Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pitmen Painters (Part 2)


At last, after many years of procrastination, I have finally framed the print of my father's painting. Thank you Ali for being the catalyst. Follow the link to hear the BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour report that Felicity Finch did back in 1966. I hope you all enjoy it.

The man himself, my dear and much loved father

14 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed scrolling back and reading your posts. Do you miss the Borders? We live in Gateshead, my mum has a pub on the beautiful Northumbrian coast and we spend as much time as we can up in the Western Highlands of Scotland. I love the North. Where you now live looks beautiful too though. Are you there for ever, or do you plan to come back?

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  2. Will give this a listen later on tonight! Wonderful story!

    Ali x

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  3. Kate, I do miss the borders, and I try and get back when I can. It is never enough. I always thought I'd move back, but now my son is growing up here, it is less likely as the years roll by. I know your Mom's pub very well. I was there in April at a session in the bar one Monday night, and I'll be back there again as soon as I can. Thanks for reading.

    Ali. Thanks to you for encouraging me to do this. I feel as if I have completed the circle.

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  4. Cant seem to get the sound on this PC going to try on lap top later!

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  5. I've just edited the connection. it should play OK now

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  6. Dear Legend, what a beautiful story. I got quite choked listening to your mum and dad's responses to seeing the painting again. Just lovely. I'm so glad you have a copy xx

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  7. Thanks Christina. My Mom now has Dementia and doesn't even know my dad any more, so it is wonderful to have this recording to remind me of how she used to be.

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  8. Its a lovely painting, it is so sad when someone gets dementia .. My grandmother had it and kept mistaking my father for her old husband .. so sad. I am just listening to the recording now, it is a rather emotional time for me at the moment .. anniversary of my dad's death .. I hope it wont make me cry too much.
    I want to say thank you for all you lovely comments .. and support on my blog xx

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  9. Wildernesschic, When my dad goes eventually, I will be a complete blubbering mess. Not a pretty sight. I'm sure you cherish your father's memory.
    Following your blog is a real pleasure.

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  10. Love these family connections and stories...particularly when tied to art. But OMG to your septic tank story - we used to have one at our old farmhouse, when we lived up on the moor, and when it fell foul (ouch, sorry) to old age, the smell was not good. But at least it didn't back up! Just a whiff as one walked over the field. Am sitting here wrinkling my nose at the thought of your story!

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  11. how brilliant.....what a wonderful story and to be on the radio too!! Yes....am tearing up as I type which rather fits my mood today perfectly, so pleased to have read this today....

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  12. I went to see the Pitmen Paintings at the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington a while back. My Grandads were both coal miners and it brought back lots of memories of them too.
    They are also using them to teach young people how art and culture is a form of historical record. They get them to look at the paintings and then describe what kind of people they were and how they might have lived, then they are asked to research further to find out if they were right. I think its a great idea to encourage youngsters to get more out of art.

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