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
This lovely Cotswold cottage was isolated from the rest of the row for a special anniversary present. Specific details were included at the commissioners request. The texture of the honey coloured stone lends itself to the pen and ink technique. If you need a gift for a special occasion coming up, why not a caricature… Continue reading Happy anniversary
Last time I said there was another house awaiting imminent delivery, so here it is. The lovely, half tiled house is located 'somewhere in Hampshire', and incorporates its more recent extension. Have you got a special celebration coming up, or has someone just moved in to a new home? Contact me with details of your… Continue reading Special Birthday Gift
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 …
Since my last post in January, there has been a lot going on - so much that I've forgotten to post!Our son moved out leaving Julie and I free to re-assess our situation. So we did. We moved house, from central southern Hampshire to north Devon. It has been a long process. We had to… Continue reading Catching-up : June 2019
Back in January my second set of stamps was released with a show on Hochanda TV, presented by Lesley from Chocolate Baroque. This set has a maritime, or sea-side, theme influenced by where I live, on the south coast. The images start as a pen and ink line drawing, usually drawn with an old fashioned… Continue reading All at sea
Another date for your diary! Thursday 3 January 2019 - 16:00 GMT (4pm) My second set of quirky rubber stamps will be revealed on the Hochanda TV Craft Channel. Lesley, from Chocolate Baroque (manufacturers of quality rubber stamps!) will introduce the new range, and include some of her super demonstrations. Sorry, there are no sneak… Continue reading New stamp set release!
Watch us at 14:00 GMT, Saturday 22 December on UK TV - Hochanda Craft Channel - (Sky 673, Freeview 85, Freesat 817). Lesley from Chocolate Baroque, the rubber stamp manufacture, will be showing stamps in her 'Chocolate Baroque presents' range. On Saturday they will include stamps from Illusionary Artists (Andy Skinner and France Papillon) and… Continue reading On TV again!