The concept of ‘Home’

Cover design of ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis.   I picked up a children’s book in a gift shop recently entitled ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis.  It illustrates, very beautifully and imaginatively, many different homes and the people or creatures that inhabit them. I’ve always found ‘home’ an interesting concept.  What is it that makes a ‘home’?  I suppose it means different … Read More

The Beauty of the Garden

Illustration by Inga Moore – from ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett   If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I am a lover of the great outdoors.  I also like historic places – houses and gardens – that have grown and matured with a succession of owners.  I enjoy the sense of continuity that comes … Read More

Joan Miro – Assemblage – Found Objects and Figures

Joan Miro – Figure and Bird, Bronze 1968   I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Barcelona this summer. Such an amazing city – lovely people and fabulous architecture. I was delighted by Gaudi, but I think the highlight for me was probably Fundacio Joan Miro.   It is a spacious purpose-built gallery situated on Montjuic with wonderful … Read More

C F Tunnicliffe: Ladybird Nature Series and ‘What to Look for in Autumn’

C F Tunnicliffe from The Ladybird Nature Series: ‘What to Look for in Autumn’   The Royal Academy in London recently hosted a small but beautifully curated exhibition of C F Tunnicliffe’s work.   I made reference to it in an earlier Instagram post. I have seen some of his wonderful engravings reproduced as cards but had completely forgotten that he … Read More

Poppy Seedheads and Paper Poppies

Drying Seedheads   We grow a variety of poppies in our garden along the border with the neighbouring field. I say ‘grow’ but they really seed themselves and pop up wherever the wind or birds distribute the seeds. I generally leave them be and let them thrive unless they invade the vegetable garden. I collect the heads and dry them … Read More

The Burning of the Leaves

Autumn Leaves As I write this we are fast approaching bonfire night.   All around the country people are heaping up leaves, twigs and acorns and buying Sparklers. If you follow my Instagram posts you will have noticed that I love the myriad forms and colours of autumn. This is the season I enjoy the most and perhaps it is no … Read More

Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes I come across numerous clay pipes – or fragments of them – on the foreshore. They are a common find for mud-larkers as most working men smoked tobacco in ‘days of yore’. What is fascinating is that they come in so many sizes, shapes and designs. The one with the Buffalo Head and letters RAOB (Royal Antedeluvian Society … Read More

Foreshore Finds

Foreshore Finds I spend a great deal of time looking at and recording surface textures and patterning. My instagram feed is testament to this. Here are a few pieces of Victorian china – fragments of broken plates, cups and other ceramic wares – that I have picked up on my mud-larking trips.   I collect odd shapes as well as colourful … Read More

Buddug

Enamel plate by ‘Buddug’ (Quote by Roahl Dahl) I have this plate hanging in my kitchen.  It is by a Welsh artist named Buddug.  It seems apt to share it here.  I love these sentiments as I find myself constantly observing with “glittering eyes the whole world around” me. I have signed up – rather belatedly – to Instagram in … Read More

Label

Label with stamps from a vintage Hat Box I am a keen photographer, snapping anything of interest I happen to come across.  I enjoy detail and am constantly drawn to surface textures, colours, tones, lines and marks on surfaces and objects.  I particularly enjoy old collectibles and curiosities, historic buildings, worn or disintegrating objects which suggest a fragility but also … Read More