matariki - cyanotype

matariki

Matariki is the Maori language name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades (Messier 45), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.  It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is obvious to the naked eye in the night sky, a prominent sight in winter.  The ten brightest…

voyager - cyanotype

voyager

The twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977, have reached interstellar space. Their primary mission was to explore Jupiter and Saturn. They showed us active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io and details of Saturn’s rings for the first time.  But these hardy old jalopies keep on keeping on … the mission has been…

do not adjust your set - cyanotype

do not adjust your set

The picture is clear.  We’re just not looking properly. We are facing an unprecedented global emergency.  Unite behind the scientists.  Act now. Cyanotype c.15x25cm Varied edition: 2 prints “People are dying.  Entire ecosystems are collapsing.  We are in the beginning of a mass extinction.  And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of…

the long arm of capitalism - cyanotype

the long arm of capitalism

Businesses are locked in a cycle of exploiting Earth’s resources in ever more creative ways.  And when we run out of resources on Earth, the next place to be plundered will be the Moon. Let’s not. Cyanotype c.15x25cm Varied edition: 4 prints The Moon is Earth’s 8th continent, a new frontier for humanity with precious resources…

star stuff ii - cyanotype

star stuff ii

Cyanotype c.18x10cm Varied edition: 3 prints “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.  We are made of starstuff.” -carl sagan

star stuff i - cyanotype

star stuff

Cyanotype Image size: 6x20cm Varied edition: 4 prints “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” -carl sagan

mackerel x

Cyanotype c.6x20cm Varied edition: 7 prints “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -mark twain

sea II - cyanotype

sea ii

A Scottish icon in a Scottish seascape Cyanotype Image size: 6x20cm Varied edition: 3 prints “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -mark twain

mackerel ix - cyanotype

mackerel ix

Cyanotype Image size: 7x3cm Varied edition “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -mark twain

swarm intelligence - screenprint

swarm intelligence

On watching the Black Mirror episode “Hated in the Nation” … Swarm intelligence is the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems, natural or artificial.  The concept is used in work on artificial intelligence. Screenprint c. 15x24cm Edition: 3 prints

Forage - screenprint

forage

Bees forage for nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range.  Experiments have shown that beehives within 4 miles of a food source will gain weight, but beyond that the energy expended is greater than that gained during the foraging flight.  A typical bee will visit about 3,000 flowers per day. Let’s fill our…

save me - mixed media

save me

Many species depend on bees for food and habitats.  But bee populations are in decline. Studies suggest many reasons: pesticides, loss of habitat, commercial hive design and disease. Let’s save them. #extinctionrebellion Mixed media: block print, screenprint & collage 11x10cm Edition: 12 prints £30

blue murder - cyanotype

blue murder

a murder of crows: the collective noun for a group of crows, possibly derived from the fact that crows will kill a crow who doesn’t belong in their territory blue murder: an extravagantly loud outcry; a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition Time to cry blue murder over the murder of our beautiful blue…

the night begins and the night ends

the night begins and the night ends

During astronomical twilight, the geometric centre of the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between astronomical observations, carved rocks and the positioning of standing stones. Collage – screen print, block print, stitching and a page from…

the moon sets and the moon rises - collage

the moon sets and the moon rises

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between observation of the moon and the alignment or positioning of standing stones. Collage – screen print, scrim, stitching and a page from The Astronomical Almanac. 20x20cm Varied edition: 3 £45 “Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads…

the sun sets and the sun rises - collage

the sun sets and the sun rises

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between observation of the sun and the alignment or positioning of standing stones. Colage – screenprint, stitching and a page from The Astronomical Almanac. 20x20cm Varied edition: 3 £45 “Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from…

territory - cyanotype

territory

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.14x24cm Varied edition “Before maps, the world was limitless. It was maps that gave it shape and made it seem like territory, like something that could be possessed, not just laid waste and plundered. Maps made places on the edges of the imagination seem graspable and placable.” -abdulrazak gurnah, By the Sea

two big rocks - cyanotype

two big rocks

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.14x24cm Varied edition: 3 prints “For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” ― george mallory

the moon and the moutain ii - cyanotype

the moon and the mountain ii

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.20x20cm Varied edition: 2 prints “For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” ― george mallory

the moon and the mountain

the moon and the mountain

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.20x20cm Varied edition “For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” ― george mallory

waitaiki - linocut

waitaiki

This image was inspired by a greenstone (pounamu) tiki I made, with a lot of help from Steve and Aaron, at Bonz’n’Stonz in Hokitika, What I can remember of the origin of pounamu, as told to me by Aaron… The taniwha Poutini captured a beautiful woman named Waitaiki in the North Island.  When Waitaiki’s husband…

i'll meet you there - painting

i’ll meet you there

UK vs. Europe, Scotland vs England … these are disconcerting, divisive times. Wishing you all peace and love. Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 38x28cm £150 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -rumi

the singer - paint

the singer

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

find - painting

find

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

search - painting

search

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

ladies, a plate I

ladies, a plate

In the olden days in New Zealand, the phrase “Ladies a plate” on an invitation was a request to bring a plate of food to share.  This request is now more egalitarian – “please bring a plate” results in all genders bringing food to the event. Acrylic & collage on board Diameter 40cm Varied edition:…

tunnocks madonna v - collage

the tunnock’s madonna

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

the winter's tale - digital collage

a winter’s tale

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

the weyward sisters - digital collage

the weyward sisters

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

far away and long ago - collage

far away and long ago

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

an ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest - collage

an ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

pictures at an exhibition - collage

pictures at an exhibition

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…