Sunday, 1 March 2020

Humpback Bridge Over the Surrey Canal

Every so often I like to comment on a painting and explain something of the background and history. The painting I have chosen today is 'Humpback Bridge Over the Surry Canal', a sepia ink watercolour, painted in 1955.

The Surrey Canal stretched all the way from the Thames through Peckham and into Camberwell, sadly it has been largely eradicated by development.  My view shows a busy scene with goods coming and going by the canalside. On the left is a conversation between a loophole man and a drayman. My grandfather worked in the 1940's and 50's on wharves similar to this, though this particular scene is part memory and part imagination. In this period horse and carts were more used than vans. The generous amounts of horse dung were collected by keen gardeners in a post war era where very little went to waste. In the background 2 cranes are ready to move cargo from the small craft to and from the wharves.


GiclĂ©e prints are available at £15, A4 size plus postage and £25, A3 size plus postage.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

The Blackheath Art Society

The Blackheath Art Society, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London is always looking for new members. We are a diverse range of artists working across a range of disciplines; digital art, jewellery, textiles, ceramics alongside contemporary and traditional fine art painters. We hold annual exhibitions, visits and sketching trips. Joining the Society is a great way to become active in promoting your work alongside that of a community of artists in a variety of venues. Membership is very competitive at £14 pa for full membership and £10 pa for students, unwaged and seniors. Please visit our website to find out more about our members and what we do and how to join.

Some of our members amazing work;

Jonathan Cowell

Althea Battams

Ann Hillary

Bet Mishra

Caroline Mayo

Cristiana Angeini

Deirdre Ellis

 Irene Butcher

Kathy Drake

Margaret Dinkledein

Monica Larkin

Sally Robson

Sarah Hyde

Sue Taylor

Trevor Root

Alice Gur-Arie

Andrew Howard

Angele Joneliene

Pene Cairns

Terry Vaughan