10/05/2009

Harrogate Exhibition.


We drove over to Harrogate at the weekend to visit Mike Emeny from Books Illustrated, in order to pick up some old artwork and hand over some fresh pieces. Mike was exhibiting at the Harrogate Antiques Fair and was showing work by old and contemporary illustrators.There were pieces of original book illustration by Kate Greenaway, Annie French, Honor Charlotte Appleton as well as newer pieces by Yvonne Gilbert, Peter Malone and Charles Van Sandwyk to name just a few. I had one piece in this show, a painting of fungi, leaves and grasses painted in watercolour and taken from my book “Down the Lane”. You can just about spot it in the corner in the photograph.


One piece that caught my eye was by an artist called Una Woodruff, see the painting of the harp in the photograph, you can see it here in more detail by clicking on the link. Hours, weeks, months of painstaking work have gone into the creation of this modern masterpiece. I gazed in awe at the tiny feathers, butterflies wings, mosses and ivy leaves all painted with a dedication and mastery seldom seen today.


Our time was limited which was a shame as Harrogate is a very beautiful town but we wanted to make sure we had time to call in for a cuddle of this little chap.



On the way home a perfect harvest moon lit up the sky, all in all a beautiful day.



"When the moon hits Your eye
Like a big pizza pie
-that's amore."
Lyric by Jack Brooks (1953)

24 comments:

  1. Yes and wasn't the moon amazing last night. What a lucky baby!!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful day and it's delightful to see the young one coming along so splendidly.

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  3. Bet 'little chap' had the same effect as the moon!

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  4. What beauty I have just seen in your post!

    Your painting is fabulous. I would love to have seen that Harrowgate exhibit. (And agree that it is a lovely place.)

    The baby is so, so sweet.

    The moon is so, so spellbinding.

    Best wishes! xo

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  5. I love your Fungi September; it's just beautiful! And i can see why you like the harp; it's beautiful also. And so is the baby. Looks like you had a lovely trip

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  6. That harp is truly amazing! I have always loved that song about the moon...and your photograph captures the moon so well. What a lovely post!

    Gillian

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  7. Lovely picture of the moon! Your painting is so pretty. And the other works in the exhibit look amazing as well. What a great weekend!

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  8. Una's name rings a bell. Some great work there, including yours of course. I like Harrogate and wish I could still travel that far. And you had extra reasons to go ...

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  9. What a wonderful gallery--and the artist is so inspiring. Her work is exquisite. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Only now catching up with everyone and so delighted to hear your wonderful news about baby George!

    Congratulations!

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  11. I love your September Fungi painting! The moon was so beautiful too. Nothing quite as beautiful as the full harvest moon. What a doll that little guy is. (:

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  12. Harvest moons and cuddling babies - there is a poem there somewhere Valerie. I love that fungi picture. I do agree with you that some of these pictures have hours of work in them - I do so admire that kind of work. Harrogate is a lovely town isn't it - we only live about thirty miles away and visit occasionally.
    Hope you had a really good cuddle of the little chap on the way home.

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  13. What a wonderful trip for you. The Baby looks so happy.

    Willow

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  14. After your very special painting, I have to say I just love Harrogate - so many superb places to shop (Buttons for Duttons etc), and Betty's for lunch or tea; then all the wild country round about. You had the perfect excuse to cut your visit short, and the moon over all ...

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  15. What a lovely post, like a little patchwork of so many beautiful things. A beautiful baby, that amazing moon, wonderful illustrations and your tiny, yet so detailed painting.
    Thank you for your comment on my simple little jug of wild flowers.

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  16. It's been ages since I've visited your blog (typical pre-show panic, I'm afraid). What a delight to stop by see your wonderful work again! Thanks for sharing the photos of the exhibit - stunning, as always. The harp is amazing too.

    And I have to add, your grandson is just precious! So happy to hear he's home and doing well. :)

    The harvest moon was gorgeous here too. It's nice to know that no matter where we are in the world, we all see the same beautiful moon.

    ~ Carolee

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  17. Sounds like a truly wonderful day and the exhibition a delight! I clicked on the Una Woodruff link and was floored by the delicacy of her harp painting, stunning. Your fungi painting is very beautiful too!

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  18. Amazing moonlit night and a most beautiful baby! Hope you're having most lovely week.

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  19. The harp is lovely, but I like the picture with the feather the best.
    Kat

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  20. What amazing artwork. You have such a talent for detail and emotion. I love the feather, fungus, and the little snail. What a wonderful ending to a perfect day, seeing the cutest little work of art of them all.Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

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  21. Ooh, I bet you are loving the cuddles with that sweet little man! He's a doll.

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  22. Such wonderful fungi
    and a splendid grandson too.

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  23. What a beautiful painting! I love the mystery and magic of fungi... and they make a great subject for a painting.

    I followed your link to see the harp illustration more closely and it truly is a beautiful piece of art..... as is the cuddly little one in the photo farther down!

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  24. The harp picture is so detailed, very beautiful.
    Sweet peaceful baby, brings back so many memories of mine when they were that small.

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