Handcrafted. A Little Whale woodcarving

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Bee has been busy today. I got home from work and he shows me this little gem. A Little Whale is a woodcarving on re-purposed oak. This was essentially a piece an old sideboard that we found thrown out at the back of our old house. Who would thrown such beautiful wood out?

I did mention it was like a magnificent tile so fingers crossed we will get a series.




Art: Watercolour by Swarms. Broc

img_20170509_184037885.jpgI’ve stepped back in to this world by accident and inspiration. As I write I’m often inspired by images and so I wanted to attach some images that I created to the words I write.

This watercolour was originally not going to look anything like this, it wasn’t even the subject matter but after a tantrum followed by a little time getting my hand back in tune with the paint it became Broc.

At the edge of every woodland I dream to see this character looking back at me before heavy-footing it back through the undergrowth to chomp on some bluebells. A glimpse is enough.



Handmade: woodcarving, Woodland Walk


So here are some pictures of the woodcarving Bee has recently completed. I have been wanting to get something like this down for three years and I am in love with it. As I type this now I’m uploading a short video on to my YouTube channel so you can take the walk. I’ll attach it to this post once it is up.

You can go on a walk from the church, across the field and glance at the birds flying by. Then when you hop over the style or the wall and make your way to the edge of the treeline you might see foxes, badgers and even rabbits in the field. The when you wander across to the next field if you are very lucky you might just see a hare. But don’t forget to check the pond in case there is a toad nearby. Shhhh, stay quiet at the far edge of the field is a stag and his does.

Can you tell how much I love this.

Oh and I do stumble over the washing basket near the beginning of the video so please ignore that!

Handcrafted. The Fish and the Whale by Brett Jordan

During a wood chopping session (I kid you not) B spotted an interesting knot and before I knew it The Fish and the Whale was born.

This was nearly kindling. B chopped one end off a piece of pallet wood and then the other as they had nails in. There was a knot, or a hole where the knot had been. This sparked B’s mind. It looks like a little boat….it could be on the sea. B has loved whales for as long as he can remember so that was a given to get a whale in there.

I love the little lantern and the detail of his little box on the boat.

It is so sad that you can’t touch this piece, it’s texture is so inviting and the characterisation of both the fish and the whale is wonderful. There is a great sense of depth from the bottom of the boat to the sea underneath.

I don’t know if all this shows up on the photo. You’ll have to let us know.


Art. They’ll never believe us by Brett Jordan

They’ll never believe us. Oil on canvas. Brett Jordan 2014

I love this piece. I mean I really love it.

This work shows the magic that you can hold with an innocent and open mind, where a cloud is more than a cloud, where magical creatures can exist and not just when you were a child. Children can see things in an extraordinary way and some adults can easily dismiss this limitless curiosity and world view as we do love a pigeonhole.

We are both realists but we also do our very best to see with open eyes, hearts and minds. We hold on to the excitement and spark of wonder when we spot something that could, at first glance appear very ordinary.

That’s all I’m saying from my perspective, please see where this painting takes you.

Art. Bull Elephant by Brett Jordan


Brett has, for a number of years been involved in charitable work and fundraising for elephant conservation. He started around 1979 and has been fundraising and using his skills on and off since that time.

This is an oil sketch he has been tinkering with. It was/is going to become a full blown oil  painting to be donated to  the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust but it’s on our wall now, it may still get to where he wants it one day or stay as a sketch. I think it’s perfect how it is, it just needs a frame.

He wanted to reflect something different to the typical elephant painting where as he says ‘they can sometimes look ironed out and manicured‘. The large strokes are rugged and chopped and rough just like the elephant. The tempestuous background with flairs of red and orange shows their power at the same time as their fragility from the suggestion of a pyre of burning ivory. It is a powerful piece and these photos do not do it any justice at all. I will try and improve my camera skills but I really hope you enjoy this work as much as I do. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog.