Monthly Archives: April 2014

Musical nepotism

I’m posting  3 links that are totally nepotinistic – musically speaking – not sure if nepotinistic is a word – My son Jamie Nicholson – his band The Northern Marches – http://www.soundcloud.com/thenorthernmarches My nephew Adam Proctor – his band The Peers – … Continue reading

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Chester le Street Willynillie aluminium etch workshop on tuesday 22nd April 1pm – 4pm

I made 3 aluminium plates each 6 inch square, each with texture and tone. I managed to degrease each plate ( removing vaseline I had successfully used as a resist ) and reapply a fresh hard resist layer – 2 coats of a … Continue reading

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Precarious life of the blackbird egg

Sadly when we returned yesterday from Tynemouth Market – I could see that the nest had been disturbed – no hen bird and no eggs ? Probably a raid by a magpie when she was away from the nest – she will … Continue reading

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Coal Mining heritage

My own personal mining heritage like countless thousands of other people in the North East of England is really easy to find. I have a large tinted photograph from early 1900’s of my paternal grandmother, Molly Dryden before marriage and … Continue reading

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Gibside Chapel boot scraper.

I went to the amazing National Trust, NT, Gibside Chapel, Hall and grounds on monday this week and did some drawing – turned a corner and saw the boot scraper at the foot of the steps up to the Chapel. That … Continue reading

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Sharing the back yard trellis with a blackbird

For the past week and a bit we’ve been anxiously tiptoeing around our small back yard trying not to disturb our nesting blackbird – the two dogs thankfully are completely oblivious. She’s surrounded by thick thorny bramble stems and  honeysuckle branches … Continue reading

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Foggy cup and ring marks.

    Today I joined a group of fellow enthusiasts peering through the dense fog on the hilltops at Lordenshaws for iron age burial cists, round houses and boulders covered in cup and ring marks. I found the weather conditions added … Continue reading

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Corvid skull and metamorphosis part one

The more I draw in the dissection room the more I’m struck by how amazing our bodies are – how precious the systems are and equally struck that we are only one small part of the earth’s natural history. All the … Continue reading

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