New evidence comes to light
One of Humpty Dumpty’s drinking buddies when questioned said ‘ He was a top bloke, always full of fun and laughter. Sure he could put them away, but I never seen him unsteady on his feet. Humpty was scared of heights, so would not have climbed up on any wall. Have you seen the height of that wall in the painting? He could never have hauled himself onto it, even if he had wanted to. Humpty was a big lad. If you ask me it’s a fake.’
This painting shows Humpty Dumpty in younger days, full of life and energy.
This painting, supposedly done some time before Humpty’s terrible accident, shows him as a lecherous drunk eying up the ladies in waiting. Could he have simply fallen off the wall in a drunken stupor ?
What do you think really happened ?
What was Humpty Dumpty really Like?
Why was he on the wall?
Did he Jump or was he pushed?
I have eventually finished my painting of blossom I started weeks ago. This was inspired by watching some kids run around under these trees telling their Mum it was snowing.
Frederick John Skill (1824-1881)
Aliases: J.F. Skill
Professions: Landscape painter; Portrait painter; Illustrator; Engraver; Water colorist
According to Russell Skill who has undertaken some research on this artist….
Frederick John Skill – Artist. Landscape, & Rustic Genre. Illustrator & Engraver. FJS studied under Cotman. He has paintings in the Royal Albert Museum and his painting commands a respectable price and come up for auction from time to time. Members of his family also did well in painting and engraving. FJS had a Son Edward who became a wood cut artist producing art for magazines, he was so talented that news paper/magazine publisher in Sweden recruited him to produce and teach the art there. He died and was buried in Sweden and was awarded a medal for his contributions to industry in that country.
Here are some examples of his work that have come up for auction:
If anyone knows anything about this artist I would love to hear from you.
The second painting I started at the Hallgate Gallery in Hexham on Saturday is now finished.
Finished today one of the tree paintings I started painting at the Hallgate Gallery in Hexham on Saturday.
What do you think?
I visited this show on Friday and I was particularly interested in the Wallace Seymour range of vintage watercolour paints. They had colours I’d never seen before and I can’t wait to try them out !
Check out their range at http://www.wallaceseymour.co.uk
I had a great time today as artist in residence at my friend and fellow artist Ben Haslam’s Gallery in Hexham. I demonstrated some of the methods I use to depict woodland, with a slightly modern twist, using stickers to mask shapes within the folliage. The Hallgate Gallery is a beautiful space showing artists work from the North East of England.
‘More cake?’ Watercolour and gouache on toned laid paper – Jason Skill
Subject – The course is designed to help you see the potential of working with watercolour on a number of papers and surfaces that are non traditional alternatives to traditional watercolour paper.
Length of the course – 10 weeks
Starts 13th September 2017
SORRY – THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
‘Like flames in the fire’ 98x70cm – Watercolour on tub sized satin paper – Jason Skill – private collection
Subject – Painting the sea with watercolour
Length of the course – 12 weeks
Starts 13th September 2017
In this painting I imagined myself as a Viking, landing on the beaches of Northumberland in search of gold and glory. Which is exactly what you get in this picture: A nine year old boy, dressed in Viking garb, looking really uncomfortable at the thought of marauding through the land of the Prince Bishops with a bunch of blood thirsty Odin worshiping thugs.
Pastel on paper
When we were kids my brother had a keen interest in railways. As well as messing about with electric model trains, making a layout with a station, sidings and landscape features, he also read avidly about the history of railways. Consequently days out were spent quite often at tourist railway sites then under construction. Wearing stout Wellingtons we would tramp around, muddy, sooty railway sites begging a ride on the footplate. York Railway Museum was not the clean smart site it is now outside the main sheds and the Tanfield railway was positively filthy. We also were lucky enough to have a Grandma who lived in Barmouth in Wales; this gave us a good excuse to ride on all the nearby narrow gauge railways that wind through the Welsh hills. I loved these days out and could understand my brothers enthusiasm and what drove the people who were helping to restore this part of our heritage with the gift of so much of their free time.
One of the high points of these days out was watching the Flying Scotsman speed past on its way to Scotland full of passengers in period costume waving at the crowds that stood cheering. Little wonder then that I produced this pastel drawing and the accompanying Stevenson’s Rocket for my brother to pin up in the bedroom.
Pastel on paper
It’s no wonder everyone was so impressed with how fast his engine could go, if it came down a hill like that on its show trial !
‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’ was read to me at school by one of my teachers. I loved the story and must have been inspired enough by the tale to draw one of the central characters Willie Wonka. The idea of finding a chocolate bar in the street was good enough, but having your own chocolate factory seemed fabulous. As an adult I now associate the story with the film version and in particular the Oompa-Loompas. If you have seen it and have mentally visualised them, I bet you are singing to yourself that awful song they sing. ‘Oompa-Loompas didily doo’ ect . It will be with you all day. You can hate me now if you like.
Matthew shows off his awesome recreation of a trolley bus, carefully crafted using Meccano in the days before kits, when you had to very carefully bend the steel plates and invent much of the design as you went along with the Meccano pieces you had available. I made a bizarre pig like creature I called a ‘Rhinelopig,’ with plasticine, which is placed on my knee. I know which I think is more impressive
The battle of Hastings was a big deal for me when I was at junior school, because we re-enacted it on the school playing fields. Mr Bradley used to take the boys for craft and had the bright idea of letting loose thirty or forty children with homemade weaponry bent on destruction. For weeks we forged helmets, swords, shields, axes and armour out of cardboard of varying thickness. We then painted them with authentic designs and sealed the handy work with PVA glue in case the day of judgement was inclement. Those that were more cunning in the art of war soaked their equipment in PVA until it became as strong as folded steel. We discussed the tactics of the battle itself and how we would re-enact the events whilst the home team drew lots to see who would be the unfortunate soul to play Harold. I was to be an invader, a Norman. This pleased me for two reasons, a). the kit was better looking and b). we were destined to win…..
Battle eventually came after weeks of waiting. A hill with young woodland growing upon it was chosen, as the best setting, but we were given stern warnings to keep away from the school pond and surrounding marshland, which sat at the lower portion on the hill for obvious reasons. We lined up in battle formations and on Mr Bradley’s signal we charged into action. With blood curdling war cries Harrods army ran down the hill whilst we struggled up the slope to meet them. We crashed together in a scene of utter carnage next to the school pond slap bang in the middle of the marshland. Those that fell were trampled underfoot or were unceremoniously pushed into the pond. Soldiers with PVA strengthened weaponry made short work of any contenders cutting to ribbons weeks of careful work causing fistfights to sporadically break out. All thoughts of enacting the events of the true battle of 1066 had evaporated. This was all out war and the last boy standing would be the victor. Boys turned on their own countrymen when no true enemy could be found until we eventually heard the loud shouting and whistle blowing of Mr Bradley now desperate to stop the slaughter. Limping wet and bruised back to the classroom with our heads bowed in shame at our behaviour, we were secretly delighted as to how the day had turned out. We had little left to take home and show our parents but what did that compare to a day we were unlikely to ever forget.
I doubt that today, with fears of legal action in teachers minds, whether this kind of event could take place in a school. If so, this is a great pity, as it was one of the key events that cemented my love of history and for that Mr Bradley I owe you a debt of gratitude.