Friday, February 5, 2016

Sepia Saturday 316 - Moving pictures

 In 1942 Paramount Studios visited RAF Kenley for what ever reason the studio unit needed I guess.

My dad was with the 350 at the time but I don't think he was present at the time.

The 350 was made up of mostly Belgian pilots.

My dad was with the unit for about 18 months before moving over to bomber command.
You tube has a few videos of flights from the 350.

He sure did love the Spitfire.

You can learn more about the 350 here.

Sepia Saturday Blog can be found here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Before Pooh. . .

Once again I am letting it be known my fascination with the world of old illustrators.


EH Shephard is of course best known now as the illustrator of the Pooh books as well as Wind in the Willows.





But like many great artists they many times had an artistic life before and after what they are known for now.



Not willing to sit out the First World War as his country went off to fight he enlisted and soon found himself in the thick of things. He found many ways to record his time in service.

Some of his works are very compelling.



Much more of his work can be seen here.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Milestone - post number 1000!

It all started on May 9th, 2008 with this; Welcome to my blog. This is a first for me, since I don't usually like these sort of things.

The first image I posted was two post later and a small illustration I did for a kayak publication;

I don't know what I really had planned for this.
I think I was hoping it would be a good platform to encourage me to do more art work.
In that sense it has work.

I started at the very beginning posting some of my cartoons for a Sherlock Holmes group I belonged. Then in May of 2009 I started an ambitious project of trying to do a tree a day for a year to improve my tree drawings.



The announcement came in this form.

It was a small tree I did in Microsoft Paint just to get going.

I guess the plan worked in many ways. Although It got spread over more than a year my trees got better and I ended up doing over 370 drawings that I ended up calling 'QS' for quick sketch.

I think, besides an avenue for my art I wanted to have the blog be somewhere I could post things I found interesting, whether it be a personal matter like family events or other artist or topics I found interesting.
My most prolific year had 207 posts, me least 105.
But the amount posted here also changed when I started two other blogs on subjects I found interesting that meant I did not post as often here.


My daughter probably got more post here than any other topic. It was a good space to catalog our 'expeditions'.
Although the blog would be in existence for almost a year before I would start posting her here.

One of the first would be her having her first high tea in London 2010

She's a little bigger now.

Social media like 'facebook' has really changed the world of blogging I would imagine.
But even though I was unsure how I would like it in the beginning I ended up loving the format.

Some times my other blogs take time away from this one, but I do try to make an appearence here at least a few times a month.

So I hope it has been as much fun for you, both my readers, as it has been for me.

See ya next time I have something to say.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Speaking of Beatrix Potter. . .

Well, I guess we weren't. But after listening to NPR this morning I guess we are now.

Recently a 'new' old manuscript by Ms. Potter has been found and is being published. As most people know a big part of the charm of her books were her wonderful illustrations of her stories.
Unfortunately, with her recent marriage and WWI coming on she never got around to illustrating 'Kitty-in-boots'.
So to go along with this new publication they had to come up with an illustrator to do the stories justice.
They choose Quentin Blake who is possibly best known for illustrating the books of Roald Dahl.

Well, besides this all being great news for fans of Potter's works, it got me thinking how much I enjoy visiting an artists studio, past and present. Many museums have acquired artists studio and many have been preserved so we can see if not how at least where they worked.
I have visited a few and hope to see more. It is also a treat to visit present working artist studios and see how they use the space, as well as how they 'decorate' their working environment. Some are simple and sparse, while others cluttered and filled with inspiration.

Here are some pictures of Mr. Blake's and a few others.






Saturday, January 9, 2016

For Sepia Saturday 312


























Dad's old Cricket team St Louis very early 1960's. Dad is front row, second from the left.
The short man, back row, forth from the left name was George. He did not drive as I remember so he and his wife would travel to many cricket games with us.

Sepia Saturday 312 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Royal Paintbox - a very interesting look at art and British Royalty

His Royal Highness Prince Charles stands for lots of things I find interesting and believe in.
The preservation of the rural landscape and historical buildings.
Maintaining a sustainable agriculture program.
And art.
He is a very accomplished painter himself, and in this video he helps explore art through the Royal Family.
A lot of talent hidden in there.
It also looks at how art was once very important in education and how it was very important before the age of film.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

I just love his plein air stuff!

James Gurney, illustrator, artist, Dinotopia creator.
His Dinotopia books are an incredible display of his studio talent.
But I just love these two pieces of work he did outside.

Although I love each, I really love how the Red Cabin feels like it is a cloudy damp day. The brown on the wood deck makes it look like a rain shower is just passed.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Outdoor, olde tyme kind of weekends.

 A couple of weeks ago we got to Eckert's to pick apples.
 A warm late summer day made for good pickin'.


Here, mom and daughter.
 Here daughter and friend.
 On the ride back.
 Later in the day, over to grandma's house to pick tomatoes.

 Fruitful harvest.
 Then out to sell them.
So far, she has made over $200.00 at her little stand.
 Then the next weekend, up to the farm.
Here daughter is trying to get her great-grandad to show her a picture of his first tractor.
 Found one real close.

 Then he said, "Go into the kitchen and get that toy one. It was just like that."

Then outside with uncle to see the real deal.
 "What! You're going to let her drive that Gazillion dollar piece of equipment?"
 She's driving that Gazillion dollar piece of equipment.
 Later a ride on something smaller.
 This past Saturday we headed back up to the farm country for the Shelby County Old Thrashers festival.

Some rebuilt old trucks.
 And cars.
 Tractors her size.
 And hundreds of others. In all sizes and colors and makes.
 I had never heard of this brand.

 Don't know what this kind was used for, but there were two.


 Some not rebuilt trucks that still ran.
 Lots of little stuff that did things to other stuff.
 All the kids rides were run off of tractor power.
The old steam engine was running.
 Playing piano in the old village school.
 This would have been where her grade level would have sat.

The school was used into the early 70's.
 Real horse power at work.
 The old school and the old African-American church.
 Making new friends.
 Country kind of rides.
 That same evening we also went to a Hangar Dance at our local branch of the Commemorative Air Force to raise money to keep the old planes flying.
 A couple of trainers flew up from Florida.
 Daughter exploring her favorite.
 National Anthem before the dance started.
 Most of the money goes to keeping this old war bird flying.
WWII era bomber.
Daughter got this one as we were leaving.