Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 12th December 1947

"Association meeting.

Had long talk with Tommy.

Nice evening."

Monday, 11 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 11th December 1947

"Damp & cold.

Took Doris to Gateshead Odeon."

Sunday, 10 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 10th December 1947

"Coughing well - cold continues.

Weather is very cheerless."

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Winter's Jar WIP


Winter's Jar WIP
(acrylic on board, 24 x 24 cm)

One of the problems with sticking too closely to Gateshead Art Society's programme of suggested activities is that I seem to be ending up with quite a few unfinished paintings. This is certainly not a new situation for me in that I've always liked having several pictures on the go, but the number of unfinished ones is growing.

This came home to me yesterday when I found myself starting yet another. The suggested subject this week (and last, but I wasn't there last week) was "Winter". Using a photograph of a hillside in Little Langdale, adapted to show a covering of snow, I've added another of the pharmacy jars I saw in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

There's a long way to go with it and I'm not entirely sure it will work the way I thought it might, but for now I'll take it forward.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 9th December 1947

"Full of cold.

Brought in 2nd overall for Mr Moody."

Friday, 8 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 8th December 1947

"Griffiths, Ministry of Health visited Benton today - loads of bull.

Cold still bad."


Thursday, 7 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 7th December 1947

"Work today - same job as Saturday. Finished 5pm.

Gladys churched."

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 6th December 1947

"Work all day.

Corridors of No.8 block to clear - finished 5 pm."

The printed motto at the bottom of the page reads:

"Lost time is never found again."

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 5th December 1947

"Bit of a cold this morning.

Usual sort of day.

Overtime."

Monday, 4 December 2017

Mint Street Recovery


Mint Street WIP
(acrylic on board, 25 x 25 cm)

I'm pleased to say my solution for eliminating the annoying Sharpie lines worked. Using acrylic matte medium, I pasted down two layers of very thin paper so that I could see the general outlines of the painting, then re-established the main colour areas. 

Tidied up and corrected with a few Posca Pens (which is why you should ignore the rather insistent blue lines), it feels ready to to be taken forward. The little man outside the shop has become a ghost, but I expect he can be summoned into life again.

My Dad's Diary : Thur 4th December 1947

"C.S. Exam today.

Sat for it and didn't do too bad.

Rain poured down.

G.W. did overtime."

I don't know if we'll find out the result of Dad sitting the Civil Service exam before the Diary ends, but I do know, of course, that he did go on eventually to be an Executive Officer.

Years later, when I was in the Civil Service, I worked with a man called George Wilson who'd worked with my Dad. I wonder if he might have been "G.W.".

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Bad Sharpie!


Mint Street WIP
(acrylic on board)

I spent yesterday afternoon in the Shipley Art Gallery, sitting at a table in front of the big Tintoretto, smiling benignly at the people who'd come in to look at Gateshead Art Society's Xmas Exhibition. As part of my duties, I'd been asked to do a bit of painting, just to demonstrate what it is we do at our meetings (as if the paintings on display weren't enough), and so I did.

I'd hurriedly thrown some paints, brushes and a prepared board into a bag, together with a printout of a potential subject, but what I neglected to add was a pencil. So when it came to squaring up the board I had to fall back on the only alternative - the black Sharpie in my coat pocket. And what a disaster that turned out to be.

I'm sure you can see from the photograph above that the construction lines are still plainly visible and that's after several layers of paint. Acrylic is so transparent! Even the layer of white acrylic gesso I added when I got home failed to cover the lines.

I have one other solution in mind, but if that doesn't work, I'll simply have to scrap several hours work and paint over the board and begin again.

My Dad's Diary : Wed 3rd December 1947

"Frost broke today.

Overtime."

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Friday, 1 December 2017

Sisyphus SOLD


Sisyphus
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)
SOLD

This little painting has intrigued me since its creation. It grew out of my current line of Path Through the Woods paintings but unlike the others in the series, it really owes its existence to something in my subconscious. Derived from a pastel drawing done quite a few years ago, it went through several changes, mostly driven by instinct. I sometimes wondered whether it would appeal to anyone other than me.

