Green spectrum


these past weeks and months have seen my fingers drop the paint brush and pick up knitting needles!  Strange because I haven’t knitted anything in over 40 years !!  The urge was ignited by coming across PURL SOHO on the net.  Luscious colours just drew me in.  See the image for the result !

I seem to be coming up through the colour spectrum, pre-occupied with red, now yellow, greens and turquoise.

The green spectrum has seen me sowing vegetable for the coming season.  All container grown next to my design studio, but at the moment they are sitting in my bay window soaking up the lengthening daylight…………  Three varieties of tomato, chillies, aubergine, outdoor ridge cucumbers, french beans, carrots, cavalo nero.  In a couple of weeks will start courgettes and runner beans………….  I have also grown peas shoots and fave bean shoots, trimmed at about 5cms make great additions to salad and stir fires, only takes 3-4 weeks from sowing to eating, and all done on the window cill !!

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to all women

golden eggs red sketch 72dpi

if you were here I could say so much about your gifts as a mother, you are on another journey now and still think of you every day.

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honoured name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

Christina Rossetti

To all mothers, mothers to be, mothers not to be, all women


Red, Red, Red, such a small word, just three letters for a colour that is so impactful, stimulates strong reactions and oozes power…………..

From the red of rich fertile soil, to the blood that courses our veins, it comes in many hues….  crimson, claret, scarlet, burgundy, terracotta, vermillion, Hot orange tomato reds, cherry reds, to the cooler blue leanings of magenta, violet and purple to name but a few.

Kermes, a small female insect to be found in the Kermes oak started the regal leanings of the colour red and power.  A dye of extremely high value, had to be imported into England from Spain and Italy and attracted heavy import duties. Not a colour for the everyday man,   By the 14th and early 15th century, brilliant full grain pure kermes scarlet was “by far the most esteemed, most regal” color for luxury woollen textiles in England and Europe. =, even more so if the fabric was velvet.  Henry VIII even passed a law that red worn below a certain high status was punishable, clothes would be confiscated and a fine of 40 shillings imposed……..

And what do you know, this power holding colour changed entirely when worn by women, THE SCARLET WOMAN.  Yes, Red has a shadow side?  What does it conjure up?  a wild  woman, passionate, feisty, vivacious, hot blooded.    Elisabeth I  steered well clear of these connotations and was never seen in red, she went for lavish embroidery often on virginal white………  although Mary Queen of Scots at her execution, at the removal of her black satin dress revealed a scarlet red bodice and petticoat, was this a statement of defiance or in honour of her catholic faith.    The book of Revelations states  “And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”  Very powerful statement.

There is no doubt about it,  certainly a provocative colour, I love it !!

Oh of course Christmas jolly red santa! and Rudolph the red nose reindeer, don’t get me going on that one !,Happy Christmas everyone……..






Another layer

Another layer, a little more detail, eyes not easy and need attention !   Not having painted a face before  its a good exercise for me !

Why it all started from RED I am not sure, but I went with the flow and it felt right


Portrait with roses. SF

Red portrait

The bare red canvas moved along today to be the makings of a portrait.  Have always been drawn to the body before and always headless !  this just flowed out today and Ireally enjoyed it……… Lets hope its dry tomorrow and then another layer ?