Tuesday, 14 May 2019

New painting

Greetings

Every now and again I put a new canvass on the easel and just start painting.

I always paint in acrylic in these instances, as the fast drying time is essential.

Sometimes I will turn the painting different ways as I work. Sometimes I paint things out.

I refer to these pictures as "Letting my subconscious out for a jog" and do not actively engage in what they may, or may not, mean.

This is the most recent painting I have completed.


I have called it "The Golden Tree".

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Composer composition

Greetings

Here is a new cartoon.

I love puns and homophones.





Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

More work to current oil painting

Greetings

I have done a bit more work to my current oil painting. It is currently in the 'living with it and occasionally working on it when I spot something' stage.

It  last looked like this:


It now looks like this:


I'm aware that the changes are small, but that's the way it goes at this stage...

As usual, I will post about it again when I've done some more work to it.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Paradox

Greetings

Here is a new cartoon based on Dr Who.



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

small oil painting project.

Greetings

Some time ago,my friend Lisa was fortunate enough to win a competition at an art shop in London. Her prize was an extremely expensive box of artist quality oil paints.

She had never painted with oils before and asked me for my help.

With my aid she painted this:


She told me that she wanted the little purple dude to be looking at a lightning strike on the horizon.

She left the painting with me to dry and said she would arrange to do more work to it at a later date.

After a while, I arranged for the box of paints and the painting to make their way back to her.

Then, some time later, she contacted me to say that it was now cleat that she wasn't going to do any more to the picture  and that she had decided that she would pass the box of paints on to someone who was more likely to use them. 

She offered me the paints and I happily accepted.

In return I said that I would finish the painting for her, though I stressed that it would be my take on the idea.

She arranged for the painting to get to me.

I have now done some work to it.

It currently looks like this:


It will have to spend some time drying again and I will post about it later( when I've done more to it)

Until next time

Adieu




Wednesday, 10 April 2019

scabbard project

Greetings

When I was at the last Re-enactors' Fayre (TORM) I saw an officer's dress sword for sale and , on closer inspection, realised it was from the reign of William IV (1830-37) and in very good condition.

The hilt was gilded brass with a silver monogram on the shell guard and silver wire on the grip and the blade had good quality floral etched engraving.

It had no scabbard, but when I expressed my interest, the stallholder produced the brass throat and  chape. He said that the scabbard and sword knot had both disintegrated despite his best efforts to save them.

The price was already reduced to a very reasonable one , added to which there was a further 20% off everything on the stall.

I was owed a birthday present from Teddy, so he bought me the sword, as I was sure I could make a new scabbard.



When we went to the other (alternative ) market (TARM) , I found a nice Napoleonic bullion sword knot and bought it.

Now we come to the scabbard making and much experimentation.

First I wanted a rigid scabbard, so I gouged out the sword shape from wood , leaving small raised walls for the edges of the scabbard. This meant that the wood had to be thinner at the two ends to allow for the chape and throat.







Unfortunately the edges of the wooden scabbard proved too tight for the blade, so I remade it with a thin side wall.





This seemed to work, though the middle of the scabbard was much thicker than the chape
 and throat.


And, again unfortunately, when I sewed very thin leather over the top, not only would the leather not fit under the chape or  the throat, but the modest addition pressure of the leather being stitched over the wood was enough to stop the blade passing down the scabbard.



I considered using only one wooden side, but , in the end, opted for a soft scabbard.

Luckily, I had some slightly thicker black leather which enabled me to butt-stitch (if I was very careful), as if I was using the belt-thickness leather I'd use for an arming sword scabbard.

 I had to make a guide hole for each stitch using a sharp glover needle. I then carefully widened the hole with an awl before sewing with a blunt saddler needle

The leather was carefully measured and cut and sewn, edge to edge , along the blade







I then pressed the scabbard for a day to ease it round the blade. After this, it had eased for over half its length, but was still quite tight at the tip end. I pressed it again for several hours at the tip end.



I glued the chape and throat in place and added the sword knot.



The scabbard is still quite tight at the point end and requires adjustment to draw and sheath, but this will get easier over time and I will not need to draw it , or sheath it quickly anyway

Whilst the wooden scabbard did not work in this instance, I had never tried making one before and still feel I have learnt a lot through this attempt.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

New Superhero painting

Greetings

Here is a new superhero painting.

This is painted in acrylic.I have used masking and airbrush to create some of the effects.