Yesterday I sent this little painting on its way to its new home in Roswell, GA. 

My Dad's Diary : Mon 1st December 1947

"Still freezing.

Using tramcar now as roads are too bad.

Overtime until 7 pm."

Thursday, 30 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 30th November 1947

"Took Harry in pram to garden.

Everything frozen - bad walking.

Went to mother's at night."

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 28th November 1947

"Freezing.

Drew back pay to 10th Nov. -- £15.6.1."

Monday, 27 November 2017

Memory Lane


Memory Lane
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

Another painting completed recently for the Path Through the Woods series. The title is somewhat ironic because I can't remember where this lane is. 

My Dad's Diary : Thur 27th November 1947

"Freezing."

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Tower in the Woods


Tower in the Woods
(acrylic on board, 12 x 12 in)

I finished this painting fairly recently and took it along to a meeting of the Newcastle Painters' Group last weekend where it was warmly complimented. Silly, I know, but I needed that confirmation that my work, slightly changed by methods and medium, is going well.

Photographing artwork is difficult at this time of year, with the light quality being seriously reduced, so this is the best I could manage under the circumstances. I'll try for a better quality photograph in due course.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 25th November 1947

"Windy. Greased all Fire Extinguishers."

Friday, 24 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 24th November 1947

"Fine morning. Took B.C. to S/E. told to keep it until needed.

Quiet evening at home."

Thursday, 23 November 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 23rd November 1947

"Wet morning. Went up to Five Wand Mill before dinner.

Usual night. Billy and Winnie at Mother's."

Winnie was Dad's sister, Billy her husband.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Oil Pastel Progress


Across the River WIP
(Oil pastels on grey mount board, 11 x 11 in)

Looking at this oil pastel I see that some progress was made on it last week before I was taken away by other duties. Not a lot, I admit, but there's some added subtlety in the water and a few more silver birch have grown up across the river. 

One of the problems I found was in dealing with the wood itself. I simply don't have enough dark pastels to get the interior of the wood as dark as I'd like. Dark green, dark blue and black aren't sufficient. I may have to buy a few more if I want to get this picture to where it should be.

My Dad's Diary : Sat 22nd November 1947

"Raining - Had quiet afternoon.

All chrysanths nipped with frost."

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

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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."

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Oil Pastel Workshop


Across the River WIP
(Oil pastel on grey mount board, 11 x 11 in)

Another Friday afternoon at Gateshead Art Society, another interesting workshop led by my old friend Tony Montague

I've used oil pastels before but not to any great extent and I did find it a little frustrating not to be able to cover greater areas faster. This picture represents about an hour and a half's work and you can see I'm nowhere near covering the grey mount board. I don't want to cover all of it, of course: the board was chosen for its colour and some of the grey will show through the finished image.

As is often the case, I had to make a frantic search for suitable imagery for this afternoon session and I eventually found this image in a set of photographs I took on one of our painting weeks away. This one was in Little Langdale in 2007, and you might be able to guess that I chose it as an addition to my current fascination with paths through woods.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 28th October 1947

"Dull and showery.

Spending most nights at home now."

For those who wonder, this just means "spending most evenings at home".

Friday, 27 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 27th October 1947

"Dull & showery.

Went to Library at night."

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 26th October 1947

"Usual Sunday, but to Five Wand at night."

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 25th October 1947

"Spent afternoon in garden digging."

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Lost in the Woods



Tower in the Woods WIP
(Acrylic on board, 12 x 12 in)

Thinking I was on a roll with these woodland path paintings, I decided to try this one, based on a conflation of two photographs taken in Croatia. I've always liked  the idea of finding deserted or derelict buildings in the middle of woods so the Romantic in me was pleased. I think perhaps I would have liked it to have become darker, more sinister, but my sunny personality won out as always (winky emoji).

