Jan 032014
 
2014 - A Year of Colour and Poetic Excerpts

So it’s been very quiet here, I realise – life has been rather busy, and other activities have had to take precedence. I found the time to create another annual calendar for the family with pre-printed birthdays, which was great – and easy to do, at Vistaprint. Seeking out the colourful images, I created a read more…

Jun 182013
 
Painted Breadboards

I had the pleasure of having the generous assistance of Anita, a friend from choir,  helping me do some artwork recording for a few hours on Monday.  Anita creates multi-media artwork and has a website you can visit at http://www.anitadraper.org.uk.Anita’s fresh view, unencumbered by our family history, coupled with a bright enthusiasm, made the task 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 092013
 

I’ve been through everything I have access to this week, so I can see the edges of the task, which has a sense of relief and completion about it. On the basis of knowing what kinds of things there are (14 kinds of artwork, 12 kinds of writings) and the rough totals of all (over read more…

May 072013
 
Lovebirds

One category of work which we have, is a series of more than 30 woodcarvings, all under about 35cm high. This carving, called “Lovebirds” is currently journeying back to Devon, carefully looked after in transit, I hope, by Royal Mail! It’s the anniversary of Graham and Elizabeth’s wedding on May 9th, so it seemed a read more…

May 052013
 
A Rare Date

‘Tis a rare thing to find a date on Dad’s work. I’ve been looking for clues to dates on all the items as I’ve been going along, so I can piece something together in terms of which decades, at least, various items were produced. From an art history point of view, it will be interesting read more…

May 042013
 
Margaret Thatcher caricatured...

Here’s a little timely gem of a thing I came across today: a cartoon of Margaret Thatcher, (Britain’s first woman Prime Minister) who recently passed away. See the Wikipedia entry for a biography, and a profile photograph from 1990 is on that page. This drawing is above cartoons of Neil Kinnock, Labour Party Leader and Paddy Ashdown, 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…

May 032013
 
Gold among pebbles

I struck gold yesterday  – in the packing of a box of unpainted pebbles, hand selected, no doubt from the pebble ridge at Westward Ho! Many were primed ready for painting, some untouched, and one half-painted in orange gloss. The small cardboard box, labelled in Dad’s handwriting “STONES – UNPAINTED” was packed rather oddly with 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…