Feb 022021
 
Private!

Embarrased?  The family were a little, but got used to seeing this poster Graham created to keep us away from his art studio room in Bideford, of 15 years.  We always remember it as it seemed so inappropriate in a house full of females – but maybe that was the purpose!   His wife, Elizabeth (my read more…

 Posted by on February 2, 2021
May 032015
 
Tuesday's Child

To remember Graham’s Birthday date today, I’m  sharing this painting from my private collection: “Midsummer”. A Tuesday’s child, Graham was, indeed,  “full of grace” – a quality that is exhibited in this dynamic flowing picture. The figure is elemental, dark skinned, dynamically positioned centre stage, with limbs energetically akimbo. The painting seems to embody the read more…

May 122013
 
Like father...like daughter? - Arrangement in red and green

Here’s an historical curiosity I’m prompted to share after watching a programme on Whistler’s painting, “The Artist’s Mother” last night. This is the first painting I did when I went to (Edinburgh) Art College in 1980 – a self portrait with Dad in the background, at the door of the house in North Devon I’d read more…

May 032013
 
Dad's Birthday remembed

3rd May, Graham’s (Taurean) birthday, in 1932, remembered. In going through a box of things today, I happened across this picture. This curious egyptian-style handpainted piece came from a second hand shop in Bideford, and Dad enjoyed having it on his wall. Mum (Elizabeth) was an avid astrologer, so we were always aware of how read more…

Apr 162013
 

Of the various odd  jobs that Dad did over the course of his life, the one written on my birth certificate is  “Forester”. Our parents were, at the time, running Scotland’s first youth hostel in the borders – Broadmeadows Youth Hostel – having left the city to follow a rural-driven dream.  Dad promptly left his read more…