Journal

Still Lives

September 24, 2019 15:05

Following an operation last February I was unable to move around much for a couple of months. As a result I set up a series of still lives on my desk at home. A number of them are currently being exhibited at the Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle until November 2019. I enjoyed painting them very much and will make painting still life a regular winter activity from now on.

Self Reflection 2019

January 22, 2019 10:43

 

Oil, 40cm x 30cm

I worked entirely from a mirror and found it a very difficult portrait. It's hard to see myself objectively I realised, both physically and metaphorically.

 

Armistice Day Still Life.

November 11, 2018 14:54

Oil on canvas, 75cm x 60cm.

Remembrance Day poppies, with cornflowers for the French and for-get-me-nots for the Germans, Russians and Newfoundlanders. The postcard in the painting was from my great-grandfather, Joseph Noble, to his eight year old son Harry. Joseph was killed a few weeks later on his way to the Somme. The Japanese were our allies in the 1st World War, represented by the vase. The tankard was presented to my father who was served in the RAF for 35 years from 1946. The antique beer bottle was found in our attic at Hindley Wrae and the Edwardian clock is set at 11 o'clock, the end of the war.