Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Craftspeople of Stanway

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Josephine Baker - Silversmith

Rustic Furniture - Rob Langley

Richard Podd - Stone Mason
Katie B Morgan - Decorative Painter

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Drawing Architecture- Sketch Walk and Talk

An old sketch from one of my sketchbooks
I love drawing architecture. Recently I was asked to draw a shop in Broadway,Worcestershire for a lovely family who were moving. I had completed the drawing but realised that I hadn't realised the decoration on the lampost, so stopped in Broadway to get the details correct. As you can see the shop had closed,hence brown paper in the window. I apologise for the photos, it probably would have been better if I had scanned the pictures,
Fenwick and Fenwick, Broadway, Worcestershire

The next picture is of an Dorothy's home in Vineyard Street, Winchcombe. It was drawn on mottled paper so I was able to use white to highlight the windows etc.
Vineyard Street, Winchcombe, Glos
This is a really bad photo but it is a drawing I produced as a wedding present for a couple who got married in Sudeley Castle.
Sudeley Castle, Glos

This is a summer sketch from one of my books, Its the bridge in Burford, Oxfordshire. The nice thing about sketching outside is you don't have to be precious and you remember the weather and who you talked to....I often remember very little when I look back at photos! I usually do a simple pencil sketch first, so that I can get the angles right, then do the main lines followed by he details.
Burford, Oxfordshire
This is St Peters Church in Winchcombe. I wanted to show a different angle. Most of the time I carry pens and a sketchbook, I don't always feel inspired but the more you do the better you get.
St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, Glos
It's worth drawing outside, a lot of people walk past and don't stop so you don't have to feel embarrassed. Over the last couple of years I have set up a sketch walk and Talk morning as part of the Winchcombe year will be no please look out for the brochure and come along...I don't know the date yet but it will be in May.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Painted Hares auctioned for Charity

Earlier this year I was asked by Winchcombe Town Council , if I would paint a Hare for them. The idea was that it would be moved around the town and be part of the
 Cirencester / Cotswold / Hare Trail. Both Lee Crew and myself said yes, and  were asked to name and decorate them with a local historical I chose Winchcombe Mop Fair...and called her.'All the fun of the Hare'.

Painted buttons on the front of a large plastic hare.
Names of rides on her buttons.
All of the artists involved paint the hares for nothing so that when the hares are sold, the net profit goes to the charity..The National Star Centre. 
When I was a teenager, I used to meet residents of the Star Centre that needed help and company while they shopped on Saturday its nice to help a little again.
Painted hare on trolley
All the fun of the Hare on his way to Winchcombe
Lee Crew  is a succesful artist and printmaker, with a sideline in picture framing.
In the garden of Barnbury ,Interior Design, Winchcombe.
We were asked to paint in certain paints so that they would'nt react to the varnish that would be done somewhere else, so this made a change from my usual oil based paints. Both hares have spent the summer in and outside and look as good as new.
Fairground painted wings on back of hare
Detail of back of Hare-www,
 Barnbury Interiors, kindly had a preview night with both Hares, sponsors and guests. Our hares hopped around Winchcombe, appearing in Abbey Kitchens, The Tourist Information Centre, Winchcombe Flowers, Emporium, Food Fanatics, Barnbury and finally Budgens 
Hare sat amongst flowers in florists in Winchcombe.
Inside Winchcombe Flowers
Thank you to everyone linked with 'All the fun of the Hare'.
Lettering in ribbon on back of hare.

My Hare is having his / her last stint stood outside Budgens in Winchcombe before he will be tidied up and taken back to the Hall of Fame, Cheltenham Race Course for the grand Auction on the 6th October. The auction has started online before being finished at the main event.
side view of painted hare

Update- My Hare sold to the lovely auctioneer- Paul Martin- of Flog It fame!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Katie B's Blog - Fairground Horse Restoration,Today.

Katie B's Blog - Fairground Horse Restoration,Today.: I love painting and restoring fairground rides,stalls and showfronts. I thought it would be interesting to put a selection of photographs ...

Fairground Horse Restoration,Today.

I love painting and restoring fairground rides,stalls and showfronts. I thought it would be interesting to put a selection of photographs showing the various styles of restoration happening today. As you can probably tell, I do favour the old traditional look, but it's interesting to see a wide variety of styles.
Horses decorated by John Pockett and KBMorgan
Above- These are the first horses that I decorated working with John Pockett. The photograph makes them look pale but they were much creamier.

Below, original old paint in pretty good condition at Dingles..
Below- A modern new minimalist look.
30 horses painted white, inspired by a Louis Vuitton pastel painted carousel.

Bressingham Gallopers - Photo by Alastair Baker
Above -Flora Bloom , Bressingham Gardens, raised money to get a team of people together to undertake the restoration of their Gallopers.

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Above- Students at Great Yarmouth College, showing before and after restoration of horses.
Above- Painted by Jimmy Williams in the 1970's
Above-Workers at Beamish hoping to paint the horses in a style from the 1900,s.
Carters Steam Gallopers
Below are two horses one adult and one juvenile, restored by myself. I love putting a good bit of decoration on the inside of the horses too.

