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I would like to share some of these experiences with you through my Art below.

All paintings (images) displayed on this page can be located on my website with appropriate information, regarding availability for purchase etc. by visiting

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk

 

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My Promo Video (found at the top of the homepage on my website) was created by Tim Partridge and Martina Kabelkova (pictured above) flanking me (the Artist) on the 21 January 2015 at my studio in Royal Leamington Spa,  England, UK

It was a pleasure working with them.

Visit my Homepage at http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk to see my Promo Video

This Blog contains the following contents relating to my Art.

Please select and click on list below

1   LOCAL PARRISH NEWS

2   PARRISH’ WARWICK COLLECTION

3   PARRISH AND CANALS

4   PARRISH INSPIRED IN ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA

5   PARRISH RECOGNISES A TENNIS CHAMPION

6   PARRISH APPRECIATES JAZZ

7   PROGRESSIVE PARRISH

8   PARRISH IN SYMPHONIC MOOD

9   PARRISH AT PEACE

10  A PARRISH PROJECT

11  PARRISH IN VENICE

12  PARRISH, RAMBLER IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD

13  PARRISH APPRECIATES A TV LEGEND (DOCTOR WHO)

14  PARRISH AND STEAM PRESERVATION    (updated 8 January 2016)

15  PARRISH ON THE MOON

 



1   LOCAL PARRISH NEWS

See my Warwick Collection, original monochrome oil paintings of historic Warwick buildings, including Warwick School, on my website at

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/peace-projects-original-oil-paintings/local-art-including-royal-leamington-spa-warwick-and-kenilworth/warwick-collection-with-the-mitchell-gallery-warwick-uk-2009-onwards/

They are exhibited at the rear (follow passage to the left) of the Mitchell Art Gallery in Warwick England UK.

Telephone 01926 408787 and/or visit their website at http://www.mitchellgallery.com to view and/or purchase stock.

A big thank you to the Local Courier Newspaper who have supported me over the years by publishing my Press Releases and promoting my Art and the Artist.

Contact their Newsdesk on 01926 457777 or email: news@leamingtoncourier.co.uk

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Warwick Court House oil painting portrayed at night with the Thomas Oken Tea Rooms bathed in moonlight from above.

The original painting was completed in 2014 and donated to the Court House in September 2014

2014/2015/2016

The Court House painting, was commissioned by a Mr Nigel Grainger, former pupil at Warwick School (see image below) and spouse of the Mayor of Warwick 2014.

 For details of Mayor’s Charity Project, relating to the Court House painting, please follow my link below.

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/court-house-warwick-uk/

It was a challenge and a privilege to create this painting.  The original painting is on display at the first floor of The Court House building in Warwick with an appropriate plaque underneath.

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Looking on Thomas Oken Tea Rooms, Warwick, adjacent to the Court House 

Enjoy a quintessential english tea there!

I visited the tea rooms on the 5 Oct 2015 and have returned many times since.

Like walking into a time capsule. Very enjoyable experience and the tea and service were very good.

A framed print of my Warwick Court House image is on display there.

Visit their website to find out more at

http://thomasokentearooms.co.uk/

The Warwick Tourist Information Centre is located on the Ground Floor of The Court House

visit website at

http://www.visitwarwick.co.uk/contact-us/

For more info regarding the Court House follow link

http://unlockingwarwick.co.uk/

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Looking on the entrance to the ruins of Guys Cliffe House, Warwick

2015

It was the annual Heritage Weekend in Warwick from the 9-13 September 2015 and many famous buildings were open to the public during this time.

Including the Guys Cliffe Walled Garden and Guys Cliffe House pictured above.

I visited Guys Cliffe House on the Saturday afternoon. The ruins looked beautiful and I did feel inspired as an Artist.

 It is well worth a look and for its deep history.

Follow link below for more

http://www.guysclifhfehouse.co.uk/

It is believed that there are connecting tunnels beneath Warwick including from Guys Cliffe House to Warwick Castle.

The Walled Garden has been run by Volunteers since 2014 and used to be part of the KItchen Garden for Guys Cliffe’s House.

Find out more by following link

http://www.guyscliffewalledgarden.org.uk/

I visited the Autumn Fair at the NEC Birmingham (UK) in early September 2015 and met a lady at her trade stand who promotes and represents The Alternative Image Company.

