Wednesday, 26 July 2017

nehemiah grew

proper old school now with nehemiah grew. there's loads to love in the back in the day niche of botanical illustration but grew is as good a place to start as any

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

rene quillivic

you see these all over the place these days. curly waves, wee boats, i've even done some myself. chances are tho, rene quillivic was doing it first. possibly better known for sculpture these woodcuts are beautiful in their simplicity and grace

Monday, 24 July 2017

zdzlislaw beksinski

breathtaking. it's no wonder the likes of guillermo del toro (apparently) cites zdzlislaw beksinski as an influence

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017


so yes, every once in a while i like to go old school. this should need no explanation! having a browse the other day and cam across this. even all these centuries later the rightness of it just shines out from the image.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

rebecca yanovskaya

ballpoint pen? bit of gold? that's all rebecca yanovskaya needs. and it works....

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ian miller

and one of the reasons i wanted to draw like i did was very likely ian miller whose green dog trumpet i still have and still have no idea what's really going on. even now - an attack of the pumpkin creatures. whatever ian miller has in head, i'd like some of that!

Monday, 17 July 2017

konstantin kalynovych

i can't get past looking at these images from konstantin kalynovych. i can't draw like this but when i was young and in my drawing phase this is exactly what i wanted to draw. and i'm not going to lie i wish i still could!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

wire scorpion

more finger punishing in this easy to follow video that isn't a bad starter for making something bug like. worth remembering that once you're dialling in your technique you can add in all manner of beadwork etc to fancy it up. ideal for a rainy afternoon!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

wire tree

even the thought makes my fingers hurt but one day i'm going to give it a go

Friday, 14 July 2017

margaret macdonald

after harry clarke here's another favourite. or at least one of a pair of favourites, it being wrong not to mention margaret's prodigiously talented sister frances. always worth a look in to the kelvingrove if you're passing. failing that, if it's still in print, check out jude burkhauser's glasgow girls.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

harry clarke

for me, discovering harry clarke was like opening a door but i can't help feeling that he's underappreciated out there in that there world of art. you can do your wee bit towards sorting that out....

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

edward penkov

there's precious little about edward penkov online but what you do get is acres of images and when you got his set of skills, that's not something to grumble about.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

akiya kageichi

you could argue that akiya kageichi wears his influences just a bit too obviously on his sleeve. but as i like all those influences i don't care. these are just sumptuous!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Friday, 7 July 2017

pedro oliveira

am loving this beautiful considered portraits by pedro oliveira

Thursday, 6 July 2017

nagato iwasaki

i'm a sucker for old bits of wood so there's no way i'm not going to be beguiled by the work of nagato iwasaki

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

martin janecky

made out of glass. you just have to ask how...! martin janecky should be in the definition of artistry in the dictionary. mazing

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

matthew dols

of all the figurative work i've been looking at recently it's matthew dols i keep coming back to

Monday, 3 July 2017

darby lahger

it could be said that maybe there' a view that dalarna isn't the most interesting part of sweden. to that i say - darby lahger

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

juul kraijer

not shy about juxtaposing a portrait and a creature in her photography juul kraijer is equally at home with charcoal and pencil

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

masahisa fukase

we like a corvid in our house so it's lovely to see a reissue for masahisa fukase's notoriously hard to get a hold of ravens

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

desiree dolron

after yesterday here's the luminous portraiture of desiree dolron.

Monday, 26 June 2017

suitcase joe

hte flipside of the dream of capitalism - suitcase joe's pictures don't pull any punches

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Saturday, 24 June 2017

more dracula

i'm trying not to have bits lifted off an out cd on these things but i did like that last them sufficiently. if you've got a bit of time get the kettle on, sit down and luxuriate in this

nouvelle vague

Friday, 23 June 2017

ellen kooi

i love the andrew wyeth vibe in this. there's a lot of texture and individualism at work in ellen kooi - makes me want to spend more time looking at her work

Thursday, 22 June 2017

pentti sammallahti

there's lots to like about pentto sammallahti's work but i find myself beguiled by his winter scenes

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

emmy andriesse

i guess emmy andriesse is possibly better known for portraiture but i love the serenity of this piece, in contrast maybe to the tumult of her life.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

fan ho

i was lucky enough to be in hong kong when its old incarnation was giving up its last breath. fan ho captures a time and place now vanished. sublime

