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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Then and Now. Our very own Del Southern




18 comments:

Del. said...

My ailing Mac appears to have recovered, for the time being. Top picture, aged nineteen, serving in Libya during the first Suez crisis. Below, burning the midnight oil last night. If, after seventy years, I still found painting a challenge, writing is a real bitch. Del.

Tags said...

Aaargh! ye olde Greene King, a worthy Suffolk ale, that'll put 'airs on yer chest,goes well wi ye yon beard laddie.

Del, I have been admiring the artwork in your illustrious abode, hope you don't mind old, er sorry... young man.

Your article read great, it appears that it has already drawn the attention of few new and mysterious ornithological bird watching types among others.

Keep up the good work, been doing a spot of burning the midnight oil myself lately.

Ooops, I almost forget, nice photos.

Del said...

Given the present weather, I've let the beard grow. As for my chest, I only have five hairs and three of those are loose. The top picture is a sepia drawing of Charlotte's English grandmother, the one below is by an artist friend, Anthony Haythornthwaite, known as Ant Haybags,and was from a series that he did on rare breeds of sheep, cattle and goats. Del.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the description of the artwork Del, I like the sepia (conte pencil ??) drawing of the lovely Charlotte's very lovely grandmother.

tags said...

that was me.

tags said...

I think I saw some Ant Haybag's paintings at the gallery in Lavenham last year. They had quite a few farm life and farm animal drawings, etchings and paintings displayed.

Del said...

Ant has moved on from animals and is now producing computer pastiches for hotels in Abu Darbi, or the like, and making loads of bread. Del.

tags said...

The computer is actually a great medium, although I miss the old ways of creating artwork, there was something more human about it.
Although it still takes a human to operate the computer, I sometimes think it's not same kind of mind to hand talent. Not sure about what I think though, as some of stuff they do produce look great.

Johnb said...

To add to what I was saying about computers, creatively speaking I must say I find them an extremely versatile tool for creating graphics, logos and design work.
I never quite conquered Adobe Illustrator, only used it for certain clean up of drawings scanned in and other stuff. I always could draw freehand much easier than that computer program allowed.

Johnb said...

Del, You may want to think about getting an electronic drawing pad/tablet and stylus to go with your new Mac. They work great and you can draw freehand directly onto your Mac. I may get one myself when I win the lottery.

Del said...

John, I have to admit that I'm a bit anti computer art. Like you, I think that some of the results are quite amazing but I've always subscribed to Hemingway's answer when he was asked why he always wrote the first draft of his novels in longhand. He replied that it was the difference between a machine made product, and one made by hand. Bit like painting really, when you can feel the painting through the end of a brush, much more tactile. Del.

Lynn Smith said...

Hi Del and Charlotte. I recall chatting to Charlotte at the Byrights tea party about your interest in Jazz and she said that you were more into modern jazz now than trad. Should you both ever fancy a trip down memory lane to your trad days I would love to welcome you to the Colchester Jazz club. Every Sunday evening, wonderful different live band every week, many of the musicians have been on the scene for over fifty years. Good fun, nice people and lots of 'stomping' (or a gently foxtrot if you prefer). Offer open to any of the Essex/Suffolk Cuckooites. Love to meet up again. Take care, Lynn

Del said...

Lyn, thanks for the invite, we'll take you up on that when the evening get a bit lighter as neither of us like driving in the dark any more. As for the dancing, well, that's something of a delicate point with us. It's a long story which we'll tell you when we get together. Del.

george said...

Joan and I might like to accept your offer Lynn,as Del said when the nights get lighter,I dont like driving in the dark either,and we dont mind doing a smoochy fox trot.

jim davis said...

There would be a bit of a problem if you were delivering super on wheels then George. It is nice to see you back

Lynn Smith said...

The more the merrier George. The jazz club is a great fun evening, so just let me know when you fancy an evening out. Mum and I are just off there now, Sunday 15th. My ted and I had a wonderful night of dancing last night to a big band valentines dance. We jived and attempted a few waltzes ( more lessons required me thinks ) But boy was it a great night. I have had so much fun since I started dancing ( well if that's what you call it!!!) Take care Lynn

george said...

Glad you enjoy the dancing Lynn,Joan and I,well we tried to jive,got by if it was a crowded floor,but we can waltz fox trot and quick step(anyway thats what we call them!!),take care,went to Buyrites yesterday.

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