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I recently spent a couple of days in Oxford – the main purpose of my visit was to see the Happy Birthday Edward Lear and Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology (they were more than worth the trip!), but a crisp and beautiful English winter’s day (in-between some very inclement weather) allowed for some excellent outdoor explorations too.

early morning reflections

descendants of the very first?
[Oxford was first settled by Saxons in c.900AD with the foundation of an oxen crossing on the river, and was known as ‘Oxenforda’, i.e. ‘Ford of the Oxen’]

christ church college

nervous system | nervous lion

blue and white / diagonals

bright spots… and a mythical beast?
;)

those dreaming spires

purple puddle

golden gargoyles

filigrees

and early evening silhouettes

I also spent many, many absorbing hours perusing the vast and wonderful collections of the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Over the course of the next few days I hope to post (oh, for more hours in each day!) photos of some of the beautiful and fascinating objects on display in these museums. I was quite overwhelmed by the thousands upon thousands of hours of skilled and thoughtful human handwork they represent.

some much-needed r&r at the end of a long day… footsore but fulfilled

The title of this post references, and is in honour of, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written in Oxford by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) between 1862 and 1865

Pet cemetery, nestled into the hillside in the woods surrounding Dunster Castle,
Somerset, England.

[Photos from summer 2009]

We recently spent a few excellent days in our old hometown – a couple of hours of wandering London’s ‘mean streets’ garnered some interesting graf. Here’s some of it…

it’s dark in london… *

ROA! [first encountered here…]

mystical creatures abound…

… in this urban jungle

[Apart from ROA the only other artists I am able to credit are Milo Tchais (creator of the very colourful stuff above – pics 2, 9 & 19) and Beastman (creator of the red & grey ‘all-seeing eye’ – pic 12) ]

* UPDATE 09.08.2011: Darker than I thought when I posted this a couple of days ago…

Hailes Abbey, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

[founded in 1246, dissolved Christmas Eve 1539]

Wishing y’all a happy & peaceful end to 2010, and all good things in 2011.
Thanks for visiting!

Last week I travelled at very short notice to the UK to meet with a client. The trip was of the whirlwind variety with no time for sightseeing or catching up with friends and family, but my trusty camera still managed to see a bit of action.

My client’s offices overlook an 1850’s cemetery and I couldn’t resist going in search of lichens and angels’ wings when we took a break from work.

I found both…

As well as plenty of drama…

A spectrum of greens…

Lovely, subtle colours and textures…

And, of course, no ramble through an English country cemetery would be complete without the obligatory Joy Division-esque moment

The journey home on Friday evening was also filled with visual treats – epic cloud formations, so unexpected after the thick blanket of grey visible from the ground…

And a distant glimpse of my old home town’s elegantly undulating river

That elicited a small stab of nostalgia, but it’s good to be home.

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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