I’ve been gone on Instagram for a while, but here I am back again with a drawing. Ballpoint on paper.
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
I painted this with my fingers on iPad. Strange how tactile this techno-painting can be! I’m happy that the window box plants are higher than my head. Seems important, somehow.
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.
Here is another family portrait, of my erstwhile stepmother, the opera singer Maria Ewing, singing Carmen. Check it out on Youtube.
There are Magnolia buds and sweet cherry blossoms braving the icey winds, it’s almost Spring in London.
This pattern is my fairwell to Winter and to herald the tiny flowers of Spring.
The Magna Carta was signed by King John at Runnymede, on 15th June 1215. Today being the 15th January, I’m five months early for the 800th anniversary. That’s because I’m also celebrating the impact of the Magna Carta on America, where it became an icon of Liberty under Law, and the basis for the Constitution.
The Magna Carta is a uniquely important document, enshrining Free Speech and ‘Habeas Corpus’ in law. This print, “My Magna Carta 800”, is my homage to the ‘Great Charter’. It’s based on an oil painting I did last year.