My own galloper restoration, with lots of gold

Galloper restoration. Juvenile
Restoration of fairground horse

Friday, 8 September 2017

James Norrie,One of Edinburgh's finest decorative painters.

Towards the end of my holiday with my family in Edinburgh, I discovered the decorative painting work of James Norrie. There is part of a panelled room in The Museum of Scotland taken from a house in Riddles Court, not far from the Castle. Once I arrived home, I tried to find out more information about him and write a blog.

In the eighteenth Century James Norrie, and two of his sons, James and Robert, dominated the decorative painting scene in Scotland, employing both plain and decorative artists.
 They were known for painting panels with colour and monochrome ( grisaille) classical landscapes, some real and others imagined, but often without people. They were influenced by the work of Claude Lorain (1604-1682) , Pannini  (1691- 1765) and Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675). 
Landscape with Hagar and the Angel
When Claude Lorain painted Hagar and the angel , he had to include figures because fashion and the establishment did not recognise landscape painting as good art. Lorain said ''I paint the landscape, the figures are gratis''. For a long time paintings could have beautiful landscapes ,but to be high in the hierarchy of genres, they needed to include people and have a story from Classical mythology or the Bible. When Constable (1776-1837) saw this painting in 1790, it influenced him to paint full natural landscapes. I'm sure that James Norrie would have heard of the beautiful painted rooms in Italy and must have been in great demand. Panelled, wood grained and gilded rooms with lots of arcadian landscapes would have been extremely fashionable.

James Norie came from Morayshire, north eastern Scotland and trained in Edinburgh with Thomas Warrender.(1662-1715) In 1729 James and his son James became founder members of The Edinburgh Academy of St Luke, the first art academy in city.

"At Edinburgh, the eighteenth day of October, A. Dom. MDCCXXIX.

"We, Subscribers, Painters, and Lovers of Painting, Fellowes of the Edinburgh School of St Luke, for the encouragement of these excelent arts of Painting, Scuijiture, Architecture, &ct., and Improvement of the Students Have agreed to erect a publict Academy, whereinto every one that inclines, on aplication to our Director and Council, shal be admited on paying a smal sum for defraying Charges of Figure and Lights, &ct. For further encouragement, some of our Members who have a Fine Colection of Models in Plaister from the best Antique Statues, are to lend the use of them to the Academy.

The 3rd Duke of Argyll employed James Norrie to paint at his Scottish estates, the Whim, Brunstone House and Inveraray. His best work is thought to be the Italian room in Prestonfield House in Edinburgh.
The room I saw in the Museum,had been discovered under layers of paint in the 1960's. They had been commissioned by Lord Royston. When the building was rented one of the tenants had actually burnt some of the panels to keep warm!
The family business continued until 1849 when it was taken over by Laurie & Glover. James descendant's worked as painters and also supplied materials and painted oil cloth.

The Norie family link with painting continued until 1849 . The family not only worked as painters but they also supplied materials, painted oil cloth. One customer was Cosmo George, 3rd Duke of Gordon, whom they supplied with watercolours, brushes and paper.

Some apprentices became landscape painters and engravers in their own right. Alexander Runciman  (1736-1785),became known for watercolour landscapes after working for Robert Norrie & Coy in 1750. He was the son of a builder and was apprenticed at the age of fourteen, In 1766 he started to produce historical paintings. His landscapes were well appreciated but made him no money, so in 1766, unlike Constable he followed the fashionable route., producing historical paintings. John H. "Jock" Wilson (1774 in Ayr – 1855 in Folkestone) was apprenticed at thirteen and later became landscape and marine painter. In 1827 he became the president of the Society of British Artists 

This painting by Norie senior shows his 'ideal' landscapes complete with figures and ruins, the Arcadian dream. It is believed to have been designed to fit above a doorway. This type of painting is called 'capriccio' or invention.
James Taylor who had been an apprentice to Robert Norie entered into partnership with Roberts son (d.1766), the second Robert Norie (1766-1821), calling themselves Norie & Taylor , then from 1800 they were known as Taylor & Norie, before being dissolved in 1814. In 1820 the third Robert Norrie (b.1790) had a floor cloth warehouse at West Register St and an oil and colour shop at 141 High St . Norrie's house is 16 Broad Street , I don't know if there is a wall plaque or even if the house and street exists, but it would be good to make more people aware of their impact on the landscape painting history in Scotland.

I'm looking forward to visiting more places next year to view his lovely work.

Where some of Norries work is still intact.
Caroline Park, Granton, Edinburgh (where Lord Royston had his country house), 
Newhailes House, East Lothian 
Hopetoun House - The Bruce bedchamber - florals and leaf decoration.
Chessels Court, Edinburgh - panels possibly by James Norrie
Haddo House - painting by John Norrie
Picture of Edinburgh by John Stark
Essays on David Hume by Roger l. Emerson


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