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Train journeys and rediscovered paintings

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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More darkroom accidents – The Orient Express – Innsbruck

Veronica Henry

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Here are a few more images that accidently got solorised in the darkroom. Some of those above look like they have been created by a pinhole camera. The one below was… The pinhole camera used to take this photograph in … Continue reading ?

My grandparents – postcard

Here is another recycled postcard of my grandparents originally used in 1999 as a promo for inmemoryof.co.uk.


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.

Whatever Happened to the Space Age?

Whatever Happened to the Space Age


Original painting by Peter Bright.
Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.
Size: 500mm x 400mm
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Painting Charity Auction

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…

Gerald Moore‘Dog in Landscape’

Yahoo is dead long live the Bing There is something about the Yahoo’s Site Explorer that makes me feel comfortable, like a pair of well worn slippers. It is with great sadness that I read this great optimization tool is to be given the bullet. If you compare Bing’s equivalent set of tools – quite frankly there are massive gaps. Yahoo is dead long live the Bing.

Guy the Gorilla – painting for sale

Whatever Happened to the Space Age?

Whatever Happened to the Space Age


Original painting by Peter Bright.Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.Size: 400mm x 400mmBuy here

Guy the Gorilla (May 30, 1946 – 1978) was a Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) which was London Zoo‘s famous resident, something of a celebrity in the 1960s–70s and was often profiled on kids TV shows and natural history productions. Guy the Gorilla was one of London Zoo’s best-loved animals.He arrived at the zoo on 5 November 1947,  Guy Fawkes Night, hence his name. He was a tiny baby, weighing just 23 lb (10 kg) and holding a small tin hot-water bottle. Guy was the replacement for the zoo’s previous gorilla, Meng, who died in 1941. Guy was captured in the French Cameroons on behalf of Paris Zoo and was traded for a tiger from Calcutta Zoo. It was organized that London Zoo would have Guy. The Paris Zoo Director sent instructions to their game department in West Africa to find a suitable female to mate with him.London sent a request to a variety of animal dealers and zoos worldwide to find a mate, and in 1969 the zoo was offered Lomie, a five year old female who had been living in nearby Chessington Zoo. She lived in the old Monkey House in London Zoo for a year before being introduced to Guy. When the new Ape and Monkey House, the Michael Sobell Pavilion, was opened in 1971, Guy and Lomie were finally introduced. However, after 25 years of isolation, it was too late; they never produced any offspring.Lowland gorillas are the world’s largest primates. Males can weigh between 140 and 275 kg. His dimensions as silverback were measured in 1966 and 1971: he weighed 520 lb (240 kg), was 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) tall, and had an arm span of 9 ft (2.7 m). His upper arm had a circumference of 23.5 in (58 cm), his thighs 28 in (70 cm), and his neck 36 in (90 cm).His appearance was fearsome, yet his nature was very gentle; when small birds flew into his cage, he reportedly lifted them up on his hands and examined them softly. This gentleness is said to have been a major part of his great popularity.
Statue of Guy the Gorilla in London Zoo

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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.

‘BOLD and arresting artwork will catch the eye at West Buckland School this month. The striking exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings is by Woolacombe artist, Peter Bright.In it, Peter revisits images and ideas from his past and re-execute them in print and paint. ‘ 
The picture of the astronaut inspired the paintings on canvas, on the theme of What Happened To The Space Age?

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…