I painted this in 1968 when living in Solihull - oils on Dalerboard.

I 'painted' this in 1989 when living in Sopley - brush and ink on paper

I painted this in 2003 when living in Peace Cottage, Mellon Charles - oils on canvas

I painted this in 1982 when on holiday in Gairloch - pastels on paper
Painted on commission 2011 - oils on canvas
I painted this in 2012 - oils on canvas
Another commission - pastels on paper - 2008
Sunset on Aultbea - the view from Kirkhill House 2010 - pastels on paperboard
I painted this in pastels when living at Lee-on-the-Solent in 1970 - pastels on Dalerboard (see poem)

Ballad for a young fisherman

Caught up by the tide is the Jessie McBride with the rocks on her keelson now grating

And her anxious crew know not what to do and the seas nowhere near to abating,

But she’s built from old oak and there’s nothing too broke and it’s time is the answer, that’s clear

So hold on you men, she’ll float once again, soon be landing more fish on the pier.

There’ll be many a morn with the sky painted dawn and her wake a cream vee on a mirror,

When the seabirds call, there’s a fry up for all and you all have forgotten this terror

Skip’ll be at the wheel, you’ll be sharpening your steel ahead of the catch that’s to come

Yes, he’ll drink up his tea, wink, grin at the sea and sing to her engine’s sweet hum.

The fishing grounds reached, far from where she beached, your gear out and bumping the bottom,

The otter boards wide trawling into the tide and everything into slow motion,

You’ll wonder if God ever made things this good for folk who spend their lives ashore

Have never a chance to see sunlight dance with the ocean, know freedom, risk more.

Then one night in the pub with the loud hubbub and a pocket of notes if you’re lucky

There’s the girl with the eyes opened wide unsurprised when you eye her and ask the disc jockey

To play the old tune all about a blue moon, distant lights in some harbour aglow

Then you’ll take her home and swear not to roam - and one day she will not say no.

Bryan Islip
I painted this in 1974 whilst on holiday in Gairloch - pastels on paperboard

The first of my completed / retained paintings; this is my copy of The Fall of Rome by, I think, Carravagio; painted in 1960 when living in Kings Heath, Birmingham - oils on board

1 comment:

  1. so lovely. I want them all!



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