Where the Avon Meets the Sea

Last week I drove down to Christchurch with my friend and colleague Leigh Chalmers from Wessex Archaeology, with whom I’ve been working on the Ripple Effect project in Salisbury. I’ve been planning on going and seeing where my river (the Salisbury or Hampshire Avon) meets the sea for ages, both to inform my Queer RiverContinue reading “Where the Avon Meets the Sea”

Breathing in the Mist: Recent River Drawings

The drawing in progress in the featured image is one I made to reflect on the misty day that Gemma Gore and I experienced on our walk at Blashford Lakes, where the air was filled with fine water droplets, reflecting the light and filling the space above the water. I’ve included some other recent drawingsContinue reading “Breathing in the Mist: Recent River Drawings”

Walking with… Artist Gemma Gore

Yesterday I met with Visual Artist Gemma Gore from Southampton. Gemma and I visited the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, near Ringwood, south of Salisbury and on the edge of the New Forest. The lakes are a legacy of sand and gravel extraction, which continues nearby,Continue reading “Walking with… Artist Gemma Gore”

Taking a Spoon for a Walk

Today I took a wooden spoon for a walk, from my home in the Vale of Pewsey, down to the River Avon. The spoon had been used the day before in Salisbury, also by the River Avon, to make tea and coffee for Ripple Effect project participants, and I was keen that it should haveContinue reading “Taking a Spoon for a Walk”

Water Body, River Body, Swimming, Sewage, Sea

Water Body River Body Swimming Retching Stinging Sleeping Water Body River Body Swimming Sewage Sea This post and the drawings/photos in it reflect on my recent experience of digestive issues and hospital treatment, alongside increasing media coverage of the release of sewage into our rivers and seas, and my own river/sea swimming. See this earlierContinue reading “Water Body, River Body, Swimming, Sewage, Sea”

Drawing on Water

I’m developing my drawings with inks made from plants found near the River Avon, to include drawing on the body. Part of the inspiration for this are sailor tattoos, together with Scrimshaw. (engraved images on bone/ivory, including whale teeth) I was also hoping to link in with canal folk art too, but I’ve not foundContinue reading “Drawing on Water”

Chalkstream Drawings, from Wiltshire to Norfolk

I was on holiday in North Norfolk last week with my family. While there I learned about the Red Chalk visible in the cliffs at Hunstanton, and the River Hun, a short chalkstream of only 6km that runs from Hunstanton to enter the sea at Holme, just along the coast. Walking from Hunstanton, past OldContinue reading “Chalkstream Drawings, from Wiltshire to Norfolk”

River Avon on a Roll

I walked from Lacock today along the banks of the River Avon, and took a roll of paper with me. I wanted to experiment with using a roll as a set of Walking Pages. Here’s a short video of the results, with some photos of my route and work in progress underneath. The sound isContinue reading “River Avon on a Roll”

Crossing Points – Views from a Bike

It’s been a while since I did much artwork relating to Queer River. I have other river related projects and project plans bubbling away, but recently my mind and my individual artwork have been preoccupied with exploring autism/neurodivergence. Yesterday however,I got my bike fixed, and this morning I’ve been out and about, thinking about howContinue reading “Crossing Points – Views from a Bike”

Shedding Skin

Here are some photographs that I took last summer using algae and plants from my pond. These followed on from the chalk and water experiments that I’ve written about previously. I’m looking at these images again as I explore masking and neurodivergence (see Masking a recent post on my artist’s blog), and start to planContinue reading “Shedding Skin”