Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rosanna Bruno: from a post on friday May 29th at

It's such a pleasure for me to trawl  a painter's blog and find work that intrigues or resonates with some of my own preoccupations as a painter. I love to find stimulation from looking into a great many areas of creative endeavour, evidenced in the posts  I have been adding  since I began blogging on the first of May month ago! One's imagination can be fed from many directions...and yet I have an abiding passion for the abstract in Painting...even though I can be affected by hugely diverse forms of art and styles of painting. 

Two Coats of Paint is a blog created by Sharon  L Butler ...(her painting is shown below) share news, commentary, reviews and background information about painting in 2007. The painting by Rosanna Bruno above is from the most recent blog on Two Coats of Paint which also links many art/arts related blogs.

A series of images from the artist's sketchbooks that were published as digital prints.
Refer to post on wednesday, may 27th in the artist blog.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings

A truly fascinating series of collaborations from English partners Biggs and Collings that pays homage to the past and tradition and yet clearly is very contemporary work in so many ways...with very layered references to all kinds of ideas, histories and ways of seeing the world.  


MAY   2009   FIVE SISTERS YORK ST MARYS,  YORK  UK  Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings are currently making an instillation for York Art Gallery's Project Space, York , St Mary's, a deconsecrated medieval church. The work includes paintings and a mosaic. You can watch a documentary film on this and read more about the artists by clicking shows after going to their website   . You might recall Colling's  Channel 4 TV series, This is Modern Art.

Scholar's house

Nine Rooms Scholars House   May 2005 painted by the  artists Biggs and Collings. This oil painting and the two below are executed jointly by Biggs and Collings. Biggs conceives the organisation of colours and Collings executes the paintings.  To read more about their paintings go to their website and click on What our work is about.



Will You Obey The Rules? Adam St Gallery  Feb 2004 painted by the artists Biggs and Collings


Round Table M.O.T.  Group Show 2003

Five sisters

Five Sisters -the York St Mary's show is made up of mosaic and paintings...the first time for such a combination by the artists. The mosaic is made from 13th and 14th century pottery shards from the collection belonging to the York Museum Trust called "Clay End" The paintings have the collective title Paintress...referring to a division of labour in the ceramic industry where men are the clay-workers and women the decorators.

Potters Union - click for more details

'Potters Union', 2008

Made in England
Below is the Made in England Mosaic from a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. Conceived by Emma Biggs and carried out with participation by a number of individuals with varied skills and roles. It is both a "historical record and a demonstration of how signs and symbols influence our understanding of familiar objects and inform how we think today".

One roundel of the mosaic is made of backstamps from the 1860's to 1880's. Here a gift from an American collector is laid out on a kitchen table.

after 238 years of making pottery, Spode has gone into administration (NOV, 2008 news) Founded 1770 by Josiah Spode, Spode was the birthplace of fne bone china making its collapse a great cultural loss.

Plate found in a charity shop with unusual backstamp.

You might also wish to check out Matthew Collings' SAATCHI GALLERY BLOG : The following are images from a very significant body of work by Emma Biggs in Mosaic- Coomercial, Domestic, Public- which can all be viewed on the website. This is a fantastic site with working drawings and studio processes and it clearly demonstrates the extraordinary talent of this artist. I particularly love the working drawings and her gorgeous sense of colour.

my hotel

Mosaic for London Restaurant  of My Hotel, Bloomsbury 

new jersey

New Jersey kitchen 


SARTOR RESARTUS;  two glass mosaic murals and a marble avement, based on theme of suits and shoes- work wear for workers at Canary Wharf.

CHOOSING MATERIALS:  glass on left....  same design in marble on right


aaron graham
Drawing for mosaic: Aaron Graham 1

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Monty Don: Around the World in 80 Gardens

Monty Don in his garden in Leominster

I have just read the fascinating story of the man who brought us the remarkable "Around the World in 80 Gardens"  series we here in australia have finally been able to view on TV. The Sunday, March 8th article The interview: Monty Don   in The Observer by Kate Kellaway and Hermione Hoby is a great read for those interested in the vision of this man and his personal story.    or  google Monty Don and find this article under the

Alternatively Google will take you to a  YOU TUBE entry for Monty Don.... have look at  "Urban food growing in Cuba"  which is an excerpt from the garden TV series.
Monty Don worked with and inspired many young offenders with his BBC programme 'Growing out of Trouble'
Monty Don worked with and inspired many young offenders with his BBC programme 'Growing out of trouble"

Art of Science 2009 Gallery

          Study the science of art and the art of science.         
                                Leonardo da Vinci
 These images are from the third Art of Science competition hosted by Princeton University.All entries were chosen for their artistic as well as scientific interest, all taken during the course of scientific research. First prize went to Celeste Nelson for the bright field microgaph of baby squid. read about this on the May 21st post of Each of these images and more can be read about in relation to the scientific research being conducted. This is exciting material for anyone interested in forms from the natural world...even if we are talking about the micro world.

First Prize                 Second Prize               Third Prize

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


From swiss-miss blog early May


OPTIMISM  by Jennifer Daniel on Swissmiss
All-In-One Card Stamp by Ji Lee was posted on 30th of march on SwissMiss.  Ingenious?

link from on Swissmiss