Posts Tagged ‘Kingston Chamber of Commerce


Spooky Stuff and Cats

The painting below was done for the Eureka Magazine produced for the Kingston Chamber of Commerce by The Creative People. The painting is oil on paper 10″ x 14″ and available for sale . It is also available as a limited edition giclee print the same size.

Kingston Bridge - Lee Campbell

Kingston Bridge – Lee Campbell

 New perspectives:

Every year I produce 3 x tiny post card-sized paintings for the The Royal College’s ‘Secret Exhibition‘: and this year was delighted to be contacted by someone who had queued to buy one of my paintings of roses. She had missed out as the queue was very long so requested that I make her a copy which I was delighted to do. The painting had actually been done with my left hand as I was still having trouble with the right, so it is a comfort to know that I have useful degree of dexterity in both.

RCA 'Secret' Roses-Lee Campbell

RCA ‘Secret’ Roses-Lee Campbell

FLIMMERN-GEISTS – Flicker Spirits

Shadow People or dark hooded figures that can only be see with your peripheral vision

The words “Flimmern” and “Geist” are Germanic in origin and translate as Flicker-Spirits or Flicker-Guides. This unexplained phenomenon was first described by the alchemist Jakob Bohme in the 16th Century as the ability to see shadowy figures out of the corner of your eye. Generally, these beings flicker in-and-out of a person’s peripheral vision and appear to be humanoid, dark and agile. The truth is that almost every person alive has at some time seen a fast moving shadow just at the edge of their vision and turned to look but seen nothing more. These observations are most often accompanied by shivers, chills and a sensation that something odd has happened. Scientists are quick to suggest that this phenomenon is just a “trick of the eyes” but fail to explain both how and why. Some explainable scientific phenomena: Halos –

Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre




It is possible that these unexplained apparitions are just the hallucinations of the brain as it tries to decipher the edge of visual perception but others believe that it is in this marginal zone that the eye and the mind is able to perceive another more paranormal dimension. These Flickering Spirits are often described as being cloaked but those that have trained themselves to observe this phenomenon simply describe a blurred outline that can easily be mistaken for dark clothing. According to late 16th century culture and superstition, these Flimmern-Geists were largely associated with death. They may well have given rise to the popular image of the “Grim Reaper” the personification of Death – a dark hooded figure that flickered in-and-out of a person’s vision shortly before they died. There is a current school of occult thought that proposes that these “Flicker-Ghosts” are somehow the guides that lead a person’s soul to the afterlife. The reality is that nobody really knows why or how individuals see these things but there is no doubt that many millions do. In fact, so many humans see them that they treat them as just-one-of those-things that, you know, just happen.

Presence - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Presence – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Can objects contain ‘spirits’ I wonder? The Japanese have a wide variety of ghosts including those who inhabit objects such as ships. The above painting holds multiple meanings for me and a positive and guarding energy normally emanates from it but on one occasion it was the source of a ‘flicker – spirit’ which caused a visitor’s dog to leap up and run after it. My current series of work has involved issues of absence and perceived presences:

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Haiku - oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

Haiku – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

What does a ghost look like ?? Each culture has it’s own concept of what a ghost looks like and it’s interesting to note that the image of the floating white/grey figure as a ghost has only existed in British culture since Victorian times along with seances and ectoplasm.

Hammersmith Ghost 1804

Hammersmith Ghost 1804




ghost-of-kanada-koheiji Japanese Ghosts All 3 images represent Japanese Ghosts and I wonder which of these my readers feel to be the most representative to their own personal idea of a ‘ghost’?
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Finally – CATS!!

Charla White: One for cat lovers:



Commissions and Prints – Updated 2015

Past Commissions

Tribute to Turner - oil on canvas 5' x 3' Lee Campbell

Tribute to Turner – oil on canvas 5′ x 3′ Lee Campbell

Having copied the above painting as closely as possible from Turner’s ‘Fighting Temeraire’ I have so much respect for him. Imprecision when painted so perfectly, is harder to emulate than something precise and specific.

There are many historical inaccuracies in the painting, for example the masts and sails would not have been visible as the old sailing ship was being towed to the wrecker’s yard to be broken down. She had been lying at Sheerness Dock for some time where her splendid masts, 98 cannons , anchors etc. would have been removed. There would have been two steam tugs towing her and because she is being towed westwards up the River Thames to Rotherhide the sunset would not be behind her and the delicate crescent moon on the far left would not have been visible.

