A new book published today celebrates artist David Hockney’s unique eye and experimentation with the technology and techniques of painting. Its publication coincides with a major exhibition in Cambridge at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I had the great privilege of co-authoring a chapter in the book with Editor, Martin Kemp. Our
My green treescape version of Japanese woodcut artist Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous art work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I call it The Great Wave off Brightwell. From the top of Castle Hill, the Iron Age fort at the Wittenham Clumps , you can see Dorchester Abbey nestled among trees and houses
A new Green Gold subscriber reward has been released: a special, limited edition, botanical print of the Jeffrey Pine. Thanks to a collaboration with botanical artist Nicola Macartney, with links to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, we are able to offer 100 readers the chance to own a print of Nicola’s
Following visits to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Benmore Botanic Garden, botanical artist Nicola Macartney (collaborating in my GREEN GOLD book project) has started work painting sketches of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) including foliage, cones and a section of bark. These elements will be included in the final painting
For my short story in Arboreal (Little Toller Books, 2016) I decided to write from the perspective of an old man looking back on the transformation of Dartmoor due to the withdrawal of farming subsidies and application of visionary environmental policies. I drew a couple of sketches that didn’t make it into the book.
To mark the publication of The New Sylva, Bloomsbury Publishing have released a digital sampler of the book.
The book cover design of The New Sylva is revealed
We’ve launched a Pinterest board for The New Sylva, so that many of the images of Sarah Simblet’s drawings for the book can be viewed from one place.