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Moths

“…and in a moth’s life in the ditch’s low level sky by the glow of a flower in the clothes of a messenger maybe this wish whatever it is will simplify.” Alice Oswald  ~   In the two years since my last blog post I have had the enormous privilege of working with four seriously... Read more »

About a Beech Tree

Returning home from a walk on the coast a few weeks back – limbs stretched, brain empty, relaxed, the day pleasantly nothing special, the way utterly familiar – I turned off the ‘main’ ridge road at the five-ways, to dive down the narrow tunnel of lane that leads the last two miles into the village.... Read more »

To be a pilgrim

To be a pilgrim is to be connected.  We are all connected, we are all related, there is no I and the other, I am the other, the other is me – that is what makes me a pilgrim in life and a pilgrim of the Earth.  My pilgrimage is not going somewhere; my pilgrimage... Read more »

Like a bird on the wire

For much of this past year an imperfect Mistle Thrush sang from first light to last, in the tall trees that border the field behind my home.  Imperfect in that he had only one leg. Sometimes, in the afternoons, he would leave the swaying branches at the tip of his favourite ash, to sing from... Read more »

This is not our finest hour.

This is madness. What is going on? I make no apology for the absence of paintings in the following.  As the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish wrote: “what place poetry in a time of catastrophe?” This piece is about racism, assumptions and my despair at finding so much of the former still festering in the country I... Read more »

Entomology

I didn’t mean to do this drawing and I can’t bring it home with me.  It’s in the ‘visitors’ book at the studio here in France.  When I started it, I thought to just draw one or two interesting insects on the page and write a thank you message to the owners.  But…while here, I... Read more »