PAINTINGS OF PEOPLE AND PLACES, AT HOME AND ABROAD
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Wonderful day yesterday on the Isle of Wight walking from Totland to The Needles and to Freshwater Bay via Tennyson down. With my sisters-in-law while the men played golf. Length of walk finishing at the golf club 9 miles up and down dale. The sea was an utterly amazing colour and the visibility sparklingly clear. Inspirational.
Sold an unframed and terribly cheap painting today. Great relief as the art market is so non-existent at the moment.
Another marine subject finished today. I spent last May bank holiday at Hastings exploring the old town and The Stade with its busy fishing industry. Beautiful day and not enough time. This old fellow caught my eye and I attempted to chat with him while I hastily made discreet notes but he was more a grunter and rumbler than a conversationalists so I had to be quick! These old tractors are wonderful workhorses that tow the fishing boats up the steep shingle. I thought putting the two old 'things' together was enough to create a painting with a story.
Veterans, The Stade, Hastings (oil on canvas board, 10 x 8 inches)
Hard work painting under my studio's sloping roof with the sun boiling the tiles! So thoughts turn to the cool of the sea and I've just completed this painting which had been filed in my mind for several months. Not often that idea moves to completion quite so quickly!
This caricature of the Commanding Officer of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was presented to him in July 2014. A fun but tricky commission to do. Acrylic on tinted watercolour paper.
Nothing like painting up to the wire and stressing myself out by having one eye on the cricket and the other on Wimbledon - no third eye for painting, alas!
This painting is being submitted to the Out of Line contemporary part of the annual exhibition of the Armed Forces Art Society at the Mall Galleries 15-20 July. Varnished today, will be framed on Saturday and taken to London on Sunday.
The Terrible Rain (acrylic on canvas board, 60 x 60 cm (23 x 23 inches) - SOLD
A busy last week or so. The 2 military caricatures are now in stock as limited edition military prints - available through my website.
Collected from an exhibition in Surrey.
An official commission of a caricature for presentation in a few weeks time will appear here in due course but I don't want to spill the beans in advance of the person receiving it!
A couple of nights near Rye with exploration and inspiration for paintings.
Sent off 7 paintings to a gallery in Edinburgh.
Ordered some prints of a painting relevant to D-Day.
Working hard on last minute pictures for exhibitions and awaiting the frames which I shall be finishing by hand rather against the clock, I suspect.
Judged artists for a county exhibition that will run throughout July.
Featured with a long article in of The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines latest online eNewsletter.
This painting was inspired by a visit to Dubai some years ago. It is a very typical scene in so many Middle East countries. The marigolds are to do with a Hindu festival where garlands are hung on things people value most in their life. So the shop/storekeeper loves his jumble of a store but his bike is not rated so highly!
Over the weekend 17-18 May a group of artists from within the Wallop Artists art society organised an exhibition in Stockbridge Town Hall, Hampshire. The poster was a huge enlargement of my painting, below, which I'm glad to say sold to a good home!
This week I will be taking these 2 paintings to be printed. They have been commissioned by The Royal Dragoon Guards. If you ask "why are they facing the same way? Would it not be better to have them in different directions?", the reason is that this view has the most interest, medals and sword. The medals are particular to a period in the regiment's long history. The measurements and layout will be as for other caricatures on my website and interest can be registered with me by email via my site.
I've been idle about this blog but not due to anything other than being frantically busy with exhibitions, work for exhibitions and other things art-related. If I had time, I might be the person in this recent painting:
Reader on a ferry (oil, 8 x 8 inches unframed) - SOLD
This is inspired by a pillar beside shops and restaurants I once saw on holiday. It looked so inviting - to sit on sun-warmed stone and to contemplate where to go for the first cup of coffee of the day. Then a young man and his dog started to head to do just that and the idea pinged in the tiny brain.
What to paint when the rain is falling and the day is dark? This painting was inspired by a walk in Cornwall. I loved the concentration of the figure which definitely forbids any approach or conversation, even from fellow painters! I tiptoed onwards....
Ah, that old chestnut - the flagrant breaching of an artist's copyright! Today I was made aware that a militaria journal had used one of my paintings, anonymously, for the cover of its December 2013 edition. This is upsetting as, although I still own the copyright, the painting is owned elsewhere - and, to compound the sin, the magazine has made its reproduction at quite a large size from a limited edition print! It would have taken a few seconds to find my contact details via the internet. Copyright is such a serious matter but this is far from being the first time it has happened to me. Anyway, at least they will attribute it to me in the next edition..........and include an apology!
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On 1 January I designed a Facebook page for the Armed Forces Art Society - the premier art society of the UK's armed forces. The membership include serving, ex-serving and their spouses, and the Reserves. The page appears to have hit the spot with the membership and there are quite a number of artworks to be seen in the Albums. A new website is planned but this gives us a public presence in the meantime.
A young, accomplished and multi-skilled artist worth taking a look at is Jamie Vaulkhardwww.jamesvaulkhard.comI've known Jamie pretty much most of his life and his mother many decades longer! I selected Jamie for what might have been his first art prize when he was about 9 or 10. It has been so good to see the signs of his artistic potential coming good over the years. The photo was taken by my professional photographer son Will Bremridge wwwbphoto.com
Arkell's Brewery in Swindon, UK www.arkells.com is launching a beer in March with one of my military caricatures on the label. It's website has this description of the beer: "Brewed especially for George Arkell, James's eldest son, in recognition of his service in the Territorial Army.
Taste: a light, session beer with plenty of satisfying hop characterAvailable: March 2014"
The uniform is that of an officer of The Royal Yeomanry