Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday 22nd June

Well it has been a busy week, two visits to the hospital for various procedures, yesterday we arrived at 8 am and stayed till 6 pm.  But the whole atmosphere is so efficient and hardworking that one sits patiently, people watching. Also admiring dear old ladies who take all the procedures so bravely and cheerful.  Paul continues to mend slowly and we enjoy the journey there and back through the beautiful countryside.

On turning on the news we find that America has brought us to the brink of war that day with Iran, but the brink may only have been 'brinkmanship'. Our future prime minister has had a 'domestic' with his lady love,  intriguing what the ladies out in the shires will think, or do!  Can you imagine Johnson being pushed out of No.10 by an irate female, the cartoonists are going to have a field day.

But to a quieter person who I came across this morning, Doris Hatt, a painter born in Bath.  She was born at the latter end of the 19th century, and later on inherited money from her aunt, allowing her to build a Bauhaus/Art Deco house at Clevedon, Bristol. She lived a fairly long life to the 60s, influenced by all the happenings around her.  Communism floated through her life as did the painters of this period, and her paintings reflect this.
Brandon Hill

The Farm

A favourite, 'Still life with goldfish bowl' (anything but still)  all photos taken from Wiki under the name of  Sunnysideman.  Thanks to Deborah Harvey for introducing her.


  1. I have not come across her Thelma but I love her pictures you show here. Isn't it good to come across and painter - or musician - you have not heard of before and really like their work.
    After watching Gardeners' World last night I scrolled through the Archive on iplayer and watched a film on the last ten years of Picasso's life - fascinating stuff - what a strange man he was and yet how wonderful his pictures. Have a good week end - and hope Paul continues to inprove.

    1. Hi Pat, women artists figure very rarely in the media, she had an interesting life, and is a good artist. I am not too keen on Picasso, modern art sometimes passes me by.
      Yes Paul is slowly improving, he says he feels better but does a lot of sleeping, would like him to eat more.

  2. I especially like that linocut - "The Farm". Linocut prints are far less common than they used to be. They speak of patience, timelessness and the arts and crafts movement. If I weren't such a lazy ass, I might try some more experiments in linocutting. Delightful.

  3. I have two prints done by Colin Blanchard, both of hares with a poem written either around one, or through the print. It is a laborious process you only have to watch one of his videos to understand....


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