Such factual details are insignificant when the power of the image lies in it’s symbolism and nostalgia. The end of the Royal British Navy’s era of fighting sailing ships and the contrast between the dignity, grace and beauty of “Saucy’ (as the sailors used to call her) and the dirty metallic modern steam boat is starkly evident. The ‘Temeraire’ had played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 but 30 years later has become redundant and is recommissioned.

The fact that Turner had created this painting in his later years, kept it in his studio and referred to it as his ‘darling’ suggests that he may have also identified with something great in it’s twilight years and being past it’s best.

The experience of walking the footsteps of such a master has left me humbled and reassured that my motto ‘Never let reality get in the way of a good painting’ is surely justified.

To see a map of the interior of the ship and the battle damage she sustained – see

Orleans House - Lee Campbell

Orleans House – Lee Campbell

White Lodge - Lee Campbell

White Lodge – Lee Campbell

Melinda's Sunset - Lee Campbell

Melinda’s Sunset – Lee Campbell

Sunset Bushy

Bushy Park – Lee Campbell

Emma's Sunrise - Lee Campbell

Emma’s Sunrise – Lee Campbell

Pembrook Wedding - Lee Campbell

Pembrook Wedding – Lee Campbell

Sailing – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Adrian Rocks’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Petersham Golden Green – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Kingston Bridge - Lee Campbell

Kingston Bridge – Lee Campbell

Cardiff Bay - Lee Campbell

Cardiff Bay – Lee Campbell

MG on Embankment - Lee Campbell

MG on Embankment – Lee Campbell

RCA Secret Postcard Roses - Lee Campbell

RCA Secret Roses – Copy- Lee Campbell

Thames Dawn - Lee Campbell

Thames Dawn – Lee Campbell

The Savoy -  - Lee Campbell

The Savoy – – Lee Campbell

To Commission an Original Oil Painting

The above are all commissions – some from photos sent to me and some from my own research – some more intricate than others but all have taken me out of my comfort zone providing exciting challenges.

To commission a piece of original art work from all I need is your photo/s and the dimensions of the finished piece – from this I can give a quote and the approx. time of completion. I ask for a 50% deposit (PayPal or BACS) and the remainder is paid on collection of the finished piece. I work closely with my clients providing regular e mail updates.

In order to work out the best size for your space – tape a sheet of paper to the wall and measure this.

Available Prints

The following Giclee Prints are available from ‘Frames’ in Twickenham or from the artist

Embankment – Lee Campbell

White Swan Twickenham - Lee Campbell

White Swan Twickenham – Lee Campbell

Twickenham Green – Lee Campbell

Teddington Lock - Lee Campbell

Teddington Lock – Lee Campbell

Rowing Club - Lee Campbell

Twickenham Rowing Club – Lee Campbell

Eel Pie Autumn - Lee Campbell

Eel Pie Autumn – Lee Campbell

Golden DaysPap

Golden Days – Lee Campbell

October Gold

October Gold – Lee Campbell

Frozen Blue - Lee Campbell

Frozen Blue – Lee Campbell

Marble Hill House - Lee Campbell

Marble Hill House – Lee Campbell

‘Twickenham Gold’ –  Lee Campbell

Twickenham Mist – Lee Campbell

‘Twickenham Blue’ – Lee Campbell

Union Jack/Roses - Lee Campbell

Union Jack/Roses – Lee Campbell

The Thames November Draw Off

 This new series of local scenes feature the ‘draw off’ which takes place each November between Richmond and Teddington Locks to allow for the river bank to be cleared of debris. This year the draw off will last until 25th Dec to allow for repairs to Richmond Lock gates, apparently they are waiting on a cable to be sent from Russia.
This can result in some unusual views of the riverbed dotted with feeding birds – swans, ducks, coots, gulls, rooks, crows, cormorants, grebes and herons can all be seen easily from the bridge over to the island.  Whilst these low tides reveal many horrors to be cleaned away by volunteers, they also reveal all sorts of treasures normally hidden beneath the waters. Under the rocks are hundreds of freshwater shrimps, crabs and  eels. These range from 2-inch elvers right up to more mature specimens over a foot long. Marine biologists from the Zoological Society of London have previously recorded he freshwater gastropod, the river snail, pea muscles, zebra muscles, freshwater cockles, swan muscles, leeches and flatworms.

‘Twickenham November’ – oil on paper Lee Campbell

Draw Off – Sunday