Monday, 31 January 2011
them just because someone with wealth has decided to own it just for themselves...or big companies owning them to balance their carbon emissions. We are lucky to have these wild spaces and I'd like us to be able to keep having pleasure from them and help with the care of them.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
I've a busy week ahead of me, finishing clock dials and painting boards with samples of woodgraining and stoneblocking. I'm also finishing the roughs of a set of cartoons for a new exhibition at Sudeley Castle. Years ago Lady Ashcombe and her family owned an orphaned badger. They looked after it at their home in Kensington and at the castle before Brock disappeared back into the wild. The cartoons follow Brocks Story.
Now that I have Broadband I'm enjoying being able to easily upload new blogs etc. Although I don't have huge quantities of readers I am finding it amazing to be able to view statistics. There have been people from Russia, Alaska, Norway, Slovenia as well as GB ,America and New Zealand. If anyone would like to I'd love anyone to contact me. If you don't want your comments to be shown to everyone then that is fine, just say and I won't press the publish button.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
The other evening I found myself watching a programme about Terry Wogan in Ireland. It was one of those easy to watch programmes with lovely scenery..but not madly exciting. It reminded me about a dancing puppet I made of Terry Wogan. It was commissioned by Pebble Mill as a birthday present. At that time I made a good few dolls ...unfortunately I can't find any photographs. They were basically a wooden jointed puppet about twelve inches high with a stick or length of dowling coming at right angles out of their back. You then needed a piece of thin ply about ten inches by two foot. You'd then sit on a stool with the end of the board under your left cheek. The puppet would be held in the right hand with it's feet touching the board...when the music starts you would bang the board with the left hand causing the puppet to dance. Perhaps I'll make some more one day.
My Mums family ,The Phelans originally came from Ireland. Years ago I was asked to paint some 'old' signs for an Irish theme pub. I got on and painted them...see photos of a couple above....while the designer set off to Ireland to buy props. He rang in a panic saying that he had found a good amount all from the same shop, so could I use the name Phelan on the signs....he was quite surprised when I told him that I already had!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
The procession then reformed by us all parading around the tree with lit lanterns. We were all offered hot apple punch...non alcoholic...,there was more dancing with the crowd joining in and more cheers. The event is organised jointly by 'Marking the Year' and Hayles Fruit Farm.
The songs were handed out on printed sheets so that we could all join in. I appreciated the mention on the sheet that I had painted their signs...If the event carries on getting bigger I expect they will need some more signs !
The afternoon was a great communal event and a new revival of a very old traditional festival. Of late the people of Winchcombe seem to be really getting together. Shopkeepers are working on special opening events such as the recent Art and Antiques weekend. Our Country Fair is getting bigger and bigger each year, and more community events such as The Arts and Music Festival in May are being organised. It's good seeing a good local community get even better.
Friday, 14 January 2011
Friday, 7 January 2011
'The King of the Gypsies' Xavier Petulengro is buried at Viney Hill in The Forest of Dean. The church there has always been known as the Gypsies Church.He was a horse trader, violinist, writer, broadcaster and an astrologer. His paternal Grandfather was Jasper Petulengro, immortalised in George Borrows books 'Lavengro' and 'The Romany Rye'. I have to admit I have a few copies of these books but haven't managed to read them yet.The name Petulengro means Blacksmith. In 1935 he wrote a little book called 'The open road to health'. I have some copies of a reprinted version of 'The Road To Health', Reprinted by his son Paul Petulengro. They are £2.50 each . Have a look at them on my website shop page. Please call me on 07787904421 if you would like to buy one or if interested in price of the oil painting.. He died at Littlehampton in Sussex but wanted to be buried at Viney Hill. His best friend lived there and he had visited the area many times.
A lot of gypsies camped in the Forest especially over the winter. A favourite place was the woods behind Crump Meadow Colliery. My Dad remembers three families, the Tingles, Tippins and Tingles. He knows a good bit of Romany from playing with the children.
Another very interesting person who spent time with the travellers in the forest in the early 1930's was Juliette de Bairacli Levy. She was born into a rich Jewish family living in Manchester in 1912. She must have learnt a lot about herbal medicine from the travellers living there because after leaving the forest she set up a herbal distemper clinic in London. She was also known for curing foot and mouth and other animal ailments using herbal medicine. Juliette wrote many books and spent over 60 years travelling with gypsies in many countries..A website in memory of her is http://www.julietteoftheherbs.com/
On a Sad and awful note the government are in the process of trying to sell off a large proportion of our forests including The Forest of Dean !.The thought of private owners putting up fences and keep out notices is just horrible. If you would like to know more then please go to HOOF -Hands off our forest.
http://www.handsoffourforest.org/ and http://www.38degrees.org.uk/ to sign the petition
I've opened a shop on Etsy selling postcards of my paintings of gypsy scenes. http://www.etsy.com/shop/KushtiBok?ref=si_shop
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
|Link to postcards for sale of the above design, Gathering Fuel|
Fred Hill was born in 1869 in Hagnaby, Lincolnshire. In 1894 he set up his own business at 74 High Street, Swinefleet, near Goole. 'His method of painting and decorating his vehicles was so attractive and well known that at one time it was considered that you were very unlucky if you didn't see a Fred Hill cart go by at any crossroads in rural Yorkshire.'
In 1910 Rowland Hill became an apprentice to his father and also became a great decorator. The information about he wagon was taken from 'Romany Relics, The Wagon Album' by John Barker and Peter Ingram. Unfortunately there are no books left to sell at the moment and apparently they are already occasionally seen on eBay for over two hundred pounds . I'm hoping that there will be a reprint. A few people commented on spelling mistakes and the like in the book,which is unfortunate because it was professionally proof read before publication. It is a lovely book with beautiful pictures.