Friday, 22 April 2011

Doing the Lambeth Walk(ies)...

This week's  addition to the Walkies series is based on my notion of wartime Britain - the tearful farewells at the train station as the men went off to war, the women standing there forlorn surrounded by steam from the engines. When deciding what sort of dog my wartime woman should be walking there was only one choice really - it had to be a British Bulldog!

I don't know anything about fashion from that era other than what I've seen on TV and online and I don't know much about what life was like back then other than listening to stories my parents told me of when they were evacuated to the country as young children.  I do love watching films based on WWII years as, despite the horrors of war, there seemed to be a real sense of camaraderie and pulling together that to all intents and purposes doesn't seem to exist in 'me, me, me, I want, I'm entitled to...' UK nowadays.  It was all 'make do and mend' and 'keep calm and carry on' - people made the best of the situation and it seemed to bring the best out in people as a result. 

Anyway, before I go getting all nostalgic for yet another era in which I hadn't even been born and in which people really did know the meaning of austerity measures, here's this week's Walkies!

© Pointy Pix

This is also my Paint Party Friday post as although my oil painting and my portrait of Reuben are very almost finished, I figured everyone would be bored seeing them, yet again, in a state of not quite completion, so I'll wait and show them when they're properly finished!!

Pop on over and see what everyone else has been up to this week on Paint Party Friday.
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44 comments:

  1. Love your painting, the unusual composition make it very interesting to look at. I think you've done a fairly good job to capture the WWII mood. Well Done! ;)

    I'm taking an Easter break. HAPPY EASTER and see ya next week. ;D

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  2. Was having a conversation about WW11 today with my family, hum... not a topic that comes up often.
    The composition is great, Love the bulldog, A face only a mother could love, At least thats what I tell my friend who has two! LOL
    Have a wonderful Easter.

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  3. Nic, each week I pop in to read your blog and see your masterpieces and each week I am more and more blown away by what an amazing artist you are ... awesome.

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  4. Love your picture, and your unusual point of view! Valerie

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  5. Oh yes am so loving your painting especially that dog's expression, wonderful. Beautiful choice of colours as well. Happy Easter, Annette x

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  6. I love your illustration style! It just flows so well! Great job. enjoy the weekend. xo

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  7. Too cute! I love this new series!

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  8. Love your panting! Wonderful take on another era and the bulldog was perfect! :-)

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  9. I love how you really captured the sense of that era (tho' it's a quality I can only image as well ;)) your colors and the clothing just really hit it for me and of course, your bulldog is fab- I LOVE his expression!
    BTW, the "me, me, me" stuff isn't only in the UK, it's badly prevalent here in the US too.....
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  10. I think this is the cutest painting!!! wonderful soft tones!!! Happy Good Friday and Happy PPF!!!!

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  11. I think your muted tones really captured the mood well - Your composition is very intriguing... I like the dog's eye view :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Kristin

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  12. Walkies- This is such an awesome idea. I just checked out your series and they are great! I am partial to the English Bulldog, that is my high schools mascot. So growing up people always would bring their Bulldogs to the football games for people to fawn over. My favorite in your walkies series is the 1950's. I always think I was born into the wrong era. Awesome!

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  13. interesting to be inspired from a time past, lovely work.

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  14. I love your Walkies series and I think this one if my favorite. The bulldog (big love) the sweet shoes, the demure suit and the tiny handbag and white gloves...how could one not love this?

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  15. Love this...beautiful painting... My Nan and Dad lived in London during the Blitz and unfortunately most doggies were put down - not enough food... broke my Nan's heart giving up her pooches... But as she said "It was war dear and we didn't have a choice"....Beauty was a gorgeous redsetter and Laddie was a terrier cross that my Nan had rescued... oh dear pass the tissues....

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  16. I think your "Walkie" series is just great. I like the woman walking her dog during that era. I get the feeling that she has stopped to let her dog rest because she looks to be a strong woman. :) Great work. Happy Easter and PPF.

