Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Dive 2

Greetings

I posted earlier about a painting I had done after visiting a swimming pool with observation windows.

Here is the second acrylic painting.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

commission

Greetings

I have just completed a commission to provide  my friend Kelly four A1 size ink drawings for a performance piece.

The performance concerned the Harvey Wienstein  case, so I had to do an Oscar , a non disclosure agreement, a picture of the American version of the figure of Justice with TBC ( to be continued) on it and a picture of Weinstein.

She emailed me photos and a picture of Justice and I printed them up, then scaled them up from A4 to A1 to do the ink drawings.

As I am not a portrait artist, I made sure Kelly was happy with my best approximation of Weinstein's face, as  putting the person ' behind the eyes' is a particular skill.

Anyway, she was happy with the results and here are the finished drawings.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Eastercon part 2

Greetings

Here is a picture of the Georgian 1740's outfit that I wore on Easter Sunday, complete with clocked stockings, beaver felt tricorn and brown tie wig.

I received over 40 hall costume tokens...


That evening ( and after I had changed back into jeans and T-shirt) I took part in a programme item of sketches.  My part of this was to demonstrate the Builders' Tea Ceremony ( as dating back to the Mid eighteenth  century), which I had written.

The Ceremony was presided over by the Foreman ( or Gaffer), who served tea to the Lag ( or Old Lag) and the Lad ( or , in our case, the Lass). The ceremony was full of ritual phrases , the correct was to rotate the teapot, how to stir your tea ( with the handle of a fork) and the correct procedure for dunking and eating a biscuit.

We had great fun performing it and it seemed to go over well.

Our journey back on Monday was better than the journey up, but marred somewhat by Teddy getting a  bad stomach upset from something he ate at a cafe we stopped at for lunch , resulting in me having to make a couple of emergency stops on the hard shoulder for him to be ill.

Still, once it was out, he felt a lot better and was OK for the last bit of the journey.

Until next time

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Eastercon

Greetings

We have just been to Follycon II, the British National Science Fiction Convention, which was in Harrogate this year'

The Journey up was horrendous. We had to pick up Teddy's cousin, Gail, from Walthamstow and, setting out just after 10, we didn't get there until after 12.

Then we stopped for Lunch at the services just before the A1(M) and began our trek. The traffic was horrible and, as usual, it had just started moving again just when we were near services, so the temptation to carry on was strong.

Towards the end of the journey, I realised that I was getting close to going Hypo, but the TomTom ( Yes, Tom has a TomTom) told me we were only an hour and a half from destination, so I thought I could make it if I ate as soon as we got there.

Unfortunately, the Machine did not seem to adjust it's prediction when we hit traffic again, but, by this time, we were off the A1 and onto B roads.

Teddy helped a lot as I finally negotiated the streets of Harrogate, dropped Gail at her hotel and, with some difficulty, located the way into the car park at our hotel. It was now 8.30 PM.

Teddy dealt with the hotel and they produced some ham sandwiches pretty quickly.

I  ate sandwiches and slowly recovered and was Ok after a night's sleep and a good breakfast.

As the theme for the Con was Mad Hatter's Tea Party, I took costume with interesting hats. I wore Fifteenth century  on Friday, with blue doublet, black hose, thigh-length back boots and a black borolay( Can't remember the right  spelling- padded roll hat with side drape and lirripipe ).

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of that one, but here is the Crimea War Green Howards uniform I wore on Saturday. I chose that one due to the unusual shape of the hat, which is halfway between a shako and a kepi.



I will blog further about events at the Con

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Final painting for Louise

Greetings

Here is the last of the wall paintings I did for my friend Louise in her house in Bristol.

This is a wren. It' s nearly standing on the bookcase and also where I chose the sign the whole work in that room...

There are two butterflies( Marsh Fritillary and Red Admiral) and three birds ( Corncrake, Nuthatch and Wren), with each picture leading the eye to the next round the room.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

samurai

Greetings

Here is a drawing of a young samurai .



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fruiting Body

Hi

This is a watercolour study of the fruiting body of a bracket fungus, which I observed whilst on a walk in Derbyshire

It may well appear in on of my Landscapes of Dreams at some time in the future.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Superhero

Greetings

Here is a picture of  sexy superhero.


I call him Blue Spark.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Bishop on the BBC

Greetings

I  and my fellow Paladins of Chivalry have appeared on television.

We were shown on Inside Out (South East) on 26 February as part of a segment about scientific tests being made on the Black Prince's Great Helm, which has hung above his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral since his death.

We spent the best part of one Saturday being filmed processing through the Cathedral gate and laying flowers at the tomb. A few of us were also interviewed.

Having been filmed before, I was well aware that only snippets would actual be used in the final program.

We were told when the program would be shown and I duly set my recorder.

Unfortunately, Inside Out is a regional magazine program. Thus, the version I recorded was Inside out (London)and not the right one (Inside Out ( South East).

 I have, however, now seen the episode of Inside Out (South East) on BBC IPlayer.( I am hoping I can find a way to download it for posterity) and was gratified to find that I was one of the people that they chose to focus on.

The segment ends with me approaching the tomb to place my rose ( though they use a shot of someone else's hand putting the flower down.

We did the filming for expenses only, as it was good for the group to get us on Telly and also to get an 'In' with the BBC and I think we made a good showing.

Pity it was only regional, but still we may have made an impression on people who've not heard of us.

So- Fame. Only in the South East, but still fame.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

young man

Greetings

Here is a drawing of a nice, fit  young man in red shorts.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dive

Hi

This is an Acrylic painting I did at College after visiting  a swimming pool with observation windows.


 I still like the swirling light patterns in the foreground of the water

I'll blog abut the second painting later.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Yet another painting for Louise

Greetings

Here is another of the wall paintings that I did for my friend Louise in Bristol.

This is a wading bird . It is called a Corncrake.


I painted this on a bit of wall under a window. As there are longish curtains, this is only visible when the curtains are open.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

King of Cats

Greetings

I have just completed a new acrylic painting inspired by a found image and by the October Day series of books by Seanan McGuire.

For those who know the series, this A King of Cats, rather than Tybalt specifically....


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Squire

Greetings

Here is a painting of a nice young man in jack and hose.


You can see that the jack is thin, unpadded and very fitted and he isn't wearing a shirt under it. It has mail voiders laced to it.
  
His boots are held up by suspenders attached to his belt.

Until next time


Adieu

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

De Sutton badge

Greetings

When I was a member of the Medieval Siege Society ( who do Wars of the Roses), I was part of  a group called the De Suttons.

As they knew I was an artist, I was asked to design a badge , so that we could have T-shirts made.

This is what I came up with.


Unfortunately, the group disintegrated due to internal politics and personal matters, so the design was never used, But I still think it came out quite well.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Another painting for Louise

Greetings

Here is another of the wall paintings that I did for my friend Louise in Bristol

This is a Red Admiral butterfly


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Young man

Greetings and Happy New Year.

Let's get the 2018 off  to good start...

Here is a drawing of a nice young man wearing not a lot of leather.

 Until next time

Adieu