Saturday, 9 June 2012

Jean Bray and her new book ' Pick up a pencil'

Jean Bray is our lovely archivist and Winchcombes Gem. Over the last year she has been busy with two big projects as well as helping with events at The Festival of Music and Art. The one project was the organising and getting all the historical information and pieces together for Sudeleys Exhibition and celebration of Katherine Parr. The other is writing a book about her husband Laurence Fish, sadly no longer with us. The good news is that her book will be out on sale on the 15th June  2012....and there will be a book launch on the 7th July at The Winds of Change Gallery, Winchcombe. A while ago I wrote a blog about him .... http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6637335421933308292#editor/target=post;postID=7038208878581217095
I'm pleased to say that Jeans Book titled 'Pick up a Pencil' is now very close to being on the shelves..and in the clouds of the Internet.
Laurence was born in London and became a very successful commercial artist, producing many famous Railway posters.
Two Spitfires in Flight
Pick up a pencil covers his whole painting life,from the early drawings of detailed explosives for MI5...(they were used to help the army to disarm the bombs. ) through to his own Fine art paintings . Jeans book is also full of stories including one where he took one of the bomb devices home to draw it, kept it under his bed, then found it was live !
I love his illustrative work, aircraft, boats, cars and buses....and his railway posters...all fantastic and extremely fashionable with the Vintage look.


I'm sure that Jeans book will be of interest to everyone because it  covers so many subjects, Commercial vehicles, wartime history, Advertising and fine art.
I love Laurence Fish's illustrative work, aircraft, boats, cars and buses....and his railway posters...all fantastic and extremely fashionable with the Vintage look.

I've been lucky enough to see some of his original artwork and now i can't wait to be able to buy this wonderful book.
In my usual way I'll finish with a bit of link to the subject of picking up a pencil.
In Korea a child's first birthday is a very important day called 'Dol'. Part of the celebrations includes sitting the baby in front of a table covered with items,a pencil, bow and arrow, thread, rice, rice cake, knife and scissors. Whichever item the child picks up predicts it's future.
Pencil-Good scholar
Bow and Arrow - strong as a warrior
Thread-A long life
Rice- rich
Rice cake-unintelligent but never hungry
Scissors- Dextrous
Knife-Good Chef

1 comment:

  1. Looks like an interesting book. (oh, and did you get my recent email Katie)??

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