Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Following on from my vintage seaside picture yesterday, I've dug out a photograph album I bought recently in Glastonbury.

It contains some absolutely stunning photos of London taken in the 1920s. 
It also has a few charming seaside snaps of classic days out by the sea.

The London pix however are the best, they have an atmospheric, ghostly feel to them.

Have a look at some of the pix here ...

Yes, the album is actually called Snappy Snaps!!

An amazing street scene with St Paul's Cathedral in the background. Taken in Ludgate Hill, just look how empty it is!! Only 1 car and 1 bus, plus a few people.

An unusual view of the Old Bailey, where you can see the Lady Justice statue on top. This photo can only have been taken from the Monument, the only tall building other than St Paul's around at the time. Sadly this area would be devastated during the Blitz.

I love this photo of Big Ben, the car whizzing by in the foreground reminds me of one of my favourite Jacques Henri Lartigue photographs. The one where the racing car is hurtling by and Lartigue has captured the back wheel in a crazy position!  Funnily enough, it was probably taken around the same time as this.

This is easily the most atmospheric and poignant. The Cenotaph in Whitehall.
The Portland stone memorial, designed by Edwin Lutyens was built in 1920, replacing a wooden version of it. It be would become the centre-piece for national Remembrance. Throughout the 20s and 30s it would forever be covered in flowers as people flocked to it. As you can see it this photo, it is indeed surrounded by flowers, with people paying their respects to a lost family member or friend. I love this photo, with the slightly awkward angle and positioning, it has a natural feel to it.

This chap is enjoying a day out at the fair! Not sure what his costume is, but he's definitely up for a bit of bowling! 

And two lovely seaside shots here, above a woman in a very fashionable 20s swimming cossie and below Grandma just happy to sit quietly on the beach, near the pier, letting the bright young things get on with it.

I often use old photographs as part of my artworks and collages, and these pictures lend themselves perfectly to it.

I've already started on one, with the Cenotaph photo. It has a sad and ghostly feel to it, so I thought it would be perfect to have a soldier looking down on the people, with the headstones of a First World War cemetery, known as Silent Cities, in the foreground. With the wording LEST WE FORGET.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Having lived by the sea virtually all my life, either in Southend-on-Sea or on the Isle of Portland, this famous ditty really could be my song!!

First written in the midst of Edwardian England in 1907, it became a music hall classic, and has been famous ever since.

It really conjures up what England is all about, with families coming down to the sea for a day trip or their hols, for a good old jolly up by the seaside!

Last year I bought a couple of fantastic 1920s postcards of splendidly attired grandparents with their grandchild, walking along a promenade. I decided to use one of them with the famous song title included.
I chose the off-beat Victorian font and worn-away style to represent that slightly run-down, faded glamour that you can find on certain seafronts.

Shame I can't pinpoint which seaside town they were in, although in amongst these cards I bought were two from Margate, which had people that really looked like they were from the same family, so it could possibly be the now trendy Kent town. 

I'm hoping to get this printed up and framed, so any takers let me know!! 

Monday, 18 June 2018


Here we go then for another England World Cup campaign.
I've no idea how we'll get on, but let's just enjoy the ride!

There is a quiet, understated air around the squad this time, with the dignified Gareth Southgate doing all the right things.
So you never know, we could have a decent run for once.

And I never miss an opportunity to dig out some retro footie stuff, so he is my original 1970s England top, made by the fantastic kit designers of the era, Admiral. Enjoy! 


Friday, 15 June 2018


I've put together a Dorset decoupage design with a seaside and beach theme, from bits and pieces I had knocking around the ArtPix Studio!

Various print-outs, ideas and old projects were used, plus an original vintage postcard. All bunged on a 50cm x 40cm canvas painted in a vivid blue, perfectly representing a summer sky by the sea.

This is the original postcard, a classic John Hinde card from the 1960s, of Lulworth Cove, from a picture taken by one his photographers Elmar Ludwig. Hinde was a legendary postcard producer throughout the 50s to the 80s, with the use of enhanced colours and people in the foreground a specialty of his cards!

I love this photo of two women dipping their toes in the sea! It was originally from a 1920s photo album that I bought years ago in Greenwich Market. I added the colour to the sea and printed it for another project, but here it is being recycled! I've added the lines 'I do like to be beside the seaside' as well.

These postcards and badges of famous places around Dorset are actually bits of a special Dorset collage I designed a while ago.

As I'll be at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset this Sunday, for one of their Sunday Markets, I'm bringing it along to sell.
So pop down there if you want a unique, one-off seaside souvenir!!!

Thursday, 14 June 2018


A World Cup frenzy has already hit ArtPix Towers, as I've got all my England flags and the wall chart out!!!

And for the first time in decades I've managed to see the first game of the tournament, something I've always missed because of pesky work.
I also sat through the mercifully short opening ceremony, which for some bizarre reason consisted of Robbie Williams running around the pitch singing his old songs, (no, I don't know why either!).

Last year the Russians released a fantastic retro style poster, featuring their old legendary goalkeeper, Lev Yashin. I absolutely loved it. 
I thought it was the official poster, but it seems to have disappeared, which is a massive shame. Instead they have a fairly regular corporate style poster now.

So I'm bringing it back now, to marvel at this superb design!

Enjoy the footie!!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


This Sunday I'll have an outside pitch at The Customs House Sunday Market down in West Bay, Dorset.

So I thought I'd bring along a few of my very popular 'Seaside Specials' designs and photos, as we are now close to the summer season!

I've framed them up in all kinds of different sizes, to suit all tastes, and they would brighten up any room!

They are also available as greetings cards, and some on fridge magnets!!

Here is a little taster of my exclusive specials!

The beach huts in the background are the amazingly colourful ones found at Mersea Island in Essex.

One of my classic beach huts artworks!

These deckchairs are the famous blue and white stripey ones down on Southend seafront!

The iconic lighthouse at Portland Bill, right on the southern tip of the Isle of Portland.

So come on down to West Bay this Sunday and grab yourself a cheery seaside souvenir!

Saturday, 9 June 2018


Tomorrow I'll be at THE GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Somerset.

And on my stall will be items brought along by my partner-in-crime Carya Gish, including these fantastic issues of the iconic French magazine PARIS MATCH, dating from 1962.

With their absolutely stunning cover photos and exquisitely simple design and typography, the covers alone are worth having!

The selection includes some poignant and significant issues featuring Marilyn Monroe. With one magazine printed just after she died, which has a 36 page article on her, including an exclusive interview she did with Life magazine.

These are highly-prized and collectable, so hurry along to the market and see them for yourself!

Kick-off is at 9-30am.