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.

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


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.