Thursday, 30 December 2010
Here we go a Wassailing,
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wandering,
So fair to be seen.
Love and Joy come to you,
And to your wassel to,
And may God send you a Happy New Year, Happy New Year,
Our Wassel cup is made of Rosemary tree
So is your beer of the next barley.
There will be a Wassail celebration at Hailes Fruit Farm, Winchcombe in early January. I think that The Marking the year website will have the details soon.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
I firstly woodgrained the whole of its body in dark mahogany,then gilded lines and corner decorations. I was asked to paint the panels with two dancing monkeys and a view of The Crimea War. It was surprisingly difficult to find pictures so I eventually combined two famous paintings to make one war scene. I'll be updating my website with more detailed pictures.
Would you believe it I'm still on blooming dial up..I am getting very close to joining the twenty first century though ! oops, My computer is taking impossibly long to upload my photos so I will publish this post and add the pictures later !
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
my scanner isn't big enough to scan the whole picture and I haven't got around to photographing the originals...but I will...soon.
This Saturday is The Vintage Fair at Toddington Village Hall, on the main Road, not in the village itself. It is free entry and there will be lots of interesting stalls along with a Tea and cake shop. Hope it doesn't snow ! See you there !
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Yesterday I spent the afternoon in the local junior school encouraging a class of year 6's to paint in a folk art style. I took in a couple of English Canal cans, a Russian tray, A Swiss bowl and a French tin tray, all covered in flowers decorated using simple brush strokes. Most of the class started handling brushes better and learnt that by using different types of brushes and by using varying pressures they could make different marks and build up patterns. After a brief talk and demonstration I then worked with each child showing them again and making sure that they all stood a chance..some school brushes leave a lot to be desired. It strikes me that Art in schools is not really utilised, it's such a shame because so many lessons can be taught with imagination and paint. I know not everyone likes art but the majority of children enjoy themselves when paint is out even if it's just painting themselves and each other !
Friday, 29 October 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
The idea of framing a picture has been around for centuries. Many wall paintings had decorative borders long before the use of a wooden frame. Originally frames were specially made for the individual painting but as the pictures changed hands the frames were also changed to suit the fashion of the period. Frames were also made to suit the decoration of the particular room, linking period decorative features. Until the mid seventeenth century English frames were mainly of Oak and were painted Black. Later 'leatherwork frames were popular, carved and gilded. Next were French frame designs covered with mouldings and highly polished water gilding . These frames were almost better works of art and craftsmanship than the paintings to be put into them. The Grand Tourists imported new styles of frames from Italy and Rome. Greek classical ornament followed in the late eighteenth century. Later in the eighteenth century many frames were produced decorated with mouldings. The ornament was applied directly to the frames and were much cheaper to produce than hand carved. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood preferred simpler water gilt frames and gilding directly onto oak rather than mass produced frames.
In the twentieth century many artists reused old frames or simply decorated their own. The modernists often rejected the frame altogether. At this time some museums also removed frames from both modern and Old masters thinking that they interfered with the integrity of the picture. Framing has a long history and specially made frames especially for a painting isn't really common but going back to the start of my blog, if I could I would love to specially make and decorate individual frames for each of my paintings.
Friday, 15 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Back to chickens, reminding me of the saying " rare as hens teeth". A newly hatched chick actually has an egg tooth, used for chipping it's way out of the egg. It falls off after a short time and is virtually impossible to find, I've looked ! If you have ever wanted to check the age of eggs try submerging one in a glass of cold water. If it lies horizontally at the bottom it's fresh, If it tilts slightly up it's about a week old. Once it starts to float up the glass it's just about OK for baking, but when its floating at the top it will be rotten...save that one for some of the politicians! The air pocket in the egg gets larger as the egg gets older because the egg shell is porous and the air increases inside the egg.
They kindly said I could have some of the eggs so I'm going to pickle some. Here's a recipe..
Hard boil the eggs and simmer some white wine vinegar with some white peppercorns and some root ginger. ( about one and a half pints to 18 eggs). Peel eggs and place into a jar, strain vinegar and pour over. Leave for a couple of weeks before starting them. I love them but not to every ones taste!
Meanwhile with all these chickens I've been crocheting egg cosies in the evenings....On November 27th Toddington Village Hall is having a Vintage Sale so I'm sorting the attic and shed out to do a stall....padding it out with greetings cards and egg cosies. The last sale was lovely with lots of beautiful stalls and a kitchen selling good cups of tea and homemade cakes...a good way to spend a Saturday.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Again Whilst searching I came acroos the story of a boy from Winchcombe called John Smallwood. He worked in the looms in Newbury and after his boss died he married his Widow. He turned the cottage industry into a huge export market and was know as ' Jack of Newbury. He became one of the richest men in England and was friends with Henry V111 ! Henry V111 courted Anne Boleyn at Sudeley Castle....I wonder if they were friends then ?
