Friday, 31 October 2014

Wicked Witch

Today is Halloween and yesterday was the last day, the 100th day, of my 100DaysofNature photographs.
I will miss this challenge as it has been difficult, but at the same time so rewarding.
Thank you for all your support on Instagram and Facebook. At the moment I have lots of other challenges so I will leave it at '100 days'.  I have many favorites out of the hundred but this fly sheltering on the underside of a cherry tree branch still makes me smile with it's resemblance to my favorite witch. 

Have a great Halloween :-D 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Werewolves and Witches

Werewolves and witches from an art class last year with my adult art group to take us into Halloween.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Monica Zani I

A little pen and ink magic with beautiful writing by Monica Zani. I just loved the simple elegance of these simple line drawings in combination with the illustrative calligraphy. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Olafur Eliasson I

I love these pictures so much, captured by Solvieg Kuffer from the film by Shimura Bros; Olafur Eliasson, Trust, Confidence, Intuition: Contact Is Content, 2014. 
The images were to share this film's beauty and they totally capture for me why I love books; the handling of the paper, the sharing . . . the poetry of books. They are the perfect post to follow John Batho's photographs.

Monday, 27 October 2014

John Batho III

My third and final post on the photography of French photographer John Batho, these images from the series Présents et absents' 1998, are very different from the previous posts with their exuberant colour.
"I am so interested in the loss of identity, fading to oblivion, the disappearance (...). Curiously this work brings back my childhood marked by the absence of my father, a prisoner of war for four years. In front of the photograph of my father, a great framed and mounted on the wall of the chamber portrait that my mother made ​​me salute every night, I was a stranger. On his return my father appeared to me entirely different: it did not look like his portrait. In Vilnius, I photographed people as coming from memory to evoke the absence, loss, identity failed." John Batho

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dark is Rising

Nothing seems more appropriate for today than Laura Carling's illustrations for Susan Cooper's 'Dark is Rising' series by the Folio Society. 
The clocks have changed and the dark is rising, sometimes it will rising like a cloud over whole days as the journey to work is in the dark as is the journey home and no day light is seen. 
"The room was at once a cosy cave of yellow light, and he lay back in shame, feeling stupid." Then: "He switched off the light again, and instantly everything was even worse than before. The fear jumped at him for the third time like a great animal that had been waiting to spring. Will lay terrified, shaking, feeling himself shake, yet unable to move." Susan Cooper
I look forward to spring X 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

John Batho II

Love the stillness, the joy of colour and beauty of these parasols from John Batho's series Parasol's spanning 21 years.

John Batho I

John Batho is a French photographer from Normandy. His work is beautifully composed and unique. in these works his observations of colour are very abstract and singular in content.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Tartaruga Feliz I

I wish I was in Berlin on the 6th and 7th of November to meet Brazilian artist Tartaruga Feliz's balloons, because her exhibition at Aviatrix looks like such fun, especially the clever animations.

"This is where one of the balloons, whose talent is to basically enjoy life, 
will answer questions from the audience with wise pieces of advice.
Come and feel the unbearable lightness of being a balloon!" 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Carla Pessoa II

A wonderful coastline murmuration by Portuguese illustrator Carla Pessoa

At the moment a little, but growing murmuration of starlings flurries around the town where I live, and I love them, my eyes reach out to them and they give me great joy in their synchronized flight and bickering landings.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sabine Finkenauer I

Autumn is speeded up this week by large winds, bullying the leaves into letting go from the trees, and the clocks changing next weekend. 
Sabine Finkenauer's paintings reminded me of autumn of the changing colours the leaves left tightly holding on to bear branches and then the stark wood of winter.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Jesus Cisneros I

Let's people watch in central park with Jesus Cisneros today, Oh that is fun! You can see more of Jesus's works here.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Jason Rohlf I

Shop rag paintings by Jason Rohlf, using layers of painting rich in colour, texture with a wonderful sense of patina.
"Making navigational decisions is subjective to the individual and the inputs are sometimes contradictory. Through a combination of deliberate action and intuition the works hope to reflect back the myriad choices we all are confronted with on a daily basis." ~ Jason Rohlf

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Yifat Gat

Absract and beguiling, this picture by Yifat Gat reminds me of the shade of trees or the joining of hands. I love its understated colour and the use of line. Yifat Gat is a painter who lives in the south of France, her work often uses line and drawing.
"The power of drawing, through its constant relevancy as a form of human expression is at the center of my work." Yifat Gat