A soggy Bank Holiday weekend (much needed rain) encouraged devotion to the studio and my poppy field is thriving.
This video offers a flavour of the botanical tour to Crete with Greentours http://www.greentours.co.uk/ The leaders offered expert knowledge, good humour and enthusiasm. They took us to stunning places with extraordinary flowers. A wealth of material for my future work. If anyone is interested in plants in the landscape in the wider world check them out.
Having begun a mock-up of Field Poppies for the photographer on Tuesday it seemed crazy not to continue so out of season as it is here a new collage of Field Poppies and Barley taking shape on the table.
The freelance photographer Clive Doyle came today to take photographs for a piece in LandScape Magazine. This is for September/October edition so there was to be no reference to spring and my gloriously burgeoning garden. I quickly brought together the elements for a poppy and barley collage, having some poppies in stock from last year. It was a fairly surreal experience to pretend it was autumn but hopefully Clive got some good shots.
These are Tulipa bakeri on the Plateau of Omalos in the White Mountains of Crete only a few days after snow melt. There were so many flowers it was hard to find somewhere to put my feet. I have grown these tulips in my garden for many years and was hugely excited to see them in the wild in such a spectacular landscape.
Having returned home at 1am I am a little scattered but here is a photograph of me having a very good time in Crete. The island, the tour and the flowers were all excellent. So much to inspire my art. My thanks to Fiona Dunbar of Greentours for this photograph.
Just packing, as I leave tomorrow for a guided botanical tour to Crete with Greentours http://www.greentours.co.uk/ . Hard to imagine I can leave Cornwall when it is looking so fabulous but so will Crete. As long as I have an internet connection I intend to continue posting. Lots of flowers.
I have made a video about the orchids of Monte Sacro in Southern Italy and the textile collages I have created from them. You can follow the pieces as they take form in my studio, accompanied to the sounds of birdsong and the bells of Podolico cows that graze the hillsides.
A few weeks ago I took part in a couple of videos for Export Cornwall. These are now online so if you would like to take a look at some of the entrepreneurs of Cornwall here goes
This is an early, abstract moment in what is to become a back-lit wave.