Saturday, 21 November 2015

Whether the Weather be fine ....

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whatever the weather
We'll weather the weather..
... whether we like it or not.

Storms came and went, but the wind was from the South West, blowing warmish wet weather from the Atlantic and so it was tolerable ... noisy but tolerable with temperatures at  14C (57F).

Then the wind veered to the dreaded North, gales straight down from the Arctic. Temperature dropped to 3C(37F). Storm force winds. Sleet and rain.

The Ferry to Ireland kept running - rather them than me.

Have a nice day! :)

Monday, 9 November 2015

What Did We Say Art Was?

You may (I flatter myself) have noticed that my rate of posting on this blog has dropped. Several friends asked if I was producing less art these days ... which brings me around to the old debate ...what is Art? or perhaps more importantly what isn't art, for I consider I am totally involved in art for most of my waking hours. 

Take for example the 'Gatepost' after which this blog is named. When Pat was learning to drive (in the last century!!) she drove the car through the gate - without opening it. I carved up the broken gatepost into Maka Tiki: the Polynesian god that looks after families. We called it a Gatepost Production and it became our logo  and company name when we set up as a professional Art Company in the 1980s.

Maka Tiki
If I said I had sculpted the Tiki, not many would argue that it was n't art. However it is no more, or less, art than the Four Poster and its drapes which I finished a few weeks (?) ago.

So when I'm working in wood, or cloth, I consider it all to be art. Which brings me to the real point I wanted to make ... I'm building a boat and I see it as art. 

We had this debate before when I was drawing ships in pen & ink. I called it techno-art. Do you remember how I said I was building the ship on paper: drawing up technically the view of the ship from any angle I chose. Here, for example, the beginning of  the Susan Constant:

As you can see its construction in graphite soon vanishes when the art, in ink, brings the clothes of modesty to the dear ship: 

Similarly the good ship Bellonia

So if I can convince you that building my pen & ink boats on paper is Art, albeit techno-art, then it's a short step to convince you that converting my drawing into wood ... is also art.

Welcome to the Seagull.....

She should end up looking like this (ish)

As you can see I have not retreated in the slightest from art, and if you want to keep half-an-eye open on Seagull's progress over the winter you can track the build here    BUILDING SEAGULL

Friday, 30 October 2015

Bad Photo

We all say this...but... the painting is so much nicer than this awful photograph!

                                         Girl 1                    John Simlett
10inch x 14inch
Acrylic on Stretched canvas

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Zorn's wife

Just thinking how often Emma has been painted. My feeble attempt must count among thousands

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Don't Look now ... but...

..... I might start painting tonight! You may recall these paintings below were large, by my standards. Well they are required again but only half that size! I wonder if I can do it again, but smaller?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Two Years Flew by!

Two years ago 'today' a dancer in Connecticut bought the original of my drawing of Cologne Cathedral. After she had hung it she sent me a photograph of it, which was very considerate of her. I just received a reminder of the event.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

SO!! What have I been up to?

Well I've all but finished the workshop....


... I'm about to build a wooden boat

Celebrated 56 years of marriage


Saw my granddaughter announce the publication of  her first book (