kitchen pictures

September 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

In between lectures and lesson plans and analysing artwork, I’ve also been learning new skills and playing with materials. Here are some pictures I made with milk, food colouring, washing-up liquid, a camera, and excellent teaching from Pippa Sanger. Basic instructions are here if you fancy having a go yourself; it’s a great way to create stand-alone abstract images, or to add to a library of textures and colours if you’re a digital collage-maker. I love how much they look like pictures of slides under a microscope (for instance, have a look at these. Beautiful!)






And a quick Photoshop experiment…


(the words are a verse from Carol Ann Duffy’s poem the Duke of Fire and the Duchess of Ice.)


hello there!

June 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been a wee while. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to…

Thing One: getting slightly obsessed with the idea of the Green Man

Thing Two: ferreting about at flea markets, the best result being these beautifully illustrated Observer’s books (and yes, I was unreasonably delighted when I opened British Wild Flowers and someone else’s pressed sample fell out)

Thing Three: a little collaborative image for The Little Unsaid (I drew, Alex Horsfall and John Elliott photoshopped and rubber-stamped) which you can spot on their facebook page here.

Thing Four: looking at original Egon Schiele drawings at the Richard Nagy Gallery on Old Bond Street. The exhibition is on until the 30th, and if you’re near London I would highly recommend a look. The vitality and terseness of the drawing took my breath away (though I did leave with the unexpected conviction that his personality was something sleazy and sticky and unutterably distasteful, which came as a surprise because I never felt that from looking at prints – I think it was the knowledge that his hand had touched the drawings, coupled with a suspicion about other places his hands might have been…). This one is simply beautiful:-

Thing Five: consuming delicious things, including but not restricted to fresh baklava, sushi, roasted butternut squash, wild boar sausages, gin and tonic with homemade elderflower cordial, salmon and dill pate, spinach and goat’s cheese quiche, and some Moldovan wine which was almost as old as me. Yum!


lovely things for a friday afternoon

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

This poem by e.e.cummings…

This tasty little blog.

This website, which despite it’s slightly crap title is a visual feast, as well as having the potential to be an actual feast. (I am intrigued by the idea of fig and avocado salsa, and in love with the watercolour work. Look at that avo! I want to lick it.)

a cure for sweetness

March 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Because too much chintz and knitting is no good for anybody, today I am revelling in…

  • Ken Kesey’s excellent Sailor Song (why this kind of writing is not on the syllabus for reluctant adolescent readers everywhere is a mystery. It’s properly gripping, environmentally conscious, makes me laugh out loud in a most undignified way, and is just delightfully filthy and irreverent.)
  • The stinging zing of freshly squeezed limes (this is waiting for tea-time in the fridge.)
  • Woven pictures by Erin M Riley (go and poke about in her website; traditional craft and grotty sexuality and hand dyed wool and drunkeness and drug-use and squalor and humour and a wonderfully fresh perspective)

Facebook Drama(Facebook Drama by Erin M Riley).

among the lakes and fells

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

I didn’t draw anything at the weekend. Instead, I ate pancakes and delicious Swedish semla buns (looking up the spelling just then, I discovered that in Sweden today is called Fettisdagen – Fat Tuesday. Brilliant!), and walked up hills in the Lake District. Spring is springing like mad there, and it looked like this:-

Bliss! And since today is International Women’s Day as well as Fat Tuesday, here are some lakey hilly words from one of my favourite woman poets:-

If you fancy a change from pancakes today, give these a go – and have a lovely Tuesday x

kitchen witchcraft

January 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is delicious corruption of Green and Black’s ultimate chocolate brownie recipe. Can’t recommend it highly enough. (Try not to eat ALL the raisins before you put them into the mixture, and if you can convince someone else to wash up the pan, so much the better!)

Yum yum! x

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