Yellow, Sun, Winter (painting)

It’s winter. I am currently painting in a land that is winter yellow; Cornwall. It is surrounded by harsh explosive yellow gorse, then shades of yellow daffodils, prissy pale primroses, followed by powdery yellow willow. I’m finishing a willow dissection, which harbours a gorgeous squat yellowy glistening nectary. But first showing here is European Gorse dissected. The Gorse gave me beautiful objects to paint. I know Derek Jarman would appreciate them, especially the above detail. The mechanical hinge of theRead more

theirwork in Tornby

The project theirwork travelled to Northern Denmark this Summer to walk and map with a community in the town of Tornby. Over the Winter I am working to visualize and record the results of the walks for the community. They can then use them as mapping tools, and so can carry on to map in my absence. As a starter, here are the GPS track lines of their walks.Read more

In my herb garden this year: Part two

Carry on imagining the ellipse walked in part one, you got half way round, the chamomile bench was your rest point… you landed on the south side of the curve… Leading from the Chamomile bench: dry sunny bed Thymus Magic Carpet Magic Carpet Thyme, French Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus, Lemon Grass Cymbopogon citratus, Hyssop (white flowered) Hyssopus officinalis, Betony (white flowered) Stachys officinalis, Tree Spinach Chenopodium giganteum, Chicory Cichorium intybus, Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum, Red Chicory Cichorium intybus, Lavender Kew RedRead more

The Chamomile bench

 In my herb garden you can lie down on a carpet of Chamomile Double Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile ‘Flore Pleno’, Lawn Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile ‘Treneague’, Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile, Dyers Chamomile Anthemis tinctoria. And Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus and more Chamomile trails above you.Read more

In my herb garden this year: Part one

Imagine an ellipse, and walk (and smell) roughly clockwise On the steps and windowsills: pots Creeping Penny Royal Mentha pulegium, Thyme Thymus serpyllum v ar albus, Lavender Old English Lavandula angustifolia, Orange Scented Thyme Thymus fragrantissimus, Wormwood Artemisia absinthium Around and under the Globe Artichoke: dry bed Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum, Chives Allium schoenoprasum, Garlic chives Allium nutans, Bergamot Monarda didyma (potted), Yarrow Achillea millefolium (potted), Compact Marjoram Origanum vulgare ‘Compactum’ (potted), Creeping Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, Purple Sage Salvia officinalis,Read more

Cup collection and action

I just presented my disposable cup collection to a community in Northern Denmark (Jutland) You’ll be able to see it soon Plus, you’ll be able to add your own disposable or travel cups to it More laterRead more

Botanical assessment criteria

This is how I have to start assessing my botanical illustration – Anne-Marie Evans style – she just gave us (The Eden Project Florilegium Society) a masterclass Botanical veracity Includes structure of plant, correct scale, story of plant… Technical skill Includes perspective, colour, tonal value, light and shade, translucency, clarity… Aesthetic judgement Includes composition, balance, colour relations … Impact Includes the ‘wow factor’Read more

The plan: Floral diagrams

I’ve been looking at how I can develop some botanical knowledge outside my botanical illustration classes. Sally Corbet (a biologist and printmaker with a special interest in flowers and pollination) has suggested that I find a really good weeklong field trip to help build up my confidence and knowledge in this area. These courses are expensive and the right one hard to find. “What if you organised it so that a course came to you, to the place you areRead more

The grey goose has gone

May’s about to arrive. I’m looking forward to it. April’s been fun but I’ve been left with sadness. Three of my favourite people died in March and I’ve been coming to terms with this loss. On March 18th Anthony Minghella died. I couldn’t believe my ears. I was eagerly awaiting the screening of his latest film (set in Botswana) so he was already on my mind. Africa was also on my mind. I’ve hitch-hiked through Botswana and so I wantedRead more