Sunday, 8 July 2012

Going away to Mum's and to spend time with family

I am getting the train to Staines in the morning to go to stay with Mum.
She is almost 90 and had fall last week while gardening she is however on the mend thankfully.
I shall catch up with some friends and see my brother have a flight in a Spitfire,something that has been a lifelong anbition of his.
I love the train journey through the English countryside,train journeys are good for thinking.
 so I shall be away from blogging for a while.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Paintings with a social conscience,

Before we had unlimited media coverage some artists was used  their work to make people aware of the everyday lives of the poor and the workers This is by Giovanni Segantini.Find out more about him by using the link.I have seen this picture in reality ,it is very large and has incredible force.

Here in Cornwall we had a group of artists who  painted  the lives of the local people.
These artists became known as the Newlyn Group and formed a colony in and around the village
Lamorna Cove was a favourite place for a studio or home.
An old Cornish man tending his garden in the sun.
Fisher girls.

Daily life in the village of Newlyn..

 AGroup of Scottish artist also painted pictures of ordinary life.

This portrait by Guthrie shows the character of this elderly man. vividly, all his life is written in his face.
This little girl in a muddy field,out in all weathers working.

Back again in Cornwall .

Walter Langley uses watercolour to capture this elderly lady musing.

The carefree child and the old man with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
These painters and their work brought the life of the poor into view rather like the headlines and articles in today's newspapers or the writing of Dickens and others who wanted to alert the world to the sad and deprived lives of the exploited.
My view is that these are not mawkish or sentimental but at the time as needed as TV documentaries or front line journalism and photography today. I get crit for filling my blogs with pretty or beautiful images by my down to earth friends so perhaps this offering will redress that a little.
If you want something frivolous check out my new blog which is called Sweet Disorder  and is dedicated to my own view of dress!.


Tuesday, 3 July 2012


I was playing with this blog today and managed to wipe off a lot of recent posts,that will teach me to go and have lunch like these folks! If I had I think I would have been more careful.Ah well that the way it goes!