It was a pleasure to meet her and we spoke of our interest in Dr Who too.

This company publishes a great collection of retro/vintage black and white and colour Greeting Cards and they showed considerable interest in my black and white paintings to add to their collection.

Follow link below to visit their website

http://www.altimageco.com/

Jigsaw Puzzles depicting Parrish images were released in September 2015 by JHG Jigsaws based in Salisbury Wiltshire.UK

Nine images were published including Power and the Glory, Aqueduct and Viaduct, Barston Hall, Berkswell Windmill, Warwick Castle, Knowle Top Lock and Norton Junction (500 piece, size 48cm x 35cm) Top Lock and Loxley Church (1000 piece, size 48cm x 69cm)

They are in stock and available to purchase from JHG Jigsaws. Telephone 01747 812387
email: grovelyjigsawpuzzles@btinternet.com

See my Railway artwork page created by

The Guild Of Railway Artists

Follow link

http://www.railart.co.uk/gallery/parrish.shtml

See my Railway artwork on Steam Tube website.

Follow link below

http://steamtu.be/profile/kevinparrish

 

Discover more about Kevin’s Art by reading his interview with Wonderstreet on Sat June 11 2016

follow Link below

Wonderstreet

http://wonderstreet.com/blog/wonderstreet_interview_with_kevin_alun_parrish

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2   PARRISH’ WARWICK COLLECTION

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Warwick Castle painted from the popular vantage point on the road bridge crossing the River Avon.

2012

the original oil painting portrays the beautiful historic Warwick Castle.

On show and available for purchase at the Mitchell Gallery, Warwick. Telephone 01926 408787

Find out more by following the Link below

https://www.warwick-castle.com/ 

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The aesthetically pleasing look to the facade of Warwick School

2011

(original oil painting above endorsed by Headmaster of Warwick School)

follow link below to find out more about this historic school on Myton Road, Warwick

http://www.warwickschool.org/

See my Warwick Collection (Scenes of historic Warwick buildings, including Warwick School), in monochrome oils on my website at

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/peace-projects-original-oil-paintings/local-art-including-royal-leamington-spa-warwick-and-kenilworth/warwick-collection-with-the-mitchell-gallery-warwick-uk-2009-onwards/

and exhibited at the rear (follow passage to the left) at the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick England UK.

Telephone 01926 408787 and/or visit website at http://www.mitchellgallery.com to view and/or purchase

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the ambience of Mill Street in moonlight

2011

This oil painting portrays the historic Mill Street in Warwick. It leads down to Warwick Castle.

It was the only street in Warwick to remain intact from the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694.

At the bottom of this attractive street is the beautiful Mill Garden, open to the public, adjacent to Warwick Castle.

Follow link below to find out more

http://www.buildinghistory.org.uk/index.php?q=road&p=show&rid=18

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We see a hive of activity outside Warwick Crown Court in its last session before it was closed in 2010

2010

My oil painting of The Crown Court portrayed in session, is now closed after over 500 years.

Proceedings transferred to the Justice Courts in Leamington Spa in 2010.

More on its history can be found by following Link below

On show and available for purchase at the Mitchell Gallery, Warwick. Telephone 01926 408787

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/local-news/final-sessions-warwick-crown-courts-3924958

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Its a wintry scene at dusk and lights are on at Kings High School for Girls, conveys the near end of a school day. 

The enchanting historic Eastgate building provides the main focus of the painting

2010

a commissioned oil painting by the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick during 2010

Read about this beautiful historic school dating back to 1879 in Smith Street Warwick by following link

http://www.kingshighwarwick.co.uk/Kings-A-Historical-Perspective

In the distance we see Eastgate.

Eastgate has a fascinating history dating back to 914AD

Follow link and read on

http://www.eastgatewarwick.co.uk/eastgate_warwickshire.html

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A Dickensian look to the Lord Leycester Hospital at Night, illuminated by a Victorian street lamp

2009

a commissioned oil painting by The Mitchell Gallery in Warwick in 2009.

(Used for the location filming of the Doctor Who Episode ‘The Shakespeare Code’ in 2006)

Discover more about this medieval gem in Warwick by following link below

http://lordleycester.com/

While visiting this historic building take time to have a cup of tea at the friendly Tearoom there dating back to 1571

Follow link below

http://www.brethrenskitchen.co.uk/ or Tel 07733550497

Behind the Hospital is the beautiful Hill Close Gardens adjacent to Warwick Race Course.

