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line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

golden crown & bark of a quivertree

… these are a few of my favourite things.

And there was much opportunity for the gathering of these favourite things on our recent roadtrip across Namibia.

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

folded, rippled, wrinkled (fish river canyon, african elephant)

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

elephant petroglyph  |  subtle mineral colours, dolerite columns

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

purples, russets

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

fine forms, more mineral hues

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

black & white, circles & stripes

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

bone dry, desaturated

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

earthy harmonies, rounded rhythms

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

bright brandberg hills… and a mystery paint spillage in the desert

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

perfectly patterned, eminently engravable  |  ancient petroglyphs

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

desert car wreck… adorned

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

a decaying structure’s textures & patterns (goageb ghost town)

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

lines (looking up: hot air balloon cables,
looking down: wildlife highways & byways)

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

namib desert sands: infinitely intriguing colours, forms…

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

textures…

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

… and patterns

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

pleasing points (rondavel thatch, starling silhouette)

line, shape, colour, texture and pattern... found in namibia, may 2016

all these elements coalesce in the simplicity of a dead tree at dusk

Gent, Belgium

The images above bring to mind an entranceway to a tea party hosted by The Hatter & the March Hare and, if slightly more amber-hued, the road to the Emerald City…

… and Belgium’s Gent is kinda magical that way. Revisiting these photos taken on a two day visit to the city last month I’m reminded of Gent’s many storybook qualities. While we were there the ominous-looking stormy summer skies added a gratifyingly brooding quality to its atmospheric architecture and cobbled medieval streets. But it’s not all gloomy Gothic stonework – bright bursts of colour and contemporary character abound. It’s a fascinating place… and the beer’s not bad either.

Gent, Belgium

spired, steepled, stained

Gent, Belgium

knotted sanctum

Gent, Belgium

magic number

Gent, Belgium

blue hide  |  delirious pink elephant

Gent, Belgium

passionate vine  |  sinuous mosaic

Gent, Belgium

city’s skin

Gent, Belgium

summer greens

Gent, Belgium

luchador ligature

Gent, Belgium

chair stare

Gent, Belgium

hollyhock cyclops

Gent, Belgium

third eye

Gent, Belgium

loaves & fish

Gent, Belgium

literary leanings

Gent, Belgium

“the wool is thataway!”
(gent’s 14th century textile industry hero, jacob van artevelde, points to england)

Gent, Belgium

façades

Gent, Belgium

parrot parlour

Gent, Belgium

faded flourishes

Gent, Belgium

harlequin house  |  chimay triple – everyone’s favourite tipple?

the wonderful photo manipulations (titles unknown, my labels: ‘luchador ligature’ and ‘third eye’) were seen at superette and were made by atelier l’ami

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

Patterns, textures, colours (and creatures) on the streets of Oslo, late March 2014…

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

urban tigers

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

street art stripes  |  seahorse

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

damstredet reds

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

sapphire blue, emerald green

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

and pink

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

birds on a wire (like drunks in a midnight choir)

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

freedom  |  constraint

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

bike rack  |  manhole cover

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

cat lady  |  shadow play(er)

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

verdigris elephant, akershus slott

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

crisscross

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

oslofjord

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

sunset over the oslofjord

on the streets of oslo (march 2014)

disturb the beast o’ damstredet at your peril!
(dougal’s long lost viking cousin?)

gokstad viking longship, vikingskiphuset, oslo, norway

golden tree, akershus slott, oslo | gokstad viking longship, vikingskipshuset, oslo

Anyone who has seen the harmoniously rhythmic curves of a Viking longship (as I have now learnt) knows that Nordic craftsmen know a thing or two about working wood! I was very smitten with the elegantly curved Gokstad & Oseberg longships (housed in Oslo’s purpose-built Vikingskipshuset), the handsome 13th Century Gol stave church (at the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo), and the many other fine examples of woody craftsmanship we encountered while in Norway earlier this year. Some of these marvels are pictured here…

gol stave church, from gol, hallingdal, 13th century

gol stave church, dendrochronologically dated to 1212 [originally from gol in hallingdal, now located in the norsk folkemuseum at bygdøy in oslo]

gol stave church, from gol, hallingdal, 13th century

stave church details

oseberg viking longship, vikingskiphuset, oslo, norway

oseberg viking longship, built c. 824 AD, excavated from the
oseberg burial mound (where it was interred in 834 AD) in 1904-1905

gokstad viking longship, vikingskiphuset, oslo, norway

gokstad viking longship, built c. 850 AD, excavated from a
burial mound on gokstad farm in sandefjord in 1880

'loft' storehouse, from rofshus, telemark, built 1754

goose… very much at home on the comfy turf roof of a beautifully
carved ‘loft’ storehouse from rofshus in telemark, built 1754

sami turf hut, lyngen alps, norway

weathered wood, sami turf hut, lyngen alps area

top: cupboard, painted spruce, dragon-style, c. 1899 ; bottom: cart, oseberg longship grave goods

fantastic felines!
[painted spruce cupboard, detail, made in the ‘dragon-style’ by lars kinsarvik, hardanger, c.1899  |  saluting cat (?!), carved details on the side of a cart found amongst the oseberg & gokstad burial mound grave goods]

'loft' storehouse, from vinje, telemark, c.1750-60

carved pattern details on a ‘loft’ storehouse from vinje in telemark, built 1750-60

gol stave church details

gol stave church – looking out from within, and more wonderful carved details

looking out from gol stave church ; chibi totoro

chibi totoro contemplates the wonders of wood

winter trees & snowy owl, artis, amsterdam

winter trees at sunset  |  snowy owl

I recently popped across the road to visit my neighbours, in search of inspiration for some wolf drawings I’ve been working on. The wolves were very obliging…

wolf, artis, amsterdam

handsome wolf

… but seeing these majestic, naturally broad-ranging creatures in captivity rends my heart (as is always the case when I visit my neighbours), though they seem content enough?

wolf paws, artis, amsterdam

powerful paws

Having gathered sufficient source material and inspiration for my drawings I proceeded to get entirely side-tracked admiring the feathered residents of Artis and the intricate calligraphy of the winter trees silhouetted against the late afternoon gloaming. Some of the birds pictured here are permanent (enclosed) residents, but others seem to come and go as they please… presumably returning for the free food and the general gezelligheid.

greater rhea fresh hay bath, artis, amsterdam

the greater rhea enjoys a fresh bed of straw!

grey heron & snowy owl feathers, artis, amsterdam

grey heron | snowy owl detail

winter trees & jackdaw, artis, amsterdam

jackdaw

winter trees & greater rhea feathers, artis amsterdam

silver feathers (greater rhea)

gannet (?) & winter trees, artis, amsterdam

northern gannet

heron silhouette & winter trees, artis amsterdam

heron-on-high

golden goose and duck feathers, artis, amsterdam

golden goose (and duck) feathers

"you talkin'to me" - gannet (?) & snowy owl, artis, amsterdam

“you talkin’ to me?”

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