Tuesday, 20 July 2010

St.Kenelm's Day

St.Kenelm's Miracle Play was a great success. The weather was perfect and a lot of people walked up Sudeley Hill to watch including Lady Ashcombe and some of her Grandchildren. Everyone cheered, hissed and generally made panto noises . All the performers remembered their lines and musi played by The Medieval Musicians gave a lovely ambiance to the play. And so a new local tradition has arrived. I would imagine that many more people will be there next year.. School Holidays this week so I am madly finishing dials so that I can prepare myself ! At the moment there just isn't enough hours in the day, I'm raring to start on some new paintings so fingers crossed I'll get started on them soon. In the meantime The Pawnbrokers Balls are finished, a gilded Frame and Lacquer mirror have been restored and by tomorrow a beautiful arched clock dial with rocking boat and nodding swans neck will be completed...well that's my intention.
I will be producing Christmas cards of the snowy wagon scenes which will be available via my website very soon , and in the Autumn I will be hosting Walk, Talk and Sketch Days in and around Winchcombe.....more soon.
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

St Kenelm's Day

Saturday the 17th of July is St Kenelm's Day. A group of locals in Winchcombe are performing a new miracle play based on theOld legend of St Kenelm. I became involved initially by being asked by 'Marking the Year ' to design a poster for them. The play starts at 3pm at St Kenelm's Well followed by a procession to Sudeley Castle for the second act. The final act is at St Peter's Church Winchcombe. For more information please contact The Winchcombe Tourist Information Office. This will be the first time the Miracle Play will have been performed at St Kenelm's Well and hopefully it will become one of Winchcombes traditions. Out of interest to myself I have written St Kenelm lots of times to see if it makes any difference on a search engine ! I'm still learning....but If you are near Winchcombe then do take a walk up to the Well and join in with the Well Blessing and Play. You can also find more information at http://www.markingtheyear.vpweb.co.uk/

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Time flies

I can hardly believe it, my last blog was almost a month ago. I must try to write each week ! Stow Horse fair went well but I have now got to the age where I hear myself say..'It's not what it used to be '...but it really is quite a different fair to how it was twenty years ago. For me each year there are less of the real characters, the old faces I've known and seen for years, but it is still worth going to. I took Jane from the Winds of Change Gallery in Winchcombe...she was quite surprised ! not quite what she expected...but I won't go into details....if you can try to go .
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.


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