What’s in a name? yards, gardens and enclosures

'Fence' (working title), Work in progress may 2021

I’ve been thinking about our relationships with plants and how they sit with ideas of ‘garden’ and ‘wild’ and the wide range of spaces that can’t be defined by these terms. The working title for one of the pieces that I’m making for the Dandelions and Double Yellows exhibition at Wakefield Cathedral this summer is… Continue reading What’s in a name? yards, gardens and enclosures

Dandelions and Double Yellows: submit a picture for ‘Your Gallery’

Dandelions and Double Yellows is an art, nature and noticing project, by artist Helen Thomas, that asks whether we might reconsider the plants that are often dismissed as weeds. I’ve been sketching, painting and noticing pavement plants on the daily walk to and from my studio in Wakefield throughout the project. The more I take… Continue reading Dandelions and Double Yellows: submit a picture for ‘Your Gallery’

Noticing

Dandelion clocks at dusk as I walked home last nightAnd the same patch as I walked to the studio this morningPerceptions of, and relationships with, plants differ. Can we think differently about ‘weeds’, landscape management, the ‘need’ to tidy? Even in January there were many small plants growing in gaps between tarmac, concrete and brick… Continue reading Noticing

Story of the blues

Ragwort, Thornes Lane

Colour research, looking at metal fencing near Thornes Lane, on the outskirts of Wakefield. Back at the studio I made several colour swatches on paper and then returned to site the next day to match up against the fence. The colour tests are for one of the pieces that I’m making for the Dandelions and… Continue reading Story of the blues

The width of doubles – part two

Measure, check, measure again, cut

In a recent blog post I wrote about starting a long narrow scroll painting based on memories of mosses. I’d carefully considered the width, measured and cut a paper strip 7cm x 350cm, and spent many hours painting, when the thought finally popped into my head – how wide are double yellow lines? I knew… Continue reading The width of doubles – part two

The width of doubles – part one

I’m making a scroll format painting for the Dandelions and Double Yellows exhibition, actually, the final format of the display is still to be decided. What I do know is that I’m making a very long narrow painting based on green gold memories of winter mosses. I’ve been thinking about the width of a line,… Continue reading The width of doubles – part one

Furtive inkings

On Monday evening (4th January) the PM announced a new national lockdown, coming into effect on Tuesday 5th January, with instruction to work from home where possible. My studio is at The Art House in Wakefield; we were notified immediately after the PM’s announcement that the studios would have to temporarily close. In my current… Continue reading Furtive inkings

In the last light of 2020

A chilly and invigorating afternoon out sketching in the last light of 2020, on the edge of the vacant car sales plot on Charlesworth Way. Vibrant green margins of frost fringed mosses and tiny, ground-hugging rosettes of plants that I mainly can’t identify yet apart from the distinctive toothed leaves of Dandelion (which takes its… Continue reading In the last light of 2020

Moonriver at Festival of the Moon

Moonriver runs along 27 metres of the former Market Hall wall in Wakefield. The handwritten and painted mural features words from over 200 entries, which were written by people from across the Wakefield District and further afield. The words are inspired by themes of the moon & space, they include memories, poems, tributes, lists and… Continue reading Moonriver at Festival of the Moon

Moonriver

I’m creating a mural as part of Wakefield Council’s Creative Commissions programme responding to Luke Jerram’s wonderful Museum of the Moon which will be exhibited in Wakefield Market Hall at the end of August. ‘Moonriver’ is composed of words relating to themes of the moon and space.People across the Wakefield district (and beyond) are invited… Continue reading Moonriver