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  17. Oh, I LOVE coming to your blog! Your Walkies are awesome. What a great series. The bulldog is adorable! (I love his pose.) Perfect choice for the theme. The rest of the piece fits perfectly for the time period as well. Excellent work, as always! LOVE that suit!

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  18. wonderful colors and body language in both your characters. Love the landscape as well.

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  19. There is great perspective on this one. I love the series. Even the colors remind me of WW11 Happy PPF!

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  20. So cute. Looks like he's a well behaved doggie. Love the feeling of this piece. It has so much energy, yet it's peaceful. Have a Happy Easter!

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  21. I truly love your artistic style! This painting has such a great perspective, the way her figure is cut off at the top, yet the dog's gaze brings your eye back up, adds intrigue....what does this walking beauty look like? We may never know, but I like the mystery :) And I could never get bored of your scene painting...I was actually hoping to see what you had accomplished!

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  22. I love it. Such expression! I hope to one day bring expression to my painting! Thanks for sharing"!

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  23. Awesome composition. Love her shoes! I´d like to have a pair so comfy looking and elegant at the same time. :D

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  24. Love the painting! You did a great job of capturing the era, and it has a great atmosphere to it.

    Can't wait to see when your other ones are finished. : )

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  25. The walkie turned out great! I like it a lot. And I can only second what you wrote in your post - I'm tired of all this entitlement...

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  26. I enjoy reading your blog as much as I do looking at your paintings! This post speaks volumes! And I love your 'walkies' series :0)

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  27. You have such a gift for Walkies! You can have your own line of greeting cards for dog lovers and become filthy rich and fabulously famous!

    I agree with Sandra, half the fun of visiting you is reading your posts that lead to the paintings. You're creative in every way, my friend...the life of the party! :)

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  28. I love this painting.

    Have you ever read Nella Last's War? It's an amazing book of diary entries kept by a housewife who worked for the WVS. It's so interesting to read how she managed to keep up her home on such small rations.

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  29. I love your Walkies series! What a fun idea and so well done! This painting is wonderful!

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  30. You really capture the era well!!

    Lovely!

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  31. Oh wow.....this is war time farewell and the pooch says it all, no need to see the gal's face! Beautiful depiction and so unique! Luv your work!

    Happy Easter : )

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  32. I just have to smile looking at this. Very well done on every level. Love her outfit, the dress of era's gone by fascinates me and some of it I wish would come back.

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  33. This is adorable. I love the whole idea of the "walkie series" I am going to check them all out. Bulldogs are one of my favorite breeds. And I too remember my parents telling me about the stories. We are all so spoiled now a days. Oh well....
    Love this painting!!! Very cute!

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  34. Love this! You might enjoy a book I just read called A Fierce Radiance. It takes place in the US at the start of WWII and the plot revolves around the discovery of penicillin. There is a romance as well. But its great historical fiction.

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  35. Yep, i often think I was born in the wrong era but I'm more a 60's kind of gal :) Love you walkies watercolour...so well done, love the movement of her skirt and the "dogs eye view"...brilliant!
    Enjoy your easter eggs today :)

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  36. I love T-Straps, especially double straps! This is a fabulous illustration, although I wouldn't have been bored with seeing WIP's again :)
    xo

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  37. Hi Pointy Pix....I love this..it is absolutely fabulous...what a wonderful piece..I love your british bulldog of course..so gorgeous!You are awesome..and i love visiting your realm!
    Wonderful!
    victoria~

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  38. Your illustrations are fabulous! What characters you create...wonderful!!

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  39. I love the looseness and the composition!
    Wonderful and fresh!

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  40. thanks once again for all your lovely comments and for the interesting snippets about WW2 that I didn't know. Thanks also for the books about the era - I love to read and will certainly add these to my list of books to get!

    I love doing the walkies series and there are loads of eras and ideas I want to try out!

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  41. I love your Walkies series and the bull dog is great! Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting there! Happy PPF!

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  42. nice blog.... i am satisfy with information and content. thanks for sharing..

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