

barbie fashion dogs + cat


Talise: “Do you think when Mummy’s 21 she’ll be a photographer?”
Daddy: “You mean 41.”
Talise: “I call it 21.”

When she’s doing some writing, at the end she writes: “and that’s the end of my sentence.”

While drawing a rainbow…
“I realised, the colours I’m doing, they’re autumny.”

autumn leaf rainbow

– age 5 years 3 months

Fabulous creations…


Sculpted at WAG (Wolverhampton Art Gallery)


On Wolverhampton…
“This is a messy town.”

To Mummy…
“Daddy… matches with you.”


“Hold that pose and then… atchoo!”

“Polar bears live where Santa lives… and I think they’re his pets.”

To Daddy, referring to our art skills…
“I am fabulous… and you are fabulous… and I am called Talise Machine…”

Daddy: “If you weren’t a person, what would you be?”
Talise: “You would just… be… a giant sandwich.”

giant sandwich

– age 5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day

Colourful whale trump…


“No sneezes or trumps allowed.”

“It’s colourful.”

colourful digbeth

The Selfridges building, Birmingham…
“It looks like a whale.”

selfridges whale


“I wish I could turn my head all the way around without moving my body… like a owl.”

Eastern screech Owl - 180°

“I wish I had a white skirt… and white hair… but that is a bit grannyish.”

– age 5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days

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