Friday, 1 May 2015

A postcard for Grumbledad

 Megan Clarke.
'Megan - A postcard for Grumbledad'
Megan is a lovely new friend from Penryn, she is an artist and film maker and often shows her work at our lovely Fannie and Fox Gallery.. She has been corresponding with her granddad otherwise known as Grumbledad for the past five years. Many of their letters have included a small sketch.Which is how this all began.

To celebrate her granddad and their love for each other she has organized an exhibition of both their 'letters' in a delightful local cafe in Penryn called Howl.

So, Megan asked everyone to join in and create their own 'postcard' which will be sent to Grumbledad as a surprise..
Here is how I started, firstly it's on a bit of mount-board, which was the first thing that came to hand, the first sketch is a bit rough but it only took a couple of minutes.  I then painted over it in a clear gesso to seal the cardboard, the pencil lines still show through.. I then roughed out the painting in acrylics, sadly I forgot to take a photo at that point.
Then with the heat in my studio (yes the sun was shining unlike this morning) the acrylics were drying out far too quick so I decided to go over it in oils.. When it was dry, I cut it down to postcard size..

I gave it to Megan yesterday, and I'm happy to say she was thrilled.

Update... Here is Megan at her exhibition, posing with her portrait.. 


  1. What a lovely gesture and tribute to their strong relationship.

    1. Sadly I never had a granddad so I felt a strong pull to do this small thing for Megan.

  2. How adorable calling one's grandfather "Grumbledad"! Love the idea of sending postcards to him. How much fun would it be to get that mail!!
    Happy days to you, Julie. xo

    1. Isn't it adorable, dear old darling is in his 90th year..


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