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Feel so pleased that this painting has been selected for the "Inheritance" exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum next Spring.
The painting has been on and off the easel over the last three or four years.
It was also pre-selected for the Threadneedle Open at the Mall Galleries in London this year, but didn't get through 2nd selection to get hung on the walls.
Being the artist I am on the rocking horse and the biggest of course, really Sue is the eldest, then Frank, me then Ruth with Deb last.
The location is down the yard at the end of a sloping drive by the side of our childhood home a 3 storey Victorian house in Caterham Surrey. Just beyond the wire fence of the yard was the rail track, with a wooden signal box opposite. We weren't supposed to play in the yard - but we did when we could get away with it. A small pear tree had stomach achingly hard pears, in the painting the budgies mum bred from 2 that Frank brought home one day - Bebe & Bobo are perched in its branches.
There are lots of references in the painting, including a list of the most popular songs of the time written into the wood of the rocking horse's rockers. So if you are curious about anything you see -
get in contact.
Colin Millington makes amazing pictures about the sea using wool. They are like the naive paintings sailors make of their lives and ships, but softer and more seductive.
Colin lives in North Norfolk and his work has been on show at Paffron & Scott, in Melton Constable North Norfolk, and featured in one of the glossy interior and lifestyle magazines.
Luke has been a long time admirer of Colin's work. The show finishes this weekend so be sharp if you want to enjoy the visual delight of Colin Millington.
Luke has a wonderful mix of antiques, furniture and lighting for sale so well worth a visit anyway.
This is the 4th Fleet Foxes track I have developed as a collage, the lyrics are dreamily surreal. The whole CD carries echoes of times past, I love this particular track, "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" but the whole CD is is good.
I have put a link to it below so you can have a listen.
Norfolk skies have been wonderful this Summer, lots of fabulous billowing clouds blown by coastal winds; the colour palette of the North Norfolk landscape is incredibly harmonious and beautiful.
Margie Britz captures the essence of this slice of Norfolk in her work. I saw her show at Salthouse church this month and her work, like the landscape and geology that inspires her , is harmonious, beautiful and all the right colours.
Most of the paintings were square canvases 122cms with titles that indicate the materials in their construction; Dust to Dust, Desert, Push Moraine.
Margie uses earth pigments collected on site and uses these with gouache to make her paintings.
You could live with any of her paintings.
One of the best exhibitions I have seen this year is Nigel Skinner's work at Salthouse church.
Found and collected material, dust, parts of birds skeletal remains, metal and wood that time has textured and aged are incorporated into his work and these powerful objects with their own history add another layer to the of strong emotional response his work provokes.
The exhibition has finished though you can see Nigel's work on his web site Link below and by visiting him in his studio in the deep heart of Norfolk.
His work is extraordinary.
This one was a bit of a struggle because I didn't want to make it too literal.
There are several references to the Fleet Foxes track "White Winter Hymnal" so go and have a listen - if you don't already know it. link to it here
I'll most likely start work on Oliver James next or Tiger Mountain Peasant Song., it is so hard to decide between these two.
I like collage, it's restrictions are interesting and can send you down unexpected paths to create a piece of work.
Checking back on recent posts - I never did post a watercolour painted in Catalonia.
We stayed with friends Martin & Maggie and their son Joe at their farm, Mother's Garden, daughter Ella away studying at LCC in London.
The watercolour shows the pig farm across from Mother's Garden. It looks beautiful as the sunlight falls on the far side of the valley.
Martin & Maggie have a wonderful holiday cottage, with swimming pool, eagles, buzzards, bee eaters, wild boar, and loads more wildlife, fabulous food, wonderful wine.
Have a look and if you want to return from a break stress free - Book yourself a week or three there. http://mothersgarden.org/holidays/
Blue Ridge Mountains - collage with water-colour, painted and printed paper
I want to go to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and not only because of the Fleet Foxes song.
I loved Laurel and Hardy films and they sing about the Blue Ridge Mountains in one -
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine". it's not my favourite film, that's the one where they are delivering a piano.
You can see the song here :- The Trail of The Lonesome Pine.
Hope you enjoy it, it's a bit of an earworm tbh ....
I have been making space in the studio. Clearing out and tidying what is left giving myself room to start some new work. I have to get some square canvases for these so will be checking out the options online for a bulk purchase.
I came across an artist called Zdzisław Beksiński yesterday have a look at this web page on the boredpanda web site.
I live and work in North Norfolk where the skies are wide and the weather can be wild.