Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Double Art

It was very busy day in the world of art yesterday.

the Acid Tower, Crossen Paper Mill, Zwickau, Germany

All morning with the Oil Painting Class (as student) buildings that have a solemn and romantic air about them.

Afternoon saw me back in Beaconsfield library, facilitating another session as Artist in Residence. Everyone turned up early, mostly with their own kit and painters up and at over the Tulips before you could say Cadmium Red!  

Fast and furious 

Loving every minute

A remarkable piece by Ritti

Next stop surely Burlington House.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rummaging in Drawers

Going through draws of drawings a few hours back I came across this, no date or occasion detailed.
It must of been summer last year.  Those times of the year when you can roll up your sleeves and wear sun glasses.

Monday, 12 February 2018

What a relief (road)

What a relief!
New relief road between the A355/Maxwell Road and Wilton Park on land to the east of Beaconsfield*

See map at bottom of this Post.

(Ground where people currently roam, walk and enjoy the countryside)

The shock of the new
The road is proposed to be single carriageway, 10-15m wide, designed to Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) standards for 40mph roads. The development includes a 3m wide shared cycleway/pedestrian path on the western side of the new road and a crossing for pedestrians and cyclists where the new road meets the existing Public Right of Way*

Construction is due to commence in 2018 with an approximate 8-month construction period. The new road is proposed to be open in 2019.


Lots of lights: 
A total of 19 new LED lighting columns are proposed for the new roundabout junction at the northern end of the road, with amendments to the existing lighting columns along the A355 Amersham Road in proximity to the new roundabout. *

Lots of noise:
During the operational phase of the development there would be significant residual effects on landscape and visual receptors, i.e. users of the Public Rights of Way and residual noise effects on properties on Maxwell Road and A40/Burnham Avenue. *

Reasons to be grateful:
This will:
Provide high quality transport improvements required to support and facilitate sustainable housing and employment growth in Beaconsfield as identified in the South Bucks Core Strategy
Manage identified congestion hotspots and maintain or improve the reliability of journey times on the A355; and
Iimprove [sic] connectivity and access between key centres and the strategic road network. *

Italics denotes * from Buckinghamshire County Council Application Number: CC/65/16

The white line is where the 'Relief' road is going 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Unmasked at Pitt Rivers

I saw this wonderful mask portraying Balabhadra in the Pitt Rivers Museum. It is lovely piece and one of over 600 masks in their collection.

Not a great deal can be discovered about Balabhadra. I did find out that in Jainism, an ancient Indian religion Balabhadra is among the noted sixty-three illustrious beings, beings whose life stories are said to be most inspiring.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Oil energy

Just enrolled in a weekly class to spend more time in oil. Early stages . . . inspired by Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire

one . .

two . . .

three. . . here we go!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Paper 53 a new idea for a new year

A field by Wilton Park soon to be swept away by a Beaconsfield By Pass

The tower at Wilton Park Wilton Park on the edge of Beaconsfield Old Town has been occupied by the military since 1940. Now sold off for housing in Beaconsfield - plans for 300 dwellings and attendant traffic. 
I have been experimenting with Paper 53 an App for iPad or iPhone for drawing and such like.

So when out and about, over recent weeks, I have popped the iPad in my pocket and made these sketches.

What do you think?
St Mary's waiting for the rehearsal to start

St Mary's two alto's arrive early 

Old sentry box through the security wires at Wilton Park

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Meeting MERL: Rural Studies in Reading

From dairy to doorstep

Aged rocker

A pair of old carts

The Museum of English Rural Life that likes to abbreviate itself to MERL is a wonderful museum dedicated to chronicling the changing face of farming and the countryside in England.

This is a thoroughly modern museum, thanks to the recent and generous benediction of the National £ollery largesse. Inside you can enjoy remarkable collections of objects, archives, photographs, film and books all about the countryside, country folk, country living and livelihoods.

This place is a real treat and one to be highly recommended. 

They even have a dedicated Archers exhibit with short program excerpts, including the when John Archer took Tony’s vintage Ferguson tractor out to do a repair. He never returned and later that day, he was found him dead, under the overturned Fergie (tractor).

On a brighter note the national collection and records of Ladybird Books are here as part of Reading Universities Special Collections. There are have 700 boxes of original artwork, proofs and documentation from the 1940s to the 1990s, including examples of the work of notable artists such as C.F. Tunnicliffe, Rowland Hilder (one of my grandmother’s favourite artists).

MERL is a great day out in the countryside – enjoy it soon.