27 December 2012

New watercolours 1

Sweetpea, 2012, watercolour and crayon on 425 gm Bockingford paper, 27.5 x 18.5 cm, ZAR 1000

03 October 2012

"Seedpod" drawings on German beechwood boxes, 2012

"Seedpods", 2012
Mixed media on German beechwood boxes
10 x 10 x 3 cm each

Microscopic Nature Photos

Hippocrepis unisiliquosa by Rob Kesseler, Wolfgang Stuppy, Madeline Harley -
more beautiful than jewellery, more perfect than man-made - courtesy of Mother Nature

08 June 2012

Wings of Life


Rarely seen by the naked eye, WINGS OF LIFE allows you to experience the most intimate intersection of the animal and plant worlds, the mystical moment where life regenerates itself over and over again.

What motivates them?, I would ask my scientific advisors. “It’s all about risk and reward” Why? “Because they want to survive.” Why? “So they can reproduce?” Why? And one scientist pondered it deeply and replied “Nothing lasts forever, everything in the universe wears out.” That blew my mind. Because at that moment I realized that Nature invented reproduction as a mechanism so life can continue as a force of energy that passes through us, a link in the evolution of Life. 

WINGS OF LIFE presents the unsung heroes of the global food chain. You will witness, as never before, fantastic journeys that are full of wonder, drama and beauty. Theirs is a fragile ecosystem, essential for sustaining life on the planet. Now threatened by mankind, this is a chance to see their world as never before. Visually stunning and emotional, the story is told from the flower’s point of view. For the first time ever, you will witness a world hidden from the naked eye—and it will be an experience you will never forget.
- Louie Schwartzberg, cinematographer, producer and director of WINGS OF LIFE, due for release in 2012

25 April 2012

Pencil drawings for *bhlo- project, Switzerland



Working with fine Faber Castell water colour pencils, details of the large drawings of 9 symbolic flowers on Arches 300g water colour paper for my botanical research project .....

16 April 2012

Weaving in Architecture: Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava




The Canadian city of Calgary has welcomed its newest addition spanning the Bow River, the red pigmented 'Peace Bridge' by Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The single span helical footbridge gently arcs across the water, sheltering users with a glass roof along its 126 meter length.

Mirror forest figures



Extraordinarily beautiful and mysterious mirror figures in a British forest, by Rob Mulholland

25 February 2012

New Watercolours



Portraits of Lathyrus (Sweetpeas), watercolour on Arches paper, 41 x 31 cm, Private Collection, Germany

21 February 2012

Ancient Plants Resurrected from Siberian Permafrost



www.livescience.com/18559-ancient-plants-resurrected-siberian-permafrost.html

How amazing is this: a 32,000 year old Silene Stenophylla seed producing such an exquisite flower! This is the oldest successful regeneration of a living plant from ancient tissue. Nothing beats the power of plants...

16 February 2012

Count down to Design Indaba Expo 2012, Cape Town March 1-4



It's great to be finalising my new baby mohair sofa pillow and cushion collection for a return to Design Indaba, together with the Cape Craft and Design Institute - some of the new cuddly weaves, just in  time for the southern winter

16 January 2012

Bloom II Exhibition, Casa Labia, Muizenberg/Cape Town

 Jean Grose: Amaryllis, watercolour
 Ian Garrett: burnished, pit fired pots with floral motifs
"Bloom" - exhibition bannner

13 January 2012

Learning from flowers



Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the fast-growing, brilliantly bright sunflower offers guidance on how best to gather solar energy. Read more here:

http://www.tgdaily.com/sustainability-features/60746-sunflower-inspires-more-efficient-solar-layout

11 January 2012

Sally Arnold + Karoo Star Interiors are following 

http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/

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