Category Archives: Jottings

This is my new canvas on which to paint with words and write with a camera or a brush, unfettered by the canvas of the past which is now under Archive.

Inspired by a Manolo shoe (or two)


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Who can resist a pair of exquisitely formed shoes by Manolo Blahnik? [Deep sigh] I can count myself blessed indeed that I once owned a pair. ‘What do you mean ‘once’ I hear you cry. What happened to them?! Well I confess I sold them, on ebay, simply because I had no occasion to wear them and they were too beautiful to simply sit in a box. I did, however, photograph them for my City and Guilds Black and White […]

Marmite + chocolate – inspired combination!


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This week has been Chocolate Week so I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to find inspiration in something chocolatey! My favourite chocolate recipe book is Paul A Young’s Adventures with Chocolate. it is a treasure trove of gorgeous photography and mouthwatering ideas. The book was published in 2009 and at that time I was presenting a radio show* on a local station, which enabled me to go to the launch of Chocolate Week and interview a number of chocolatiers – including […]

Barking up the right tree


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Inspiration no.20 on my 30 day blogging challenge is all about bark. It fascinates me and I can barely walk past an interesting tree without taking a photo. Often I will see things in the photo that I hadn’t seen in the bark, sometimes I will see a face or shape in the bark and then try to capture it. Here are a few of my favourite bark photos. Do you what I see? Or something else altogether?     […]

Of leaf and feather


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No.19 is my series of inspirations for my hungry soul is the beautiful Autumn colours in crispy leaves and the soft feathers of a pheasant. I love the hues of Autumn as the leaves turn and flutter to the ground. The hedgerows are also alive with pheasants and sadly, since they have no road sense whatsoever, many a pheasant meets a sticky end on the country lanes. It was one such poor chap that I found by the roadside and […]

Finding a new theme – and unexpected treasures


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Discovering unexpected pleasures while looking for a mundane thing Looking for a good WordPress gallery theme to create a website for my artworks and photos, I came across Minimal and some incredible artists who use the Minimal themes. It was a completely unexpected pleasure to find such inspiration in something as mundane as a website theme. Do take a look: https://madebyminimal.com/examples I really like the artworks of Marcy Baker, the drawings of Kate McGuire and the landscape photography of Rainer Czerwinski. I also […]

Bring me sunshine


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Drawing inspiration from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. My hungry soul yearns for sunshine and sunlight. Meanwhile my inner artist draws inspiration from images captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) – the most advanced spacecraft yet designed to study the sun. The SDO is designed to help us understand the sun’s influence on earth and near-earth space by studying the sun’s magnetic field and how this stored magnetic energy is converted and released in the form of solar wind and energetic particles. The […]

Rust as art – or how many textures can you find in a rusty bin


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The inspiration for my hungry soul today is found in the garden incinerator. I love to photograph textures –  for some reason I’m a little bit obsessed by finding a good one. This rusty old bin was too much to resist. There were so many lovely textures from the smooth flakes of ash in the bottom, to the fluffy white ash oozing out of the side, to the crusty rust and cracks in the lid. There is something deeply evocative about […]

A bunch of quotes to live by


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Inspiration for my hungry soul no.15: finding treasures in a basket of notebooks I’ve been sorting through some notebooks today. A couple of them are full of quotes that I have collected over the years (and before it was so easy to just Google and find one). One of my favourite quotes that has been my constant companion for at least a decade is from George Eliot “It’s never too late to be what you might have been“. It has […]

Reflecting on my morning walk


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Inspiration for my hungry soul no.14: a poem for a summery Autumn day My friend Claire shared this poem on her blog the other day and I had to steal it because it so perfectly describes my morning walks with the dogs. I stride out across open fields in the warm Autumn sunshine. “This way! This way!” is how I get Jock our labrador to come back to me when he’s wandering off for a sniff. I’ve been building a […]

The power of a word (or two)


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Inspiration for my hungry soul no.13: the power of words  “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one and I look at it until it begins to shine.” Emily Dickinson This week I am having some time of solitude. Hubs is away and so I am taking this opportunity to go within, to rest, read, paint just for myself and give some attention to my soul. I love this quote […]

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