I am an amateur artist which started painting some years back. I use my website to show my art and my doodles and will be using the following posts to show new pieces as I finish them. ENJOY!
The exuberance of colour in volcano eruptions matches very well the danger of these places. This watercolour is, with a lot of artistic licence, based on and inspired by an un-credited photograph of an eruption of the Masaya Volcano published on a case study at www.libelium.com where their wireless sensors are being used to help in the ongoing research into ways of predicting volcanic eruptions.
If you are able to witness and be mesmerised by the extraordinary force of nature and visual feast which is a volcanic eruption, and do so for the fun of it, count yourself lucky. Masaya is one of the most active volcanoes in the Central American Volcanic Belt and is only 20km away from Nicaragua’s capital Managua. Those of us living in the relative safety and prosperity of the UK cannot even grasp how close that is, or what is like to be living in one of the poorest areas of the World with one of those beasts breathing fire and tremors on your door step.
Volcanology is probably one of the few areas where humans have accepted that although they are able to do extraordinary things technologically, they cannot control or stop Nature from doing its thing. We just have to work around it.
This kaleidoscope of Orcas, entangled by seaweed came about because a few friends decided to do an art piece for each letter of the alphabet during the most recent lockdown. This was my K for Killer Whale entry and I had a lot of fun with the kaleidoscope bit. It was only afterwards that I thought how that kaleidoscopic repetition and entanglement resembles what I feel like when trying to make sense of the 2D World we now find ourselves in. I just want to escape to the deep and leave the mad humans to sort themselves out of the mess they got themselves in!
I adore owls. This started as a free pen sketch using various uncredited internet images and bird books as reference (especially my RSPB guide “Birds of Britain and Europe” and the gorgeous illustrations of Andrew Mackay). It was meant to be just a pleasurable exercise without the shackles or pretence of having goals or premeditated intentions as to what it should look like when finished.
Owls are beautiful creatures of the bird world which have suffered immensely due to loss of habitat and human persecution. Despite our top position in the animal world with supposed big brains and understanding, we humans still tend to kill and dispose of anything that forms any kind of competition, however limited. Owls are also extraordinary hunters and night masters of flight which we admire and envy, almost as if we hold that against them.
This sketch of an almost mythical creature ended up in a prominent place in my office and its dark startling eyes now appear to follow me around the room. I adore it.
The green and brown patchwork of agricultural fields bordered by hedgerows, the banks full of wild primroses (the symbol of the county), the crumbly red sandstone cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, the pebble beaches, the ammonite fossils towards the border with Dorset and the sunny days that make this coast very special and vibrant in colour.
A paper collage, sequins, and a lot of fun!
The way is shut! We cannot go in. We cannot go out. The way is shut.
That is life. Obstacles in our path all the time. Some things make us think. Some things make us question. Some things make us fearful. Some things make us cynical. Some things make us change. The normal becomes abnormal and the abnormal becomes acceptable. Shifting baseline…
The way is shut. However, at some point sense prevails. The gates open. We can go in. We can go out. And although the normal will never be normal again, we always find a new way.