Green Chair

This iPad picture began as a man on a porch playing guitar in a hat. As I drew, it transformed and morphed and ended as a Parisian lady in a sitting room, under the same hat. The chair has a loose cover made of linen. Like in the film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce”, the hat remained the same as the owners changed. It’s like a small domestic story of metamorphosis.

Santa Monica 1970

This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring. 



First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.

It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”

There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th  HERE  




Archaeology Sardinia

A painting done on my iPad- based on a vintage photograph of archaeologists in Sardinia, taken in 1954. Note the genders, the sunny sky and the large menhir they’re leaning on.

Ercole Contu is on the right. To the left are archaeologists Maria Teresa Amorelli, Tea Coco, Massimo Pallottino, Gennaro Pesce and Giovanni Lilliu. The team are excavating at Mount Accoddi near Sassari. The temple complex there is the only known example in the Medditerranian basin of a Mesopotamian style ziggurat, or possibly step-pyramid, and dates to 3500-4000 BC.