Category Archives: my collections

When I’m out and about, on a walk, on a journey or somewhere new I find myself taking photos of things – interesting, unusual, pretty and often random things. A theme starts to develop and I start ‘collecting’ taking more photographs on the same theme. For instance one of my favourites is ‘doorways’ – they’re very interesting things entrance ways and locks and door knobs…… Before I know it I’ve started another collection, so I decided to create this virtual place to store them, an online photo album or scrapbook.

Often years later I’m subtly inspired by these collections, they seep into the new creative projects or artwork that I’m working on. I guess this is the nature of inspiration, it kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. It’s great having this online receptacle for my collecting habit otherwise our home would be full of my hoarded junk – this way I get to scratch my collecting itch, albeit virtually!

Arnos Vale Cemetery

1 November 2013:  We went for a walk in Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol yesterday – it was a glorious Autumn day, perfect for a walk around the 42 acre site.  I love the way the old gravestones are positioned on the banks of a wooded hills and the way the trees and wildlife are taking over.  Cemeteries and graveyards are some of my favourite places to visit and we always make a point of seeking them out wherever we go.

The Enchanted Forest of Oma

June 2013: We’ve just got back from a road trip along the northern coast of Spain and up the Atlantic coast of France in our campervan.  Whilst in the Basque region of Spain we visited the Enchanted Forest of Oma.  These decorated trees were created by Spanish artist Agustín Ibarrola in 1984, although I believe some of the trees were painted more recently.  It was a bit of a hike in the hot sunshine, but it was well worth the effort.

Northern California: Road Trip

March 2013: I’ve just flown back from six days working with the Monterey Symphony in California to launch Play Me, I’m Yours Street Pianos across Monterey County – great fun!  After two days hard work, I had two rest days before flying back to Bristol.  I spent one day exploring Carmel-on-sea and driving around 17 Mile Drive round the coast line around the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and my last day driving along Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast in an area known as The Big Sur – spectacular scenery!