Yesterday Felicity and I saw the film ‘The Peculiar Case of Benjamin Button’. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it turned out to be really good. How they aged Brad Pitt was superb. As you probably know the story is about a baby being born as a very old man who gets younger throughout his life till he ends up as a baby. The special effects were wonderful and although it was 3 hours long the time passed quickly. Well worth seeing.
Wednesday was the day of my neighbour Bunny’s funeral. Held at the Reading Crematorium it was over half-an-hour late starting – as the vicar had forgotten he was conducting services that day. Bunny was a lovely lady, had lived in Africa at the time of ‘White Mischief’ and had many a tale to tell. Afterwards we all went to the Grandstand at Phyllis Court for tea. It was about 5pm when we walked across the lawn, and there, completely framing the bare trees of winter, was a perfect and complete 180-degree rainbow. Wish I’d had my camera with me.
Jack Babbington’s 80th Birthday party last Saturday evening was lovely. All the men were dressed in dinner jackets. I was seated next to a very glamorous lady called Tiffany. She’s a model, and in fact two of the ads she was in were featured in that morning’s newspaper. Both she and her husband liked the large sepia painting of Jane which was hanging in the lounge, and talked about commissioning me to do one of Tiffany sometime soon. I managed to negotiate the slippery bridge over the river on the way back home. Luckily it was a moonlight night and I stayed upright.
Timmy Mallett’s miniature is finished, but I’m not sure whether to leave the ‘jungly’ background in or to wash it out and paint a more nondescript background.
I’ve just started a new large painting. It depicts (or it will eventually) a river scene of our Henley Olympians as they got ready for a row-past last summer. There’ll be an eight in the water and a pair about to get in. All against a very misty morning. I may paint the Henley Dragons boat somewhere in the mid ground. When I start a detailed painting like this it takes about a week (of 9 hour days) to properly get going. Then I just can’t put it down. And as I normally don’t paint on Sundays I’m really looking forward to getting up early on Monday morning to start work on the painting. It will probably take about 6 weeks to complete.