Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Tattersalls Index

Tattersalls 01 - 11.10.2009
Tattersalls 02 - 23.11.2009
Tattersalls 03 - 22.11.2010
Newmarket Paintings
This began as a Tattersalls blog, however, NPP have now painted at The July Course and visited The Rowley Mile, so there may be future developments.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Tattersalls 03 - 22.11.2010

Continues from Story so far 22-18.10.2010

Monday 22 November 2010 -Start at Tattersalls through to Saturday, though day off tomorrow, no sales.

Wednesday 24 November 2010 - Dreadful Arsenal result last night, losing 2-0 at Braga, especially after the 2-3 home defeat to Spurs at the weekend. I continued painting 'Live at Tattersalls'...

Thursday 25 November 2010 - Arrived 8.45am at Tattersalls and continued painting...

Friday 26 November 2010 - More of the same...

Saturday 27 November 2010 - I signed my new painting Live At Tattersalls about 1pm, sat down to finish off the tea from my flask and a chap approached about a price, we agreed and price and the painting was sold to Andrew Bedford: A DISPERSAL of Bloomsbury Stud's bloodstock interests will take place at Tattersalls later this year following the decision by Lady Tavistock and her son Andrew Bedford to cease running their Bedfordshire-based stud after 45 years of operation:
Live At Tattersalls:

Move out tomorrow.

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Tattersalls 02-23.11.2009

Continued from Tattersalls 01 - 11.10.2009

Monday 23 November 2009 - I have produced two new artworks for my next Tattersalls gig: Sea The Stars Study 01:


Started painting a study of Hyperion: 1930 - 1960 HYPERION was chestnut, a small horse standing just over 15 hh (15 hands 1/2 inch). Bred and owned by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, his racing colours were black with a white cap, but the second button down from the top of the jacket was white (all other buttons were black). You can see a painting of the horse on

Thursday 27 November 2009 - Made a deal with Glidawn Stud, Ireland for the Tattersalls painting and Henry Cecil portrait. Glidawn is mentioned in this article: GeorgeWashington filly sells for 320,000gns:

Below is 'The Tattersalls Experience' photographed on site and in a photographer's studio:

The completed 'Hyperion Study 01':

Friday 11 December 2010 - Delivered Glidawn Stud's paintings to Olympic Coachbuilders in Didcot:
The horse coaches were very impressive and I wish I might have stayed longer to look around. However, the journey was hampered by fog and traffic and I wanted to quickly head back. I do not intend to do much driving again this year. Especially on the home route, the driving conditions were most unpleasant and I was thankful I am not a daily commuter.

That's Newmarket and horses done with for this year. I intend to paint 'St. Nicholas Abbey' at some point, a horse tipped to win the Derby in 2010, and to be present at Newmarket next year. I want to visit the Newmarket racecourses: the July and Rowley Mile Courses.

Tuesday 29 December 2009 - I’m sat by the fire, food has been cooked and rests in the pan – sausage, garlic, rosemary, onion, cauliflower, peas, chopped tomatoes plus diced boiled swede. I have a bottle of red wine on the go and attending to letters and cards for the New Year. This Xmas has been among the most peaceful and relaxed. We’ve had snow! It’s gone now, but I loved it. Of course, most everyone else thought it was a pain in the backside while I deem snow and log fires as just wonderful. Tattersalls has been a revelation. I partly left Istanbul because I was reading info predicting global economic problems. The reality is not as bleak as predicted yet, though give it time.... now I know if Tattersalls go bust, then the UK and probably the world is truly in economic trouble. I saw 250 horses auctioned a day reaching prices up to £300K and occasionally £500K or more. Apparently a £million per horse is common during ‘normal’ economic times. I guess an average price was £20-£50K, but when you consider each sale lasts a few minutes, it is an incredible turn over.

My Queen painting from Bury is apparently now on display at Thetford Town Council. Vera has written and informed me so. They already have several paintings of mine on loan: Thomas Paine, Nelson, Emma Hamilton, Thetford? Yeah!, Charles Burrell.... they did request a commission quote for their own Queen and Mayor Minns; the first black mayor in Britain. I presume borrowing the painting from St. Nicholas Hospice is cheaper than buying their own original from me. Still, it’s notable that both Bury and Thetford; Suffolk and Norfolk, have communicated and collaborated in lending each other the painting of the Queen. One of my goals was to cross the local county and regional divides and this latest development helps do that.

I sat and watched a green, red on the head, woodpecker explore the front lawn for at least half an hour the other day. It sticks its beak into the grass like a sewing machine needle going up down up down searching for grubs and larvae I guess. Indeed, what a marvel to witness after years in a city.

The latest terrorist story is an ‘underpants’ bomber in Detroit and U.S. President Obama is making stern statements about improving the fight against terror. The father of the ‘terrorist’ is apparently a Nigerian banker with Yemeni connections. It stinks; something is not right and the reporting of the incident is lazy and robotic. I’ve been in BBC radio studios and seen the news person read off the news from a sheet of paper which merely repeats a previous sheet of paper by a previous announcer. Proper investigative journalism is a commodity rarely allowed to surface. I hear the Dutch will now introduce x-ray machines that see through clothes at airports. I have little desire to travel by plane in the immediate future and certainly do not want to join the queues for the naked viewing machines; children, husbands, wives being viewed naked by strangers; isn’t it all a little bizarre? My airport experience certainly became more unpleasant in the last 10 years. Indeed, I am cynical. My windows shook on 9/10 because of a suicide bomber in Istanbul's Taksim Square and then we had 9/11 the next day. It is quite normal in Turkey for the public to question the official version of events, yet in the UK few seem to question the ‘official line’. Robin Cook questioned it. He dies shortly after. My windows also shook when the British Embassy and HSBC HQ in Istanbul were blown up. I used to walk past the HSBC daily when I had an atelier at the Mayadrom Sports Centre and was thankful my routine had changed shortly before the attacks. I later exhibited in the new embassy building as part of the Queen’s official birthday celebrations. The Ambassador’s widow, Victoria Short, still lives in and walks the streets of Istanbul.