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

constantin mashinskiy

365 parisians - you'd think this sort of thing had been done to death but constantin mashinkiy keeps it simple and makes it breathe

Thursday, 15 June 2017

aisha zeijpveld

it's easy to see more than a hint of fashion photography with aisha zeijpveld but looking beyond that, when she starts in about stretching her media, she really steps it up

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

jorge mayet

not a wealth of info on jorge mayet but making trees out of wire and paper? that's always going to go down well with me

Monday, 12 June 2017

azuma makoto

apparently azuma makoto made this to teach his five year old about science. sublime

Sunday, 11 June 2017

comet music

comet noise, inks - what's not to like? background here

Saturday, 10 June 2017

the caledonian way

everybody has their reasons for being on the bike. these are lee craigie's.

Friday, 9 June 2017

medical wound man

public domain review scores again with medical wound man. it's amazing to think that he survives today in various guises in hospital.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

more helen downie

not what i'd usually look at? maybe not but i love boldness of colour. you can feast upon more at helen downie's website

helen downie

which encompasses - it's never too late, yes you can, and why not....

i'm loving hger collection of inks also

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

a history of sound art

possibly not the most engaging format and, as seems to be the way with these things, terrible sound! but interesting nonetheless.

the field recordist

a rather lovely wee doco

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

phenomena over and under the earth

i am dazzled by these illustrations by josef gabriel frey of atmospheric phenomena. see the public domain review for details

Monday, 5 June 2017

keeping a ukelele in tune

HOW TO TUNE AND STAY IN TUNE from Kala Brand Music Co. on Vimeo.

when you've got a new ukelele it can be frustrating keeping it in tune. don't worry - that's how they are for the first wee while. here's a handy guide.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

johan bloom

 it's all about the colours for me looking at johan bloom and no mistake!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

joao ruas

i would bit off a finger to be able to draw like joao ruas!!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

helen terry

worth spending a bit of time with helen terry as she explores a full gamut of techniquer in her approach to the environment

Monday, 29 May 2017

ibrahim el salahi

ibrahim el salahi - old school modern, would've loved to have seen this at the tate

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

tomas saraceno

impossible trips i might like to make - a voyage round the inside of tomas saraceno's head

Thursday, 25 May 2017


if i was emperor this would be what the streets looked like. check out hush

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

sam reveles

squiggles, wiggles and lines again. so!!? sam reveles - sublime

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

nandipha mntambo

i love these and it makes me just want to run out, buy some gear and make something similar. in my head it goes smoothly, then i think about it and it all becomes much more tricky! she does all manner of other things besides. check her out.

Monday, 22 May 2017

mary sibande

textile's never a bad way to start the week and mary sibande smashes it out of the park

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

loyiso mkize

loyiso mkize's portfolio is, unhelpfully, blocked so you'll need to do a bit of googling for more images. i really like his commitment to the face

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

ghada amer

if anyone ever says stitch can't be subversive then step up ghader amer. these are beautiful to look at but she's got an agenda that just doesn't give up. makes me want to cheer!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

diane victor

what would you call these - smoke portraits? these are great images to get involved in but diane victor's about way more than just these

Monday, 15 May 2017

brooks salzwedel

if brooks salzwedel was only doing botanical illustration these would be powerful images but he's about much more than that

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

helene amouzou

textile, pattern, erasure, negation - what's not to like with helene amouzou?

Thursday, 11 May 2017

sokari douglas camp

you've just got to love the plurality of narrative happening in sokari douglas camp's work. looking at this stuff not only do i get a sense that something is right with the world but also about what art could be.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

majida khattari

i fond, after a browse thru majida khattari's images, that they stay with me, popping up in other thoughts, making ne think about the way i look at and represent the world around me.

Monday, 8 May 2017


faithxlvii - amazing! if you don't know her work get off and make a cup of tea, sit down and take some time browsing

Sunday, 7 May 2017

nasser shamma

this is a playlist rather than an album but lsten anyway. nasser shamma - amzing!!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

creighton michael

if it's got dots, spots or circles and that microscopy feel chances are i'm going to be up for it. creighton michael doesn't fall short even if i can't find this image on his website

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

ephrem solomon

 and we'll just keep on with the figurative. not least because i don't have enough wood/linocut on the site. lokking at ephrem solomon's work is me lookand learning!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

dawit abebe

i'm not usually the biggest fan of figurative painting but i really like the strong grpahic elements in dawit abebe as well as the feeling of narrative undercurrent