Thursday, 30 June 2011

Getting my mojo back...

Assignment 10 - a possible final piece - who knows?!

After what has been a rather sluggish few months, I seem to have got back into the spirit of doing things without caring too much on outcomes. I feel like I have got my curiosity back and with that has come an improved creative flow. I think Glastonbury has something to do with it, and a change in my astrological outlook! This piece of coursework also suits my style much more... and I am really enjoying looking closely at the Salt Marsh flora. It's a habitat I know very well from past projects at university.

Habitat (salt marsh) view - Pagham Harbour by the sluice gates - close up

I have spent roughly 6 hours on my work today, and have spent a lot of time at the harbour before hand noting all the species. As you may have guessed, this habitat is no where near my home at Kew, but is near my dads and hometown. This has meant that I have had to really rely on a combination of sketchbook drawings, photographs, books and herbarium specimens. I have actually found the herbarium specimens to be the most informative because you can see all the hairs and things and get a sense of scale.

I have decided to try and do two pieces of A3 rather than just one because some of the plants are rather large, including the Horned Poppy and the Sea Kale. I am finding the greens very interesting - some plants like the Poppy, Kale and Fescue are almost blue, where as the Samphire and Stoneworts are bright vivid green. Amazing.

My bedroom studio with all my books out on the bed!

My mum is really on a creative burst at the moment... she's like an alchemist:

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Private View of our new exhibition 'Plants in Peril'

The latest exhbition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botancial Art called 'Plants in Peril' opened this Saturday and the private view was last night. Here are some pictures I managed to sneek in. It was a well attended event with lots of illustrators and collectors. Was a bit of a culture shock working for this evening event after returning from Glastonbury the day before!

Inside the main gallery...

Dr. Sherwood and Prof. Mabberley. The picture behind David Mabberley called 'Big Fir' was a nightmare to hang, still we did it.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Stan the Stag

After a session of yoga, I like to walk home 'properly'. I like to walk home 'aligned' and thinking of every muscle and bone in my body. I either look really stupid doing this, or really perfect, like an 18th century lady. Either way it doesn't matter, as Kew is delightfully quiet at 9pm and so there are few to judge. It's actually my favourite time to be Kew. It's like have the whole district to myself... all the neighbours are quiet and there no visitors in the Tesco buying their picnics for the garden :)

However, this evening I was rudely interrupted from my 'proper' walk by Stan, who looked a little lost as he crossed the pavement on the busy Kew Road. I picked him before he got trodden on and tried to get him back into Kew Gardens, but this was a hopeless task, so I brought him home. Amazingly this is the second live stag beetle I have seen this summer. It's been a good year and I have never seen a live one before - only dead and pinned in museum drawers!

So, this is Stan. He was amazing to hold. Such delicate legs and yet so strong. I loved his little hooked feet, which he used to hold onto me for dear life as I paced him to safety. After bringing him home I took him to the river bank where it is nice a woody and let him go. He's got all night to find a hiding place and very few cyclists and feet to contend with. It was a beautiful night - the moon was bright in the sky and bracing itself for another eclipse. This one is on the 15th June at 24 degrees Sagittarius... a bigg'un for me.

The River Thames facing east.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Exploring my habitat for my next piece of work...

Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

Pagham Harbour, West Sussex