This month's Newsletter focussed on a Jago Stone palette-knife painting that is dated 1976.
Here is a section from Chapter 7: 'The American Connection' of the first draft of the biography I have written:
"But here I am talking of his water-colours. He himself once remarked to the TV presenter, Lionel Hampden, in an ATV programme in 1972, that he painted these to provide the money he needed so he could paint the real art:
And to close this Newsletter a reminder of two palette-knife paintings that Louise Donovan's parents, Ronald and Phyllis Watkins commissioned and/or bought in the period from 1969 to 1970 when they were living in Gerrard's Cross in Buckinghamshire and Jago Stone was earning an honest living as an itinerant artist, living in a mobile home with his partner and two children, somewhere in the vicinity.
The first is a painting that is titled: 'The Makers of Sweet Smells' and is dated 1969. It used to hang in Ronald's office when he worked as a director in the Oil of Ulay company and afterwards. Here it is below:
The second painting in this series is titled: 'The Fancy Dress Party' and is also dated 1969. Phyllis commissioned the work and it was duly hung in the family house. Shortly afterwards, Jago turned up at the door and asked to borrow it for an exhibition - probably in Eton, close by. Consent was given. Time went by - and Jago reappeared but not the painting. Eventually, Phyllis brought the matter to a head: 'You've sold my picture, Jago - haven't you?!!'
Jago smiled. 'Actually, yes! And I got a very good price for it ... but I promise I'll paint you another one, even better.' He did and that's the one you are looking at above.
There will be some more palette-knife paintings to enjoy next month in the April edition of the Newsletter - and later in a blog.