Sketches from Singapore Botanical Gardens — October '12

Summer'12 sketches on the road

2 Trees in Finistère
Marker on paper, 150mmW x 400mmH
Selected for The John Ruskin Prize—A New Look at Nature
 launched by The Campaign for Drawing
Brantwood, Lake District - 8 September to 14 October 2012

Biologiska Museet
Djurgården, Stockholm

Pictures I found while skiving at work and not drawing:

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet. 

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Portraits—What do you know about where I come from
A4 Risograph on 120 gsm Munken Pur
Edition of 50, signed and numbered
Printed by Bolt Editions, London

Showing at FEDERATION COFFEE in Brixton Village