blue upon blue

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution. We’ve been arguing about climate change, and whether it exists and what is changing, for the better part of 40 years … “Let’s not… Read More

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lexicon

I walked around the woodland today, looking for the shapes that emerge, the lines that criss-cross, the marks that I accept in a painting. These are ‘found’ as I work on the paintings, rather than pre-determined. I learn as I go, trying to work out how much to include or overpaint, add a veil over, scratch through or re-state. I see these marks recurring in my paintings: my lexicon that I draw on.     Related Images:

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Bearah

A fantastic walk to Bearah Tor earlier this week, on a brilliantly sunny day. Up the lane from Blackcombe towards the quarry (see a map) then leaving the lane to follow the little stream to find the parish boundary stone. Crossing left back over the lane to climb Bearah Tor, from here you can look down on the workings going on in the Bearah Quarry where granite is dressed for restoration work on Cornish buildings and other projects.   The walk helped me find shapes to use in my work this week in the granite boulders on the tor.   I’m using cold wax as a medium with oil paints, a methodology outlined… Read More

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stillness

I love the different moods of winter. For a few days now there has been a grey mist across the valley, shrouding the hills. It’s very quiet. The trees veiled, motionless; steadfast; enduring. So for these paintings I’m using cold wax as a medium so that I can layer a veil over the darker tree-like shapes, than making marks either through the wax, or adding another layer.     Related Images:

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