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027a&b – Dartmoor Bowermans Nose

By 16th August 2016Mailart

027 - Dartmoor Bowermans Nose Back

A standard report from a holiday in Dartmoor, where the writer recounts visiting a trout farm, which sounds like a bit of a disappointment and seeing the ponies getting ready for market, this image, of Bowermans Nose posed quite a challenge in terms of the sheer number of lines I had to do.

I used coloured fineliners to outline the grass and trees, which were not my usual fineliner, and weren’t waterproof, but the watercolour merged with the colour so it worked out ok in the end.

027b - Dartmoor Bowermans Nose

Bowermans Nose is one of the strangest rock outcrops on Dartmoor, and legend has it that it is the remains of a Bowerman the hunter and his pack of hounds. Bowerman was the only person in Dartmoor who was not afraid of witches and one day, the witches set a trap for the fearless hunter and turned him and his dogs to stone. Bowerman was a popular man in the moors and, when the local people saw  Bowermans nose, they rose up and chased the witches from Dartmoor.

027a - Dartmoor Bowermans Nose

They all apparently mounted their brooms and took off to Wales and thanks to Bowerman you’ll not find any witches in Dartmoor these days


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  • That looks like fun. So glad you enjoyed Mr Bowerman, he one of two heroes in my new children’s book, ‘The Non-Story of Ignatius Bowerman’ available on Amazon

    • andytgeezer says:

      Hi Fi, thanks for dropping by. Your book looks lovely, that’s a fabulous illustration on the cover. I was just telling the story to my wife this morning and it made her smile too and I’m pretty sure I’ll tell my little girl when she’s older too. I’d love to send this to you guys when I’ve finished my 365 (I’m saving them all til the end and will send them all out at once). If you’re happy to send me your address, I’ll put you it on one of the cards and you’ll get a surprise next year!

  • stripygoose says:

    Getting on for 28 years old that postcard (14p to send it would be good in 2016). Nice that it’s getting a second life on mailart365.
    I like the fineliner/watercolour technique – you sticking to that?

    • andytgeezer says:

      I tend to veer back to watercolour and fineliner and I’m starting to get really comfortable with it. My fineliners are all waterproof so they are the perfect complement to each other.

      Really glad I chose this theme – revisiting old cards is so much fun. Usually, the act of just reading a card is rather throwaway, but when I have spent a few hours recreating it, I can almost feel like I was the one who has been there and sent it.

  • andytgeezer says:

    Hey Stripygoose, we just posted the last comment at exactly the same time! 🙂

  • stripygoose says:

    That’s funny! Great story which I hadn’t come across before and I see you’re planning recipients already. Wow.

    A trip to all these places would be awesome!?! With a trip to Buck Pal (lunch with HRH), flower-gazing at Wisley and followed by tea at the Hive at Roeh Uni so we can admire chickens… It would make quite an excursion.

    • andytgeezer says:

      Sign me up for Nosy Komba

      Later on, I plan to take a few trips to some places to take some photos to do halfs with photos, so may well be getting to some of the places, but yes definitely worth some Mailart themed trips.

      After seeing the titanic effort you had to put in to find recipients at the end, I thought it would make sense to get started early and I plan to add the shop function soon to help get addresses and funds hopefully. Watch this space

    • andytgeezer says:

      *Cough* National Poultry show *cough*

  • stripygoose says:

    All good ideas. Mailart trip would be great fun – we almost did it with the gold postboxes. Sure we could make it child-friendly?!?
    The addresses-gathering did become a massive project and I was really helped by several mailartists along the way. Need to start my list of chicken-fans! 365 is a pretty big number. I wonder who now lives at the address the current postcard was sent to in 1988.

    • andytgeezer says:

      It is tempting to send one half to Fi and one half to the original address. I’m starting to fill in the spreadsheet that I was telling you about. I have to set this thing up for you! I’ve published the recipe on IFTTT, I reckon you can figure this out. It will really give you a headstart with your addressing

  • stripygoose says:

    Record no. of comments or shd we have headed for forum?

    • andytgeezer says:

      No definitely not. Forum for more general discussion I think, but these are all comments related to a post, so it seems natural to say them here.

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