still life

This week in the studio I have been back to the drawing board…. observational meditations on familiar objects around me.

paint brushes, rags, paper…….

I spend a lot of time using these objects, yet take them for granted, so I enjoyed looking and giving them attention.


brushes and paper. Pencil on paper
brushes in glass. Pencil on paper

seed thought

I’ve been mostly working in the bath today.

In doing so I’ve been thinking about how images and words rise.   The ideas that are the most meaningful for me as an artist are usually the ones that come when I’m relaxed, immersed or bathing in something… a warm bath or sleep.

I like the idea of holding the first thought, this is what the yogi’s call the seed thought.  It’s the primal thought that rises from the unconscious (or where ever it comes from!) Before the intellect gets to work, fragments it and chews it up into pieces.