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Friday, March 15, 2019

Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight map update

This year’s Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight map  © Peter Gander
Once again that time of the year comes around when I hopefully add (or sadly delete) breweries taking part in creating a special ‘Green Hop beer’ for the first hop harvest in The Garden of England. #KentGreenHop

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Inktober 2018

The 1st ten days of my contributions to Inktober. 
#Inktober # Inktober2018 @Inktober @Inktober2018  © Peter Gander

Monday, June 18, 2018

New breweries sign up for The Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight 2018

The Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight map 2018  © Peter Gander
This week I have been updating the annual Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight map with a few new breweries taking it up this year, such as Northdown Brewery, Margate; No Frills Jim brewery, Dartford, Iron Pier Brewery Gravesend and Stag Brewery, Woodchurch. Plus Dartford have their own KGHB festival this year too. #KGHBFortnight 
#Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight #RealAle #CraftBeer #Kent #Canterbury@KentGreenHop

Anglesey map

Hand-drawn Anglesey map  © Peter Gander

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

‘Running boar’ Painting 170917

I have long wanted to depict a wild boar, as painting or print, as my computer desktop testifies, with a folder entitled ‘boar hogs ref’ that has sat there, bulky with digital visual reference of boars in many forms for a few months now. To be honest, I like the idea of hunting one too. Like game fishing, an honest way of earning your bacon. Boars, unlike many other game quarry however, are fearless. They would square up to you in defiance if they found you threatening them or if you had the cheek to be in their territory and I respect that. Visually, they also look great - the stuff of legend, dark, matted coarse hair, thick with mud and sweat and the male boar sports sharp, intimidating tusks. They are built like a bull, all forebody, full of muscle up front and brave as you can be. I’d like to do a relief print at a later stage, (the boar’s textured pelt is perfect for a grainy print) but for now, with an evening to spare, I thought a quick loose watercolour painting would do the job nicely. (Original for sale: £75.00): (prints may be available at a later date).

Leaving my reference at arm’s length, I like to draw my own version (i.e no tracing photos) using or re-using old paper.
Tracing the old-fashioned and unbeaten way
Tracing down onto Bockingford paper

Starting with a warm yellow fill with my squirrel mop brush 
(it holds bathfuls of liquid)
Yellow complete

Timing is everything in watercolour and a barely-visible sheen awaits before adding a dark body colour

My roof-suspended hairdryer helps drying along in my messy studio
Adding my favourite ‘Payne’s Grey’ leaving the warm yellow to shine through

Achieving that ‘grubby pelt look’, scratching away the paper’s surface to reveal highlights

Here I make a paper aperture (in this case used tracing paper) which keeps the surround clear of spatter...
Flicking paint across the boar in the direction of its movement adds dynamism and a dose of appropriate grubbiness

The final ‘Running boar’ ref:170920: 170mm x 120mm watercolour on 300gsm Bockingford ‘Gran Fin’ paper. • ORIGINAL FOR SALE £75
© Peter Gander

Stamford (Lincs) Map

Hand-drawn map of Stamford, Lincs.  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Hand-lettering, later comped in by computer  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Bath Row detail  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

It wouldn’t be a ‘Gander’ without a fisherman...  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Traditional Lincolnshire specialities  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Equestrian cartouche with a couple of riders that look suspiciously like my wife and her friend Liz  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

A nod to Monopoly’s icons, Water lane  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Mallard Court detail  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
A woeful melon, perambulating down ‘Melancholy Walk’  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Our Liz, walking down ‘Queen’s Walk’  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Map of Canterbury, Kent

© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Brewer slaking the thirsts of Canterbury dwellers  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

A medieval picture wouldn’t be complete without a wild hog and cow
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander

I had to get a fish or two in there  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Canterbury’s Coat of Arms  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

A potential husband displays his owl, (as you do), to a Kentish maiden
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Beer cart in ‘Beer Cart Lane’ (possibly off to The Foundry Brewpub, perhaps).
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Cockerel  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
I do love a corvid. © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Obligatory fish  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Farmhouse  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander
Maiden  © Peter Gander/Have a Gander

Tannery. When I was a student at Canterbury in the early 80s, you could smell the tannery from afar. It’s now long gone.
© Peter Gander/Have a Gander