Saturday, 22 April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 21st April 1947

"Very windy - turned to rain.

Fair at night - garden."

And it's very windy today, 70 years later, though I'm not expecting rain.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Painting the Caps

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

This is how the Italian Caps painting ended up yesterday. I'm quite pleased with the way it's going and am looking forward to seeing the logos and trimmings bringing the whole thing to life.

Bird Table

Bird Table 
(Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 in)

I completed this little painting a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to post it here. I know it's a bit sentimental, but sentimentality is nice now and again, and I like it. If you like it, it's available - just email me.

Here's the sketch it was based on:

My Dad's Diary : Sun 20th April 1947

"Fine day. Garden in morning.

Put in turnip, beet, onion, radish seeds.

Out with Ronnie at night."

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 19th April 1947

"Light rain, but fine in p.m.


Baby 11 lbs 9 ozs."

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Evening, Hanover Street

Evening, Hanover Street
(Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in)

This painting has now gone to its new home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire

My Dad's Diary : Fri 18th April 1947

"Sunny but cold.

Garden at night. Clearing up."

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thur 17th April 1947

"Sunny day.

Went to garden. Put in turnip seed and strawberries."

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Six Italian Caps

Six Italian Caps 
(Markers in A5 sketchbook)

Although I haven't finished the small paintings I began last week, I've been thinking about ideas for some new ones. This is a drawing I did today of some baseball caps I photographed in Bari last year. 

I think it has potential, but, as always, I'd be interested to hear your opinions. This is a colour try-out in Photoshop:

My Dad's Diary : Wed 16th April 1947

"Fine sunny day.

Took Doris to Gateshead Odeon."

Saturday, 15 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 15th April 1947

"Sunny day.

Put potatoes in (1/2 st. lates) also lettuce & turnip seed."

Friday, 14 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 14th April 1947



Sunny day.

Dug garden up - put in cabbage."

That would be their 7th wedding anniversary. Traditionally, the gifts are copper and wool. Not cabbage.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 13th April 1947

"Gardening all morning. 

Split chrysanthemums.

To Mother's in afternoon."

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sat 12th April 1947

"Sunny morning.

Dug top of garden in afternoon."

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Fri 11th April 1947

"Grand day / sunshine.

Took Doris to Gateshead Odeon to see 'Calcutta'."

Calcutta is a 1947 American film noir crime drama, directed by John Farrow, and starring Alan Ladd and William Bendix.

Image result

Monday, 10 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 10th April 1947

"Light rain in morning.

Cleared up.

Garden at night."

Sunday, 9 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Wed 9th April 1947

"Sunny day.

Committee meeting.

Garden at night. Paid year's fees. Put in two rows potatoes."

I recently discovered this plan of the allotment at the very front of the Diary.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 8th April 1947

"Started using bike for work. 


Snow in afternoon."

Friday, 7 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 7th April 1947

[Easter Monday]

"Gale blowing. Has done a lot of damage."

Thursday, 6 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 6th April 1947

[Easter Sunday]

"This is a bad Easter, not fit to go anywhere."

Poor weather continues.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sketchbook Circle : My Second Additions

These pages show additions I made to two pages from Partner A, Gwen, in my own sketchbook. The next are original pages by me, before I sent the book back to Gwen.

I was a bit pushed for time towards the end of the month, so the four of these were made from cut up and reassembled Mail Art envelopes that I've posted here before. I'm still happy with them, despite that.

My Dad's Diary : Friday 4th April 1947

 [Good Friday]

"Went for walk with Doris in afternoon, called at Mother's."

Monday, 3 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Thurs 3rd April 1947

"Had an easy day. Got work up to date."

Sunday, 2 April 2017

My Dad' Diary : Wed 2nd April 1947

"Slept in this morning.

Johnson now at Stationery.  Handed in his resignation as Chairman."

The brief appearance of Chairman Johnson.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

My Dad's Diary : Tues 1st April 1947

"Coal arrived.

Went to S/E re Hospital fees.

Went a run on bike at night , then called at Mother's.

Doris a little better."

I haven't figured out what "S/E" means but this entry brought home to me something I'd never considered before - I was born before the introduction of the National Health Service which didn't start until 5 July 1948. So that extra time Mam spent in hospital must have been quite an additional worry for Dad who really wasn't earning a great deal.

Friday, 31 March 2017

My Dad's Diary : Mon 31st March 1947

"Day off today but pretty miserable as Doris still bad.

Baby doing fine."

Thursday, 30 March 2017

My Dad's Diary : Sun 30th March 1947

"Doris still bad.

Stayed in all day. Had few drinks with Ronnie at night."

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Maritime Trust in Colour

As is now quite often my practice, I've been trying out colour combinations on my Sketch Crawl drawings, using Photoshop. I find this much easier and less worrying than hand colouring sketches and I do get to a result I like quite quickly.

I feel certain there's a painting in this coloured version of the Maritime Trust boat shed.