I recommend a visit to these Victorian Gardens

Follow link below and visit their website

http://www.hillclosegardens.com/index.html

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The charming Snug bar inside the Zetland Arms is no more and the room has been refurbished.

2009

a commissioned oil painting of the interior of the Zetland Arms by the Mitchell Gallery in 2009

This public house dates back to 1926.

The charming wood panelled snug before you, is sadly no more.

The three gentlemen we see enjoying a drink, are no longer with us.

I was fortunate enough to have met them while creating this painting.

The pub has since been refurbished under new management.

Follow link to learn more of its history.

http://www.hunimex.com/warwick/pubs/z_inns.html

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The moon shines down on Church Street with the Zetland Arms on the left a little further up the Street. 

2009

a commissioned oil painting by the Mitchell Gallery in 2009

The beautiful St Marys Church, Warwick is illuminated at the top of the street.

A climb up the inside of the tower is well rewarded with a spectacular aerial view of Warwick and beyond.

Follow link to discover more regarding this prestigious Church

http://www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk/index.php?/stmarys

The foreground on the left is Russell Lane Jewellers, established in the mid 1970s

Contact them for the pure art of Jewellery

http://russell-lane.co.uk/


3   PARRISH AND CANALS

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Rebecca, one of a fleet of narrowboats built by Kate Boats glides through the water under Offchurch Viaduct on the Grand Union Canal in the late afternoon.

2002

A commissioned oil painting by Kate Boats based in Nelson Street Warwick

To hire a boat, including Rebecca (portrayed here having passed under the beautiful Offchurch Viaduct, near Radford Semele on the Grand Union Canal) follow link below

http://www.kateboats.co.uk/warwick-narrowboats


4   PARRISH INSPIRED BY ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA 

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Passengers walk towards the station entrance in time to catch the Express Passenger train approaching from Leamington Spa

2012

(an oil painting of Warwick Milverton Station)

Sadly the above station building was demolished in the 1960s.

Read more on this attractive building by following the link below

http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/warwickmilverton_station.htm

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We look at a fireman emptying the smoke box of coal ash from a Super D G2 Class steam locomotive under gas lamp lighting in the late 1940s

2012

(my impression of Warwick Milverton Engine Shed, around 1948

painted in oils. Inspired by a fellow Rambler and Railway enthusiast)

Demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a Car Showroom, just off the Rugby Road in Leamington Spa, towards Old Milverton.

Read some more by following link below

http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/warwickmilverton_shed.htm

I was invited to attend the annual Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Exhibition and my artwork, including Railways will be on show and for sale.

To be held at a new venue, namely the Royal Leamington Spa College in Leamington Spa on the 5th and 6th March 2016

Follow link for the refurbished College, including a friendly new Hair and Beauty Salon (Call 01926 318062 for an appointment)

https://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/colleges/royal_leamington_spa_college.aspx

I’ve exhibited my art with them over many years and have always enjoyed seeing the fabulous layouts on show from all round the country, including the local Club layouts. There are numerous Model Railway/Preserved Railway related trade stands there too in support.

Follow link below regarding the Club.

http://lwmrs.co.uk/CMS/

Visit the Classic Train and Motorbus, a Model Railway Shop located in George Street, Royal Leamington Spa.

They do stock some of my Railway images in the form of Greeting cards and Postcards.

The staff are friendly and  knowledgeable about Railways.

A railway enthusiasts delight!

Telephone 01926 887499

or follow link to their website

www.classictrainandmotorbus.co.uk

 Stay at the Globe Hotel while discovering the deep history of Warwick

Its history dates from 1788, follow link below

http://www.theglobewarwick.co.uk/

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The rare sight of pedestrians walking in the Parade during the day and not a vehicle to be seen.

2008

The Parade was pedestrians only, in early August 1971, only for a short period  (no vehicles at all) as an experiment to encourage pedestrianisation by the local Council.

Th oil painting portrays a sunny Saturday morning. It was part of a sell out Art exhibition at Warwick Studios Gallery in Leamington during 2008.

(It is based on a photograph found in the local Times newspaper in 2005)

The Leamington Society have more details, follow link below

http://www.leamingtonsociety.org.uk/newsletters.html

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a nostalgic look on snowy Bath Street, Old Leamington Spa in the 1960s

(I can see Finefare supermarket in the distance on the right)

2005

The oil painting looks up Bath Street from the corner of Abbotts Street, in the 1960s.

