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There is a Painter in Wolverton
I went and met Ian Saxby. He is Gail and John Ashby’s son-in-law. He and his wife are staying over the winter and planning on moving to Nova Scotia in a few weeks. He is from Australia and also lived in Toronto, some of his paintings are from that. He has done a few paintings of Wolverton while he was here. The painting that is shown here is one of his paintings from their driveway. I like how there are swirls in the sky.
Ian let me come into his studio and see some his paintings, they are very nice. Here is an interview with him:
Intrepid Reporter: how did you get to be so good at painting?
Ian Saxby: Practice. I’ll be fifty this year and I’ve been painting since I was five. So about 45 years of practice.
Intrepid Reporter: How did you do the texture on the road? (reference to a painting of the Stewart and Stone houses – see it below)
Ian: That is a technique called pointillism…. That one took me about two months to paint because of all the tiny dots. The trees are also tiny dots. The house is really the only thing flat in that painting, and the sky.
Intrepid Reporter: Do the swirls in the sky represent wind?
Ian: They can yeah, they just are the natural life and movement of the sky. I’m also a big fan of Vincent Van Gogh who painted lovely swirly skies.
Intrepid Reporter: How long does it take to complete a painting?
Ian: Well it depends, the little ones, that one there took me about two days out on the road in Toronto. Another one took about 1,200 hours of work over 18 months. This very detailed one took me three years, so it really varies depending on the size of the piece.
Intrepid Reporter: Do you sell your paintings?
Ian: Yes.. I’ve sold some single pieces over the years. I don’t have a website, I have my stuff up on Facebook.
Ian is selling some of his paintings, including the ones from Wolverton, at the Dundas Valley School of Art auction this weekend.
Meet a Family
The Weber family has lived in Wolverton for 8 years. Eillish, Rose, Dave and their cat Merida (who is pregnant) all live together in Wolverton Hall. They moved there in 2007 and Eillish was born in 2009. Rose is from Scotland. Rose owns two companies: One is a manufacturing box-board company and the other is Be-gone which manufactures bed bug products. David works at Superior Memorial and he makes tombstones. Eillish is fabulous – she is “Stylish Eillish”. And she’s very outgoing and haut-couture.
John Ashby plays the bagpipes and I talked to him about his bagpipes – it was really interesting. I want you to hear about how interesting it was. So here you go!
Intrepid Reporter: How long have you been playing the bagpipes?
John Ashby: I have been playing it for over fifty years now! I’ve played with a couple bands over the years
Intrepid Reporter: What were a few of the bands that you were in?
John Ashby: The first one I was in was in Brantford, it was called the Ex-Imperial Pipe Band. They’ve disappeared over the years. Now presently I’m in the Brantford pipes and drums. So the two bands were both in Brantford. So it keeps me in shape.
Intrepid Reporter: How long does it take to learn the bagpipes?
John Ashby: Well I’m going to give you a piece of paper that has a little poem on it and I’m going to let you read it and you can take it with you. It says seven years. “To the making of a piper goes seven years, at the end of their seven they have great knowledge” That’s how the poem starts off. I give it to all my students. It takes a lot of time and energy.
Here is the poem in it’s entirety:
To the make of a piper go seven years…. at the end of his seven years one born to it will stand at the start of knowledge, and leaning a fond ear to the drone, he may have parley with old folks of old affairs. Playing the tune of the “Fairy Harp”, he can hear his forefolks, plaided in skins, towsy-headed and terrible, grunting at the oars and snoring in the caves; he has his own whittle and club in “The Desperate Battle” (my own tune, my darling), where the white haired sea-rovers are on the shore, and a stain’s on the edge of the tide; or trying his art on Laments, he can stand by the cairn of kings, ken the colour of Fingal’s hair, and see the moon-glint on the hook of the Druids.
His bagpipes sounded really good. At the time I was a bit shy, but I really, really liked it. I’m going to see if I can learn too! Thanks to John Ashby. He piped us out of his house!
The Stones are looking for old bathtubs anybody might have. Free removal. Instead of taking it to the dump – let them plant vegetables in them!
The Weber’s cat Merida is having kittens soon. Two are spoken for but they are looking for a home for any others. Merida is 60 days pregnant.
The Hammars are looking to rent space in a local barn with pasture available to keep a couple dairy sheep.
Watch for Deer
A local resident was driving home at night and he missed hitting three racoons and two other deer, and then, when he thought he was in the clear a deer jumped right out in front of his car. He was scared but was not hurt. The female deer died – it was maybe a couple years old. He brought the deer home with the help of another resident after informing the police. This happened just around the corner, so you and others should be careful when driving at night!
(Straight from the mouth of a 5 year old)
Do you want to hear Sammy’s thoughts? Do you want to hear how to keep the animals safe? Well, first, how you keep the animals safe is you clean up the toys, you turn the lights off to keep the bears, and I think you should plant trees. Clean up the garbage and that’s all. Listen later to Sammy’s thoughts.
On March 29th it was my 10th birthday!
Don’t forget to tell us about any celebrations!
Joke of the day
Why did the chicken cross the road?
‘Cause he was stapled to a horse.
Why did the horse cross the road?
‘Cause he was stapled to a cow.
Why did the cow cross the road?
‘Cause he was stapled to a monster truck.
Why did the monster truck cross the road?
‘Cause the motor was on.
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