Photographed at 6.31 am on the 21st March 2018. The sun is just rising over the eastern horizon beyond the water meadows that surround the River Corve. It is a wonderful sight as the rays of the Sun bring hope and brightness. It is a real privilege to live in this beautiful English countryside.
Photographed on February 25th 2018 by Anthony J Sargeant these old trees twist and turn out of the ground that banks away from the Shropshire lane close to his home. It is almost Spring but still the wind is cold and the trees starkly bare in the winter sunshine.
See the previous post about Christmas Day Dinner 2017 – Anthony Sargeant had this wonderful home made steak and kidney pudding for Christmas Dinner. Using a cheap cut of beef (skirt is probably best) along with diced ox kidney and mushrooms it just needs a suet mixture and 5 to 6 hours of steaming. Here a quarter portion has been plated up with just a few brussel sprouts and mash of potatoes with celeriac.
JB Clark shown above in a detail from a portrait etching was a collaborator of the Scottish artist and etcher William Strang RA. The powerful portrait etching in in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant.
Born in 1859 Strang became a Royal Academician in 1921 the year he died.
He enrolled at the Slade School of Art in London in 1876, aged seventeen, and studied under the school’s newly-appointed professor, the French Realist Alphonse Legros (1837–1911). Legros had introduced a continental style of teaching which focused on the importance of fine draughtsmanship and drawing from life. Having been a leading member of the etching revival in France, Legros also introduced an etching class. Strang clearly excelled here, and served as Assistant Master in the etching class for two years after graduating. Legros’s teaching, and his ideas, had a profound and lasting influence on the young artist, who described his old master as ‘the greatest teacher that ever lived, because he was the greatest artist who ever taught’.