Just been to a house in Wimbledon and on the wall was one of my paintings. An interesting rediscovery after a long train journey from North Devon.
An oil of a knife, a pair of scissors, a spoon on a tiled surface. I must have painted it about ten years ago. I’d forgotten all about it.
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Sam Bright, was what you would call a real character. He couldn’t wait for the moment to tell a story or crack a joke. A soldier, a coalminer, a chef at Blackpool Casino, a fish and chip shop owner, a shopkeeper, a pallbearer, these were a few of his careers.
During the First World War he found himself as a cook, responsible for the well being of his comrades. The meagre rations that the army supplied needed supplementing by scavenging. Often he went on ‘raiding parties’, sneaking into French farms, pilfering this and that. He once found himself in a Frenchman’s dovecote. This was nearly his final mission. The farmer gave chase and then levelled his loaded rifle at him. He wasn’t really proud of his thieving but as he explained, it was war and his mates were hungry. One of his most poignant tales was about a march to the ‘front’. In the hedgerow Sam spotted a ham bone which had a bit of meat left on it. They got to the frontline and as the history books tell us conditions were appalling and the rations were low. Sam remembered the ham bone, and on the march back retrieved it from the hedge to use in the next stew.
Trench warfare lost him many friends and the sight of an eye. He spotted a German sniper who unfortunately spotted him. He was wounded and his commanding officer suggested that he remained at his post to give his comrades a better chance to fallback, promising his family a medal for his sacrifice. I’m not sure what he said but he was invalided out of service and was treated at Guys Hospital in London, where they patched him up and cosmetically made a fine job. Apparently this damaged eye was assisted by a rabbit’s nerve.(?)
When Mary was in her teens she was aprenticed to a chemist in Sheffield, travelling by train every day from her home.
She was the woman behind the scenes in their grocer’s shop, where they were famous for their home made ‘ice lollies‘. People still remember them for their delicious treats, which they made from ‘Tizer‘ and other bottles of ‘pop’.
She was a ‘Spiritulist’ by conviction, with local business men and tradesmen alike knocking on her door for advice and guidance, and her ‘messages’ influenced deals and life changes all around her. The respect she had was far larger than her diminutive size.
- David Hockney’s new exhibition at Salt’s Mill (gerryco23.wordpress.com)
- Recycled postcard (thiswindow.org)
- Art music (systemculture.com)
Lot 1 : The choice of one of three paintings or drawings by Gerald Moore. (These will be exhibited in St. Peter’s Church, West Buckland from 15th August until 11th September 2011.
Minimum Bid £200
The three paintings are part of the unique Collection of the Works of Gerald Moore and are due to be exhibited permanently soon in a London Gallery. Read more…
‘Dog in Landscape’
Original painting by Peter Bright.Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.Size: 400mm x 400mmBuy here
Guy died aged over 30 years, in 1978 of a heart attack during an operation on his infected teeth. By this time he had become an icon. Public awareness of animal behavior had been growing, thanks to the ever-improving natural history programmes on television, while studies of wild apes by scientists like Jane Goodall, Biruté Galdikas and Diane Fossey were changing the public’s attitude towards primates.The Natural History Museum head taxidermist at the time, Arthur Hayward, was given the task of modelling and mounting Guy’s skin. After nearly nine months of work, the magnificent re-creation of Guy was put on display at the Natural History Museum in November 1982. Years later Guy was taken out of public display and moved into the scientific study collections. As of October 2006, Guy is on display in the ‘Weird and Wonderful section’ of the redeveloped Weston Park Museum, Sheffield.In 1982 he was commemorated by a bronze statue by William Timym, located near the main entrance by the Michael Sobell Pavilion for Monkeys and Apes, where Guy spent his final years.
Guy the Gorilla. (2011, February 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:37, April 3, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Guy_the_Gorilla&oldid=415896833
London Zoo page to the memory of GuyI was rummaging through old boxes of stuff and found the newspaper cutting of an astronaut on the moon – yellowed and faded – it still makes my heart flutter. I wish I’d been to the moon.
Entertainment North Devon I was really pleased to see that an article(?) about the next exhibition and printmaking workshop was featured on to the website arts and entainment…