Category Archives: Aesthetics

Homage to Nature


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

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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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I’m Back (with) Tacita Dean, Collectingness, Creativity and Health


The other day I was unpacking a box (yes, almost a year after our house move there are boxes yet to be opened) and came upon a small yet very heavy suitcase and on opening it found it housed my … Continue reading

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Taking a Walk with Pussy Willow An-Dro into the (Negative) Space of Possibility


Like the other eco prints on watercolour paper in  the  batch made the other week, this is a pair of mirror image prints. Quite by chance (if you believe in coincidence – I don’t) there’s an inner circle of imprints … Continue reading

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Secret Studio


This was my secret studio during the period of The Great Transition, where I began to discover the eco collograph.  It’s the shed at our allotment. It has a veranda which we closed in with trellising, including the trellis door … Continue reading

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First Art from Beyond The Great Transition: Eco Collographs with Healing Sumac and Turmeric, Light and Emily Dickinson


Picking up from where I left off before The Great Transition – which has taken all of six months and still living in some chaos – I was very happy to find a few hours to make a batch of … Continue reading

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Post-Walkabout, I Run into Archimedes and Tangerine Meg in the Pursuit of An Eco Collograph and Its Ghost


My Internet friend, and artist, Tangerine Meg, has just posted a blog listing different apologetics for Art, mentioning, among other things, the apparent dichotomy between Art and Science. That the dichotomy is just that, an apparency; that Art and Science … Continue reading

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Purple Sage, Accolade


Purple Sage (Eco Collograph) “Practicing creativity in every way we can think of feels like the most powerful response to current events that we can make. Adding to the beauty of the world and allowing our work to reflect the … Continue reading

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Eco Collograph: Human Days and a Scene in Paradise


“I have walked once in summer by the side of a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn. The mint and white hawthorn have with them a vivid, rare delicious perfume. It makes you want to grovel on the … Continue reading

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Eco Collographs: Shaking the Tree


What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?     Logan Pearsall Smith The image above is another of my experiments with eco collographs on 300gsm watercolour paper. Look like … Continue reading

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