We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back This painting is on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And aout her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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Greta Thunberg

The First Dog on the Moon and ‘The Greta Thunberg Problem’, published today in The Guardian – an amazing young person and my favourite cartoon: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/27/the-greta-thunberg-problem-so-many-men-freaking-out-about-the-tiny-swedish-climate-demon And her speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April), Greta urges MEPs to “start panicking about climate change” rather than “waste time arguing about Brexit”. Related Images:

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autumn storm painting

I was attracted to using a different shape of canvas to help this composition, Autumn Storm – of trees along a hedgerow, of sky, with movement along the painting as we do when we walk in the open countryside or even travelling in a car and watching the passing scenes. So here in the painting which is 30cm x 120cm (12x48in), and showing four linking details. Click on each for a larger view and use the arrows below each image: Related Images:

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pears

So many pears on the pear tree this year. This first ‘Pears’ painting is looking down onto the fruits on the table by my easel, looking simply at the colours and shapes with dark outline, as an abstract representation: Then from the side, three pears. The grouping and the quality of the surface of the pears which had dropped to the ground in the wind. Here they are shown where I placed them on a window ledge to ripen. On completion of this small painting, I recalled the beautiful drawings of pears by Martha Alf, done using a 4B pencil on paper, tiny marks placed to create the variations in… Read More

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World Environment Day

5th June “It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/ https://www.worldenvironmentday.global Today I’ve collected and replanted 3 little oak trees. These were seedlings from last autumn’s acorns, growing in my vegetable plots. They’ll be planted out in the woodland in October. Trees help to combat global heating by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our woodland was planted in December 2000, it’s now well-established and home to many wildlife. Related Images:

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Frank Bowling

Why have I not heard of this artist? Or as Jonathan Jones wrote: why hasn’t 85-year-old Frank Bowling been honoured with lots of big museum shows before now?  Two of the large abstract canvases now on show at the Tate exhibition ) Frank Bowling moved to New York in 1966 and his great paintings of the early 70s are very much of the American expressionism of that time. Read more by Jonathan Jones (in the Guardian online )

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rapid decline of natural ecosystems

“We should have gone to the doctor sooner. We are in a bad way” Prof Andy Pervis, Natural History Museum, London, and author of the UN Global Assessment Report, in The Guardian 07/05/2019 “Make no mistake, this report will change your life,” says .  Prof David Reay at the University of Edinburgh, in The Guardian online 02/05/2019 “The health of ecosystems on which we and other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of enemies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide….. we have lost time. We must act now” Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity… Read More

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