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SORRY artist laid low
I am unable to deal with sending orders for the next few weeks due to a health incapacity which means that I will not be able to pack, drive or deal with orders as I would like to.
Please contact me if there is something special needed in the coming two months that I may be able to get attended to or if you are able to collect from Ashcott.
Once again my apologies for this inconvenience.
Collectors from Kentucky visit the artist
It's always pleasing to know that around the world somewhere someone is probably looking at one of my pictures on their wall but it is really something when visitors from Kentucky USA go out of their way on the UK trip to come down to Somerset and make a point of meeting the artist at our Somerset Crafts Gallery. So meeting Wayne and Glenda Moudy was a real treat for me and it was a day for them to remember as well as it was their 48 Wedding Anniversary, congratulations you two.
Good to see which of the old ruins and ancient sites of the West Country Wayne and Glenda thought worth visiting here!
More details about the artist's life and interests -visit my blog site
Sorry-MEET THE ARTIST dates interupted
Usually every other Thursday I attend the Somerset Crafts Gallery at Westhay from 10am - 4pm (Gallerey Open 10-5pm) and am happy to meet my customers old and new,if you are in the area do pop in.
Health issues however have messed this up a bit at the moment and all I can say is that I should be there on the 8th of Sept after that it may be some time before I can get down there
At the Avalon Marshes Centre.
Westhay BA6 9TT
New Giclée Prints
Dipping into the archives to create new range of images
As I am unable to create new images, now that my eyesight is just not up to that fine detailed work any more, customers have been on at me to make more of my archives of old work.
Initially with the exception of a few, that had been open editions before , I will be publishing giclée prints of work that was originally used for greeting cards, some of which were sold framed but they would only have been images 6” x 8” or smaller whereas these new prints will be A4 size and/ or larger.
Any prints in this new selection, that have not been previously published as loose prints, will each be individually signed and numbered with a limit of 150 copies.
The prints that had been previously published such as The Little Grey Fergie (below) which was an open edition (not limited) will be signed but not numbered.
The first two such prints are- details in the Giclée Section
To The Tor . Ltd Ed.(above) Glastonbury Tor seen from Cinnamon Lane
The Little Grey Fergie (Below)
A number of these new prints have been added to the giclée selection
Places where selections of framed prints may be seen and purchased
The Somerset Crafts Gallery
in the Avalon Marshes Centre. Westhay BA6 9TT
Open Seven days a week 10am - 5pm Tel 01458 860426
See our new
The Pipers Inn at Ashcott also displays
a large selection of my framed prints
Ashcott. TA7 9QL by the A39/A361 Junction
During their open hours only Tel 01458 210030
NEW- The Artist's own blog site is now up and running follow
The Ramblings of an old Artist
The stories behind the paintings and the life of an old artist trying to make a living for thirty odd years painting old barns,tractors,cows and various rural ruins.
Plus notes about my bonsais and my efforts to succeed with these amazing little trees
You can also scroll down this page for various bits and bobs of information about my work and then if you like, visit Studio Gossip a page of odd bits and bobs about muy work and pictures.
And if you want to know the story of how I managed to survive all these years as an artist despite the slings and arrows of our modern world try my mini CV history. covering from the 1940s till the present day.
Don't forget though you can also visit my blog which is gradually coming together now with a collection of an old artist's ramblings on life,his work his bonsais and the world in general.
In response to requests from customers from the past who purchased gift vouchers when I had my gallery I have decided to reintroduce them.
The vouchers can be used for puchases on this website or at The Somerset Crafts Gallery (Only for Michael Coopers items there)
Details can be found at Gift Vouchers
USING YOUR VOUCHER on this site- take the details of the item that you require and then contact me directly by email with your order. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01458 210796
Original Watercolours and Drawings
I have at last sorted out quite a selection of framed watercolours, A number of which were displayed in my recent exhibition at the Somerset Crafts Gallery.
The paintings have been added to the Originals section.Please bear in mind that I have taken the photographs myself,hence some reflections and some optical distortions of the frames as taking photos of framed pictures with the glass in seems to me almost as hard as painting them, if not harder.
