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3 Ways to Celebrate Primroses You’ll Love

I saw my first primrose yesterday, a sure sign of Spring. I love their delicate yellow flowers far more than the related garden primulas that can be bought. They have a number of medicinal properties that the Celts used them for, including treating arthritis, as a skin toner, as a sedative and for treating bladder […]

Celtic Hawthorn Mixed Media Spread

From the superstitions, the Celts would appear to have had a contradictory relationship with Hawthorn. On the one hand children were scolded for bringing it into the house for fear of causing a death while in other lore it was used to protect a house from witches. Witches were also believed to make their broomsticks […]

Raven & Periwinkle Art Journal Spread.

I was reading about Celtic lore for February, the month of the snowdrop. The petals of the snowdrop symbolised death to the Celts so this week I had a look at lore surrounding death. The Celts believed it was unlucky to disturb the periwinkles that they grew on graves and also that it was unlucky […]

Celtic Goddess Brighide’s Birds – Oystercatcher

There is a YouTube Video of this art journal spread here. Following on from an interest in wildflowers and their medicinal properties I have started reading about the Celtic way of life. The Celts were very concerned with nature and the cyclical way of things. This appeals to me, especially in the face of the […]

Wonderful Wildflowers – Solo Exhibition in Oswestry

I spent the six months since the Qube Open preparing for this solo exhibition in Oswestry at the Qube gallery. The gallery is a lovely space for artists to exhibit work. My last solo exhibition was in RSPB Conwy, also a lovely venue. Also on at Qube gallery during my solo exhibition is an exhibition […]

Haring after the Plane Art Journal Spread

Haring after the plane – youTube. For this art journal spread I was inspired by brown hares which were traditional Winter fare in the UK. There is some debate still over how native a species the brown hare is. Their boxing behaviour is explained now by the females rebuffing the males in Spring. However, it […]

Illustration1 Exercise List

There follows a list of links to all the exercises in the course. I have set each link to open in a new tab so that this page can remain open for easy access as I have other content on this website not related to the OCA course. Final Reflection Part 1 The history of […]

Final Reflection

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have developed good working processes to answer briefs and manage deadlines. I feel the feedback I have had from my tutor has helped me see things I had missed and increased my self-confidence in that it has also frequently echoed my own thoughts about each piece. For example, […]

The Mighty Oak – distress oxide background

You can see the video of me making this spread here: YouTube – The Mighty Oak. This art journal spread was inspired by Oak trees. These trees are steeped in tradition in the U.K. especially as they can grow to be so old. Their long life and great size has led to them being recognisable […]