Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Goats In The Gully


The Avon Gorge and the land on top of it, known as The Downs, is a pretty special place. Not only is it rather spectacular to look at, it's home to everything from nesting peregrine falcons, to rare plants such as the Bristol onion, Bristol rockcress, and Bristol whitebeam trees (which you will notice all have EXTREMELY ORIGINAL names).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Serene Snowdrops


I am endlessly delighted and fascinated by snowdrops. Every year when the first shoots start appearing, I enter a full on snowdrop obsession and have to seek out as many as I can for their short flowering season. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Mermaid Playlist


Recently I started to think about mermaid music. Music that makes me feel (more) like a mermaid, music that I think mermaids would listen to, music that could be made by actual mermaids who are masquerading as music artists. The result was this watery mermaid playlist. Do you have any favourite mermaid-y songs?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Window Wanderland


In February I went to a lovely community event called Window Wanderland. It was started in Bristol and now takes place in several areas of the city, plus a few other cities across the UK. The idea of it is that people decorate the windows of their home or business, and when darkness falls they light them up, creating an illuminated artwork, installation or scene. Something to brighten up the dark nights and bring a little light and joy to the cold, gloomy winter.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What's Inspiring Me Right Now: The Ac!d Reign Chronicles


Although I've liked Grimes' music for a while, her album came out when I was going through a very different musical phase and deep in an obsession with a different band. So although I thought the visuals for the first video from her Art Angels album were interesting, I didn't pay a lot of attention to the rest of them. That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when Youtube autoplay did something good for once and started playing the video for World Princess Part II. The castle they were dancing around in looked awfully familiar, and I realised that it was Chepstow Castle, a place I've visited many times.  In fact, all but one of the video locations were places that I'm very familiar with and have spent a lot of time around at different points in my life. It was really eerie but strangely fascinating to watch a music video shot in all these places that I knew so well.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nature Journal | January



This year I decided to keep a nature journal, with paintings and drawings of the animals, plants and weather I see each month. I thought it would be interesting to look back on at the end of the year, as well as being a great way of improving my art skills. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lantern Parade


Last week I went to Bedminster Lantern Parade, a procession of handmade lanterns and local bands through the streets of the Bedminster area of Bristol, put on to bring a little light and cheer to the winter darkness. It was sweet, uplifting, and very, very Bristol.