Moonwave

moonwave

Going beyond initial images, producing mosaic-tiled effects of repetitive pattern and creating patterns exploring constraint and scale.

Moonwave – Blending two of my passions, the moon and shadow-play.

Red Chilli Peppers

red chilli peppers

Intense red and a mild heat chilli that is fun to grow, eat or decorate with.  A few seeds on a sunny windowsill from February onwards will sprout in 2-3 weeks ready for transplanting into individual pots. Choose vigorous plants for potting on as they are ready. Peppers love free draining compost with a sprinkling of bonemeal.  Extra seedlings can be given away or recomposted.

I like to keep Pepper plants in a warm sunny spot. A patio is perfect as the embedded heat will released by paving during the night keeping roots warm.  In open ground I use miscanthus grass as a mulch to reflect light.  Feed regularly and remulch with fresh compost as necessary.

The fruits can be picked at green or red stage. Chillis can be stored in the freezer or dried for later use.  Take care when handling or eating chillis.

My favourite winter warmer is Celeriac Gratin with chilli peppers.

Peel and thinly slice the Celeriac. Rub sliced garlic around inside of baking dish.  Layer celeriac in baking dish with sliced red chillis scattered through. Pour over some cream/milk, season as required.

Print-making inspiration at AUB

AUB Print-making studio 2017

When I decided to explore the art of printing I was lucky to have AUB (Arts University Bournemouth) on my doorstep.  The luck didn’t stop there as I realised I would be learning a variety of print processes from some amazing printers in a very well appointed print studio.

The printing presses are impressively sturdy with a magical history caught up in the wheels and levers.  Around the walls of the studio are various prints and on the drying wracks the work of the day students.  Every piece displaying  a unique response to the same materials.  Inspiration came hard and fast as I immersed myself in the history of printing and discovered people like Lee Krasner, Hu Yichuan, Sybil Andrews and Vincent Longo’s Etchings – ‘Four’ (1969) and ‘Centred: Radiating’ (1964).

Lee Krasner was my standout influencer with her dynamism unleashed, exploring movement and intention before the quantum mechanics of particle physics gave birth to Quarks and Bosons.  Vincent Longo took me through and between into space etched through time.  Evocations to venture into the Beyond of more than the here and now of this flat/curved Earth of no fixed abode.  Twirling on a whim at the pleasure of the here and now of nowhere never known/no one for long enough to be known.

Behind every image was a process and I wanted to know as much as I could.  Raw woodblock prints like Hu Yichuan’s ‘To The Front’ (1932) brought a tear – bold, defiant, full of the emotional force of struggle.   Movement bursting with passion filling the space with intent reshowing the medullary rays and growth rings.

Longo’s 1954 Woodcut ‘Imago’ uses a plank of pine with a long gash as the force exuding out through the living experience of the tree into the living experience of the plank.  Becoming the ‘Imago’, full of life affirming potential to displace space and time into exerting one’s own expression of existence via communicating with the pure life force itself.

Describing this work Vincent Longo uses terms like ‘primordial’, ‘autonomous nature’, ‘emanate-involuntarily from some preconscious source’.

Concrete might not be the first material that comes to mind but the forces of nature Longo and Krasner are expressing for me are there in ’Tecelar’ the 1956 work of Brazilian Concretist Lygia Pape.

Along my path of exploring print I found the work of Vija Clemins and again another well of inspiration to draw upon.  ‘Desert’ (1975) & ’Starfield’ (2010) speak to me of someone who takes time to get to know the kind of things that take time to get know.

silk screen at AUB
silk screen at Arts University Bournemouth

Many evenings I would return from the 3 hour class only to stay up until well past midnight working on the myriad of new ideas that had come from the session.  Passing the familiar squeegees by the door each week ready for the next project to squeeze through the silk screen mesh onto some waiting paper.

The library at AUB held the Holy Grail, photocopy machines that could do way more than the last lot I had played with back in the 80’s when I had fun with fanzines – low tech cutting and pasting with real paper and glue.  I had one question for the helpful librarian, “Where’s the manual?”  Once I had that and a well credited copier card I was free to experiment for as long as the copier could keep up the pace.

Warm lino like soft butter allowing the scalpel blade to flow freely.

Moon Bats Birds Bugs

moon through clouds

Seeing is Believing? Moon Bats, Birds and Bugs can easily be mistaken for UFOs. Once you give something an identity is it no longer unidentified.

Reviewing footage from the past year or so I found a few examples and thought that it would be fun to put them together in a short compilation. If seeing really is believing then we need really good sight to understand exactly what we are seeing. When we open our eyes to the full spectral reality around us things appear that can make us question our beliefs. Light transfers information at multiple frequencies and at various angles. Reality is a combination of the two (frequency and angle) giving us time and space in which we construct our own perspective.

Shot from Dorset, UK using a basic telescope and my mobile phone.

Low tech – BIG HEART

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Star? Meteor? UFO?

photographs on iphone grid

I caught a strange object moving towards the Moon. Could it be a star, a meteor or UFO? (see 00:29 onwards).

Reviewing footage I noticed an object, first in a still image at 21:22 GMT. As I looked through subsequent video and photos I could see the object appear to move closer to the Moon over a period of 23 minutes on the 4th February 2020.

Initially I thought it was a distant star or planet but as the Moon was very bright I was not so sure a star or planet would show up so close in the glare. Could this be a meteor moving towards the Moon or something else?

Then on 18th February whilst watching a video on ‘The Urban Astronomer’ YouTube Channel about the Moon Occulting Mars I noticed similarities to my footage so I posted my question in the Comments Section. A very short while later I had my reply and possible answer all the way from Bengaluru, India. Using Stellarium for near my location here in Dorset, UK Vineeth was able to find a star being occulted around that time. This is the Internet at its best providing a global forum for sharing ideas and information.

Of course I would have loved to have found an amazing alien craft landing on the Moon but that will have to wait for another clear night…

 

Theophilus & Cyrillus Craters

Theophilus & Cyrillus Craters

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Arcturus

Arcturus

Massive red giant star with high proper motion. 36 light years from Earth.

Mythology – in the past was called Bear Guard as it was closer to Ursa Major & Ursa Minor. Currently Arcturus is in Bootes Constellation. Rewind 80,000 years to place Arcturus in Ursa Major/Ursa Minor.

Edgar Cayce said that our Sun orbited Arcturus – this could work in EU if we were travelling along same filament winding around Arcturus not orbiting it.

Ancient Polynesian Navigators called Arcturus the Star of Joy and used it to travel between Tahiti and Hawaii. Keeping Arcturus overhead travelling west on trade winds to Hawaii then travelling east & west until Arcturus overhead to return to Tahiti.

2,000 years ago at the Spring Equinox Arcturus culminated directly overhead at 31’ latitude. Cairo is at 30’ and Bethlehem at 31.7’.

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Handpainted ceramic bowl

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Stag Beetle

stag beetle

Stag Beetle in my garden trying to get some height for take off.