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Christmas snow

Aren’t Christmas cards great! Not only do you get lovely messages from friends, but you get some beautiful art too! This card depicting a scene from a print by Utagawa Hiroshige caught my eye. It is a section of a larger work in which two woman stand either side of this scene, looking beyond theirContinue reading “Christmas snow”

Chasing the light

Where artists create images, photographers capture images and there can be a lot of fun in chasing just the right shot in the right light. I was driving through a real down-pour, windscreen wipers on double speed and after about 10 minutes I came into the most glorious sunshine. I knew those light conditions wouldContinue reading “Chasing the light”

Liquid Light

Photography has its own sense of play. Today I played with strong light to create shapes and different densities as the light filtered through the liquid, transforming the object into a beautiful picture. Great!

Space and Substance

John Minton’s illustrations are very striking! I wanted to see more of them, so I bought Elizabeth David’s book Mediterranean Food published in 1950, in which we find Minton’s illustrations that accompany the recipes. Then I decided to draw one of his illustrations – the frontispiece for the chapter on “Substantial Dishes”. Minton confines himselfContinue reading “Space and Substance”

Kingdom Come

I am warmed by the sun streaming through the window and lulled by the jazz filling the air, thick with mood – immersed in the atmosphere of the cafe. Shortly before, I was immersed in other music and other sensations: an airport’s international arrivals gate: people coming, passing through closed doors that smoothly and automaticallyContinue reading “Kingdom Come”

Time Was Away

It was the simplicity of line that drew me to this illustration on a book cover of a travel book, published soon after WWII, with drawings by John Minton. I loved the way he builds up the picture with layers of lines – and no better way to get to know a person’s style thanContinue reading “Time Was Away”

Patterns from Home

I loved doing this monochrome painting, copied from a cotton scarf I have. I drew the pattern first then used ultramarine watercolour, with a fine brush. And all the while I listened to Native American flute music! Very calming:). Happy drawing:)

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