Category Archives: Reviews

Hope: Satish Kumar Talking at 42 Acres, Shoreditch, London, April 2017


As promised in my blog Soil Soul Society, about the inaugural 42 Acres talk in their new London venue, here is the You Tube video made at the event, which I attended. I particularly liked Satish’s comments on Hope towards … Continue reading

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M(ann) Meets M(ann) in Stamford


I had to be in Lincolnshire a couple of weeks back and dropped in on Lincoln. The first and last time I visited Lincoln’s cathedral was a staggering 46 years ago. All I could recall of that visit was the … Continue reading

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The Space of Possibility


I was supposed to write about Weybourne in this blog but in the meantime visited the Georgia O’Keeffe and Wilfred Lam exhibitions at Tate Modern. There’s a difference between viewing art in real life and online. The Internet has made it … Continue reading

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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

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Ann Isik: Artworks


I’ve been beavering away most of this week at a new web site for showcasing my artworks. I hope you’ll visit  Ann Isik: Artworks and especially, I’d appreciate your feedback. I’m still tweaking it but I decided this afternoon I’d … Continue reading

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Bees and Trees: More on Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk: Colour


‘ve already reviewed some of Lynn Krawczyk’s book Intentional Printing. Being creatively handicapped to a degree with a broken shoulder, I’m at least and at last able to devote more time to studying in greater depth the how-to mixed media books I’ve been collecting and list on my page Recommended Books for Mixed Media Artists.

I’ve been reflecting on Chapter One, Exploring Intentional Printing, particularly the section on colour.

“It’s important to spend … time thinking about how color makes you feel.” Continue reading

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Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk


I promised a while back that I’d try out and report back on the techniques presented in the books I’m listing on my Recommended Books For Mixed Media Artists page. I planned on doing one a week. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Scoring skies, scoring ice, scoring wax


This You Tube video is of artist Ben Hecht creating encaustic artworks, sharing his methods and his philosophy. When he is scoring into his surface, he reminds me of the scoring made by ice skates on ice. I’ve blogged already about how, when I used to do ice dance, I was always excited if first on the rink and thus first to score marks into the pristine surface of the ice. Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo VIII: Rilla of Ingleside


Reading the Anne series is proving profitable as a writer. I’ve cried and I’ve laughed over the exploits of the characters, who are all drawn so brilliantly. The voice of each is distinct. Rilla brings vividly to life, the ways in which people coped with having to watch their sons, brothers, friends, lovers, go off to war and with the acute awareness that they may never, perhaps, see them again.

Though, as I say, Rilla is the darkest book, it has its humour. Here’s an extract which brings together Susan, Anne’s long-time housekeeper/cook/maid and Gertrude Oliver, local schoolteacher and boarder at Ingleside. Continue reading

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What I’m reading right now: or, Ann of Adam’s Garden


“I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people know more … though I know that is the noblest ambition … but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time … Continue reading

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