Thursday, 25 August 2016

Cat and shed

Working on a few experimental pictures. Still very much in a development phase.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

More cutting...

A quick bit of cutting out this evening before bed.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Some more paper cutting - trying out a new knife I bought today.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Leaving card

Someone in the cafe is leaving today.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Birthday card

Birthday card design for someone. Pen and ink illustration with layered card elements on printed background pattern.

Sunday, 14 August 2016


It is now quite common to find heaps of sewage sludge piled in the corner of fields awaiting future spreading. As it has all been processed only a faint residual whiff hints of its human origins. I passed a large heap today and was amazed to see it covered with a huge mass of tomato plants. Perhaps, of all the seeds we regularly eat, these pass through our digestive tract undigested and the find themselves in a nutrient rich environment in which to grow. I am reminded how nettles are an indicator species of human habitation in that they too like nutrient rich soils derived from human or animal waste. I am not quite sure if I will be going back in a few weeks time to gather a tasty crop though!

New beginnings?

It feels a long time since I have sat in a field, or anywhere in the countryside and just had a quiet time. I have cycled up onto some nearby hills on a cloudy and warmish summer morning. Many of the fields have been combined and I have just seen a farmer drive round one field checking whether some wheat was ready to harvest. It was and a Class Lexion 770 combine appeared later on much to my delight.

It is quiet. Apart from the usual distant background hum of planes and cars the most immediate sounds around me are an occasional fly, a few birds and crows and the rustling of maize leaves in the breeze. There seems to be lots of tiny spiders everywhere.

Having just returned from a week in Kent it is refreshing to be back in some more open countryside. Kent felt rather claustrophobic with high hedges and tree-enclosed winding roads. I didn't feel I got to know the landscape much beyond various National Trust gardens and a few beaches. Rye was very picturesque and I would like to go back there again.

Strange though it may seem, one of the most inspiring things was looking through the window of an art gallery in Cranbrook that had unfortunately closed a few minutes earlier. There I saw some artwork that seemed, at last, to instil in me a vision for where I could take my own personal artwork. I also saw some interesting art in a gallery in Rye. What I need to do now is to settle down and get a few things worked up and then see how they develop and what reaction get. I am excited as I have had a few false starts in the past few years. Now I have something that I am sure I can truly grab hold of and hopefully I will add a bit of a craft element to my artwork as well which could be fun. Things often take time with me. I have to be patient and then things are shown to me at the appropriate time. I will post something when I am ready.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Garden Scene

Something vaguely based on Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds.