Author Archives: AnnIsikArts

About AnnIsikArts

Artist/Writer, Proofreader/Copy Editor

New Year’s Resolutions? I’ve Only Got the One: Clean Up My Room


I was painting the kitchen ceiling and in between brushstrokes came upon a newspaper article headed How Dangerous is Jordan B Peterson/The Right Wing Professor Who Hit a Hornets’ Nest? And I thought, “Who the hell is Jordan B Peterson?” … Continue reading

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Mark Making, The Zen of Seeing, the Byzantine Monocondyle and the Seven Bridges of Königsberg


Warning: really long blog coming up. (I had to do a really long poetic walk this time). The quote opening my blog of 29 August was from  The Zen of Seeing: Frederick Franck. Intrigued, I sent for the book. In parallel … Continue reading

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On the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice: Shanks, E., 100 Years Dead, Not Forgotten


‘O lad that I loved, there is rain on your face, And your eyes are blurred, and sick with the plain.’  –  Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967):  I Stood with the Dead (June 1918) My maternal grandfather’s younger brother Edwin was killed … Continue reading

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Black Bean Dye and Black Bean Soup


“Beans, you know, are beautifully shaped, like a new church, like modern architecture, like a planned city”  ― Janet Frame, Scented Gardens for the Blind My love affair with Titanium oxalate continues … In my search for blue, I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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A Titanic Love Affair, Horse Chestnut Husk Dye and Mordanting with Moses the Chemist


My titanic love affair has little to do with those 12 sprogs/pre-Olympian gods of Uranus, less still the ill-fated ship of that name. I’m in love with the oxalate of a mineral element,  Titanium Oxalate (C4O8Ti) which is a new … Continue reading

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Be strong, even if it breaks your heart –  Dr Who This resonated. I wondered for a brief moment how being strong would break the heart. Then thought: Sophie’s Choice. I reckon there comes a time we all have to … Continue reading

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Homage to Nature


“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.”   ~ Aristotle

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Working Like Snow


“Like Snow
Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.”

~Wendell Berry Continue reading

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Look What Turned Up in the Garden – Common Stinkhorn


In fact two of these little fellers turned up in the garden. And that’s not sexist writing. Its Latin name is Phallus Impudicus and according to Wikipedia: “Botanist John Gerard called it the “pricke mushroom” or “fungus virilis penis effigie” … Continue reading

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The Season of Bowls


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