Artistic inspiration from yester-week.

Benjamin Haughton (Cheshire 1865 – Devon 1924)

Babes in the Wood 1898

Oil on Canvas

Presented in 1937

Another helpful use on background featuring low view of tree bows in a dusk setting indicated by the orange hue of the sky. Despite it’s apparent ‘lost in the wood’ theme, the picture brings about a feeling of serenity.


Follower of Richard Wilson – (Penegoes 1713 – Colomendy 1782)

Italian Landscape with stone pine 1750’s

Oil on canvas

Most distinguishing feature of this landscape is how the sun is not visible but very clearly behind the pine tree.


Herbert Draper

1864 – 1920

Oil on Canvas

Homer’s Odyssey

Odysseus/Ulysses himself tied to the mast of his ship whilst his sailors ears are plugged with wax to resist the sirens calls. Really does well to capture the woe in the faces of the sailors. Odysseus’ expression indicates the sirens calls has rendered him catatonic. Whereas the rest of the sailors are immune to their call. (Don’t understand why Odysseus himself didn’t stop up his own ears with wax.) Body proportions are perfect along with the moisture of them rising from the ocean. The skin is slick and wet, droplets are visible. The nature of the location allows for a minimalist background. A particular favourite of mine.


Gillian Wearing (Birmingham 1963)

Self portrait as my uncle Bryan Gregory

Incredibly hooded eyes and waxy features. The general synthetic appearance of the subject indicates use of prosthetics. Gillian made herself up to look like her uncle, ain’t that some s***.


Edgar Bundy

(Brighton 1862 –

London 1922)

The Night School 1892

Oil on Canvas

Picture depicts good use of learning by candle light, the frustration is evident in the face of the most prominent student. Signified by him being the only one who’s face is directly visible to the viewer. More subtle orange hues to dress up the low light/candle light.


Jacob Kramer (Ukraine 1892 – Leeds 1962)

The Rabbis

Oil on Canvas

Dark colours depicts two cubic/humanoid figures stood side by side, the blocky features are apparent but masked somewhat by the dark setting.


Mathew Hale (1852 – 1924)

The drums of the fore and aft


An untried british regiment sent to the front of a border war during the 2nd Afghan War (1878 – 1890). The regiment fled at their first encounter against bands of tribal muslim fighters. Two drummer boys, Jakin & Lew are stranded. Fuelled by naïve courage and rum, they marched up and down the alley with drum and fife. They shamed their regiment into returning for them. They were victorious against the tribes by the boys perished in the combat. I just think that is an awesome tale.


Seamus Nicolson (London 1971)

Photos are carefully orchestrated, set at night in everyday urban environments. The brightly lit shop windows glow in the dark lending a cinematic edge to the images.

Helpful for a urban background reference.


Peter Howson (London 1958)

Mr Great Heart

Oil on Canvas

Lived in a gym, dropped out of art school. Met a lot of bouncers, boxers and solidiers.

Might make a good friendly giant character.

Or big boss man.


Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934)

Perseus Arming


I found this fascinating. In Greek mythology, Perseus was one of the first heroes and was viewed as a demi-god. His exploits include and are not limited to; Slaying of the  Gorgon Medusa, founding Mycenae, claiming Andromeda.

It’s safe to say he is something of a legend. In any bronze work or statue he is depicted as  broad-shouldered and defined in musculature. However, Alfred Gilbert took a different route. It is noted that in the Leeds Art Gallery, he purposely modeled Perseus to be youthful in appearance by reduction in muscle tone as well as the dainty posture. He is donned with the hades helm of darkness and putting on the winged sandals as well as carrying the adamantine sword. Though he is carrying in a non-aggressive manner, holding blade down and not by the handle either, it seems.

This side of Perseus allows us to view him as more human, maybe not a demi-god. Maybe just a human that had responsibility thrust onto him. He was in the wrong place, in the wrong time, but prevailed because he was bloody lucky. Maybe he just wanted to skip stones and wrestle… or whatever it was Greek youths did to pass the time.

Artistic inspiration from yester-week.

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