Prints - Open and Limited Editions
For any futher information on any originals please contact the artist.
The Geese are Out!
Follow the mutterings of an old Somerset artist on Facebook
Further details about the artist's background story, how it all started - from past to present
How I started out drawing- doing pictures of WW2 air battle scenes, done at the time, I might add.
I actually had netting over my bed as a child in the war in order to catch the ceiling should it come down .Whilst mother and I faced the war, not far from London, father was in RAF in India, where according to his diaries it seems that he spent most of the time in the cinema.
Just one of my memories in the story of The Artist
The Cider Orchard Collection
Read the story behind my pictures recording a way of life of a well know Glastonbury character, Marcus Govier,in his Somerset Cider Orchard at Lower Edgarley at the foot of Glastonbury Tor - From an article in Farmers Weekly
'A Hard Days Work' Marcus rolling tobacco in his orchard at Glastonbury
'Yarlington Mill' a famous Somerset cider apple
Remarqued* Artist Proof Copies
Having at last sorted out my studio and prints storage space I have discovered that I have a few artist proof copies of two prints still tucked away in the shelves. So they are now listed in the Print Gallery.
Marcus' Barn picture of an old Nuffield in the barn at Marcus Govier's place
* Remarqued,with a small drawing by the artist in the corner of the print, also signed and numbered (Roman Numerals on the proof copies)
The Old Field-Marshall
One of the most famous post war tractors.Less than 12 artist proof copies available
The Ploughing Match - Giclée Print
Following interest in A Straight Furrow I have got in a bit of a furrow myself and followed it up with this latest picture, now listed in the Giclée Prints section.
I saw this scene of a Fordson Major in a ploughing match near Bransgore in the New Forest one day, when I was driving down to pick up my wife Susan who had been staying with a friend there.
The Original of this painting is now for sale £1550.00
My thanks to Derek Olden from The New Forest Vintage Tractor and Engine Club who has now confirmed that the tractor belonged to one of their members and it was at an event organised by them at Bransgore.
The Giclée Prints of The Ploughing Match (above) together with 'Clearing The Haybob' (left) and 'A Straight Furrow' now make quite a selection for the tractor entusiast to chose from and I have also added a smaller size versions of each of these three giclée ones to the catalogue, offering a choice of price and size.
'Clearing the Haybob' depicts Austin Appleby at work on Common Moor, Glastonbury .For some years we lived in the house that Austin's father Jack built at the edge of the town.
There are by the way , even more tractor prints in the main print gallery.
A Standard Fordson seen at Mendip Ploughing Match
As you may see by the logos on the above left, we can now accept PayPal and the associated credit and debit cards, including American Express, that they can take, even though you may not have a PayPal account of your own.
Birdwatching Information see Studio Gossip Page
RETIREMENT ? Well not quite
It is now three years since I retired from the day to day commitment of running the studio gallery that I had done for over twenty seven years however I shall continue to sell on the internet, which in fact is busier than ever, thank you folks. As to painting my eyesight is no longer up to the fine detailed work which I specialized in, so it is unlikely that there will be any new works now.
NEW - Showing on The Somerset Levels
I have though joined the co-operative of artists and crafts people who make up the SOMERSET CRAFTS CENTRE display at the Avalon Marshes Centre at Westhay.
That is just along the road from the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and less than ten minutes from our new home.
So why not have a look at the visiting waders on the lakes and lagoons and then visit the centre for a cup of tea and a cake and then browse among all the lovely things there- kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
Limited Edition Giclée Prints
Top quality prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper usually in editions of no more than 250 copies
These and all the Limited Editions are individually signed and numbered by the artist
See the Giclée Print Selection
Little Grey Fergies,Vintage Tractors, Farming Pictures, Cows, lots of different images to choose from for the Yesterday Farming enthusiast or country lover any of which could make ideal presents for anyone.
In the Print Gallery
These more modestly priced prints are Not limited in the edition size but are of the same quality.Each print purchased is also individually signed by the artist
Open Edition 'The Field-Marshall (Retired)'
Packing and Delivery included in the price for UK addresses
( EXCLUDING Highlands and Islands . Overseas see P & P details)
All designs and artwork on this site are
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