Friday, 16 June 2017

Ocean's Bane


Is it me, or has the ocean of plastic we use in our daily lives increased exponentially over the last few years?

A regular shop at the supermarket and the scenario when I get home is always the same. Remove the plastic wrapping or container and throw it away. What could I do with it anyway? Even stranger and I am ashamed to say, some of the afore mentioned items, before being put into the refrigerator, are then transferred into a box from the plastic box drawer—yes, we all have one!

Above are some examples of plastic wrapping from food stuffs I bought recently. It's hard to find anything in a supermarket without a plastic covering these days. Even a cucumber has a plastic wrapping—can someone tell me what that's all about?

Eventually, the empty packets, yes you guessed it, get thrown away in black plastic bags and buried in dumps for all eternity. Or their contents find their way out into the oceans, to float around like macabre algae, until they end up inside and killing marine life and birds. Did you know most plastics will take anywhere from 450 to 1000 years to biodegrade? There are also some that won't biodegrade ever—so, what are we thinking?


 

Mild attempts to reduce the plastic bag flow are made by some supermarkets, with a money back incentive, to encourage you to reuse the bag on your next visit. Methinks this is merely lip service and a ploy to make you revisit their shop.

As remarkable as I think human achievements are and continue to be, when it comes to destroying the planet we seem to be experts in it and turn a blind eye to its ever increasing plight.

So, from now on, I've decided to change my shopping habits. I'm going to use the little shops and markets more often and go in search of food that isn't wrapped in plastic—Who's with me?

You may also be interested to hear, as an artist and in the light of environmental challenges, I'm currently writing a creative E-Course. Due to appear later in the year or early 2018. In it, this problem is addressed through hands on creativity, along with sources, resources and an informed environmental awareness. It's an E-Course for adults and aimed at anyone who would like to take time for themselves creatively and also meet people of a like mind whilst doing so. It's for anyone, regardless of their artistic experience or creative level—so that includes you!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Jardin d'amour

Roses journal cover and quote by Gertrude Jekyll: garden designer, artist and writer.

 

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Organic Comfort

Harvest Bee

 

Exciting to see three of my flowers & plants series on cushions on Wraptious.

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Rainbow Corn


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

People we meet

 

Tabitha: Artist, tea lover and gnome mother.


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Lemon Tree

 

Taking part in #the100dayproject - for the series so far take a look my on Instagram. I'm using #100pubsigns_alisonday

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lady Vivienne

 

Lady Vivienne: Socialite, size 0, snob.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Honey Babe

 

Honey: Leggy #showgirl, feather headdresses, saving for a rainy day.

 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Reginald Buttercup

Reginald Buttercup: Actor, pompous, Marshmallow the pug's dad.

 

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Monday, 20 February 2017

People we Meet

Arial: Water nymph, loves to water ski and eat fish finger sandwiches.

 

 

Mr Hedge: Retired horticulturist, confirmed bachelor and avid chess player.

 

 

Waaaa! Baby: Just arrived, noisy, needs changing.

 

 

Mrs Crumpet: Spinster, sour puss, bee keeper

 

 

Isn't it interesting the diversity of the people we meet during our lives and their impact. Some we feel we've met before and others may just have arrived. There are those who enter and exit as though through a revolving door, whilst others, like scenery, populate the backdrop of our lives. Eventually, purpose fulfilled all move on to another place.

 

 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Print Workshop

 

Still some places on the pilot workshop - 15 March - details above.

 

 

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Diggety Dog

 
 

Diggety the Dog - 7 Wicker Basket, The Snug, DO9 8ONE Walkon

 

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Inner Artist Revealed

 

 

Planning your creative agenda for March? If you live in the Province of Groningen (or are prepared to travel to it) - join my pilot printing workshop. Registration closes 20th February.

 

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Tuning in

 

 

The last few days have been filled with challenges, both personal and work related. On the whole I'm fairly upbeat and tend to muddle through, but today, along with questioning what I really want in life—I hit a metaphorical wall.

 

The photos were taken in town at the local market and based on a card drawn from a series to: Indulge your senses. My card's purpose changed from taste to view, I suspect to lighten my mood, I needed visual food, as opposed to actual food to satisfiy my mental appetite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 23 January 2017

Taking Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken on today's walk to the post office—a smile on my face and a spring in my step. With my mobile camera in one hand and four large envelopes in the other, filled with recent illustrations—destination, a few selected publishers.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Diggety Dog

 

No one's looking, so I think I'll re-arrange the ornamental tree, thought Diggety.

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