Around 1830 the railway arrived in Gosport. It was a special line for the convenience of Her Majesty Queen Victoria who had a house on the Isle of Wight, Osborn House, to which she was inclined to visit on occasion, so a train from London direct to Gosport, for onward travel by ferry, was most… Continue reading The Railway Inn
What better gift for a birthday or anniversary present than a unique drawing of your house. Or how about a gift for yourself just because you can. This is a lovely town house, somewhere north of London and includes a personal memory.
Here is Arthur, the cockapoo. Not my usual architectural article, but I wandered off my beaten track to try some new techniques. He was well received by his mum.
This lovely house was ordered as a Christmas present to celebrate moving to a new home, but because of lockdown restrictions it wasn't received until until the person's birthday. So another happy customer, and I can post it for you all to see.Do you know someone who has moved to a new home?
... long, long ago, well that's how it seems! We are unable to post pictures of our Christmas commissions yet, so how about a bit of history.We first got serious about art and craft in 1994, when we took over a business running ceramic art classes - we called it 'Studio Minerva'. The shop was… Continue reading Once upon a time …
Last year I was asked to draw a family house that held memories for three generations of one family. It was to be a Christmas present, but because the recipient was poorly I was asked to bring it forward as a birthday present instead. A few days ago, the lady who commissioned it contacted me… Continue reading Family Heirloom
There are records dating back to 1650 for this Devon cottage. The modern extension is what used to be 'the stick store', presumably where firewood was stored, now kitchen/diner with bedroom and balcony above. It is also recorded as being the place where 'the pauper in the stick store' resided, according to census records. Apparently,… Continue reading There’s no place like Home
This Grade ll listed gatehouse was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and built in the 1860s by T H Wyatt. It is described as being of asymmetrical composition in a French Renaissance style. This building often appears on the internet in photographs but this may be the first drawing, albeit a tad stylised. A4 pen… Continue reading North Lodge, Brockenhurst Park
Strange time, this Covid lockdown thing. I took a commission just days before it all started, but the buyer didn't need it until July. So, as usual, I got on with the task and it spent over two months sat in my dining room waiting. No other commissions arrived, so I kept the flow going… Continue reading Waiting for a bus
The end of one interesting year and the beginning of another. And I'm ready for your commissions! 2019 was the year our son left home, two sets of rubber stamps were released, we moved to a whole new life in Devon, the new business (see previous posts) was closed, we met new people, joined in… Continue reading To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …