Preparing to send a new Brushes order with our new packaging! Collect them all, line them up and a poem will be revealed...
KAVKAZ The wilderness of the mighty Caucasus mountains (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) – a beautiful, wondrous corner of the world where the generosity flows as freely as the wine, friends simultaneously burst into polyphonic song when seeing off loved ones at the airport and where my now-husband and I also realised we really could be together. The Caucasus is a spirit, not just a mountain range. My tribute to one of our favourite, best-loved parts of the world ~
LITTLE FLOATING ISLAND A little floating island suspended by a magic flying carpet, which is itself unravelling (simultaneously being the roots of the island), so the floating status of the island is rendered precarious, since it is slowly sinking. This was really magical to paint and it just came to me, one morning. Sometimes art takes several years to complete and sometimes it comes like this, in a flash and all I have to do is just to let my hands do it ~
Half real, half mirrored… a miniature painting of an island mirrored by its photocopy. The real world and the other world. The Isle of the Dead, the Isle of the Immortals. Legend has is that the Chinese Isle of the Immortals lies in the South China Sea. This one belongs to no country and is consequently floating. Roots dangling, always ~
All are welcome at my Universal Cinema for the universe and everyone in it. There are seats on floating islands scattered around as well as in the main amphitheatre and all anticipate the beginning of the movie. That Friday night movie night feeling before the film starts. Cinema is a wonderful way to bring people together. Da da da… da da da…da da DA da da da…. Universal Studios credits start rolling and the sun slowly rises behind the Earth. Everyone looks forward to the film ~
Canopy of Stars (the lacquer japanned piece: Handmade pigments and paints, raised gold gilding, 24ct gold flecks, abalone shell on lacquer japanning) A strange and beautiful dream that my husband and I were sleeping in a four-poster bed and its canopy - whoosh! - suddenly zoomed off by itself, leaving us exposed - and then I realised that we were slowly floating in space, the universe all around us, and our bed - now a kind of floating island- was being held gently among the stars ~
Old Hong Kong photos 🇭🇰 from 19th century, maybe some of you will also recognise Pedder Street... and Macau 🇲🇴! China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson at the Brunei Gallery SOAS London. 1st London exhibition devoted to this photographer which form one of the most extensive travel records of this region... he travelled with glass negatives and flammable chemicals in a tent, not a smartphone in his pocket!
Even the samosas are pointing in the same direction! Happy coincidence distracted by balloon 🎈 Seen on right hand side: my mama's amazing birthday cake for her grandson's 1st birthday 🎉
New batch of Clouds Brushes ready: choose from 3 types or collect them all at https://www.theperfectbrush.co.uk/shop
Space race dreams at https://athousandnightsandanight.co.uk/2018/04/18/night-18-the-story-of-the-doorkeeper/
I made a paintbrush from my baby's first hair in line with Chinese tradition: see full post here: https://www.theperfectbrush.co.uk/single-post/2018/04/11/A-BRUSH-MADE-FROM-BABYS-FIRST-HAIR
My latest blog post on 'Drive In' https://athousandnightsandanight.co.uk/2018/04/10/night-17-the-story-of-the-lady-of-the-house/
My Water course was the 3rd in the cycle of elements...
... and Ether is my upcoming course in summer: the Safavid supernatural!