Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Elisa Marzano

I have just been out for a while with the moths, beetles and snails, looking at a new mini pond and evolving front garden, hoping to make it ever more appealing and welcoming to nature. This project 'Karma' by Italian illustrator  Elisa Marzano is intriguing and lovely with its evolving human/ insect combinations.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Elisa Caraeto

Elisa Caraeto an illustrator from São Paulo has caught that love of summer foliage, nature, and abundance in this illustration with the leaves breaking through the monochrome.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017


It is always good to remember that things don't have to be expensive or complicated. Last week I had great fun with potato prints, working beside my students.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lucy Sparrow I

After Alex Weir's cafe, it seems right to introduce you to Lucy Sparrow's felted convenience store. Where every single item has been created from felt. Lucy has already made a newsagents, sex shop, corner shops and this summer a convenience store in Manhattan, to say I love these crazy shops and their products is an understatement, this is the art of making smiles.
"Felt is a fabric that is synonymous with primary school, it often comes in very basic, bright colours and with a material like that you can approach subjects that might be more taboo and make them palatable and funny." Lucy Sparrow

“I want the work to make people think about the loss of community spaces when these small corner shops disappear,” said Sparrow. “To remind them how valuable these corner shops really are and the colour they bring to our lives.”

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Alex Weir

The joy that Alex Weir's SMEX cafe brought to Edinburgh College of Arts degree show, was boundless. Stepping through the doors of his cafe installation and being blessed with coffee and brownie. This was Alex's Hons Degree Show in Painting and everything was painted! The many menu's (each unique) were all sketchbooks and everything was brightly coloured irreverent fun,  a full breakfast of comic, paint, music, installation and design.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tim Rogers

Abstract paintings by Tim Rogers as part of his Glasgow School of Art, degree presentation, the ones above reminded me of a confetti of fallen petals.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Stephanie Blake I

Stephanie Blakes' art is exuberant and dynamic just like its creator, she loves juxtapositions of photography, poetry, and imagery into bright assimilation's of culture. These are her collaged envelopes, visual time capsules.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Moth wings and glitter

I have been working on some paintings for a change and have embarked on a series of moths. 
With all my illustration and art I am often trying to get people to realise the beauty and value of animals that for some reason people tend to dislike. The top painting is 2 ft square and is a brimstone Moth that a long tail tit was chasing through my garden. The bottom painting is larger at 1 meter square and is of two ermine moths. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Shine Robert Christensen

Shine Robert Chistensen's sculpture show from Glasgow School of Art was a gathering of growth, a celebration of the natural world with jars and bottles of frothing roots, stacks of leaf skeletons, effervescent masses of moss and branches of Giant Hog Weed.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Roots. Dr Jerry Glover and Jim Richardson

Dr Jerry Glover has been researching root dynamics and soil organic carbon and exploring the possibilities and ramifications of changing our agricultural production from annuals to perennials. 
These incredible images are of (top to bottom) Missouri Goldenrod, Compass Plant and Wheatgrass were taken by Jim Richardson to document Dr Jerry Glovers findings. The composite photographs, eight to fourteen per plant were stitched together in vertical panoramas to try to capture the incredible 14 foot structures.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Jenni Crompton

These are some details of Jenny Crompton's; 'Sea, Country Spirits' which won the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale
Jenny Crompton studied acting and yet moved to art with no formal study she explored wood carving and other materials these incredible sculptures are woven from wire and assembled with found objects such as shells, feathers and grasses collected when walking. 

"In Sea Country Spirits, there are three large totems – a flying fox, from the land; a bird, representing sky; and a fiddler ray, representing the sea. These three totems were the inner circle around which the other spirits had to be formed. Nothing was drawn or pre-thought except for the first three totems; I kept the process loose. When I was making, I was thinking about things that I can see but not in a representational way, instead allowing a feeling of what it says to me. Circling these three totems are smaller sculptures that are representations from the sky, land and sea; they range from quite representational into purely abstracted forms. I did not think in a specific way, but I started making and let the shapes evolve by themselves. All the pieces have been decorated by the found objects from the land. I had to take in to account which objects could be sewn back in. After the pieces have been sprayed white, the found objects were attached, but they dictated how the object would be constructed." Jenny Crompton