Inspiration

An autumn Sunday brings people and their dogs to the edge of the sea. Tall, short, old and young, all put a paw in the water and some glory in the surf.

Crabapple trees are a favourite of mine and I keep planting more. Just one is enough for crabapple jelly, which is delicious to eat and stunning to look at, real satisfaction in a jar.

There are days that are absolutely calm, but clear, clean waves come crashing onto the beach at Sennen. My plan is to spend much of the winter creating textile collages of waves and the sea. This is the first video to set the mood.

As my Cornish orchard has grown so has the harvest of apples. Many are stored in crates in my garden shed which smells divine, but a large portion of apples are pressed for juice. My brothers built me an apple press from a 20 tonne hydraulic garage press. This video shows the processes from apple to glass. The taste of juice pressed from my own apples is so good, it encapsulates the sunshine of summer.

If you want to feel the wind in your hair this is the place, looking down on the North coast of Cornwall, and the South, and to the west the Land's End. This has been the inspiration for my art; for the handsome outcrops of granite, the rich sea of heather, and the far reaching landscapes all with a backdrop of Ocean.

I had the opportunity to make this little video, sitting in-front of a good camera and talking about my artwork.

I was working in the garden when I noticed the buzzing around the tree heather was really loud. A dozen queen bumble-bees were feeding from the flowers. This is my homage to them. Chorus: Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumble-bee), solo: Erithacus rubecula (robin).

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