Monday, 29 August 2016

The misericords in St Mary of Charity Faversham, skulls and some thoughts on graffiti.

I am not sure of the date of these misericords (pronounced miz airy chords, noted as if you mispronounce something it is because you read it and are therefore a booksellers friend, but you may wish to know) I think some probably date from around 1400 and others may be modern. I know the date of the Minster ones, see   

With graffiti I wonder how old it has to be – to be ok, long sermons?

Next some of the skulls of memento mori, a sobering but uncommon reminder on gravestones that one is – a long time dead.

The rest of the pictures of St Mary of Charity Faversham

Back to work tomorrow and I bought some decent books while in Faversham so keep an eye on

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Watercolour painting in Herne Bay and Whitstable a bookseller tries to skive

I had to go to Herne Bay to buy some books for my bookshop in Ramsgate today. Having done this I went to the bandstand for a cuppa.

Here is the watercolour sketch of Herne Bay Bandstand 

Then onto Whitstable, an interesting place to find a parking space on a bank holiday weekend.

I made for Wee Willie Winkles, bought prawn sarni, cuppa, muffin; the idea being to sit at one of their tables, eat lunch and paint Whitstable harbour.

At this point it all went wrong Wee Willie Winkles have closed their customer toilets, they pointed out that there were public ones in the town, however I was fairly inconvenient at this point, so no watercolour.

Next I thought I would go down to the beach and paint the view

I found a suitable place to sit, as you can see it was fortunate I had my blow up cushion.

The big blue splodge occurred when the blow up cushion blew up, it was a particularly loud bang, I would like to extend my apologies to Tyson and Tarkwin’s mother, who was sunbathing beside me.

When you are painting en plein air and things start going wrong, sometimes the best thing to do is quit, so no more skiving and so off to Oxford Street Bookshop

I did by some tram books, something we are a bit short of at the moment 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Lyn Langley & Lesley Scott at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate

The current exhibition is by Lyn Langley & Lesley Scott

Exhibition - 24 Aug - 31 Aug

Exhibitions change weekly on Wednesdays.