Snapshot: Blue

“Gentian-blue is a useful word, bringing to mind the piercingly powerful hue of the Gentianella. So also is turquoise-blue, for the stone has little variety of shade, and the colour is always of the same type. Forget-me-not blue is also a good word, meaning the colour of the native water Forget-me-not. Sky-blue is a little … More Snapshot: Blue

Snapshot: Upside Down

Birmingham Camera Obscura is an independent project run by Jenny Duffin and Pete Ashton. All modern cameras are simply the present day ancestors of the ancient camera obscura. The first was built over 3,000 years ago and consisted of a large box with a hole in one side through which light could pass. This light then projected an exterior image onto a … More Snapshot: Upside Down

Winterbourne Diary: Peter Rabbit and the Accidental Mycologist

Helen Beatrix Potter is best known for her brilliantly illustrated tales which still delight children as much today as they did when they first appeared one hundred years ago at the beginning of the 20th century. Potter began drawing as a child and spent her formative years visiting galleries in London for inspiration. Potter later developed her own … More Winterbourne Diary: Peter Rabbit and the Accidental Mycologist

Snapshot: Green

“Sage-green is a good colour word, for, winter or summer, the sage-leaves change but little. Olive-green is not so clear, though it has come by use to stand for a brownish green, like the glass of a wine-bottle held up to the light, but perhaps bottle-green is the better word. And it is not clear … More Snapshot: Green

The Artist Gardener

So enthralled was William Morris with his garden at Kelmscott Manor, that his friend and romantic rival Dante Gabriel Rossetti often referred to him in correspondence as ‘Morris the gardener’. Morris’ philosophies in turn inspired a generation of Arts and Crafts garden designers who blurred further the already thin line between artist and gardener. Never … More The Artist Gardener