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Saturday, 18 January 2014

And now for something completely different

"At last!"  I hear you say.  Does this woman do nothing else but talk about dogs!

I'm sorry that it has become rather an obsession of late and I'll try to stop boring you all with it.  I think by now you know what it's all about, so I will try to blog about other things as well from now on.

MY BROTHER THE ARTIST. 

Well, he is not a professional artist, but he has enjoyed painting for as long as I can remember, since his early teens.   One of his first jobs was with Sylvia and Gerry Anderson who made the Thunderbirds series (if any of you are old enough to remember!).  He was very young and inexperienced but he helped to design the sets for the TV series.  He has had a few other jobs since those days, mostly in silk-screen printing, and I can remember him designing football club pennants for one company.

All this is so long ago so I don't recall much of what he did during his working life, but I do know that his love of painting has been with him always.

He has never been particularly confident about his works of art, and reluctant to share them, which I think is a great shame, because I think they are good and I am very proud of him. 

Here are three paintings that he did recently, of scenes in Corfu, where he and his family have been holidaying for many years.

 
 
 
 
 


15 comments:

  1. Dear Ayak: your brother's paintings are lovely, and I'd happily have them hanging on my walls! What a shame he doesn't see them to be as good as they are - I've seen a lot worse being offered for sale at quite high prices, and getting them! He could probably have earned a nice little income with them, if he'd tried (although maybe he wouldn't have enjoyed painting as a hobby if he'd gone 'commercial' - too much pressure!) I have a friend who is a very gifted artist, but who has to keep the family in food, and finance their little retreat house/monastery through her painting commissions, and at the age of 85 she's still having to do it, as well as care for her husband who suffers with Alzheimer's. Fortunately they have another couple (younger) living with them in community who are a great help and do all the practical things like cooking and cleaning, also helping with the folk who come for counselling and retreats! Her paintings are gorgeous, and she uses several different mediums (watercolour, acrylic, oil. pastels, etc.)

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    1. Thankyou Helva. I think my brother's paintings are lovely and I am pretty sure he could have made a good income if he had put them up for sale. I also think he doesn't really like to part with them, which I can understand.

      What a lovely story about your friend, and it's good that she has practical help, which enables her to continue.

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  2. I never tire of the dogs Ayak, but the paintings are lovely.

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  3. He's very good, isn't he? What a talented man!
    Don't ever apologise for writing about your dogs because that IS your passion and people accept you for what you are. Thank Goodness there are people like you about.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Thankyou Maggie. Yes he is talented..I don't think he realises quite how much.

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  4. WOW! Ayak, this is both an incredible change of subject...and scenery! Your brother has a wonderful talent and I think all three are beautiful. I'm particularly drawn to the middle one.
    Thanks for sharing - (I love dogs too, I hasten to say) it was a pleasure to see these pictures on your blog. Axxx

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    1. Thanks Annie. I think they are lovely. I haven't told him I've done this post but I am going to. I hope he doesn't mind, and maybe he might share a few more so I can post them here x

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  5. Trying again (my comments seem to get "swallowed") - I think your brother's pictures are amazing and I would love to see more of them.
    Not that I was bored by your dog posts.
    Vicky

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    1. I'll have to try to persuade him to share some more Vicky.

      Don't you just hate it when your comments disappear? Happens to me all the time x

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  6. These paintings are so beautiful and capture the lovely island of Corfu.
    The second one in particular reminds me of holidays I enjoyed there as the small island is so near to the runway and we often stood and watched the planes coming in to land and taking off.
    Your brother should be proud of his work. I wish I could paint.........
    Love.F.XX

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    1. Thanks Fleur...yes they are lovely. I told him today about this post and he was OK about me posting his paintings, but a little embarrassed! I will post up some more sometime this week.

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  7. Love the painting in the middle, especially. Painting and drawing always seem like so much fun, wish I could do it!

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  8. I'm another who has always wished she could draw and paint. I think your brother's paintings are lovely and would happily hang any of them on my wall. More please. :-)

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    1. I think they're very good Perpetua. More to follow ;-)

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