A Grand Day out with my chum Alan

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I don’t often post pictures of myself on this sort of thing but this is me and my chum Alan on a great day out in Ross on Wye. I’ve been retouched, but the less said about that the better, and it’s not why I’m laughing. You can see why I’d share it, we make each other laugh almost all the time. We used to share an office together and never a cross word was spoken in ten years or so, or since!

Here’s what it looked like from the other way:

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Alan was, and is indeed, one of the most talented graphic designers I know. He’s an artist in every respect and you can see his work here, together with a group of other artists who well deserve recognition: Looks good on the wall.

 

Blue Man Church and Mrs Thatcher.

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This is Painswick Church grounds and it is said to have 99 yew trees. They have tried in the past to plant another but it is said it always dies. Taken the other day, I was taken with the chap in the blue shirt and his bright red jacket, discarded in the bright September sunshine.

There’s something about September sunshine that brings everything into sharp focus. Shadows are longer and deeper and the sun seems to pick out every detail. today has been exceptional, so I took a few pictures to pass it on. The ones that follow are all Cheltenham and stem from a quick stroll after breakfast with chums, and a wish to stay out in the air for a while.

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I used to have an office in these buildings, on the top floor. In the afternoons I got the benefit of all the sunshine. The front is opposite the Town Hall in Cheltenham and I remember when Mrs Thatcher was due to visit the town, the place was like an armed camp.The office was ‘burgled’ and nothing taken, the whisper at the time was that it might have been the Security Services checking us out. We were in direct line of fire to the front of the building. I might have thrown a sharpened pencil at her, or a cheap jibe! Large drain sections were put in the roads around to prevent cars getting close. I just chose not to go to the office that day.

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This is a regency terrace on my walk back. It looks very much like it must have looked when it was built. Superb buildings, especially on a sunny day like today, but I’ve edited out the cars. Shame we can’t do that a little more: edit out the cars.

 

R Tyler, who art near heaven.

I have a bit of a thing about names as evidenced in my series of drawings that you can see here: Apt names

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But in reality there are loads of people with the real thing. Like Mr Tyler who is just that, a tiler.

I also came across this bit of religious vandalism near to Gloucester Cathedral the other day. Saint Opath must be the Patron Saint of Back Pain.

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The image of the grapes were taken locally in my friends garden earlier this month. A sign of a sunny summer that is having a last blast this week after two days of rain.

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As for the house, I came across this place just the other day, quite close to where I live but down a street I’ve not been down. Some of those lovely metal signs. Whever lives there has to be a collector.

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And last but not least, here’s one of my favourite “chippies”, it’s in Gloucester and is a genuine medieval building, where you can buy ye fish and chips and other deep fried delights. Ye Takeaway! Ye Gods! Brilliant.

 

Put that on your sandwich!

I’m a big follower of this blog:

https://www.becomebetty.com/trader-joes-carrot-cake-spread/

I’m slightly addicted to Betty’s take on all the stuff she buys from Trader Joe’s which is a large supermarket chain in California ( and may be elswhere ). Looking at what our American cousins eat might give an insight into how they behave. They certainly are n’t short on creativity. In the case above they obvoiusly dropped a cake in the baking department and shovelled it into jars. No need to worry, I’m sure it was all in a controlled environment, though nuts might have been present. In fact that exactly describes the people who think up these ideas: nuts!

Apropo of nothing, it occurs to me that almost every image I’ve posted on here has had blue skies in the background and gives the impression that we live in a country like California. So to balance it out here’s what it was like yesterday, and it continues into today.

It’s the sort of day where you need to get cake in your sandwich.

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I’d rather be…

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Off I go for a haircut. One of those days where you think things might go well, but the signs are that all is not well. Subdued barber, lady barber that is, she obviously thought she’d rather be doing something else than mowing my head. Very pleasant, but not a lot of “connection”. The usual opener ” Got a lot on today?” I suppose it’s better than the dentist in that their questions and what I call “dental gibbering” can rarely be answered when they have all thier metalwork and suction pumps in the answer box.

Then a thought occured, I’ll pop in to that stationers place after being mowed. It’s a little shop, a bit of an offshoot for a local print firm. They can sell me some more card for my drawings and it will be tremedous. “Misery Guts” at the desk did not look that pleased to see me, and when I asked if he had such a thing as an elastic band to wrap my purchase, threw one at me. I guess he’d rather be behind a glass of beer grumbling about the state of the nation. Not a glimmer of a smile or a good morning from him.

I’d rather have been an art director working for a massive advertising agency in the early Seventies than a cartoonist. I’d rather be on my allotment than here. So I’m off!

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Later that same day…

Meantime another place I’d rather be. This is near Chedworth in the Cotswolds and memories of a brilliant day walking and talking with my friend Robin. The drawing at the top is the first brushwork for my rendition of this to come. More of these will follow.

Robin would always rather be singing, and I’d always rather be drawing than almost anything else.

#Folksinging #Cotswolds #Drawing #Printmaking #Haircuts #Miserablepeople

 

 

Westward Ho! At a cinema near you soon.

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It’s the only place I know in the UK with an exclamation mark in the name. As part of my series of ‘proper drawings’ this is just one of a big series drawings. This is the original and is from this photograph taken some years ago. It would lend itself to one of those Cohen brother films as a poster. I only ever did one poster for cinema and that was when the props ( a house ) were more important to the director than the then leading actor who was Tom Hanks! A very long time ago. The job was fraught with problems, mainly mine as I sought to do justice to a job that I thought I was ill-suited to. I don’t do likenesses and particularly not of women. The other star was Shelley Long, who would not have liked my rendition of her

It would lend itself to one of those Cohen brother films as a poster. I only ever did one poster for cinema and that was when the props ( a house ) were more important to the director than the then leading actor who was Tom Hanks! A very long time ago. The job was fraught with problems, mainly mine as I sought to do justice to a job that I thought I was ill-suited to. I don’t do likenesses and particularly not of women. The other star was Shelley Long, who would not have liked my rendition of her face, if I had attempted it. Skipping to the end of the saga, they did eventually use my drawing but it was one I’m not particularly proud of. I still have the rough visual somewhere, but keep it well hidden. Typography, of sorts, eventually came to my rescue obliterating most of my efforts.

Here’s the original photo taken on the coast at Westward Ho! which inspired the line drawing above. I’ll be adding colour in due course and will repost it then. It’s probably a fine residence by now, but then it was just a rather sad coast house.

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#tomhanks #themoneypit #westwardho #filmposters #coastline #wreckedbuilding #shelleylong