Artist Paul Stone, better known as My Dog Sighs, is a street and urban artist. He lives in Southsea with his wife, two sons and a cat called Bob.
When did you last go away and where did you go?
I was lucky enough to get flown to Miami in December for Art Basel, the world’s biggest art fair and paint festival. A week of sunshine, beaches and the world’s best art and artists.
What was the last gig/concert you went to?
It was the Smiths cover band the Smyths in January at the Wedgewood Rooms. A really great night re-living my musical youth.
The last book you read?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I re-read it quite often and recently passed it on to my son to read. It’s a great book to remind you to look at the direction your life is travelling in and recognise and grasp the opportunities as they come to you in life.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
I do what I love for a living so the lines between work and play are pretty blurred for me. You can’t beat meeting up with friends for dinner, coffee or gigs though.
Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?
I think I’ll stick with artists I admire. Dinner with Herakut – a German duo whose artwork melts my heart – and beers with The London Police – a debaucherous pair of incredible street artists.
Where do you eat out?
We’re spoilt in Southsea. So many great eateries. If we’re out as a family then Pie and Vinyl or 6oz Burgers are favourites. If it’s out with friends then Nicholson’s in Albert Road is great for that shared eating experience. Too many great curry houses to mention too. I seem to spend rather a lot of time in cafés as well. You can’t go wrong with a coffee at Southsea Coffee Co or tea and cake at Teatray.
Where’s good for a day out locally?
You just can’t beat a good walk along Southsea seafront. It still lifts my spirits every time I go.
And what about a day trip further afield?
As a street artist then a trip up to East London is a must. There’s art pouring from every surface on the streets, some great eateries and a lot of cool galleries to visit.
Do you have any hobbies?
I turned my hobby into a career which has been a bit strange. Trying to get a balance between art and life is what I’m working on at the moment. I’ve been saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity that comes along, but this has meant not getting much down time. This year I’m going to try and strike a balance.