Thursday, 10 December 2020

Travelling Home for Christmas


Most of us will not travelling anywhere this Christmas while the Covid 19 pandemic is still with us. Some sentimental illustrations for you dear readers to remind you of the way we were.

Home for the Holidays, Norman Rockwell



Murder on The Orient Express,Book Cover



Cambridge Market, Janet Cockerill


The Toy Shop by Timoleon Marie Lobrichon

Coach Ride, Anton Pieck


Westminster Bridge,London

Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, London


Evening Sleigh Ride, Beinke Fritz


The Spirit of Christmas, Regent Street, William Heath Robinson

Going to School, Janet Cockerill

Piccadilly Snow

A Good Cause, Janet Cockerill
After a Hard Day, Janet Cockerill

Frozen, Janet Cockerill

Blizzard in New York, Janet Cockerill

Wherever you are and however you are getting there I wish you all  Happy Holidays with your loved ones. This piece of music is an old favourite ,Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.This must be viewed on the web version if you looking at this blog on your phone.


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Destitution and Poverty?After Covid 19

 This morning a commentator suggested that a result of the loss of incomes and closure of work places  will result in destitution and poverty for many people.

In case you have never seen these scourges this is how some artists have drawn them



                                            The Stone Breakers ,Courbet



                                     Beggars At The Door, Rembrandt


                                          Brot, Kathe Kollwitz     


                                         The Absinthe Drinker, Degas


                                  Tenement Children, Joan Eardley





                                        Slum Children Joan Eardley

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Plague,Disease,Death, how artists have reacted.

The world is facing a new plague,Covid19,these are some paintings and illustrations from the past showing how artists reacted in their own time to similar disasters.

Death Seizing a Mother by Kathe Kollwitz,1934


The last great pandemic, Influenza 1918

The Doctor,Luke Fildes, 1891

Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward, Luke Fildes 1891

Diptheria,Richard Cooper Tennant



Monday, 23 December 2019

Snow Scenes,Favourites Ancient and Modern

Painted Winter

We have not had any serious snow in the UK yet, I love it as long as it does not go on for too long.As soon as there is some snowfall I go out with a camera to find suitable views to turn into paintings.Given that I live in a city with many lovely old buildings that is not hard.
Winter snow scenes remind me of memories of Christmas, friends and family returning home ,and the cool, cold silence and peace that a deep fall of snow imparts.
 Many famous artists have painted snow scenes , here are some of my favourites.
Winter Landscape ,Rowland Hilder
Painting by Jack Sorenson

Cover for The New Yorker 1942

 Village Scene Christmas Card by Evynd Earle

Snow Scene ,Pissaro

Hunters in The Snow ,Breughal the Elder

Blizzard by Nina Macquire

Returning Home, Ellison Hoover

City Under Snow by Anton Piek

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Selling my stuff,Ebay or Amazon?

My Cambridge Attic is still full of books

After a week of trying to set up an Amazon Selling account I have got absolutely nowhere.They keep telling me I have to send different documents to prove that I am me,
perhaps I should stick with my ebay account.

At least it has given me more time to select a few books to sell.

When the account is finally set up I shall start with these two.


 This book published in 1985 is full of charming illustrations to well known poems
 about elves and fairies.

A more recent book is 


I bought this book very recently,it is a very full account of modern still life .It was not quite what I wanted and I shall be selling it for a lot less than the £22 I paid for it.


Monday, 11 November 2019

Too Much Stuff

            The time has come, I have to get rid of some of my stuff, it is taking over especially the books so I have spent hours opening an Amazon (UK) selling account and will be selling some of my lovely books under the name 

                                                         Cambridge Attic

    My attic is not quite as bad as this but it will be if I do not start downsizing soon.

Photo by De Mies found on Pinterest

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Witches ,Goblins ,Mischief, Famous Scary Illustrations for Dark Nights

The clocks have changed, the nights are getting darker .Time for witches and other spooky characters to step out .
                                             Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Autumn People by Frank Frazetta (1965)

On a Bat's Back I Do Fly by Helen Jacobs (1880-1970)

Two Witches Inscribed Teheran

The Wind's Tale  (Hans Anderson) by Dulac (1882-1975)


The Witch from Walt Disney's film of Snow White

Rip Van Winkle by Arthur Rackham


Halloween Illustration for War Time 1942

Hansel and Gretel, Arthur Rackham