We have Curry’s shop on the left in the foreground.

(based on a photograph found in local Times newspaper in Sept 2005)

A Fine fare supermarket can be seen up on the right hand side.

This painting was part of a sell out Art Exhibition at Warwick Studios Gallery in 2005

For scenes of Old Leamington on postcards, please follow links

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/gregoryolney2/gifts?cg=196641943002798984

http://www.leamingtonsociety.org.uk/newsletters.html

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The early morning tranquillity of Jephson Gardens with the historic Pump rooms as a backdrop

2004

(the oil painting was commissioned by a local friend)

The beautiful gardens were built in honour of Sir Henry Jephson who helped promote the healing properties of the Spa Waters for the poor residents of Leamington Spa at the time. The Spa waters are located in the Pump Rooms on the right of my image.

Follow link to learn more

http://www.leamington.co.uk/jephson-gardens.htm

For more on the historic Pump Rooms visit website below


5   PARRISH RECOGNISES A TENNIS CHAMPION

andy murray,fred perry aug 2015 (another copy)

A fantasy painting portraying Andy Murray and Fred Perry visiting the Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club in Royal Leamington Spa

I play and enjoy following tennis and was very pleased to see Andy Murray from the UK win Wimbledon in 2013 after a period of 77 years since Fred Perry won it last.

Andy is portrayed here in oils, visiting my local Club and this is my tribute to him.

The backdrop is the entrance to the Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club club house in Leamington Spa

Find out about Ladies tennis champions, including a portrait of Ann Haydon Jones, by following my link

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/luminaries-of-peace-original-oil-paintings/sporting-stars/

I play at my local club which was the first lawn tennis club to be set up in this country by Harry Gem in 1872 originally founded at the Manor House in Royal Leamington Spa, before finally moving to Guys Cliffe Road. Its official title is the

Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. 

Framed Portrait prints of Andy Murray and Ann Haydon Jones and other British Wimbledon Champions are on display in the Club House on Guys Cliffe Avenue.

Visit the club website at http://www.leamington-tennis-squash.co.uk/


6   PARRISH APPRECIATES JAZZ

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Oscar Peterson plays ‘Hymn to Freedom’ supported by musicians Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on Drums in Concert in Denmark during 1964

2015

I created this painting of Oscar Peterson in concert for tennis friend and jazz musician Will Allen who I play now and again at the Leamington Lawn Tennis Club.

Will commissioned me to paint it as a gift to a dear friend who is also an Oscar Peterson fan.

It was Oscars 90th birthday anniversary on the 15 Aug 2015.

(Find his music at http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/s_index.php in Leamington Spa UK)

Will, in turn kindly supplied the musical tune for my Promo Video on the homepage of my website.


7   PROGRESSIVE PARRISH 

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The band, like a tree of knowledge, rise up and reach towards the Sun

This is the Classic Yes line up (Howe, Wakeman, White, Anderson and Squire) as regarded by the fans

 

The title of my image was inspired by a 20 minute piece of music entitled ‘Nous Sommes Du Soleil’ (We are of the Sun)from the Yes double  album entitled ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’. released in 1973 on vinyl and cassette with a gatefold sleeve.  Yes have always been one of my favourite Progressive Rock Bands and this album remains very popular with me and the fans today, such is the timeless nature of their music, both instrumentally and lyrically. Yes continue to create great music with their album ‘Heaven and Earth’ released in 2014. Sadly one of the founding members and bass player Mr Chris Squire died at the end of June 2015, portrayed on the right of my image above. He made a massive contribution to the sound of Yes music with his thunderous bass, choir boy backing vocal harmony sound and song writing ability. He created solo albums too and often worked on spin off projects with big names like Steve Hackett and Billy Sherwood.

See my Yes webpage at http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/luminaries-of-peace-original-oil-paintings/yes-prog-rock/

For tributes to Chris Squire please follow link  http://www.yesworld.com/2015/06/chris-squire/

Why not go along to a local Record and CD Fair in South Warwickshire.

I have been many times over the years looking to fill gaps in my music collection.

