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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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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Van Gogh trees

Van Gogh painted these weather-beaten pine trees six months before his death, during his stay in the Saint-Rémy hospital. He made 20 paintings and sketches of the pine trees in and around the asylum. Trees held a special resonance for Van Gogh and in numerous letters he expressed his belief in their spiritual and anthropomorphic qualities. Occasionally he saw his own state of being reflected in their fate and he found their strength and capacity to endure nature’s fury inspiring. (Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Victoria) This and more images at the Kroller-Muller Museum, Netherlands. Related Images:

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Bearah Tor trees

A walk to Bearah Tor on Bodmin Moor, not far from my studio. Very hot, each low hawthorn tree was providing shelter to a sheep with her lamb.  Stopped to make a few quick sketches on my phone pad (new to me – I like it, though it’s very small and maybe use a pointed tool rather than my finger)     Then in water colours.                                Back in the studio I made a series of small oil paintings:                     see the tree series      … Read More

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Notter Tor on Bodmin Moor

A morning walk on Bodmin Moor through woodlands to Notter Tor, the colours were beautiful – these will be on my palette for new paintings in the coming weeks: greys of granite and lichen, yellow-green of moss and crimson-pinks stonecrop, and of course the brilliant bluebells creating a carpet across the side of the tor and springing up amongst the boulders:             Related Images:

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nature deficit syndrome

On my early morning walk this morning – as I marvelled at the number of small woodland flowers, blossom on the blackthorn (above) and wild cherry, the sound of the woodpecker and an owl calling, and listened to beautiful birdsong –  I reflected two articles I’ve recently read, voicing concerns that children are ‘retreating from the world of outside’. A local GP, writing in a Tavistock publication, urging more outdoor activity for health and wellbeing benefits. Also trumpeting the need to keep our footpaths easy to use and help people to get out and use them more! Great – I’ve done various voluntary work to help keep footpaths open, and well done to the Ramblers for all… Read More

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lichen and clean air

Trees on Bodmin Moor – and in my garden – are draped with lichen, testament to the clean air that we are very fortunate to enjoy here in Cornwall.  Another lichen in wonderful ochre colours is on the granite in my studio, on granite pillars that were originally the outside of the barn. Lichens are highly sensitive to air quality, some are sensitive to nitrogen though some are nitrogen-loving  – see this lichen identification guide. Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the UK – recently on TV news about schools in cities where the children are exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles. Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels in… Read More

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