Monthly Archives: November 2013

Discount For Open Days

I have just finished printing about 45 new prints on the excellent Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White paper. These will all be available for your perusal on the Open Days coming Saturday and Sunday. As if the lure of mulled wine and mince pies was not enough to persuade you to come and see my work, I have decided to offer a special 10% discount on all prints. As you may know, trees are one of my favourite subjects and the three below are part of a collection of Bark images.

Hope to see you on Saturday or Sunday. More info here.

Set #4

 


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I Need Funding

Not for myself, although you are, of course, very welcome to come to one of the Open Studio Days on 30 November or 1 December to look at my work and consider making a purchase!

No, I am asking if you know of any organisations or charities that are willing to fund small projects organised by Youth Advocates For Change. They are a small, dedicated community based organisation in Zambia. This morning I received an email from them about the outcome of a small project that I was able to secure some funding for from One World Group Oxted. This project made it possible to “help 40 young fish farmers to acquire skills in fish farming business and they have all received youth fund loans from the government of the republic of Zambia.”  The skills they acquired and the loans from the Zambian government will allow them to set up in business and earn a reasonable livelihood for them and their families. Changing the lives of approximately 200 men, women, and children was achieved with a grant of just £2,000. So you can see it does not take huge amounts of money to make a significant difference to the quality of life of people living and working in Zambia.

 

Kapenta Fishing On Lake Kariba

Kapenta Fishing On Lake Kariba

I am looking for organisations that are willing to support small projects organised by Youth Advocated For Change that will “influence behavioural change toward HIV and AIDS and increase participation and involvement of young men and women in sustainable economic and social development that aimed at improving quality of life and enhance caring and protection among children through education, sensitization and awareness, advocacy and capacity building.” (from their mission statement) Please get in touch if you know of organisations or groups that are interested in partnering with Youth Advocates For Change in order to help young Zambians to improve the quality of their lives.


 

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Art Market At The Boo

BooArtMarket

 

I have a stall at this indoor Art Market, as have many other local artists. Why not come along, have a drink, a chat and support your local artists. I am sure you will be able to find lots of unique presents for your loved ones (or for yourself of course, you know you deserve it!)

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Today I Listened To …

I was in a soulful mood today and started with one of my more recent discoveries. I cannot remember where I heard this first, but this man got a great voice and a lot of soul!

Everything Is Everything

 

The big band that accompanies this man is awesome too. Just listen to the fantastic horn section on this track, I believe To My Soul.

 

Next up was the Lady Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. If there was anything that could turn me religious, and I don’t think there is, but if there was anything it would be this woman’s Gospel music.

aretha_lady_soul

 

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Autumn Colours In Hardcastle Crags

I had some work to do and a stray cat to catch, but on Sunday morning the weather was just too good not to go for a walk. It had to be nearish home and the autumn colours can be spectacular in Hardcastle Crags, so the choice was quickly made. While walking around in the river valley we agreed how lucky we were to live in a part of the country where views, rivers and woods like these are just on our doorstep. Well, it’s partly luck and partly a conscious decision. In the spreadsheet formula that I created to choose the house where we were going to live (the spreadsheet which outcome we ignored, because it was not the house we knew in our hearts that was the one for us), proximity to good walking country was given significant importance, on a par with having a local supermarket.

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags

 

 

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags #2

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags #2

 

 

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags #3

Autumn In Hardcastle Crags #3

 


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Cliffs At Yesnaby

Cliffs At Yesnaby

Cliffs At Yesnaby

 

This is one of the places I am definitely going to re-visit on my Orkney trip next year. The house has been booked and this time were going for a bit longer: four weeks! This will give me the time to be a bit more patient and wait for good light. That’s one of the problems with going to many places for short visits, i.e. a week or less. You see some beautiful places, but sometimes the light is just not right. You can then do one of two things, don’t take a picture, because you know that you will not be entirely happy with the result, or try to do the best with what light you have available. There is usually so much to see that waiting would seem like you could be missing out on visiting another beautiful place. Next year I will have a couple of other options. Wait an hour or so for improving light, or come back another day.

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Today I Listened To …

Frank_Zappa,_Yellow_SharkMany people only know Frank Zappa as the weird, outspoken, goatee wearing, guitar playing, important rock musician of the previous century. He was all of that, but many people do not know that we was also an outstanding composer of ‘classical’ music. The album I listened to today is one of five or six, or seven (?), that fall into this category. He was totally self taught and acknowledged the influence of composers like Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern.

The track I included below is called Dog Breath Variations and is indicative of what he called ‘conceptual continuity.’ It first featured on one of the early Mothers of Invention albums: Uncle Meat and is one of my favourite bits of Zappa (of which there are many, very many…)

 

 


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Autumn Colours

River Spodden

River Spodden

 

The colours are a bit late this year and the storm last week removed a lot of leaves from the trees already. All in all it did not look very promising. On Sunday we had a short walk in Healey Dell, a small nature reserve very near to where we live. After the recent weather there was a lot of water coming down the river. The fallen trees are gradually, over a few years now, disintegrating and becoming less of a distraction in this view of the waterfall in Healey Dell. The bright sunlight made things very contrasty, but it also lit up the leaves that had already fallen on the rockface by the side of the path.

 

 

 

Autumn Rockface #2

Autumn Rockface #2

 

 

Autumn Rockface

Autumn Rockface


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