Gouache paintings on my desk – Loraine Callow March 2017
Explorer Frank Kingdon Ward on his first sighting of the blue poppy in Tibet, 1924:
‘Suddenly I looked and there, like a blue panel dropped from heaven – a stream of blue poppies dazzling as sapphires in the pale light.’
Botanical riches on my desk this morning from the previous evening. The book “Botanical Riches – Stories of Botanical Exploration” by Richard Aitken is really an exceptional work. I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Richard on a couple of occasions and his work influences my day job. Thank heavens for The Miegunyah Press and their superb book production that captures some of Richard’s encyclopaedic knowledge. I’ve had this for book for 10 years and constantly find something fascinating and inspiring in it. This time it was a poppy and Strelitizia reginae. I painted them in gouache in my sketchbook.
More on Richard and how this lovely book came to be.
Strelitzia in gouache – Loraine Callow March 2017.
I am happiest making in my little office studio, and Saturday was a making day. Oh, if all days could be Saturdays!
I always have this feeling that I use about 5% of the capacity any technology I own and it’s only when I really want to do something that I’ll push a little. I’ve been printing documents and photos an on my Canon MG6250 for years – yesterday was the first time I slipped some card in the rear tray and printed something I’d designed. Small miracles hey? It’s not perfect and I’m still wrangling with image and paper size matching up, but I did it and I’m ridiculously chuffed at how this work is coming together.
I’m a terrible sticky beak for other people’s spaces, especially workspaces, making spaces, offices, hideaways… I have a very small office hideaway of my own and although it’s a bit jam packed with stuff I love it and I love being at my desk in front of window that looks out onto the hedge. I feel peaceful, creative and optimistic here.
Sometimes I want to try everything at once. My desk gets covered in stuff. I’m thinking those osso bucco bones would make for nice shapes to print…