‘The White Lady’ will be performed at Crook Hall on the 22nd and 23rd of October. My painting for the poster is to be hung in the hall. I recently coloured a frame to match the artwork. Looking forward to seeing it there.
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My friend John Seymour has written a play for the 800th aniversary of Crook Hall, Durham. The play is called ‘The White Lady’ – performances are on the 22nd and 23rd of October 2017 performed at 6:30 in the great hall. I have created some artwork for the poster. The brief was that the play takes us through time to learn more about mystery of The White Lady.
Crook Hall is known for its abundant gardens, hence the playful garden painting.
I have then experimented as to how it light look with text….this is not the final poster
Had a fun day painting at Whitley Bay yesterday.
Six foot waves were great to watch and paint.
Painting bluebell woods in watercolour workshop at Wylam was really well attended. They did great work and fun was had by all.
Seascape painted last night for Knightsbridge Art Club
I am providing a demonstration of my seascape painting methods for Knightsbridge Art Club on Wednesday night, the 6th of September at the Gosforth Residents’ Association building on Christon Road, Gosforth, Newcastle. Doors open at 6:30.
I have been asked to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to attend the event. It costs £3 for guests.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Finished tree painting. Began as a demonstration in one of my classes .
An old demonstration painting from one of my classes I have spent some time tuning.
What do you think?
Experimenting with painting woodland a little more with this watercolour.
What do you think?
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.