Sunday, 2 September 2007

Work in Progress

Final touches to an English Springer Spaniel on a lovely sunny day.

Still lots to do.

A commission -work in progress - lots more to be done - but first time view. 44 inch (111 cm) high.

Sunday, 3 June 2007

For G V-B

With The Master Potter and ready for firing.

Now (Sunday) with the kiln.

A full story to follow!

Friday, 18 May 2007

Some family works

Here is an early painting by one daughter of her little brother when she was 15. There are some later paintings of hers to upload in due course.

An early Advent Calendar by the other daughter who produces two or three different ones each year. They are very popular, more to come. They are all grown up now.

Harry R Mileham. There are literally hundreds of drawings, sketches and designs from a life time’s work to choose from.

Here are a couple of his life drawings, (timed drawings) at the Royal Academy Schools, the first verified/authenticated by Yeames of the famous painting "When did you last see your father". (William Frederick Yeames (1835 - 1918) )

Here are two studies for the painting “Wist ye not” which hangs in St Peter Mancroft in Norwich. A copy also hung in the Chapel Royal in Brighton. There are many such studies and one can see from them how his ideas developed to the final version shown below.

Also this charcoal study of a man with a beard. He did several of these exquisite works of which this is the least attractive in subject matter and aesthetic value, but still illustrates remarkable skill in draftsman ship.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Harry R Mileham

Most of his works are known to at least one of "us cousins", so when we see his sketches, designs and life drawings we usually have a good idea what it was all about. I will start with one which is a mystery. One of his best works, The Pardoner’s Prologue, would seem to be a good candidate for this sketch on paper but there is no evidence and some family disagreement about it.

Bridgman have a better picture of The Pardoners Prologue. The detail in this painting is extraordinary. Helen Cooper's article on this work will I hope be available on line when permission is granted.
Bridgman entry is here;

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Gilbert Holiday

Here are a few of Gilbert’s works. (He was my Grandfather’s first cousin and so my first cousin twice removed). He died young in 1936, a very well known Equestrian and First World War artist. He served in the Royal Horse Artillery before and during mechanisation. A delightful and rare drawing of an unknown dog.

He was considered by his peers, “Snaffles” (Charles Johnson Payne) and Lionel Edwards to be the best Equestrian Artist of his era excelling in the expressing of movement.

This is how I would like the world to have seen my Military career. The truth is I was always in the dust, literally and metaphorically.

Olympia 1934

The Household Cavalry receiving new Standards from HM The King. My Regiment, The Life Guards are on the right of the picture as you look at it.

Musical Ride of The Blues, The Royal Horse Guards.

Royal Horse Artillery

I have many more images to up load but here are a few to begin with.
I found this about him.

He was a most sensitive artist and highly thought of by his contemporaries particularly C.J. Payne (Snaffles) and Lionel Edwards. Lionel Edwards said of him “no one can, or ever could, paint a horse in action better than Gilbert could.” His style is an impressionistic one and his broad direct strokes enabled him to capture movement and action with success in any medium. His draughtsmanship was superbly disciplined. He probably excelled more than any other artist in portraying polo successfully and was a master at depicting speed. He worked in oil, charcoal, watercolor and pastel and frequently combined the latter three media.

Saturday, 17 March 2007

Saved 1

Mr Glenn's weekly epistles are sometimes very thought provoking and this week's is one of them.

I am always short of clay to work with and nearly took this little head apart for something else.

His advice persuaded me otherwise so I thought I would save it and cast it as another work study. A little more work to be done though.