The art of seeing

Snippets of inspiration this week…

I am looking forward to beginning a new range…


Dog walk:  Pattern, texture, neutral colours, random spacing 


Back Yard: Composition, texture, weathered, neutral


Music workshop in a chapel : Geometric shapes, light, transparency, layering, contemporary

Surface Pattern Inspiration


Neutral tones, rich texture and organic shapes.

I almost set off without a camera in the pouring rain but look at what a wet woodland walk can offer by way of inspiration for designers, artists and photographers!





A Culmination of Cultures

Here are a selection of pictures I took on a recent visit to India. When I design print & pattern here in the UK, I like to look at the elements of nature at work, for example light, texture, shadows and reflection. The photos below however, confirm that my bright colour palette is inherited from the motherland!


Marigold Decorations





Edge of the Meadow makes sense of two very different cultures working together in harmony.

Northern Seaside Inspiration

A selection of pics from my summer holiday in Northumberland.

I love….

The randomness of spacing in little barnacles,

Springy matt clusters of moss on slippery rock surfaces,

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Bright fishing gear against the dark North Sea,

Lobster-pots pink-Buoys

Enticing rock pools in clear crisp light,


Seals whiskers at the Farne Islands!


The strength of a silhouette against  a raging sky,


 Elements making their mark on rock surfaces.

Wave Rocks

Northumberland Rocks

Exploring the rocky shoreline below Dunstanburgh Castle near Embleton Beach Northumberland.

The Light here is magnificently bright in the Summer months and brings out the clarity , colour and texture in these beautiful rocks

I could sketch and paint here for the rest of my life.

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

Northumberland Rocks at Sugar Sands

An artists haven.

Dots, spots and water drops

Northumberland Rock Textures

Northumberland Rock Textures

“Oudolf Field”

I was at Hauser and Wirth in Somerset and came across this beautiful exhibition of a perennial meadow by landscape architect Piet Oudolf.


Such a joy to see that nature really does have such a range of rich colours which are so dynamic when placed  artistically.

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Oudolf Field

Oudolf Field