!kun drawings from the Lloyd Collection

!kun drawings from the Lloyd Collection

I wanted to share a find which made a profound impression on me. At the National Library of South Africa, tucked away on the balcony above the domed reading room, was an extraordinary exhibition, not fully installed yet, drawn from the Bleek and Lloyd Collection. In the mid-nineteen century the San people (Bushmen) were being [...]

How I saw in the new year

Happy New Year! Here's what I was doing at midnight: Feeding ice cubes to my feverish husband, who has been down with the flu for three days. Half-watching The Karate Kid (new version) with my kids, who were determined to make it to midnight. Listening to fireworks in the distance. Painting fish. If there's any [...]

Schools of fish and ships

Schools of fish and ships

I'm a little bit obsessed with patterns. I was a geeky and creative kid, interested in both maths and art. I still like logic puzzles, patchwork, granny square rugs, geometric shapes in nature (bubbles, shells, leaf whorls, snowflakes...), Islamic tiles, Indian henna designs and Japanese paper. These paintings by Adam Lester appealed to me (pictures from Jan [...]

Plumbago and Pokemon

Plumbago and Pokemon

Until my son was 6, he didn't like drawing at all. We were one of those families who brought home cereal box sculptures from kinder, never paintings. Then I told him about scientific illustration - looking at something and drawing it accurately, rather than imagining a scene. He sat down and drew the plumbago outside [...]