Monday, 15 July 2019

Madeline Kloepper

A book about the wonder of tiny things, and finding joy in nature by Madeline Kloepper. 

I don't know whether this is an age thing, but I am more and more aware of the changing seasons and Autumn seems to come earlier every year. There is already that chill in the morning air here, the garden spiders have started spinning their dew-laden autumn mandala like webs and the earwigs have started putting themselves to bed in the corrugated plastic that protects the rabbit from the worst of the rain. 
Summer is often in disguise as spring or even winter and it is all too brief here in Scotland.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Aoki Takako

Aoki Takako often uses watermelon as her inspiration.

In the picture below she has been inspired by a whole fruit bowl.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Hiroshi Tachibana

These are the latest works by Hiroshi Tachibana using elements of collage and a limited palette of off white and indigo.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Holspirit II

A second dose of the joyous garish, thickly impasto paintings of Chinese illustrator and painter H@L.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Lara Maiklem

I have been following various Mud Larkers including Lara Maiklem for some time now and I was thrilled that she announced her book release for 'Mudlarking' and forthcoming feature on Radio 4's Book of the week. The endpapers above are illustrated by a fellow mud larker called Jonny, from his mud larking diary and are stunning!
Mud Larkers are people who beach comb the tidal line of the Thames in London for treasure . . .

Above: spectacle lenses all found within half a mile of each other. 
Below: 19th-century clay pipe bowl

and treasure they find! 

Above: Frozen Charlottes are glazed or unglazed porcelain dolls that date from the mid-19th-century to the early 20th-century. 
Below: a selection of precious and semi-precious beads. Bottom: Horseheads.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Norbert Schwontkowski II

Bleak, full of futile attempts at escape and dripping with surreal sorrow, these are the paintings of German painter Norbert Schwontkowski ( 1949-2013).   

"all of us, all human beings have lost something, and nobody knows what it is." Norbert Schwontkowski

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Sue and Pete Hill

These wonderful fish, made by Cornish brother and sister team Pete and Sue Hill, were suspended in the forest glen at Kelburn, beautiful in their movement and reflections of the environment.
“When the ice melts” by Sue and Pete Hill, imagines a time, perhaps in the distant future, perhaps sooner, when our familiar landscapes disappear under the sea, as the melting of ice caps accelerates. The fish are made from recycled aluminum litho plate. They respond sensitively to weather – pointing the wind direction like weather-vanes and darting as the wind works the trees, stretching their suspension cords tight."

Rob Mulholland

I am late today as I have been away at Kelburn Garden Party and failed to schedule today's post. So for a change, I will show you some of the things I saw last weekend at the festival and these works by sculptor Rob Mulholland who has been commissioned to create a permanent installation at Kelburn Glen.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Cornelia O’Donovan II

Further work by Cornelia O’Donovan this time featuring her portrait of plants and flowers in various pots and vases. 

‘Working blind, working in the dark, sifting through sand with eyes shut, working backwards. I sometimes feel lost and feel only that I am compelled to make marks and put images down, I see colours everywhere and take them to the studio with me. they are fragments, snatched from dreams, and I am collecting them and ironing out tangles and hoarding and obsessing, then suddenly it is enough and I can’t see the way forward again. I am exhausted and have used it all up. I rest and the desire to record grows again. Once I am making it becomes a dialogue and a full interior world, complex and mesmerising, part of the world and nature. The privacy of the studio. The solitude. A process of acceptance. Looking around my immediate environment I see how a home, daily work and reputation in housework, a small arrangement of and groups of objects all contribute to painting. They all become part of you, learning through making.’ Cornelia O’Donovan

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Cornelia O’Donovan I

Cornelia O’Donovan's paintings are quite amazing, they are blurry and indistinct in execution almost like dreams or memories, They also seem to span time in that they are modern whilst being historic, containing the visual language of decorative and folk art.  Cornelia's paintings also use the imagery of outsider art a silhouette depiction almost like a simple paper cut, reminding me of the style of Bill Traylor.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Amir Shaabanipour I

'A rainbow of Shoes' is a story by Fatemeh Mashhadi Rostam about a millipede struggling to find footwear. Illustrated by Amir Shaabanipour it has bold use of layered thick acrylic paint, sponging and print.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Atieh Bozorg Sohrabi III

There is a geography in the illustration of most Persian/ Iranian books that I adore. Whether it describes a village, a house interior or thoughts the way that the content and illustrations assemble on the page, like a strange map brings me great delight, they have a visual language all of their own.  This is 'Pussy Cat and Pussy Mouse' written by Farideh Khalatbaree and illustrated by the wonderful Atieh Bozorg Sohrabi . In this story, a mouse escapes from a cat into another house and faints to see a cat at this house too. However, this cat is a lovely cat and the cat and mouse, much to the mistresses' horror fall in love. A friendly crow saves the day by teaching the cat to fly so that she can fly the mouse to safety.

I have blogged this book before but did not have access to the illustrations and story that I do now, so please enjoy the second exploration of this delightful book.