Follow their website link below

http://www.vinylbank.co.uk

If you are looking for Rare Records and Posters, follow the link below

http://bobtheil.com/psych.html


 

8   PARRISH IN SYMPHONIC MOOD

when you are a super band

Its 1973 and the Moody Blues were attracting huge audiences at their concerts around the globe singing songs about love, peace and harmony.

The oil painting celebrates the Moody Blues becoming a Super group in the early 1970s, selling out large Concert venues around the planet.

This period is when, in my view, they released their finest albums starting with Days Of Future Passed in 1967 with Tony Clarke as Producer, sadly no longer with us.

Discovering them in 1970, I have followed them ever since and I

still play their timeless romantic music.  They are the centre of my musical universe. They are still recording new music in 2015.

In 2016 it will be 50 years since Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the band.

In 2017 it will be 50 years since Days of Future Passed (perhaps their best album) was recorded.

I feel an inspiration coming on to create an anniversary painting to celebrate this milestone.

Discover the Inner Sanctum of the Moody Blues by following my link below

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/luminaries-of-peace-original-oil-paintings/the-moody-blues-symphonic-rock/

To find out what the Moody Blues are currently doing follow link below

http://www.moodybluestoday.com/

For a tribute to Tony Clarke,(often called the Sixth Moody, because he was so important to the Moody Blues sound as their Producer), why not visit the Coventry Music Museum  and see my Tony Clarke portrait painting print and discover more about other Coventry’s musicians.

It is well worth a visit!

Follow link below to visit website

http://www.covmm.co.uk/


9  PARRISH AT PEACE

 

 

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The orchestra plays the Planet Suite inside the Royal Albert Hall, London and the sound of the beautiful music reaches out above into the cosmos. Who knows who may be listening.

(endorsed by Roger Scruton, Philosopher and creator of the TV programme ‘Why Beauty Matters’ first shown in 2009)

My ever growing portfolio of genre and associated paintings have been inspired by Art Galleries, Commissioners, the public making suggestions and my own passion for creating fine art from the heart. Coupled with this my interests in Music, Science, Science Fiction and Astronomy are reflected through many luminaries that I believe in and have painted in a surreal style of artwork.  An optimist and a traditionalist by nature, I like to reflect a feeling of optimism in my artwork.

I mostly work from photographic material, sometimes published, in which case I will change the look of the finished painting in some way to avoid copyright. I am often inspired by looking at photographs, sometimes published, sometimes ones I have taken.

Most of my artwork has been developed from sketches, including my surreal compositions. These were inspired by looking at words and lyrics composed by various musical luminaries. From this I visualized my thoughts in my minds eye and interpreted them into a sketch.

The canal scenes and some of my railway scene paintings are created from my own photographs.

However when creating a period scene, I do some research and change the look of a painting to suit the period.

This style of painting evolved through developing my black and white monochrome style in recent years through

Warwick Studios Gallery

in Royal Leamington Spa after the turn of the century.

The Warwick Collection is currently being exhibited at The Mitchell Gallery in Warwick at 2 Church Street. Telephone 01926 408787 and date back to 2009

My paintings were created from sketches developed from taking my own photographs during the day and at night.

 See The Warwick School Project below as an example.


10  A PARRISH PROJECT

 

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The Warwick School Project from Inception to Canvas

Warwick School in Myton Road, Warwick was a challenging piece of architecture to paint and it was commissioned by the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick during 2011.

To create this painting, the Gallery and I, decided on a stretched canvas size of 36in x 24in to give the maximum impact of the look of the building.

I was given colour and black and white photographs of the School taken by a professional photographer to use as a reference guide along with my prepared sketch.

The surface of the canvas had already been prepared by the Gallery with a coat of Gesso primer Paint. So now it was ready to work on.

I first prepared the outline faintly on the canvas by using a soft pencil. Then carefully measuring up by ratio sizes from the photographs to gain a degree of accuracy. At this stage, I was working on my drawing board, which I used to use as a Draftsman in my former career.

Using water based oils, I applied thin layers of grey paint, adding in liquin and water, which helped spread the paint more evenly on the canvas.

Once the form, outlines of the school were complete or thereabouts, I began to paint in the foreground, with the grass and gravel drive by constantly referring to the good quality photographs I had been given.

The sky tones were added last, by using liquin, water and a fan brush to help spread the paint evenly.

At this stage, I moved the painting onto my easel. By looking at the painting from a distance, I began to eye in fine detail, again closely observing the look and lighting of the school on the photographs.

