Art, Christine, Creativity, Knots, Macrame, Painting


Christine bought me a book on wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept concerning finding beauty in imperfect, old, repaired or broken things. There’s a lot more to the concept but that’s it in shorthand. In an early chapter, there was mention of Sogetsu, which is a school of Ikebana, Japanese floral art, […]

Art, Creativity, Painting


Just back from a couple of days in London. To be honest, today I’m feeling as if I’ve been hit by a train. I think it’s the consequence of enforced relaxation after several months of high intensity and not enough sleep. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s a temporary affliction. […]

Art, Creativity, Drawing, Embroidery, Painting

Tribal 2

I’m rather taken with some of the tribal symbols, motifs and drawings that I’ve found on Pinterest. I like their primitive vibe. So I did a few of them this evening. Some elements are just copies but I adapted and messed around with others … They’re on used teabags, painted […]

Art, Creativity, Music, Painting


The spirit is willing but the skills are weak. They’ll get better. I know they will. A bit of discipline and plenty of practice. I’m a bit disappointed that this is not better than it is but I know what’s wrong with it. This, I like. It’s not an original […]

Art, Creativity, Music, Painting


Went down the rabbit hole of the internet this morning. Knots, macrame, mandalas, doodles, tangles and … tribal motifs from south America. I like them and I put a few simple ones on pebbles this evening. Yesterday, I painted a lighthouse. It was dreadful – flat, lifeless, one-dimensional, insipid and […]

Art, Creativity, Painting

On a Whim

I’ve kind of done most of the painting this evening that I wanted to do yesterday. I also wanted to work fast. So this and the wild flowers in the previous post are not as carefully done as, say, the leaves on the teabag from yesterday. That’s ok though. For […]

Art, Creativity, Painting

Birch on a Bag

Around about Easter, I used acrylics to paint sky on a series of wooden eggs. Specifically Blue Lake and White which seems to suggest a spring/summer sky. If you don’t mix them thoroughly, you can get little streaks and variations that suggest high clouds. Anyway it worked then so I […]

Art, Creativity, Drawing, Painting


Just received a package from Amazon. Literally 20 minutes ago. Another weapon in my aforementioned. Drawing gum. So, the idea is that you use the drawing gum to create a mask. You’ll see what I mean in the illustration below. In this, I drew the branch with leaves with the […]

Art, Creativity, Life, Painting

Looking Up

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking up. More specifically, looking at trees against the backdrop of the sky. Not the whole tree. Just the edges. Edges interest me. Edginess conveys passion, energy, momentum, opportunity. The edge of something contains outliers, things that have broken away from the mass, […]

Art, Creativity, Music, Painting


Still working on this … You know, at some stage, I’ll get it right. That stage clearly hasn’t been reached yet. No worries. There are elements of each of these that are OK and I’ll keep going. In the meantime, a musical interlude … If you’re a regular visitor to […]