I have called this painting 'Redstrike'.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Costume progress 6

Greetings

Due to the thickness of the various layers, it was not possible to sew the sleeves on by machine, even after cutting the seam allowance of the piccadils back.

I have now finished sewing the sleeves on by hand.

I have also sewn on the collar. The wool of the body had stretched whilst I was working. I had the ease the collar on into the right place and steam ease the remaining wrinkles from wool at the back of the neck( using a steam iron and an ironing ham).

I them added a line of braid round the base of the collar.

This only leaves the buttons and button holes and then I can start making the breeches...





Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Costume Progress 5

Greetings

I have now finished adding the ' pullings-out' to the sleeves.

I have lined them and sewn on a button flap at the cuff.



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

New painting

Greetings

Here is a new acrylic painting I have recently completed.

It is called  'Sabres at dawn'



 This is a very small painting (about A5)

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

new costume progress 4

Greetings

I've made very good progress with the new doublet.

I've sewn the tabs round the waist ( except for the front base which still need a bit of ferkling), sewn braid to the picadils and sewn them on, sewn braid on the shoulder seams and sewn in the lining round the neck and down the front.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

New costume progress 3

Greetings

I have now finished adding the 'pullings out' to the front of the doublet.

I have also sewn braid down the front and over the back seams.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

New costume progress 2

Greetings

I am still working on my new costume.

I have added more braid and a velvet cuff to the sleeves and have lined the body with drill to stiffen it.

You will note that I am turning the lining under to finish it  around the front slashes. This will conceal the stitching for the braid.

I have also sewn extra canvass stiffening to the lower front. These are known as 'belly pieces' and were often made of leather in the Seventeenth Century.



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Blond

Greetings

Here is another picture from my sketch book. Enjoy.



Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Progress on new costume 1

Greetings

As part of my new seventeenth century suit, I needed black bucket-top boots.

Whilst I already have some Cromwellian riding boots, they do not have the flared profile of the classic bucket-top.

However, I also have some seventeenth century shoes, so I have made leather boot tops to fit over the shoes, using a pattern for boot-hose,to be secured with the new black butterflies I bought at the last re-enactors' fayre.

I plan to make white, lace-edged boot-hose to sit inside the turn down top.






Until next time

Adieu



Wednesday, 30 January 2019

New Costume

Greetings

I am currently working on a new seventeenth century suit.

I am making it in  good black broadcloth, which is sufficiently felted to let me leave the slashes raw and unlined.

I am decorating the doublet with black velvet and gold/silver braid. All the braid has to sewn on by hand.

I have just finished laying the velvet on the tabs and putting their braid on. I have also just found I managed to put the velvet and braid on the wrong side of two of them and will have to unpick and do it again...

It currently looks like this (with one half of the tabs displayed)



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Abbey Gate


Greetings

I sometimes include buildings, or ruins, in my Landscape of Dreams.

These tend to be castles and abbeys.

Thanks to our good friend Henry VIII, there is practically nothing left of Merton Abbey. He reused most of the stone to build Nonsuch Palace ( which, ironicly, had now totally vanished).

However, when I had the extension built at my house, I had to have the crazy paving ripped up. This was all good York stone and I discovered that one piece was a complete flagstone and that another had part of a carved window reveal. I think there is more than a fair chance that these are little bits of Merton Abbey and have preserved them.

The only other pieces of the Abbey remaining are a two sections of its boundary wall, a few parts of the buildings at Merton Abbey Mill and a Norman arch doorway that was moved and re-erected at St Mary's Church.

This is a watercolour I painted of the arch.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

leatherboy

Geeetings

Here is another new drawing from my sketchbook.

I experimented with the use of Chinagraph to enhance this pencil drawing,which is a study based on one of Peter Berlin's self portrait photographs.

I think the Chinagraph has enhanced the leather quite nicely...




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Woodlore once more

Greetings

Here (because I could...) is Woodlore in various small bits of leather...


First, in chaps, long gloves, harness, collar and pouch


Next,  in harness  collar and pouch...


and, finally, just the collar and pouch..


I have decided I rather like the possibilities provided by using the layers in Photoshop..

I have now added the rest of the  more risque sequences for the pictures of Woodlore and Raven to the Elf pages of the Garden Of Dubious Delights section of my website.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New drawing of young man

Greetings and a Happy New Year.

Here is a  new drawing from my sketchbook.

I call it  'Seated Youth'

Whilst I often work in colour, I like to brush up my skills in monochrome every now and again.

Until next time

Adieu