Once these stages were complete , two layers of paint had been added, including the sky, at this point.

To achieve final effects, I added in highlights where necessary to help ‘lift’ the painting and bring it to life.

The overall time span was over a period of about six weeks, working between other commitments and projects.


11  PARRISH IN VENICE

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A Gondola crosses the Grand Canal in idyllic Venice.

I have visited the beautiful city of Venice and it is an Artist’s paradise.

I took plenty of photographs and many of them have inspired me to create an Artist’s impression on the canvas.

I have several unfinished pieces of Venice yet to be completed, however my completed pieces can be found at

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/peace-projects-original-oil-paintings/venetian-scenes/


12  PARRISH, RAMBLER IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD

leamington ramblers 50th anniversary

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leamington ramblers 50th anniversary celebration at leek wootton village hall 4 Oct 2015

I attended the Leamington Ramblers 50th anniversary walk and afternoon tea held at the Leek Wootton Village Hall in Warwickshire on the 4 October 2015.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and we walked in the vicinity of Leek Wootton.

We arrived back at the Hall for afternoon tea at 3-30pm. See above.

It was  a lovely afternoon, meeting and seeing so many fellow Ramblers.

Thank you to all the organisers for this event!

Find out more about this friendly club by following link below

http://www.leamingtonramblingclub.org/about.php

or  Telephone 01926 498668

I led a Ramble along the former Great Central Railway line near Charwelton, Northamptonshire (UK) 12 August 2015 with four others from the Leamington Rambling Group.

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The beauty of Victorian architecture is something to behold!

Here we see Catesby tunnel portal (south end) built in 1897 flanked by elegant looking wing walls.

Sad that the Great Central Railway is no more. But we have part of the Great Central Railway as it used to be in its heyday (the UKs only main line Heritage Railway) preserved further north at Loughborough Station.

Follow link below

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

My walk was about 6 miles long via the village of Hellidon and the Northamptonshire Countryside was breathtaking.

I stopped with a friend for a drink at the Red Lion Pub in Hellidon last Sunday while doing the recce for the walk. It was a pleasant friendly experience with the Pub locals.

http://www.theredlionathellidon.com/

The walk follows the route of the former GCR and there are Air Shafts over tunnels.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id9iyPYGamI

The north tunnel portal at Upper Catesby was barely visible through the undergrowth.

We arrived back at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Charwelton for lunchtime. The food and service were good.

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Link location for the former GCR and SMJR at Woodford Halse 

I did a recce ramble following the route of the former GCR in the vicinity of Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire UK

Here we see the Link of the former Great Central Railway and The Stratford Upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway at Woodford Halse

(Location of a former Marshalling Yard)

We had lunch here on 25 October 2014. Sheep were watching nearby.

Woodford Halse Station was opened in 1899 and closed in 1966.

Find out more by following Link below

   http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/w/woodford_halse/

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I recommend a visit to the Woodford Halse Social Club.

We visited this venue after our Recce

Its history relates to the Great Central Railway in its heyday.

http://www.woodfordclub.co.uk/home

The top floor of the building houses a 00 gauge model railway of the Great Central Railway in its heyday around Woodford Halse in Northamptonshire.

The superbly recreated Model Railway is well worth a look!

Follow links below to learn more and arrange a visit.

https://www.facebook.com/WoodfordHalseModelRailwayClub

http://www.smj.me/photo/albums/woodford-halse-model-railway

http://www.woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk/2014/03/14/model-railway-club/

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/1873-woodford-halse-model-railway-club/

http://englandevents.co.uk/northampton-woodford-halse-model-railway-club-open-day/83749

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford_Halse_railway_station


13  PARRISH APPRECIATES A TV LEGEND (DOCTOR WHO)

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A weeping angel closes in on Sally Sparrow while her back is turned. One touch and she will be sent back into the past to a time before her own birth.

50 years of Doctor Who! 1963-2013

Here we have a portrait of Sally Sparrow played by Carey Mulligan in a Doctor Who episode called ‘Blink’ first shown in 2007.

This painting was part of an Art exhibition to celebrate the greatest science fiction programme of all.

Inspired by the find of lost Patrick Troughton episodes during October 2013

All artwork is original, including oil paintings and sketches, picture postcards and jigsaw puzzles.

The exhibition ran from 19 October to 23 November 2013.