Tony Blair is due to answer questions at the Chilcott Iraq Enquiry in the new year. I doubt it will result in any concrete allegations against our former PM; he's too slippery and clever.

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Tattersalls 01-11.10.2009

Continued from Trafalgar to Turkey

Sunday 11 October 2009 - Delivered paintings, easels and necessary equipment to Tattersalls at Newmarket. There is a 5 day sales week Mon-Fri and I will be there to watch, listen, observe, paint if I wish and absorb the atmosphere.

Monday 12 October 2009 - My first experience of the Tattersalls auctions. Incredible; non-stop horse after horse going for £thousands. I just watched for the first few hours. The auctioneers change; the staff change, but the horses just keep coming. I left at 5pm and they were still going.

Tuesday 13 October 2009 - My first horse painting at Tattersalls; my first horse painting in the UK:

Wednesday 14 October 2009 - Tattersalls Sketch 01:

Thursday 15 October 2009 - Today's paintings: Tattersalls Sketch 02

Mr. Newmarket:

Friday 16 October 2009 - produced a 5th painting of the week: Tattersalls Sketch 03:

Monday 26 October 2009 - Been shrugging off the flu/a cold for the last week or so. Swine flu? Nonsense. Vaccination? No way. I required some days in bed, rest and plenty of hot fluids. On Saturday I began to paint a backcloth for a play Citizen Of The World produced by Mike Levy at Thetford Carnegie Rooms.

Continued on the Sunday too...

Monday 26 October 2009 - Let's see if producer Mike Levy likes this...

Tuesday 27 October 2009 - Keith Eldred had already hung the backdrop by the time I arrived. The producer Mike is now poorly, but the director saw, liked and approved.

Saturday 31 October 2009 - Arsenal 3 Tottenham 0, excellent. Went to see the play Citizen Of The World at the Carnegie Rooms, Thetford.

It reminded me yet again what a significant chap Thomas Paine was and is, and how even today he is so controversial he will probably remain an obscure character for the forseeable future as long as church and monarchy remain prominent in our lives.

Thursday 05 November 2009 - I was in bed much of the week a couple of weeks ago. I've been asked if it was 'swine flu'? I did not go to the doctor, simply stayed in bed, took plenty of hot water, lemon, root ginger, honey and the ocassional tipple of whiskey. Rest seemed to work and it seemed like a typical cold-flu. I have heard and read many accounts of the recent 'swine flu' topic and this is one article that came under my nose, example quote: Modern medicine views disease as a mechanistic process, caused either by “germs,” chemical imbalances, or genetics. This leads to the assumption that for every illness, there is a physical cure, either by killing the offending micro-organism, restoring chemical balance through a pill, or cutting out the failed or offending body part by surgery.

Thursday 12 November 2009 - An interesting take on current vaccine issue: Robert F Kennedy Jnr: Shocking Vaccine Cover-Up:

Went to see 4th Kind at the cinema last night. My friends who frequently attend this particular cinema, commented how quiet the audience were at the end. It suggested alien abduction was a serious phenonemon.
Ian Pilmer was interviewed on the BBC Today programme this morning. He was given very little time and I suggest the interviewer was a little disparaging of Pilmer's views: next month's Copenhagen environmental summit will hear a good deal about ways in which the world must and should combat carbon emissions in order to save the planet. Others say that the fundamental premise - that global warming is caused to a significant extent by carbon emissions and that we can do something about it -- is wrong. Professor Ian Plimer from Adelaide University in Australia is among the sceptics:
A further climate change story: World getting cooler, not warmer, insists Bellamy:

Some more links and interesting tit-bits:
A seventy-six year old Indian ascetic who lives in a cave near the Ambaji temple in the state of Gujarat and claiming he has not had food or fluids to drink for the last sixty-five years:

Robert F Kennedy Jr and vaccine cover up:

British bishop Richard Williamson to go on trial in Germany for Holocaust denial:

Sunday 22 November 2009 - Transported my painting station for a return to Tattersalls in Newmarket for a week.
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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Newmarket Paintings

Red Rum Beach Run
Coney Weston 2010 acrylic on canvas 70cm x 100cm

Bouicea's Ride
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 76.2cm x 76.2cm

The July Course in July: View from Stand 1
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 60cm x 60cm

Derek 'Tommo' Thompson
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 100cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: Pre-parade Ring
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: Members Entrance
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: The Cleaner & the Hut
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: The Winning Post
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: Looking down the track
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: View from Stand 4
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: Behind Stand 2
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The July Course in January: Stravinsky's Brasserie
Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

St. Nicholas Abbey
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2010 acrylic on canvas 70cm x 100cm

Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

The Tattersalls Experience
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 152.4cm x 91.5cm

Sea The Stars: Study 01
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

Coney Weston 2009 acrylic on canvas 152.4cm x 91.4cm

Tattersalls Sketch 03
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 45.7cm x 61cm

Mr. Newmarket: Henry
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 45.7cm x 36.5cm

Tattersalls Sketch 02
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

Tattersalls Sketch 01
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 70cm

Newmarket Racing: Study 01
Tattersalls, Newmarket 2009 acrylic on canvas 50cm x 100cm