The Northern Lights seen in the UK

Last night the Aurora Borealis gave a spectacular display over the UK due to solar winds from a coronal mass ejection reaching the UK. Unfortunately I was tucked up in bed sound a sleep whilst it happened but here is a lovely picture from the BBC Website. Nature is beautiful..

Newsreel mini-album and Twilight Science

Some of you may know that I work in footage archives as my day job, and as a little treat I decided to make a mini album dedicated to archive footage newsreels. It was sort of inspired by the purchase of some absolutely gorgeous patterned paper by First Edition called Noir et Chic. I used…

Darwin’s House

On Sunday we visited Down House the former home of Charles Darwin in the pretty village of Downe in Kent. We managed to get a bus all the way there from Bromley town centre, which was very quick and cheap!! We had a pot of tea and cake before touring the house and gardens and…

Afrique Geometrique..

I have an interest in African geometry, especially in printed fabrics, wood carvings and metal work. Whilst studying for my environmental biology degree (many years ago!!) I took up batik fabric printing and made cushions and wall hangings using African patterns. More recently I’ve been visiting the British Museum in london to explore the African…

Art Journaling

During most of January I tried my hand at art journaling. It’s a mixture of art, craft and diary discovered through the millions of Youtube videos dedicated to the hobby. I aim to make more nature/science inspired pages soon and will post them up here :) The image above features a character inspired by William…

Colour Infrared Video Imagery

I’ve been experimenting with colour infrared video and photography for some time, photography is easier due to the IR blocking filter on my stills camera being quite weak, plus manipulating RAW images in Photoshop and Gimp using  colour channel swapping is very effective. However video is another matter entirely, the IR blocking filter on my…

Dragonfly wings

In my endeavour to create and produce more I’ve tried to paint and draw some dragonfly wings I guess the colours aren’t very realistic but they are fun :) I used inktense pencils by derwent for the rich translucent hues. My neighbour has a wildlife pond so I’m frequently visited by dragonflies, damselflies and the…

Graphic Plants..

After seeing the x-ray plant photos of Steven Meyers I was inspired to create a video edit that captured the same look and feel. I filmed plants in my garden using a macro lens then processed the clips with various computer generated effects to create the vivid graphic look of the video below. The clips were then…

Humble Umbels…

I really love the form of the plants in the Umbelliferae family, I’m entranced by the upward sweeping negative curvature of the flowers (inflorescence), which resembles the inverted circles found in hyperbolic geometry. They are found in the British Isles as the native plants Wild Carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace), Cow Parsley, Hogweed  and many…