Friday, April 29, 2005

Its Bin a Full Day...

It all started with the phone ringing and invading my sleep. Well, the phone ringing interrupted a waking dream so my subconcious tried to accomodate it. "Hello," I said blearily. Sounds a bit Mills and Boon already but read on...... It was a fellow buddhist, Chris, calling to tell me I was OK for a lift up to the monastery at Throssel on Sunday. It will be Wesak, a celebration of the historic Buddha's birthday. I took the message and hung up then got up. Brenda, my wife is looking and feeling a lot better today. The last few days she's been in agony with and infected antrum sinus. The doctor put her on some antibiotics which she started last night and the improvement is noticable. Over breakfast we decided how to fill our respective day. Her plans involved shopping and visiting friends. I would spend the day at the studio. So Brenda got on the phone to a friend of hers while I started to put up some sandwiches for the day.
It was then that "things" started to happen.
Most of the fridge contents were covered in apple juice spilt from a carton lying on its side on the top shelf. Nothing for it but to clean the fridge. I started removing the claggy contents when to plated meals decided to leave of their own accord. The two plates fell edge on to the floor. They didn't break. They landed, one on each foot. I only had a pair of Birkenstok sandals on at the time. It hurt and my left foot was bleeding.
After giving myself a bit of first aid the fridge got cleaned as was the kitchen floor. At this point Brenda came back into the kitchen. I couldn't resist it, I had to say it, "Next time you want the fridge cleaning, you don't have to booby-trap it." I told her what happened. We both had a good laugh.
After that, I eventually got the sarnies put up and went to the studio.
There is a largish painting, about 4foot square, I've been working on for some time. It is of an area of Sitkas on a fellside. There's loads of trees. The foreground demanded a lot of detail. But today I got it finished and took a photo of it. I will post the image sometime later.
Now I'm here writing this at the end of a seemingly eventful day; and a satisfying one too.
Oh, to cap it all, the weather forecast was for rain and blustery showers so I took my mac and brolly just in case.... Guess what? The sun came out and its been glorious all day. The Law of Murphy lives on!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Double Annulus: Another Picture

Double Annulus
Originally uploaded by Thole Man.
A twin tree,-Norway Spruce,- blown down by the wind blocks the path. It was cut in half to clear the way leaving half the tree(s) supported on its radial branches. The annular rings are exposed for all to see. This drawing is 24" square. By using this black and white medium I mimic B&W photography but don't aim for TOTAL photo-realism. The graphite is worked into the paper until it shines like the surface of a glossy photograph but I use the grainy texture of the heavy Fabriano paper to retain the drawn element.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

My Mate's Day in the City

My old climbing pal from the 1960s paid a visit to Lancaster. Currently he lives with his his wife in Dufton, midway between Penrith and Appleby. Its a quiet spot, Dufton, only noted for its Youth Hostel and the Stag Inn when you're walking the Pennine Way. Very rural. Mind you, so was I once, when I lived at a la'al spot called Halton-Lea Gate in Northumberland. (Where? you ask? its on OS grid NY653585. Yup! its that remote).
Anyway, my mate Bill came down to the [not so] big city for the day. We walked all around the place, along the Luneside, it was high tide then up to the park. The weather glorious. Two old codgers? You bet!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Sunday Evening

Originally uploaded by Thole Man.

Its been another balmy day, to good to be indoors. More on site drawing but in the local park this time. I am often critical of our local council's failure to keep our streets clean and the continually increasing traffic congestion; but, I must give credit where its due. The parks have improved dramatically over the years. Time and money has been spent. Special areas have been coppiced and some left as a controlled wilderness and others laid out as beautiful formal garden.

About this picture. Its called "Evensong". Evensong is the evening service of the Church of England. When I was a ten year old right up to my voice "breaking" at 15 I was a chorister and in that period developed my love of church music. (Not the modern happy-clappy stuff I hasten to add!). The picture is of a sunset over the Northumberland Forest. It was paintede in the studio on a Wednesday afternoon with "Choral Evensong" playing on Radio 3. So now you know. It too is in the "Naturescape" exhibition, painted in acrylic on canvas. Its size is 24"x30".

Sunday, April 24, 2005

A Taste of Summer

Originally uploaded by Thole Man.

It might only be 17ÂșC but by British standards that's reasonably warm.
I got on my mountain bike and rode to the Lune Estuary where I spent the day making art in the open air. Did a couple of studies of driftwood and took several photos for future reference. It made a change from working in the studio.

The picture is another from the "Naturescape" exhibition. This is a breaker on a beach at St. Ives in Cornwall. It is made up of three canvasses, each 12" square.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Artfest in Lancaster

This week has been quite a busy one on the art front in this ancient city. On Tuesday there was this opening of my own one-man show, Naturescape at the Ludus gallery, Wednesday saw an art/craft fair in a local church hall, then tonight there was the showcase exhibition at a local sixth form college which is enjoying its new-found art college status. Also this evening we were all at the launch of the last major exhibition at the Storey Arts Centre before the developers move in. There's mixed feelings about that. The Storey will be developed as a future Arts Centre, but will it be a more commercial venture? Up to now it has been an Arts Centre run by artists. We'll know in a couple of years...
Anyhow, the current exhibition is, appropriately, about buildings and architecture, featuring the work of six London artists and features a computer presentation of what the gallery/centre will look like when all is done. Find out more on .

Friday, April 22, 2005


Faraway is one of the pictures in my current exhibition. In its frame and mount it measures some 34"x18". It is primarily a drawing using blocks of solid graphite on Fabriano paper. This type of paper is about 400gsm weight and has a distinctive texture, not unlike canvas. The work is priced at £130.

Originally uploaded by Thole Man.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I've Made a Start

Well, its late at night. I'm bleary eyed but at least I've gotten this blogsite going. Anybody out there to tell me if it works?
Tonight I held my private view for my latest exhibition of forest pictures. Seems to have gone down fairly well. Thew rest of the artists that make up the studio were very helpful as was Brenda, it goes without saying. She kept an eye on the bar, well, card table at the back of the gallery.