Initially, I'd planned to paint it on one of the more recent 8x8 inch canvases but then decided the subject deserved something a little larger, hence the 12x12 inch panel (incidentally cut from one of the many paintings I've had to destroy in the last year). Yet, as I've often found to be the case, the change in scale, even this small a change, proved awkward. By restricting the available area, the smaller sized paintings made me more economical with the shrubbery; given the relatively broad expanse of the new support (I exaggerate), I ran amok with wild and florid bushes and tree tops.

It was all too busy. What I've done now - and the photo shows where we are at the moment - is draw round the main clumps of bushes with a green Posca Pen and flatten out the shapes with darker paint within those outlines. It already looks better, so I'll try to reassert some of their solidity without, I hope, making it all too busy again.

My Dad's Diary : Fri 24th September 1947

"Dull.

Went to D.L.I. Assn. meeting. Paid 2/6."

As long as I can remember, Dad was a member of the DLI Association, an ex-servicemen's organisation. He was the flag bearer at commemorative marches and I think the meetings allowed him to talk about the War in a way he never could at home.

Members of the DLI Assocn. came to his funeral in 2001 and, with my permission, draped his coffin with the Union Flag and gave him an honour guard.

Here he is with the banner at a Reunion (probably at Brancepeth Castle) in 1951.


Monday, 23 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 19th - Thur 23rd October 1947

Sun 19th September

"Usual Sunday."

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Mon 20th September 

"Neighbour was put in own room today - took over 46-66.

Drew £23 from Post Office."

The first part is obviously to do with Messenger services at work.

Here's Dad (on the left) in 1948 with "my Messengers".













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Tues 21st September

"Foggy morning.

But still very little rain has fallen.

Received £12 for settee."

I guess this was the old settee recently replaced by the three piece suite .

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Wed 22nd September

"Fine but chilly.

Slight fog.

Paid for 3 Pce Suite - £34."

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Thur 23rd September

"Dull.

Went to G'head Odeon to see Sinbad the Sailor."



Sinbad, the Sailor (1947) starring the great Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and Maureen O'Hara. : "In medieval Persia, during the rule of Caliph Harun-Al-Rashid, Sinbad the Sailor boasts about his latest adventures to his friends."

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Sketchbook Circle - nearing the end.






Holidays in Spain meant I had little time to work on my Sketchbook Circle book, so only four pages this time. Materials used : Posca Pens, torn envelopes and magazines, cut up prints from my Circle Partner, Gwen, maps, a postage stamp, a chocolate wrapper, various other found papers and some basic printing.

My Dad's Diary : Sat 18th October 1947

"Fine but chilly.

Saw Hull City beat G'head 1-0."

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 17th October 1947

"Dull and cold.

Doris went to Dr. - slight heart trouble."

Monday, 16 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 16th October 1947

"Dull & cold.

Had row with Doris re not going to doctor."

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sketch Crawl : Queens Arms, Shieldfield.



Queens Arms, Shieldfield
(0.5 marker and brush pens in A4 sketchbook)

Officially, the Sketch Crawl yesterday was to Northumbria University campus but while Mike was happy - and successful! - at tackling the intricate modern architecture of the new campus buildings, I felt more comfortable going round the corner to draw this nice old pub on Simpson Terrace. I surprised myself by getting almost all of it done within the first hour. Only a bit of line strengthening and lettering remained to finish off at home.

The mysterious "whirlpool" in the foreground is actually the worn remains of a mini roundabout. Why I stopped drawing at the edge of the page instead of finishing the building on the adjoining page is more of a mystery. Maybe I'll go back and remedy that.

We had a pleasant surprise in the form of two visitors from other Sketch Crawl groups - Andy from Urban Sketchers Yorkshire and Christine from Urban Sketchers London. Nice to meet you both and I hope we get to meet up again sometime.

[Next Time : 11th Nov., Sunderland Winter Gardens]

My Dad's Diary : Wed 15th October 1947

"Showery this morning.

Spent night at home.

Called at mother's."


Saturday, 14 October 2017

La Cartuja, Seville.


