Friday, 13 April 2018

Detail from a 17th century Coat of Arms 

Positioned above a fireplace, it lay hidden under a layer of paint until the last century. Marvellous work: so fluent. I wonder if the herald painter used a template or stencil. I'll post more later.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

A weekend spent moulding plaster

Ha, does anyone want to volunteer to do my washing up?


Did you see my adapted 'apple-a-day' saying on Twitter?
It reads "One creative act a day keeps the doctor well away."
A pic to show progress on 'twigpot' - slow but steady.











A bit like archaeology


Days when you have to make your own fun . . .
They come along, don't they, often unexpectedly. Mine arrived as a result of my plan to make a twigpot - a free-form shape that I can drill holes in to hold spring blossom and leaves.

Now that I've turned off all news media (see below), my phone, and have given Deliveroo the run of my iPhone (not used as my 'phone' if you see what I mean), it's up to me to entertain myself. So, it's on with the plastic apron, out with the spatulas and the great unmoulding can begin. 

This is what it looks like at the moment.
















I've turned off all news media - and not just for the holidays
It was easy. I just removed the news media buttons off my iPhone (press until the wobbly crosses come up then hit the crosses on the stuff you want to delete).

And now I have a new and surprising freedom away from the alarums and chatter.

After all, who are these overweening people who seem to have taken over our lives?

Do we owe them a living? Do we like the subjects they're writing about? Maybe we think we need the constant news updates and reports. Do we feel we are owed this as part of the democratic process? Think how it feels from the other side (if I can use that term in a non-partisan way) to be constantly harassed and criticised by the media and followers of the media for doing a job the harassers and critics couldn't do, and that in any case one was elected or recruited to do. Democracy is complicated and that perhaps is part of the problem. Nothing created by man (if I can use that term in a non-gendered way) is perfect. It needs revising; it needs to evolve, to become more functional, to work truer and better.

What do you think? [comments below]

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Snowflakes on spider webs

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Scrunched up snowflakes on plants
in the yard and a spider web.

Monday, 26 February 2018



Monday 26 February 2018
This Convolvulus has already travelled along a windowsill, across a yard, up a wall and is now on its way along a railing. It does this every single year.

Friday, 23 February 2018

One way of dealing with painting and decorating

Friday 23 February 2018
The result of painting and decorating is good - rather like recovering from flu - but the process is extremely stressful and goes on too long. Living surrounded by sanding dust and paint pots, I decided to make a feature of it. No trying to live with painting gear crammed indiscriminately under the stairs. This is my bedroom.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February 2018
A visit to the V&A's magnificent new entrance in Exhibition Road (described on my other blog). Inside, the Collections seem lit anew. Jacob Epstein made this Portrait of Albert Einstein in 1933 when Einstein was briefly staying in the UK. The sculptor said that Einstein's face delighted him: "his glance contained a mixture of the humane, the humorous and the profound . . . He resembled the ageing Rembrandt."

You'll find it in the Victoria and Albert Sculpture Galleries on the ground floor where it's on loan from the Tate.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018
Join in and welcome! I have just purchased what might be the ultimate save money and save the planet device. A Thermos bottle. Have you found your own way of saving while limiting your use of disposable containers like coffee mugs?