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ART BOOKS & NOVELS BY PAUL FISHER

 

 So far I have written and produced 4 non boat building books - 1 semi-autobiographical novel and 3 covering my artwork and short stories.

ART BOOKS

1. DESPERATE DOORWAYS

 Often, we pass a doorway and ask ourselves, "I wonder who lives there - or who has, in the past, lived there?" Doorways can be a spark to the imagination - this book, Desperate Doorways is both an art book and a story book. Inside you will find 25 pen and wash paintings of doorways, many in need of refurbishment and each with an accompanying short story to get your imagination going. You may want to finish the story or make up your own using the artwork as a starting point - and do this with your children or grandchildren. as an exercise in storytelling. At the end of the book is a tutorial on how the doors are sketched and painted with notes on materials and tools used and notes on how I come up with the accompanying short stories. Hopefully, this book will be the spark to start your own adventures into art and storytelling.

 The book is available in both Kindle and Paperback versions and on CD - see below.

 

For further details of the book and samples of the artwork click here.

Desperate Doorways can be purchased in 3 formats:-

     

As a CD in down-loadable Word.doc and pdf format with interactive Contents pages - cost £5 plus postage.
 Or purchase as a pdf file to be sent as an email attachment (no postage) - make sure we have your email address when you order.

 As a Kindle book for e-readers - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon Kindle

 As a paperback - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon  

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2. VIEWS AROUND MY COUNTRY IN PEN & WASH (FIRST BOOK)

 At the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020, when art clubs were not able to meet or hold exhibitions, Paul Fisher started to work in sketchbooks using old photographs and illustrations of architecture and townscapes. These formed the basis for a series of pen & wash paintings and his artistic wanderings around the UK, led him to not only paint a particular subject, but to explore its history too.

 This book is the first in a series covering Pauls ‘Covid’ paintings completed during the period of the pandemic and which will hopefully inspire other budding artists to take a good look at the beauty of their own surroundings and work on similar projects at a time when they cannot get together to draw and paint. At the end of the book there is a tutorial illustrating how Paul draws and paints architecture, using the pen and wash method.

 

THE CORNER OF ELY ST. AND HIGH ST., STRATFORD ON AVON

 The High Street in Stratford on Avon has several Grade 2 listed buildings which are half timbered. The main structure of the building is in the substantial timbers that you can see on the outside and which were often joined together with housing and tenon joints held by ‘tree nails’ (wood pegs).

 The spaces between the timbers were filled by brick (if it could be afforded) or by plaster and wattle.

 Because taxes were levied on the ‘ground’ area taken up by the building, upper floors often overhung as this gave further non-taxed floor space.

THE BUTTERMARKET, CANTERBURY

 The Buttermarket site, which includes the Christchurch Gate entrance to the cathedral, has apparently been through several changes over the past 500 years or so. Up until the mid-17th century, it was known as the Bull Stake - bulls were tied overnight to a stake to be 'baited' by dogs – this would produce more tender meat!

 It was also the site of a gibbet and was most used as the stop off and replenishment point for carriages to/from Dover and London.

 

   

VIEWS AROUND MY COUNTRY IN PEN & WASH (FIRST BOOK) can be purchased in 2 formats:-

 As a Kindle book for e-readers - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon Kindle  As a paperback - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon  


   

3. VIEWS AROUND MY COUNTRY IN PEN & WASH (SECOND BOOK)

 At the start of 2020, as the Covid Pandemic kicked in, I started working on three A4 Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks using the pen and wash technique. I painted scenes from around the UK, most of which were architectural – buildings of fame or of historical interest. This artistic ‘journey’ took me from Windsor and Eton though Edinburgh, Stratford on Avon, Winchester, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge and many more places.

 When I saw an interesting subject to paint, I investigated its history and how it had changed through the past couple of hundred years or so, examining old photographs and sketches and descriptions found on the Internet. I am not a historian, but I do love learning about the history of the beautiful buildings and places we have in the UK.

 This is the second published book of the series and includes a selection of 30 paintings which were painted in landscape format – the first book of the series has 30 paintings painted in portrait format.

 Each painting has a short history of the subject painted and I would encourage readers to explore the history of these beautiful buildings and scenes further – some are quite ‘gory’ whilst others are comical or even ‘ghostly’.

 As with the first book, I have included a step-by-step tutorial showing how I draw, ink and paint a pen and wash painting, with notes on the materials and tools that I use.

 

THE FOUNTAIN, TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

 The fountain in Great Court, Trinity College was erected in 1602 and repaired in 1716. It is an outstanding example of stonework of this era. It was completely rebuilt by Robert Grumbold in 1716 and repaired at several later dates. The main basin has a plinth and solid paneled base from which spring columns which support arches. At the top are ribs crowned by a Royal lion with the Tudor arms. Within the main basin is a stone column supporting two smaller basins.

 

ENTRANCE TO THE ROMAN BATHS, BATH

 The City of Bath is founded on its natural hot springs - the first shrine at the site of these springs was built by an Iron Age tribe called the Dobunni, who dedicated it to the goddess Sulis who was said to have healing powers. The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD and by 75AD they had built a religious spa complex on the site, which they called Aquae Sulis, ‘the waters of Sulis’.

 After the Roams left Britain Aquae Sulis fell into decline until 1878 when Major Charles Davis, the city surveyor architect discovered the Roman remains of the baths. He worked to uncover these over the next few years and the site was opened to the general publics in 1897. The site has been further excavated, extended and conserved since then.

 

   
VIEWS AROUND MY COUNTRY IN PEN & WASH (SECOND BOOK) can be purchased in 2 formats:-
As a Kindle book for e-readers - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon Kindle As a paperback - click on the image below to go direct to Amazon  


   
SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVELS

4. A SLIGHT MIST ON THE HORIZON

 Take two 14-year-old boys with a love of boats and the sea, plus a growing lust for the fairer sex; throw in a small armada of beaten up and rotten river boats and mix these up with an army of characters, willing to lend their worldy knowledge and experience and you have the making of a whole load of very wet and comical adventures on the water.

 It’s the 1960’s, it’s the Thames and caution has not been invented – not in the minds of these two hapless idiots anyway!

 A Slight Mist on the Horizon is the first of a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels based on the author, Paul Fisher’s own experiences, shared with a school friend, which eventually led him to a career as a yacht designer, artist and author.

 The book contains 28 cartoons to illustrate the chapters and these have been created by the author.

 Enjoy the fun!

To purchase search for the title in the Kindle Book Store or go to -

 

For further details of the novel and samples of the cartoons click here.
........and you can now get the novel on  a CD in down-loadable Word.doc and pdf format with interactive Contents pages. asmoth cd middle
Sterling cost £4 + £3.00 P&P  in the UK.     For other countries add the following airmail - Europe -  £6.00, USA  - £9 ($11 USD), Elsewhere - £7.