Monday, 28 July 2014

Still Here!

I'm still around folk ... but only just!

We should move to West Wales in September, in the meantime I'm still hard at work, but no time for art until I'm established in Fishguard in the county of Pembrokeshire.

Nevertheless, some of the art I have produced since being on this blog is still doing its thing.

I'm still selling prints, and I have sold the original of the Lunardi Balloon to a gentleman in Oxfordshire, UK, which is unusual as most of my originals got to the US. My stuff seems to find favour (or should I say favor) rather well over there ... 

Every inch of my garden is now done, and I've only achieved that twice in 26 years.
The Main hedge was a monster - 15 bin liners of clippings.
Excellent company whilst doing it: butterflies, a few dragon flies, and millions of bees on the lavender bushes. At one end of the garden I have the thin robin for company whilst at the other is a fat one - never ever see them both at the same time. Not forgetting the grey squirrels who spend ages searching for - but never finding - their buried treasure.

No more wood pigeons or collar doves indicates the hawks are back nesting in the Castle.

The house and outbuildings are now all painted. The rooms that needed re-wallpapered are done.

The Outline Planning Permission (so much work and drawing of plans for that) for the side-land was received on Friday, and the land is up for auction on 28 Aug. 

We have a lovely couple who are hoping to buy the house.

All this effort has cost 2 stone (28 pounds 12kg) in weight and I feel fitter than I have in years ......... the reason for all this effort is in the video ... it's where we are going to live. 

You're all welcome to come and stay!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hi Everyone.....!

Still around but little time for art at the moment.

Missing you all, but it will be a month or two before I get back to normal in the blogasphere.

I keep peeping to see what you're all up to and it makes me want to join in, but I'm so busy getting this old house ready for sale.

Here's a little collage to remind you who I .....was!

Have fun, here comes the sun ... butterflies & bees in my garden all ready, 2-3 months too early!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Dipping my Toe in the Water!

The fish series continues and in it I have 3 'American' fish to draw. Here is the first: The Freshwater Wide mouth Bass. 

                                                                Freshwater Wide Mouth Bass   John Simlett

Pen & Ink on 350gsm Cartridge Paper
15 inches x 10 inches
38cms x 25.5 cms

Not a lot to say about it. However when we move to our new home (see previous post) it might be more appropriate as it is in the town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

As my father was the outcast of the family I knew nothing of my roots until a few years ago when I did the family research thing. It turns out that my family on both my mother and my father's side go back many 100s' of years ... in Pembrokeshire. The earliest I can find is Philip Simlett marrying Ann Fortune in 1705.

I had never been there until we went for a week last September. We fell in love with it and bought a house down there in the first 24 hours. The coastline is now a National Park, and voted the second best coastline in the world by the National Geographic Magazine. It is off the beaten track and seems decades behind the rest of the UK. The view from the house, straight ahead, is across the sea, and on a clear day you can see Ireland. Looking to the right gives a view of the North Wales mountains.

In preparation for the move we have tried to rationalize our library. We thought we would get rid of some of the books that were overflowing. No chance! Instead we tidied them, double stacking some and putting others on top of the bookcase. Here's a couple of views of one end of the room.

Monday, 13 January 2014

#3 In The Fish Series - A Trout.

Not much to say about it beyond the fact that the photography is even worse than usual. It's black on white but I guess the camera was confused with it being a Rainbow Trout in mono! ;0)

                                      Trout                  John Simlett
Pen & Ink on 350gsm Cartridge Paper
15 inches x 10 inches
38cms x 25.5 cms
That's the European Sea-Bass, Atlantic Cod and the Trout done and three to go. Not the most exhilarating of subjects, but good drawing practise.

We are aiming to move home this year (the 24th move in married life), consequently I divide my day thus, morning to preparing the house for sale, afternoon Painting/Drawing and the evening writing. The mornings get earlier and bedtimes... later, ".... But I'm singing a Happy Song, Hippoty, Hopotty Hi ...singing a happy song!!"

Here's the view from the house we are buying - if all goes to plan!

Stay Warm!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Painting # 37

Here is the 37th painting I have done to date, and the first of 2014. 
    Another Geisha of the 19th Century. It's in the style of  Kitao Masanobu (1733 - 1816).  I just liked the lines and couldn't resist. As usual, forgive the photography.

A Geisha in the Style of 1800                      by John Simlett

 Acrylic Paint on Stretched Canvas 

32 inches x 12 inches (81 cms x 30 cms)

Now back to the pen & ink fish series!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Anglers Angle

I drew the Mansion (see two posts below) and didn't have time to photograph it as it had to reach its destination in time for Christmas - It turned out fine considering the building was white and there was so much grass: not always the best combination for pen & ink.

I have now started the six fish. Here's the first finished, the Cod. As usual, the drawing is better than the photography!

                                         Atlantic Cod                    John Simlett
Pen and Ink
15 inch x 10 inch
I had lots of brushes, canvases, pens and a great studio light for Christmas, so I have no excuses for not to churning them out!


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Seasons Greetings!

Here's a strange Christmas card for you! 

It means quite a lot to me though as I first flew on this aircraft on the 31st. March 1967, and here it is making its last landing, 29th July 2013 - 46 years later.

They built her to last and she saw service in the Falklands War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

May you enjoy Christmas and have a peaceful and successful New Year