• Mindful Walking I

    One of the ways in which I have helped myself during recent low points has been the practice of mindful walking, where instead of walking as the mind spins around thinking on a problem, you try and focus on what you're experiencing now, in the present. This stops the mind racing and connects you with the moment, allowing any despair and anxiety to … Continue Reading

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Mindful Walking I

One of the ways in which I have helped myself during recent low points has been the practice of mindful …
Grief II

Grief II

We have all lost someone in our lives, whether that’s through death or the breakdown of a relationship. Both are …
Three New Paintings

Three New Paintings

Completed this evening… Old Note, oil on board, 2023 Sun Breaks Through, oil on board, 2023 Sunburst, oil on board, …
Nana's Mountain

Nana’s Mountain

First painting I’ve finished in a long while. I called this one ‘Nana’s Mountain’, after the hill behind her garden, …
Painting

Painting

I’ve started painting again and have begun my journey using water-based oils which I must say are rather good. The …
Microscope image of Roman Glass

Iridescence

Since buying the piece of Roman glass I described in my previous post, I’ve been interested in its iridescent surface …
Roman Bottle

Roman Bottle

I recently purchased a beautiful Roman Unguentarium (2nd or 3rd century AD) and have undertaken a Goethean observation of it …
Rinsho

Rinsho

After my last post I watched a video by calligrapher Tomoko Kawao in which she mentions the practice of Rinsho, …
Shadow Calligraphy

Shadow Calligraphy

On Saturday, whilst at Shotover with the kids, I took some time – whilst they were climbing trees – to …
Becoming Memory

Becoming Memory

This is a short clip of a recording made at Easter in 1982. It’s part of a performance of a …
Fox Talbot's Glassware

Fox Talbot’s Glassware

I recently visited The Weston Library in Oxford to see the ‘Bright Sparks: Photography and the Talbot Archive’ exhibition which …
Goethean Observation: Diffuser II

Goethean Observation: Diffuser II

Thinking about the recent observation I did on the diffuser, I was picking through the words and was struck by …
Goethean Observation: Diffuser

Goethean Observation: Diffuser

After writing about the empty diffusers I found in  my late mum’s house, I’ve been wondering about how I might …
A Remembrance of Things We Never Have Known

A Remembrance of Things We Never Have Known

Following on from the shadow work I’ve been doing I decided to work in some colour. I suppose it would …
A Moment's Language

A Moment’s Language

I have long been meaning to work from some videos I made back in 2018, using a calligraphy brush and …
Take Me Home

Take Me Home

After we lost mum in September last year, I found some old audio cassettes in her attic, one of which …
Arrival/Departure

Arrival/Departure

It was almost 5 years ago in 2018 that I made these videos in a forest in Oxford and I’ve …
Diffusers

Diffusers

In the months since my mum passed away we have been emptying her house ready for sale – one of …
The file runs from left to right with the lower frequencies at the bottom and volume indicated through the brightness (the louder, the brighter). Zooming in, one can see different sounds, for example in the image below you can see my mum’s voice (bright at the bottom of the image) with the harmonics in layers above.

Grief

After my mum passed away in September I found some old cassettes in cupboards in her attic room and over …
My mum in costume

Mum

On Thursday, 29th September, my wonderful mum, Mary, passed away. She was 78 years old and had been diagnosed with …
Measuring the past

Measuring the past

“We have been living this same moment ever since we were conceived. It is memory, and to some extent sleep, …
Disordered Time

Disordered Time

In my last post I talked about entropy, in particular with reference to a book I’ve recently re-read by Carlo …
Entropy

Entropy

My work has often involved an exploration of time, in particular, how we can best imagine a past moment as …
Alvida and the Magician's Cape

Wicked Magician, Fly

For many years I’ve had a song in my head, the lyrics for which I’ve always remembered as being: The …
The Quanta of History

The Quanta of History

I have just finished reading Carlo Rovelli’s ‘The Order of Time’ which, as well as being a fantastic read, has …
Empathy Forward

Empathy Forward

Much of my work over the past however many years has been about empathy and how we can empathise with …
The Natural World of 978

The Natural World of 978

I’ve written before about this postcard. When I bought it n 1978 I was 7 years old and, in many …
The Gone Forest

The Gone Forest

Two years ago I shot some video at Shotover Country Park (see ‘Writing Shadows’) and finally, this weekend, I had …
Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

This follows on from my last post – Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935. I made this observation after …
Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

As with observations of this type, the text is written almost as a stream-of-consciousness, as a result of which there …
Nazareth O

Nazareth O

As part of my family history research (as described in my previous post), I chanced upon a name which leapt …
Several Johns and St. Thomas

Several Johns and St. Thomas

I’ve recently returned to researching my family tree – something I’ve been doing on and off since 2007, and have been …