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“Monet's Playground” © by John White

John writes:

“This scene is from France in the town of Honfleur, in the Normandy region. This is a small fishing village where Monet frequented with his friends to paint the bright colors and vivid scenery that was so different from his home. I painted this early in the morning before the crowds made their way to this absolutely gorgeous spot.

“This was done on site en plein air and is an unframed 9"x12" original oil painting.”

Thanks yet again for this one to Jerry, and for all these other treasures that I have gratefully snaffled from him over the years.

A peaceful scene at Loch Creran, which I took from the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in August this year

Two fine watercolours of Venice © by Stan Miller (reproduced here with kind permission)

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[One of my photos of the quiet Western Quarter of Venice]
[My photos of Venice in September 2001 - and what came after]
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“Last 2016 sunrise”

“Moonrise over Mt Baker

Some great photography by Rakan Alduaij (worth seeing full size, as is his other work)

“Clear Ahead” by Kirk Larsen

Snaffled gratefully (as so many others) from Jerry's fine pages.

“Red Dinghy”, acrylic on canvas, by John Mansueto, whose other work is well worth checking out

Another one gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks, Jerry!

“Racing for the Cup” by Poppy Balser, a fine watercolour painter living on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. You can see many images of her other paintings (recommended!) if you click the picture above.

Another gem gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of Jerzee55sst - thanks, Jerry!

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“In Silence” by REgiNA (whose other work is well worth checking out)

Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast, Italy, September 2013

My photo of the sailing cruise ship Club Med 2 lying off Sorrento, with Vesuvius in the background

Start of a beautiful day in late September, leaving Sorrento for Capri

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A figure from Antony Gormley's "Another Place" welcomes one of the Tall Ships to Merseyside as it sails past the Burbo Bank windfarm on the approach to the Port of Liverpool on July 18, 2008, Liverpool, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Volvo Ocean Race yacht Puma arrives off Cape Town, South Africa in second place during the first stage of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race November 2, 2008. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

Two of many stunning photos on this page. Thanks to aldchronicle56 (Allan) for another of his great shares (the previous post below is from another one sent to me by Allan).


Péruwelz ("Stone-water") is a very ancient municipality in the Walloon (French-speaking) Region of Belgium. It is built on the river Verne Noire (from Celtic Vernos, "a brook lined with alders") - more on the location here.

This nice image is another winner of one of's frequent photography theme contests, many of which are open to photographers of all abilities.

This nice image is another winner of one of's frequent photography theme contests, many of which are open to photographers of all abilities

"Fisher Man" by Navin Nowvapong, an excellent photographer from Thailand

(Original post: August 27th, 2008)

A couple of days ago we visited the Craft and Design Fair at Wrest Park, and saw a full-size print of the above picture of Victoria Station, Manchester, by John S. Gibb, among many prints (and an original) being exhibited by the artist's wife.

The full-size print looks like a historical photograph, but it isn't: it's actually a pencil drawing that took 10 months to create. The artist's main tools are a .03 3H pencil (applied patiently in many layers to get darker tones) and two erasers, one for removing graphite to create white space, and one for correcting mistakes.

As we looked at the prints being exhibited we were amazed by the attention to detail and by the skill and knowledge that the artist possesses. The images shown here are poor, fuzzy substitutes for the real thing. Play the excellent video (right) to get a much better idea!

The pictures above are some of the prints currently available at John's web site. He charges a very modest amount for work that takes him so much time to produce.

The picture below is my own photo of a framed print of his American Screech Owl that we couldn't resist buying that day. It gives a (slightly) better idea of what his prints actually look like.

John Gibb was born in 1939 at Dalton-in-Furness on the edge of the English Lake District. He has been a keen mountaineer and (until a bad accident forced him to turn to art) skiier. He worked for a time as a lumberjack in Sweden, and as a seaman in the Norwegian Merchant Marine. He became a yacht master, on one occasion crossing the Atlantic under sail.

John Gibb seems to share many characteristics (not least an obsession for accurate detail in portraying what he loves) with another better-known figure of the Lake District, the late Alfred Wainwright, creator of the famous hand-written and hand-drawn guides to the Lake District (but that's another story).

"Autumn Day - Sokolniki"

"After the Rain - Plyos"


"Evening Bells"

Some wonderful paintings by Isaak Levitan 1860-1900