Tuesday, 21 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 21st November 1947

"Very mild.

'Campaign in Burma' taken from 114A"

The Campaign in Burma appears to have been the book by Frank Owen written in 1946. This is the 1957 edition:



Monday, 20 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 20th November 1947

"Milder today.

Saw Griffiths re. shuttles.

Rec'd 25/5. Overtime money."

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Opening Sale


Whitby Fudge Bar
(Acrylic on board, 8 x 8 in.)
SOLD

Yesterday at Gateshead Art Society I started to work on the recent oil pastel picture but was gently nudged back upstairs by a reminder that as a committee member I should be helping with the setting up of the Xmas Exhibition.

I suppose I should be grateful for that because it allowed me to make sure my four paintings were displayed well. (This has not always been the case.) And it's possible, therefore, that it was so perfectly placed that today at the Opening of the Exhibition it caught the attention of the nice young couple who bought it.

Whatever, it's always gratifying to find that someone is prepared to part with real money for one of your pictures and I hope they get many years of pleasure from the Whitby Fudge Bar.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 18th November 1947

"Everything going along fine.

Very frosty weather."

Friday, 17 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 17th November 1947

"FIRE DRILL. ENTRANCE BLK 14.
1.30.

Shuttle system time check today and Tuesday."

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Still Life Doodling


Still Life Doodle (WIP)
(Acrylic on board, 10 x 10 in.)

I still haven't decided on a method for preserving squeezed-out acrylic paint at the end of the day, so rather than simply scraping it off the palette and throwing it away, I've been painting it randomly onto small boards. 

Last night, I was taken with the idea of trying out a painting idea on one of these prepared boards, using one of a couple of still life doodles I did recently. I think it has potential.

Still Life Doodles
(Marker on paper, each image 3 x 3 in. approx)

My Dad's Diary : Sun 16th November 1947

"Ronnie's baby born this morning."

To Ronnie and Gladys, a baby boy. Happy birthday to my cousin Alan.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 15th November 1947

"Gladys taken to hospital."

Aunt Gladys was married to Uncle Ronnie.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 14th November 1947

"Saw McGee re. Moody.

Warned check on shuttle system Mon & Tues."

Make of that what you will.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Gateshead Art Society Xmas Exhibition

Image may contain: text

I'll be showing these four small paintings (all acrylic, 8x8 ins.):





My Dad's Diary : Thurs 13th November 1947

"Everything going well.

Cold weather started."

Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 12th November 1947

"Took up duties as senior messenger, No.11 Block, C.R.O."

C.R.O. was Central Records Office, part of the Ministry of National Insurance.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

End of Circle

These should be my last entries in my Partner Norma's sketchbook in this year's Sketchbook Circle. A little rushed, some not really complete, others simply minor additions to Norma's own pages.








My Dad's Diary : Tues 11th November 1947

"132F. See Mr. Brown at 9.20 Wed.

Back in own room.

Raining."

Friday, 10 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 10th November 1947

"Still up in 12D. Rather sick of doing someone else's work.

APPT'D SENIOR MESSENGER."

Hurrah!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 9th November 1947

"Very windy.

Garden in morning.

Had straight talk with Ronnie at night."

I don't know what that was about.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Greetings Cards




Time to announce that you can now buy Greetings Cards based on my paintings and cartoons from LoveFromTheArtist.com

Go on, you know you want to!

My Dad's Diary : Sat 8th November 1947

"Fine but windy.

Spent early afternoon at garden.

Went walk with Doris at night."

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 6th November 1947

"Still short of rain.

Sold book of raffle tickets (R.A.S.C.).

Had night at home after overtime."

Sunday, 5 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 5th November 1947

"12D again today.

Marvelous fine weather just now.

Overtime tonight."

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ivy


Ivy
(Markers in A5 sketchbook)

The Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery asked if, in addition to drawings of specified gravestones and memorials, the Urban Sketchers might also provide them with some drawings of incidental flora and fauna found in the Cemetery.

This is my contribution - ivy, though drawn from an online source rather than actual Cemetery ivy.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 4th November 1947

"Henderson & Reynolds off - had to work in 12D today.

Overtime.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Inking the Gravestones


Jesmond Old Cemetery
(Marker ink over printed pencil drawing.)

Because of our holiday break in Spain, I wasn't able to get my designated gravestones drawn for inclusion in an Urban Sketchers/Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery project. In the hope that some of my less specific drawings from our first visit to the Old Cemetery can be used, I spent some time today inking in a copy of my pencil drawing from that Sketch Crawl.



Jesmond Old Cemetery 22 April 2017
(2B pencil in A4 sketchbook)


My Dad's Diary : Mon 3rd November 1947

"Start overtime tonight sorting correspondence."

Thursday, 2 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 2nd November 1947

"Got a lot of digging done today and most of liming.

Five Wand Mill at night."

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 1st November 1947

"Dull.

Went to see Gateshead play Bradford. 0-0"

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 31st October 1947

"Damp morning.

DLI Assn. Pd 2/-.

Met chap who had been 'hanged'."

Oh for more detail! If I had to guess, I'd opt for someone who had been a prisoner of the Japanese.

Monday, 30 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 30th October 1947

"Dull and showery.

Another night in house."