Painting after reading The Little Prince by Antoine de St.Exupery

Painting Inspired by the Little PrinceWhen not designing, I like to make headway on the ‘bigger picture’. Everything I read from The Little Prince to the Big Bug enters my larder of thoughts.

My conclusions about the Earth, Universe and Everything are still in the wash of course and will hopefully never be dried out and ironed. I am seized with astonishment when I speak to those that feel they can confidently place clean neat creases in all their understandings.

When my words risk segregating my thoughts, I turn to painting – an invaluable communication tool that I constantly promote. UK schools lump drawing and painting into Art lessons – what a waste. The first and best artists are hunters, still keen to cover fresh cave walls with news of their findings from the front line.

Thankfully, more people realise that the best role for an artist is to be out there searching for new understandings. The Turner Prize helps in many ways to support those Artists that have the nerve to push our comfort zones and test our nerves – we should all allow our nerves to be pushed forward a little each day.

And if you have not read the book that triggered off the above painting, please do so on my recommendation as a hunter-artist!

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

Fashionable Composting, re-visited

Fashionable Composting, re-visitedComposting is one of natures unwritten laws. Like many of these laws, by keeping to them we uphold the food cycle, by breaking them we herd ourselves into a dead end.

A visit to your local garden centre should convince you that composting is now very fashionable as there are now umpteen systems to contain it and apparently ‘create it’ – not so. Nature has but one way through decay to break up stuff for recycling – ’tis so.

I am a bit miffed that so many western societies are still way off course when it comes to recycling. The biggest bloomer that most promoters of recycling make is to call used material ‘rubbish’ – it’s not; rubbish is worthless, useless stuff. And if someone can recycle stuff and put it to use then it is not ‘waste’ either.

We try to re-cycle and compost down everything at the HoBB but ours is but one voice. Your voice is important to this issue and your efforts to underline the truth about the way we all use and abuse ‘matter’ will help. Take every opportunity you discover to press the message home and support the continual re-use of everything possible.

At the HoBB we put nearly everything to use and re-use, giving all materials the longest life we can design for them – plastics are still the most challenging of materials. So when visiting HoBB Real, bring nothing with a ‘half-life’ over two months!

Waves ~~~~ (please re-cycle these around your friends) ~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant