The very beautiful but mysterious countryside surrounding the village of Stoke Gabriel in Devon (Southwest England) harbours many secrets and is the backdrop for numerous ghostly tales. This strange building, half church tower – half lighthouse is said to possess magical powers. Anyone who is brave enough to enter and climbs the crumbling ancient wooden steps to the lookout is granted a vision into the past. But what is Dea de Corlay the Edwardian actress doing walking through a field of serenely grazing sheep?
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During my flying training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in the 1960s we all had a name for various aircraft we flew. They were all of course ladies and mine was always affectionately named ‘Sally’. As a late teenager I looked to the future as most young people do with hope and ambition and flying through the clouds over the great English countryside I felt that anything was possible and nothing was ever out of reach if you tried hard enough. In reality simple physics dictates that you can never actually fly ‘over’ a rainbow or even through it as it will always evade you and always be in front of you! However, for me, anything was possible back then and I always believed that Sally and I would one day fly right over that rainbow!
This collage is made using parts from the actual manual aviation computer I was issued with in the Royal Air Force along with colour plates from a 1914 dictionary and an illustration from a 1928 magazine.
‘Sally Flies Over The rainbow’ is now available through my shop at Artfinder.
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Since retiring from full-time professional photography I am now veering in a more artistic direction to satisfy my creative urges and to hopefully make a few sales. This summer I have been concentrating on digital artworks, 3D collaging and small assemblage pieces which are now selling well on Artfinder. I have just completed my latest crazy artwork entitled ‘Three Sixty Degrees’ which is a stand-alone box assemblage measuring 332 mm high x 193 mm wide x 94 mm deep constructed from found (mainly vintage) objects. Using two Victorian mahogany boxes, parts of the electric motor from our family’s 1950’s 8mm cine projector, an antique Bisque dolls head, a French Lotto card, parts of a zoom lens casing, and part of my own pilot’s navigational computer from the 1960s. Turn the armature on the motor and the boys head swivels in his glass ‘observation’ sphere. (see video). (Now sold to a collector in Sydney Australia).
I am very pleased to say that four more of my assemblages, ‘The Meeting of Minds’, ‘The Saint’, ‘Brush Twice a Day’ and ‘The Meditator’ are now enjoying new homes in Kansas City and London. Please see my latest offerings on Artfinder.
Sales of my Limited Edition prints are steadily increasing with most of them going to the United States. I am particularly pleased with a fun piece entitled ‘My Ship of Devon Dreams’, the first of which is now safely with a collector in Tallahassee Florida.
We bought these beautiful ceramic pieces from the Old Bakery Gallery near Chichester a number of years ago. They are by Kent ceramicist Tony Foard with hallmarked silver necklaces by the then famous silversmith (now departed) Michael Bolton. They stand about 460mm tall and look stunning as a pair. However, whereas I love them, Jan has always had reservations so we have decided to part with them. The problem is, where do you advertise such items? So, if anyone is interested in giving these girls a new home do let me know. The pair cost around £600 but they will be available at less than half that price.
I am pleased to say that I have now placed another three new assemblage pieces for sale on Artfinder. ‘The Tiny Time Traveller’ sold recently and is now being enjoyed by a collector in St. Louis Missouri.
A piece of digital art I have been thinking about for a while now. Over the years I have been collecting the circuit boards from various pieces of redundant communications equipment which have been used in my various businesses. The intention was to build a small assemblage or sculpture called ‘Office Block’ or similar. As it has never happened to date I thought I would produce a 2 dimensional artwork using these boards which are from a fax machine, car phone transceiver box, computer, dictaphone, hard drive etc. along with images from postcards from the early part of the 20th Century as well as camera equipment advertisements of that era as they too helped with visual communications in themselves. The work is now available as a Limited Edition print on the highest quality Hahnemuhle German etching paper from my Artfinder Shop.