Category Archives: Writing

11th WordPress Blogging Anniversary


That quote defines why I write. When I started to write this blog, I didn’t know that was why I write. It whets my appetite for mapping to have two (or more) seemingly disparate events occur and to know – … Continue reading

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A Return to Painting


The above image marks a surprise return to painting after a good number of years during which I painted only sporadically and without much success. Life and all that. An email arrived earlier this year, out-of-the-blue, inviting me onto a … Continue reading

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Tricks of Light I


2019 was not a year for blogging. I didn’t plan it that way. But from late spring onwards, what plans I had for the year were snatched away and I was flying by the seat of my pants. 2020 is … Continue reading

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Cecil Collins: Fools and Angels


“Artists can do something more: they can vanquish the lie.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn Continue reading

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Eve Fumes at that Snake – and on Paying Attention


I did something very silly. Shocking. Earlier in the year, I decided I was only going to post blogs to which I could attach the completed artworks that arose from the ideas expressed in the blog. And in so doing, … Continue reading

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A Tiny Poem for the 44th and Last of the Page Spreads for the Tiny Sketchbook Project


 

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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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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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Dear Westminster City Council Planning Department: Emmeline Pankhurst Statue


Dear Westminster City Council Planning Department, After a fight, a statue of Dame Millicent Fawcett, suffragist, was erected earlier this year in Parliament Square, the first statue of a woman ever to be placed there. This, together with the statue … Continue reading

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