La Cartuja, Seville.
(0.5 marker and watercolour in A5 sketchbook)

I'd just about given up on drawing anything in Seville, even after a wander round the fascinating complex of La Cartuja with its Spanish and Moorish architecture mixed with British kiln chimneys, and was on my way out of the gate. Looking back I saw this doorway and, really quite tired by then, sat down on a step and got the sketchbook out. The circular design proved a nightmare because it was composed of thousands of coloured ceramic tiles, but I guess (hope) that doesn't come across too badly in the final drawing.

Back at the apartment, I dug out my tiny watercolour box and a waterbrush and added a bit of colour to pull the thing together.

My Dad's Diary : Tues 14th October 1947

"Fine weather continues.

Went to the doctor's for Drs Certs. Jimmie and Lily sick now.

Doris had dizzy bout."

Jim and Lily were Mam's brother and sister, also living in the flat upstairs.

Friday, 13 October 2017

La Farola, Malaga


La Farola, Malaga
(0.5 marker in A5 sketchbook)

Despite an optimistic packing of several different sketchbooks, I found it as difficult as usual to get anything drawn on holiday. Two weeks in Spain and only two drawings done. Well, you either get to see lots of interesting new things or you get to stop for an hour or so and get something drawn. So it goes.

At the end of the week in Malaga, I found myself in the harbour looking at the lighthouse and suddenly feeling I could get something down on paper. And here it is.

My Dad's Diary : Mon 13th October 1947

"Changed bike over to fixed."

Thursday, 12 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 12th October 1947

"Mr & Mrs Brownlee & Ken sick with food poisoning.

Did lots of digging in No.52 garden.

Fine weather continues."

"Mr & Mrs Brownlee" were my Mam's parents who lived in the flat above us with her younger brother Ken. I have no memory of my maternal grandad, but I'm fairly sure this is us together in the backyard. To the best of my knowledge, no one ended up buried in No.52 garden.




The "fine weather" was actually the hottest summer on record for 300 years.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 11th October 1947

"Bed settee suite delivered. Cost £34.00.

Took Doris to Ritz."

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 10th October 1947

"Fine weather continues.

Went to see about 3 pce suite. Fixed on Bed Settee suite."

My Dad's Diary : Thur 9th October 1947

"Harry now has 5 teeth.

Wrote to Joe Milburn."

Monday, 9 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 8th October 1947

"Fine day.

Collected logs from Mother's.

Rec'd letter from Nora."

My Dad's Diary : Sun 5th - 7th October 1947

Sun 5th October 

"Fine sunny day.

Garden in morning. Started stripping turf off.

Five Wand at night."

Image result for five wand mill inn

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Mon 6th October

"Fine day again."

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Tues 7th October

"Fine day.

Had haircut."

My Dad's Diary : Wed 1st - 4th October 1947

Wed 1st October 

"Fine weather continues.

Went to see Mother - had a bit of a row re politics.

Overtime."

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Thurs 2nd October

"Fine and dry.

Overtime again."

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Fri 3rd October

"Fine weather still continues.

Last night of overtime."

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Sat 4th October

"Sunny day.

Went out with Doris and baby to get new raincoat.

Ronnie had leeks stolen."

Sunday, 8 October 2017

African Currency and a Sharpie





 3 pages of African Currency
(Black Sharpie in 14 x 14 cm sketchbook)

As an experiment, I took on holiday a new small Seawhite sketchbook and a black Sharpie. I know nothing about Sharpies except that they're very popular, so I thought it would be worth a try. The Seawhite sketchbook says on the inside sheet "ALL-MEDIA CARTRIDGE PAPER". I've used them before and had no trouble with them, but when I tried the book and the Sharpie together in a museum in Malaga, I found they didn't much like one another. The Sharpie bled through the paper easily and unless I worked very quickly, I found I was making drawings like join-the-dots

I gave up and took photographs instead.

My Dad's Diary : Sun 28th - Tues 30th September 1947

Sun 28th September 

"Fine day.

Spent morning in new garden.

Got word of increase - 7/6d.

Usual Sunday night."

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Mon 29th September

"Started overtime tonight.

Still no news of promotion.

Trouble re pyjamas."

