The terrace of the nine Aubretia ‘Beards’

IMAGENAMEHERENestling in wall crevices and billowing out of rockery cracks, I have always thought of Aubrietia plants as beards. On close examination, these purple flowering lumps are often held on by the merest of stems and yet somehow withstand winds and the heaviest of settling snow.

Having created a series of swooping wood curves as an oak slat wall to retain earth, I felt that a “beard” in each swoop would look great so planted all nine locations. Somehow I think Aubrietia has a mind of its own for it has favoured 5 of my plantings and rejected the others. I keep trying the other swoop but seeds don’t like them.

As a solution, I have been secretly growing four aubrietia plants to maturity and will thus be able to finish off the ‘terrace of the nine beards’ instantly.

I shape the plants once a year in January to keep them trim – now all I have to work out how I can keep my own chin growth down with only a once yearly shave!

Waves from the top terrace ~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

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