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
'The gypsies, Wagon time and after by Denis Harvey'...who I was lucky enough to meet. On special occasions some Gypsy ladies would wear a beaver hat with ostrich feathers. My hat started as a blue and white creation from the local Sue Ryder. I sprayed it with car paint, wrapped a scarf around it and popped in some black and burgundy ostrich feathers ! If we get asked next year I will be much more organised and have even more fun dressing up, but I would like a bit of time as a land army girl or wear a flash 1950's suit.... anything goes.The childhood act of dressing up is as much fun now as it was all those years ago. Parked next to our wagons was a lovely and very tidy Shepherds hut, owned by Paul who restores them . His company has a website worth visiting www.roundhillshepherdhuts.co.uk, Cottage books have their latest Autumn Catalogue out, which features one of my prints on the front. The catalogue is full of rare books, postcards and pictures under the collective title of 'Romani Gypsies and other travellers. There isn't a website but there address is Cottage Books, The Cottage, Rempstone Road, Gelsmoor, Coleorton, Leicestershire, LE678HR...Please mention that you got their address from me. Today I spent the day in Jane's Gallery, The Winds of Change, in Winchcombe. A really sociable gallery with changing exhibitions. I had taken in some dials to restore, but spent more time chatting to visitors.I was going to write more about Goodwood, perhaps I will have a chance to tomorrow.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
The purity of gold is expressed in carat. This is the number of parts of pure gold contained in a metal which is thought of as being composed of 24 parts.Fine gold is 24 parts of gold out of 24 so is known as 24ct. An alloy of 22 parts gold and 2 parts of other metals is known as 22ct. The other metals added to the gold change it's hardness and colour.. I am using 23 1/4ct for my furniture. The gold leaf is supplied in books of either loose or transfer. The transfer leaf is used for oil gilding and for outside work. Loose leaf is mainly used for water gilding....but that's another story...but now I must get back to my gold leaf !
Friday, 20 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
I have a shop selling postcards of gypsy country scenes on Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/KushtiBok?ref=si_shop
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
If you are ever in Winchcombe, do visit The Winds of Change Gallery, it has some beautiful exhibitions and Jane is a very creative person and a huge supporter and encourager of artists .You can visit her website at www.windsofchangegallery.co.uk
Apologies for doing something to the pictures on my website ! I was just updating my other site www.thedecorativepainter.co.uk when somehow I appear to have blanked them all. I'm hoping that maybe it is just my computer but it's too late for me to try and sort it...tomorrow will do.
This week I am gilding some Pawnbroker Balls....yes the jokes have been fast and furious....and funny and yes they are a handful . The sign of the three golden balls originated in the mid eighteenth century. It derives from the Medici family in Florence, Italy. Legend had it that one of the Medici's in the employment of Emperor Charles the Great, fought a giant and slew him with three sacks of rocks. The three balls later became part of their family crest. Apparently the supporters of the rulers of Florence used to shout the Italian equivalent of "ball! balls! balls! " when running into Battle. The Medici Family were very successful bankers and lenders in the fifteenth century. They became so well known that other bankers and lenders adopted their sign so they became the symbol of the whole profession. Another interesting fact is the song Pop goes the Weasel is about the pawnbroking profession. Pop means to pawn and Weasel is the cockney rhyming slang for coat. Well all the best, I'll write again very soon.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
If you are interested in buying this book but cannot get to the Castle, you will be able to order it from me via my email firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs £75 plus postage and is well worth it. Its full of wonderful photographs, many never seen before due to them being in private collections. At the moment there isn't any talk of a reprint so there are limited stocks available.
Well, lets hope for a gorgeous sunny day on Sunday and I hope to see you there, All the Best, Katie
Monday, 10 May 2010
My initial news is the wonderful book 'Romany Relics ' The Wagon Album co written by John Barker and Peter Ingram. It is over an inch thick and is full of beautiful old Black and White photographs of Wagon scenes alog with over Three hundred colour Photographs. The Book leads you through the history and the builders and painters of the main waggon types. It is only available via Romany Relics but I am hoping to have a stock available here in the Cotswolds.
well I will write again and hopefully I will soon master the art of Blogging.
All the Very Best, Katie