It took me a long time to work out that the last word was indeed pyjamas. Don't ask me to explain why there was trouble with them, or what that trouble might be, because the secret is lost in history.

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Tues 30th September

"Fine sunny morning.

Overtime again."

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 24th - Sat 27th September 1947

Wed 24th September

"Sunny day.

Started work in new garden - No. 52."

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Thurs 25th September

"Dull but fine."

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Fri 26th September

"Took Doris to Odeon, Gateshead."

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Sat 27th September

"Sunny day. Went to see Gateshead v. York -- Draw 0-0."

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

My Dad's Diary: Mon 22nd September 1947

"Very windy.

Spent night in house."

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sisyphus


Sisyphus
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

Although I know the beginnings of this painting lie in a sketchbook drawing done in a wood quite a few years ago, it seems to have taken on a life of its own when developed in paint. A life of its own in the sense that it rather puzzles me: what does it mean? Does it mean anything? Something in my mind helped it to come to fruition and I can see a certain vague personal symbolism there, but maybe I'm not supposed to delve too deeply.

Whatever, as the kids probably no longer say. I like it and I can tell you what it doesn't mean: I'm definitely not finished with the Path Through the Woods.

My Dad's Diary : Sun 21st September 1947

"Dull.

Usual Sunday."

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 20th September 1947

"Bought new inflator - 6/6d.

Spent afternoon with Doris at garden."

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

General Dealers


General Dealers
(acrylic on board, 10 x 10 in)

Well, nostalgia isn't such a bad thing after all. I'm rather pleased with this and may consider doing more, if I can find material I like.

Working with acrylic is certainly interesting. I had intended to hand letter the shop signage, but a memory surfaced of a big binder of Letraset I had stored away and I dug it out. Sure enough, there was a sheet of white Letraset Printpak so I decided to see if it would apply itself  to a surface of acrylic paint. "GENERAL"went on nicely, but I hadn't counted on the age of the Letraset. It seems after forty years or so, the carrier film becomes very friable and as I started on the word "DEALERS" I found the plastic film simply breaking up as I rubbed on the lettering.

The result is as you see it, rather patchy and broken. I figured I'd have to try to repair it with a pen and acrylic ink, or at a push, a Posca Pen, but the more I looked at it, the more it looked appropriate for the signage of an old corner shop. So it's staying.

My Dad's Diary : Fri 19th September 1947

"Rain."

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 17th September 1947

"Rec'd word from Pagan re allotment.

Fine day. Broke inflator."

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 16th September 1947

"Very heavy showers.

P.O. withdrawal £2.12.2.

Received two overalls."

Friday, 15 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Path to Mystery


WIP
(acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

Although I have umpteen paintings on the go at the moment, my Regular Reader will be familiar with my reluctance to finish them.  There are certainly two in the series of Path through the Woods paintings to finish. Soon, Real Soon Now.

While working on one of the unfinished paintings yesterday, I was reminded of an old sketchbook drawing and decided to see if it might be adapted to this series. The A4 drawing, done in charcoal and pastel on a painting trip in 2003, always seemed to have a sense of mystery about it and although some of that mystery has been lost in the transposition to paint, I hope enough of it has remained.


My Dad's Diary : Sun 14th September 1947

"Windy but dry.

Usual sort of Sunday."

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 13th September 1947

"Very heavy rain in early morning.

Sunny in afternoon.

Took Doris to see The Red House at Gateshead Odeon."

In The Red House, starring Edward G. Robinson, "An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods."

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Food Station


Food Station
(acrylic on canvas, 8x8 ins)

This painting has been sitting propped up in my studio for months. My Regular Reader will remember it began as a sketchbook drawing done in Durham Market Place:

Some time later, I tried making it into a painting, but didn't like how it was looking and put it to one side.


A bit later, I decided to get rid of the buildings in the background and replace them with a big sky and some sea, but even that didn't satisfy. Today, for some reason I can't honestly bring to mind, I saw the picture and immediately thought of bunting. So that's what I added and to me it's the perfect answer to a very problematic painting.