I have been away some time! Exploring something new: the art of Crochet.
I’m incredibly inspired! Particularly by vintage work called Uncinetto, or Croché, traditionally done across Europe, South America and Mexico. I love Filet Crochet, and everything done in cotton particularly in white. Here are some samples in cotton and wool.
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.
This is an iPad drawing done on a rainy summer’s day in London…
There are always elements in drawings that come up through the subconscious. I tell myself I must stand by them even though they might puzzle me. Sometimes it takes weeks or months to understand what I’ve drawn.
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.
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
It’s my little cat, Lemon, or Citron (mon p’tit chat). A small yellow cat with a big personality. This is a recent computer painting from a study I did in 2011. A homage to George Stubbs’ painting, Whistlejacket, of 1762.