Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wild Flowers: Forget-me-not


Wild Flowers: Forget-me-not: A shepherd was driving his flock over the Ilsenstein (mountain), when becoming weary, he leaned on his staff. The mountain instantly opened up to him, for his staff was made from the Springwort. Within, stood the mountain’s princess, the Princess Ilse, who invited the shepherd to fill his pockets with the hitherto hidden gold treasure. The shepherd was pleased to oblige the princess. Just as he was about to leave, his pockets stuffed, the princess called out: “Forget not the best!” She was alluding to his wonder-working staff, but the shepherd misconstrued her, thinking instead she referred to the best gold. He left his staff against the wall of rock and began gathering up more gold. At this, the mountain clashed together and cut him in two. Continue reading

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The Dust of Life


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
I’ve been busy over the past month with the book I’ve been writing and illustrating for Art House Co-op’s The Fiction Project 2011. The theme I chose for the project was I’m a Scavenger and I chose to use the theme to highlight the plight of child scavengers/street children around the world. Continue reading

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Wild Flowers: Herb Robert


… Herb Robert. This tiny flower is a particular favourite of mine and as it is commonly found in woodland, I come across it often on my trampings. It has some other colourful names too: Red Robin, Death Come Quickly, Stinking Robert, Cuckoo’s Eye, Bloodwort and Robert Geranium. Continue reading

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Wild Flowers: The Dandelion


Spring is a river in full flow here in England and while out walking I’ve also been visually documenting its presence. The commonest of our wild flowers is a delight to the eyes after the visual deprivation of a long cold grey winter. And our commonest wild flowers and plants are often taken for granted, so I decided to do a short series of blogs on a selection of them. Ann Isik, author of ‘L’Isle-Adam’: http://www.annisik.com/www.annisikarts.com
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The Fiction Project


… out of the choice of themes for The Fiction Project, I chose: I am a scavenger and I’m developing the project so as to draw attention to the disgraceful reality of child scavengers, homeless slumdogs abandoned to the waste heaps and streets around the world. There are a staggering 2 million street children/scavengers in The Philippines alone. And I’m talking about kids as young as 3 years. Continue reading

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