I’ll never tire of seeing Ramsgate harbour. It has such a timeless quality, especially during lockdown when the roads are quiet. I almost expect to spot Van Gogh or Tissot painting or drawing somewhere. I can certainly understand why both painters loved the town – how couldn’t you with these fine views?!
Today is Friday 13th – but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad day. For some it has been a day for good deeds.
This morning I visited Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet’s new ‘shop’ at St George’s church hall, and marvelled at all the healthy food they are selling at very affordable prices. It’s a wonderful community initiative saving food from landfill and keeping Ramsgate folk healthy.
Next I got wind that one of my favourite local artists was doing an online silent art auction for Children in Need. Being in ownership already of no less than four of Michael Samson’s wonderful paintings, you could argue that I should give others a chance. And I thought the same thing, for about two minutes, until I saw ‘Winter Sunshine in Sandwich’. I’m afraid then all chivalry and reserve went out the window. The gloves were off and the sleeves were rolled – that panting was going to be mine!
Not surprisingly I was outbid. It’s a pretty special picture after all, with hints of Lowry, Monet and Pissarro. I fought back courageously, telling myself I was doing it for the kids as much as for my living room. And then…..victory! The painting was mine!
So, as a slight diversion from my usual photo posts, here is the new addition to my art collection. (Sorry for not sharing it earlier – but I think you’ll understand why I held back until just after the auction had finished…)
Coincidentally, a couple of my photographs are in an art auction today too, as part of fundraising for POW. So maybe karma was on my side.
It was a gorgeous autumnal day today – so warm that it felt like an Indian summer. It’s strange because the weather has been lovely since the start of the second lockdown, following a particularly wet and windy October. It was an unseasonably warm spring this year too, when we had our first lockdown. Some may moan that it’s cruel to have fine weather when we are more confined, but I actually think it is like the planet is trying to lift our spirits and get us through this. It did feel almost like a bank holiday today, as if people were embracing lockdown and the chance to stop the world for a while and take time out again. Especially with the news that the furlough scheme will be extended to the end of March next year. Maybe there was also a sense of hope and palpable relief in the air too, as it became increasingly apparent that the United States would be electing a new President and so will be able, to some extent, to shake off the shame and horror of the past four years.
Maybe this means that political change will be in the air here too. After all, they say that if America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. And Biden is no fan of either Brexit or any friends of Trump. So a change of direction may be necessary for our Populist government, which suddenly isn’t quite so much on trend anymore. It seems the wheels of change could start turning.
I have an exhibition on at York Street Gallery until Wednesday 23 September (exhibition open 10.30 to 12 noon on the final day). It consists of 30 images relating to Ramsgate’s coast – from the beaches to the harbour and the boat building.
The exhibition includes my new ‘palette’ pictures, in which key colours from the image are picked out as swatches accompanying the photograph. These are available framed, with signed mounts, or as simple ‘poster prints’.
There is also an array of my popular mini prints and a wide range of greetings cards for sale in the gallery.
I will be shortly adding the images to the website for online sales. But feel free to get in touch if you would like to buy anything you have seen.