An Impressionist View

Art, Art Gallery, Arts, Buildings, Poetry

 

Manchester Art gallery, Manchester, england

 

I’ve taken some time with this

Mulling over the angles on where to

Photograph this classic building

Rolling around in my head – what media to use

Everyone has their favourites, but I like using vibrant paints

Some say, that all art is

Subjective – you’ll either like it – or you wont

Indeed, the same can be said for the photographic genre

On the whole though – its what you get out of it

New views of an old building – fresh from the artist.

A Choral thing – Part II

Museum, Museums, Music, Volunteering

Friday 17th June 2016

Imperial War Museum North (Red Room)

Another meeting of the Choir today, after our round robin performances at IWM North, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

There must have been something in the air today, in that we were a little reduced in number – but the enthusiasm of the group wasn’t tempered.

We concentrated on two numbers today, All above my head and All around – concentrating on a few changes to the way we sung it at previous performances.

 

Old Painting

Art, Art Gallery, Arts, Poetry

I wrote this for a contest on Allpoetry.com – but over time I reckon it reminds me of some really good artworks at IWM North (Where I Volunteer), The Lowry in Salford, Salford Art Gallery and its Sister Gallery in Manchester.

In the dark recesses
of the vault
she sleeps

Timeless beauty skilfully captured
by the artist
in Oil

Youth frozen on canvas
Preserved for History
in Dust

Beauty forgotten in time
Stored for Eternity
by Prospectors

And her mark left
visible on old
Painted Walls

Engraving Art

Animals, Art, Art Gallery, Arts

Revealing an image one bit at a time….

Although I never studied it at school, I’ve always had an interest in art. Whether it be using pencil, pen, pastel, crayon or ink, there’s something that raises a smile when I’ve produced something worthy of hanging on the wall.

It’s also therapeutic, in that it aids my attention and concentration.  Which is good for me as occasionally my mind wonders like an untrained puppy….

The Artworks here were created from kits – a Preprint is printed on the top of a blackened metallic / coloured border.  As the image is scraped away the picture in the metallic is revealed.

The Kits come in five kinds – Copper, Silver, Gold, Holographic and Rainbow.  My favourite subject ? the Animals are my favourite subject

Ducks

Ducks (in Silver)

 

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Penguins, Diving (in Silver)

 

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Kittens in the Garden (in Silver)

The Time’s my own

Animals, Leisure, Life, Museums, Volunteering

In response to the prompt Nothin’ But A Good Time

20th January 2016

If I had a free day tomorrow and the weather was fine, I’d pack my camera, wallet and a picnic lunch and take myself on a Train Ride.

My National Travel Card gives me access to the Buses either free or at concessionary rate across the UK and my Railcard can take me from John O Groats to Lands End, if that’s where I want to go.

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Oldham Museum and Art Gallery

 

If I go via the Manchester Metrolink System – I could be visiting Bury’s various museums within the hour, The Lancashire Fusiliers Museum is a mere stones throw from the station, or I could get on the Oldham & Rochdale line and visit Rochdale’s Pioneer Museum – Dedicated to the work of the Co-Operative Movement in the town.

A donkey ride on the beach!  Blackpool, Lancashire, England:

Head on the train, if the weather was fine – and I could be promenading down the seafront at either Prestatyn to the west or Blackpool , Southport or Morecambe to the north.  However, as it’s still winter in Northwest England i’ll apply some Blue Sky Thinking and go in a few weeks when (hopefully) the weather has improved.

Thing is – where am I on Thursday Afternoon ?

Iwm Waterside

I’ll be here – on the banks of the Manchester ship canal – at Imperial War Museum North – doing a volunteer shift 🙂

Roll on Weekend….:)

 

Lark Hill Place

History, Museum, Poetry

DSC_0007_1A reaction to a visit to Lark Hill Place, a reconstructed victorian street located in Salford’s museum & art gallery.  Created by Inky for the Inkwell.

On your way to Peel Park,

lies an old cobbled street

from that time before Tarmac

Lay under your feet

.A Modern carriage waits

for its wheels to be fixed

By Bracegirdle’s Blacksmiths

the metals are mixed.

Off Ackers’ is Tomlinson’s

wi’ sweets of the past

and those fruit drops in th’ window

How long would they last?

To the kid chimney sweep on 2’6 a day

those sweeties would take up a part o’ their pay.

Over Ackers the music shop

plays wax discs of the day

and outside the toy shop

the local kids play

And the sound from th’ Blue Lion

rise up with a cheer!

why not its where

flagons are loaded wi ‘beer!

And as you go from the tavern

you pass the states mans home

next to th’ undertakers wi’ its

deathly tome.

The old toy shop

The Blacksmith

Penny Farthing

The Terrace at No 3