beachstones, eggs and now what?

I started this year with the idea of attending to my sketchbook on a daily basis.  I already write regularly into a journal, have been writing for the past 5 years, not every day “come what may”  but  a nice steady rhythm of letting go of that which no longer serves me.  Thoughts which can swirl  obsessively around are now released onto paper and sometimes real pearls of wisdom are revealed to me.  So pencil in hand on January 1st I started, or should I say tried to start………  nothing came, on subsequent days I thought I would sketch first perhaps and then write, no, this didn’t work either.  So rather than stare at a blank page I thought I would only go there when it felt right, sadly that day has not revealed itself.  So today I thought I would look through past sketch books and see if there was anything that would inspire me.

Flicking through the pages I came across this sketch, and what struck me were the  egg shape leaves or fruits struck me in this piece…………  originally started as part of my tree series, so many of these, as well as other tree fruitage like dream buds…………  all very inspiring.

Seems to me like a natural progression, stones being the holders of our ancient earth, just like trees who bear witness to our changing centuries, eggs the beginnings of the miracle of life, death and rebirth cycle just as trees bring forth, shoots, leaves flower and fruits, the wheel keeps on turning.

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where did the sun go !

IMG_6434Wow, such a wonderful couple of days, to feel that warm sun on my skin……….  not long now and back to Greece  and hopefully a little more consistent sun !.  Its gloomy again and raining right now !

Poor old veg it doesn’t know what is happening, one good thing is the BEES, they keep on doing what they do best, pollinating the veg flowers !  Runner Bean that are climbing the high red brick wall are alive with the buzzing bees going about their business.  Bean are very abundant now, one of my fave veggies.  Tomatoes are abundant too but with the weather, not many ripen.  I grew a lot this year, 20 plants or more, but I am lucky if I get more than a handful a day, thought I would be having a real glut and could be bottling up their sunshine for the winter.  Courgettes much the same, no glut and I have so many recipes to cope with it this year too.

Breakfasted on my toms, sauteed in a little oil and smoked paprika with scrambled eggs.  Not my eggs , would love to have some hens, but not possible where I live sadly, perhaps one day when I am in Greece with my design and sculpture studio,garden and time just for myself !

My Sweetpeas I have picked a bunch fresh everyday since mid June, so delighted, so well worth the trouble growing from seed.

 

 

 

Morphing 7


this image was part of a morphing series which started out as small eggs, all I could do for a few weeks was to draw these shapes. They were full, ripe, bursting to take on a new life, but frustratingly I could not seem to move. Then one day, I drew them with sprouting life, like seeds germinating, the floodgates opened and the small egg shaped “seeds” grew long tendrils, and gradually morphed into fluid body shapes . Unusually never with heads, just long “searching” tendrils, both male and female forms who nurtured “eggs” of their own,

This time I felt the need to create a tributary, take one of the images into a new direction, chose morphed image no. 7 and these are the results

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