See Doctor Who art for sale on my website by following my link below

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/luminaries-of-peace-original-oil-paintings/doctor-who-an-adventure-in-space-and-time/

For more info on ‘Blink’ follow link below

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/08/doctor-who-10-things-you-may-not-know-about-blink/

My Doctor Who artwork can also be found at Coventry Music Museum.

A portrait of Delia Derbyshire (joint composer of the original Dr Who theme music) born in Coventry forms part of one of my images on show at the Museum.

http://www.combom.co.uk/2013/10/this-is-not-fake-dw-paintings-in.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legends-Doctor-Deluxe-Jigsaw-Puzzle/dp/B0015XYUXO


14  PARRISH AND STEAM PRESERVATION

 

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The beautiful elegance of the majestic Flying Scotsman bathed in moonlight

2012

 The Flying Scotsman (portrayed above pulling out of Newcastle Upon Tyne Station in the 1930s) is now back on the rails for tests using the East Lancashire Railway on the 8 January 2015, after extensive restoration work on the Locomotive going back to 2006.

 

 

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the beauty of a country station awaits the grandeur of Dinmore Manor approaching on the right

2015

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Passengers patiently await the arrival of the elegant Foremark Hall 

2015

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Tank Locomotive no 4270 is the centre of attention as she waits patiently in the platform

2015

Cheltenham Race Course Station

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (UK)

I have been involved with the GWR since 2013, creating Railway scenes in oils, portraying Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Station so far.

These images are used on Jigsaw Puzzles which are for sale in the Toddington platform shop.

Other merchandise including Postcards and Greeting cards are also for sale. Occasionally I go down and meet some of the volunteers working there and admire the great job they do running the Railway. I also catch up on progress with the re construction of Broadway Station. I take the opportunity to have a train ride as well from Toddington station.

See more Railway images on my website at

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/peace-projects-original-oil-paintings/railway-art/romance-of-steam/

Enjoy a great day out by visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

For more info call 01242 621405 or follow link http://www.gwsr.com/shop.aspx

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The majesty of Sir Nigel Gresley is acknowledged by passengers on the platform at Grosmont

(North York Moors Railway, UK)

This was a day event at the North York Moors Railway near York during October 2014.

The General Manager of Samsung Techwin -Northern Europe (a friend of mine from my childhood) kindly invited me to come along to this event to help promote my railway artwork.

The Manager gave a Presentation at Pickering Station promoting Samsungs surveillance equipment in front of an audience of Samsung clients and employees during the morning.

This was followed by a Railway journey to Grosmont and back in the afternoon on the North York Moors Railway hauled by the Samsung Techwin Express Pullman train.

This comprised of an A4 Class locomotive named Sir Nigel Gresley no 60007, a famous preserved loco hauling a set of luxury LNER pullman cars. We had a 3 course meal on the journey, served by waiters re-enacting the 1930s, from the LNER heyday.

A wonderful, memorable day for me to cherish as an Artist and also as a Railway enthusiast.

A good day was had by all.

Who will commission me to create a scene portraying the famous blue Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive no 60007?

Experience The Pullman Dining Train hauled by Sir Nigel Gresley at the NYMR

Visit  http://www.nymr.co.uk/food-and-drink/pullman-diner-service/

Follow link below to discover more regarding Samsung Techwins Surveillance equipment.

http://www.samsungsecurity.co.uk/en/newsandevents/news/samsung%20techwin%20on%20the%20right%20track

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15  PARRISH ON THE MOON

 

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a tribute painting to the greatest day in Mankind’s history on the 20 July 1969

2012

Man on the Moon! Surely mankind’s greatest achievement to date.

The new images of planet Pluto in July 2015 are something to behold.

Quite astonishing and not what the Astronomers were expecting.

All very exciting and these discoveries always renew and stimulate my interest in Outer Space

Will we ever land a man on the moon again?

I always feel this fantastic achievement that took place between 1969 and 1972 when man visited and landed on the Moon on six occasions with the Apollo missions has been under stated over the years. This is my tribute of this incredible achievement in 1969 with men walking on the Moon.

To discover more from Outer Space follow my link below

http://www.kevinparrish.co.uk/category/collections/peace-projects-original-oil-paintings/outer-space-art/

The 12 men who walked on the Moon

follow link below

http://mentalfloss.com/article/12379/12-men-who-walked-moon