Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 24th

"Took Doris to the Park.

Baby weighs 13 lbs 10 ozs."

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 23rd May 1947

"Half day holiday.

Went shopping - sports coat and shoes."

Friday, 19 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Annual Show




















Clouds over Holy Island
(Oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in)






















Sunset, Holy Island
(OIl on canvas, 12 x 16 in)

I dropped these two paintings off today at the gallery on Westgate Road. They'll be going up later today when the North of England Art Club's annual show is hung.

Private View is this coming Friday, 18.45 to 20.00:


Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 14th May 1947

"Lily's baby born.

Went to garden."

And so my cousin, Kenneth Gordon Aiston, came into my life.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 13th May

"Grand day - very sunny.

Lily. Kept in hospital."

Lily was my aunt, Mam's sister Lilian.

Friday, 12 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 12th May 1947

"Beautiful morning.

Went out with Doris to garden."

Thursday, 11 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 11th May 1947

"Grand morning.

Put in extra row of peas, and carnations.

Rained in afternoon."

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 10th May 1947

"Fine day - Thunderstorm.

Garden at night."

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

More on the Wall













I was pleased to receive this photograph of more of my paintings hanging on someone's wall. The one on the left is based on a little drawing I did in Portmeirion:




















On the right is a small painting - the only one - I did after a trip to Chicago.

Interestingly, I have no memory of painting the one in the middle. My guess is it's a painting of Duntrune Castle on Loch Crinan, a place I first stayed at and drew in 2004:

My Dad's Diary : Fri 9th May 1947

"Garden at night."

Monday, 8 May 2017

More Whitby Fudging




















Whitby Fudge WIP
(Acrylic on board, 8x8 in)

Moving slowly along on this one. Although I rather like working on these little paintings, I have to admit it's difficult getting any kind of detail on the figures which are necessarily very small. Do I need the detail? Who can say. It's just something I feel I have to do on this style of painting.

Initially, I thought I was going to like the blueness of much of the painting, but now I've put in the woman's coat, I think I want a contrast. More thought needed.

My Dad's Diary : Thur 8th May 1947

"Fine morning."

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 7th May 1947

"Grand day.

Put in Bronze Lettuce, Radishes and Clarkia."

Saturday, 6 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 6th May 1947

"Fine and warm.

Heavy rain afternoon.

Stayed in at night."

Friday, 5 May 2017

Whitby Food




















The Seafood Shack WIP
(Acrylic on board, 8x8 in)






















Whitby Fudge WIP
(Acrylic on board, 8x8 in)


Never one to be keen on finishing a painting, I left the others I was working on and started these two paintings earlier this week. There are things about them that I like and some I'm not so sure about, but mostly the exercise is just an acrylic learning experience. I think they'll work out OK in the fulness of time.

My Dad's Diary : Mon 5th May 1947

"Fine morning but clouded over later one.

Garden - put in Runner Beans and Sweet Wms."

Thursday, 4 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 4th May 1947

"3 yrs ago today.
FLAKKER.  KILLED at Kohima.

Went to Winnie's. Wet all day."

Dad met Flakker Hart at Newcastle Central Station when he was first called up and they went through the War together as firm friends, but in 1944 Flakker was killed at the Battle of Kohima in Burma. There is a circle round the "4" in the diary and shading round that.

Winnie was his sister Winifred who lived in Wallsend.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Six Italian Caps

























Six Italian Caps
(Acrylic on canvas, 8x8 in)

I knew I had to do something with the upper right cap: it was a curious colour and the Italian flag and lettering, coupled with the line between the cap and brim, was making an annoyingly gurning face. 

Once you've seen that sort of thing, it just won't go away, so I finally settled on replacing the flag and letters with the more standard "ITALIA". The subdued brown of the cap changed to a brighter yellow and now I'm much more satisfied with it. Satisfied enough to sign it, anyway.

My Dad's Diary : Fri 2nd May1947

"Fine day.

Garden at night - put in sweet peas and flower seeds."

Monday, 1 May 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 1st May 1947

"Rain.

Saw 'Odd Man Out'.

Coal arrived today."

"Odd Man Out" is 1947 British film noir set in an unnamed Northern Irish city and directed by Carol Reed. It's based on the novel by F. L. Green and stars James Mason and Robert NewtonA wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 30th April 1947

"Took up duties as P/Kr 1 yr ago.

Very cold.

Garden at night."

P/Kr = Paper Keeper, his first job in the Civil Service on return from the War.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 29th April 1947

"Rained heavy all day."

My Dad's Diary : Mon 28th April 1947

"Very windy but fine.

Bad getting back at night."

He was now travelling by bike, of course.

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 27th April 1947

"Still windy, but fine.

Spent morning in garden.

Went out with Ronnie at night."

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Art on Walls

















It's always good to see how my paintings look when they've been hung on the walls of those nice people who thought enough of them to buy them. Here are two of those walls.



















My Dad's Diary : Sat 26th April 1947

"Sunny day.

Cup Final. Charlton v. Burnley.

Baby - 12 lbs 5 oz."

From Wikipedia: The 1947 FA Cup Final was contested by Charlton Athletic and Burnley at Wembley, England on 26 April 1947. Charlton, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal, scored in extra time by Chris Duffy. History repeated itself this year as the ball again burst during the game. Later, the reason for these problems in 1946 and 1947 was put down to the poor quality of leather available after the Second World War.


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This week's motto:

"Well begun is half done."

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 25th April 1947

"Light rain in morning.

Looked at garden at night.

Turnip showing."

Monday, 24 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 24th April 1947

"Very windy but fine.

Took Doris to Gateshead Odeon to see Bob Hope in My Favourite Brunette."

My Favourite Brunette is a 1947 romantic comedy and film noir parody starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

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