Category Archives: Aesthetics

Kathy Hays’ Eco Print Video Workshop and Experimenting on Raw Silk from Koza Han


I keep writing about Kathy Hays’ video eco print workshop in my recent experiments with eco printing and natural dyeing, so I thought I’d post a You Tube video taster of the workshop. In my next blog I’m going to … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Eco/Natural Dyeing and Printing, Printmaking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rorschach as Poetry: A Suite of Eco Prints on Watercolour Paper Postcards


Another experiment using a technique (creating mirror images) from Kathy Hays’ video eco print workshop. Instead of silk fabric, I’ve used a book of watercolour postcards I’ve had for a couple of years awaiting activation. I’m very pleased with these. … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Blogging, Creativity, Eco/Natural Dyeing and Printing, Inspiration, Nature Journal, Printmaking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Art Quotes I Like and Why: Picasso Takes an Idea for a Walk


“I begin with an idea … and then it becomes something else.”   Pablo Picasso I like this quote simply because to know that I have the same mindset as the most influential artist of all time is encouraging. I … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Creativity, Inspiration | Leave a comment

Just a Thought: No 1


An odd thought sometimes drops into that maze of neurons between my ears, so I’m thinking it might be a good idea to write these oddities down in blog form, as a more dynamic – interactive – way of recording … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Art Journal, Creativity, Inspiration, spirituality | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Taking a Red Cabbage (and an Apple) for a (Low Calorie) Walk


With apologies to Paul Klee for misquoting his famous definition of drawing (that it is … taking a line for a walk). This is a red line that’s been taken for a walk. Well, … more like a spin. A … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Allotmenteering, Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

In Praise of Slow


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau Here’s another from my latest batch of eco prints on silk. I took the batch outside to photograph. I thought how well this print looked … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Collage & Assemblage, Creativity, Eco/Natural Dyeing and Printing, Ecology, Encaustic Art, Inspiration, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Research, spirituality, Stitch, Stitch, Stones | Leave a comment

Art Quotes I Like and Why II: Yayoi Kusama and the Polka Dot


“A polka dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the whole energy of the world and our living life, and also the form of the moon which is calm … Polka dots are a way … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Research | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Weybourne, Roger Ackling and Transfiguration


I wrote recently about my discovery of the late artist and teacher Roger Ackling. An article about Ackling in Resurgence & Ecology magazine had intrigued me; it was a review of a book –  Between the Lines –  memorials and … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, book review, Creativity, Drawing, Inspiration, spirituality, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Artist who Drew with the Sun; the Meissner Effect and the Apostle Paul


The Artist who Drew with the Sun is the heading over an article in Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The artist is Roger Ackling, who died in 2014. Excerpted: “One does not have to know how to bring meaning to one’s life: searching is to bring … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Christian writing, Creativity, Eco/Natural Dyeing and Printing, Ecology, Inspiration, Reviews, Science, Sculpture, Walking, Walking Art | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Squares Activated and the Importance of Boundaries


I took the photo on the left a few days ago. Had I taken it the day before, you’d not have been able to see the squares of veggies (the wooden frames) for the height of the grass surrounding them.  We … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Allotmenteering, Art, Blogging, Creativity, Ecology, Inspiration, spirituality, Vegetarianism | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment