Thursday, 23 January 2020

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (1865 –1931) is renowned for his photographs of snowflakes and alerting people to their unique designs. He also took exquisite photographs of many ice formations in close-up, these beautiful images are his "frost studies".

“Always, right from the beginning it was the snowflakes that fascinated me most,” he said. “The farm folks up in this country dread the winter, but I was supremely happy.”             Wison Snowfake Bentley 

He started trying to capture their beauty in drawings through a microscope, then after many experiments he manages to photograph his first snowflake on January 15, 1885. He went on to establish that no two snowflakes were the same, this captured people's imaginations and his work was widely published in magazines.

"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind." Wilson Bentley 1925
However, when Wilson went to publish his first book on snow, he got caught in a blizzard and caught pneumonia of which he died two weeks later.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Brian Wildsmith XI

Two posts for what would have been Brian Wildsmith's 90 birthday. 'Professor Noah’s Spaceship' by Brian Wildsmith published in 1980 but unfortunately horribly relevant today, beautifully illustrated, with the space ship images being very like Kandinsky paintings. 

Brian Wildsmith X

A moose with nesting birds from 'Animal Tricks' by Brian Wildsmith. Published thirty years ago in 1980. Today Brian Wildsmith would have been 90 years old and to celebrate their father's wonderful work his family has been working tirelessly for three years putting together a new website which is launching today.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Shane Drinkwater V

Shane Drinkwater's latest collages remind me of cycles of the moon and how prominent they are in the winter when light here is so scarce.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Tara Cyanel

Tara Cyanel's journey of life. Tara's work has a folkloric quality that transcends cultures, she uses a variety of materials including woodcut and her works have a strong storyline.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Long weekend

I'm not really away, but I need time to find cool stuff to share and I have many deadlines just now, so I am going to take a few days.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Vilhelms Purvitis

Vilhelms Purvitis 1872-1945 was a Latvian landscape painter who when he was 18 he started studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia graduating in 1897 with a grand gold medal. Vilhems then exhibited and traveled across Europe to much acclaim. In 1902 he went to Norway to paint snow scenes which became his passion.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Lisa Berkshire I

I was lucky enough to receive a Lisa Berkshire print this Christmas and I love her prints, after yesterday's beachcombing, here is her 'I love the Sea' print.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020


"A 'midden' (also kitchen midden or shell heap) is an old dump for domestic waste which may consist of animal bone, botanical material, mollusc shells, sherds, lithics (especially debitage), and other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation."

I collect artifacts from a midden on the North of the Forth, North of Edinburgh, Scotland. I have always gathered as I walked, and now as I walk my new dog daily, the collection is large and growing.
It is the ceramics that I gather mainly and some bits of glass and I like to think of the lives that these objects were part of, right from the person who made it, painted it to the person that chose it, used it and eventually broke it.  I imagine the medicines in the medicine bottles and the people they treated, cured or failed. The teapots and the conversations they overheard . . .

I am no mosaic artist and the last time I gathered a sizable collection I gave them to the local college who incorporated them in a mural at the hospital.

This time I thought I would like to share these little scraps of lives lived, to creatives, writers poets, playwrights, artists, and musicians to set their creative minds to and to see what happens.

So if you would like to be part of this creative endeavor, please email me or message me via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and I will send you five pieces of 'treasure'.

A little bit of sleuthing and I found the origin of this piece (on the left) one of James M Tod's Ginger beer bottles and it is Seafield Tower, Kirkcaldy that is depicted, wonderful!

Monday, 13 January 2020

Yuko Hosaka V

So far January has been beset with storms of various kinds around the world. Today we will be hit with wild winds and rains, I liked this image by Yuko Hosaka, showing everyone working together. 

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Tammis Keefe

Tammis Keefe (1913-1960) designed textiles in the 1940s and 1950s, so her wonderful illustrations
were mainly applied to household linens such as T-towels and handkerchiefs. Her designs have such fun and humour that I wish she had made children's books to.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Hanna Czajkowska I

Hanna Czajkowska (1917-1991) was a Polish illustrator who combined many techniques to create exciting, vibrant and quite wonderful illustrations.

These illustrations are from 'Czerwony Pantofelek' written by Michal Plackowsci, the story of a lost and found red shoe. Hanna Czajkowska graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1955 having had to postpone her studies due to the war, she was athletic, loved to ski and was a great cook.