violets colour swatch

The violets are one of the most recognisable flowers.  Even the scientific name of the principal type makes sense; it is Viola odorta, the sweet violet.  It is a native of Europe. Many hybrid forms exist with both single and double flowers.  Flower colours include white and shades of pink lavender, violet, purple and yellow.

I call this colour swatch Violet on wood.Read More →

The London Underground is the world’s oldest subway, most people know it colloquially as the Tube. An engineering marvel and just as almost as famous is the map. The Tube map is instantly recognisable all over the world. It is a simple and elegant diagram of the 400-kilometre subway network. It is considered by many as one of the great images of the 20th century.Read More →

On this day, one hundred years ago, Central Park’s vegetation was suddenly wiped out. In aRead More →

santorini sunset colour palette

On Santorini watching the sunset becomes a ritual for tourists every evening.  Imagine that the air is warm and the only sound is the distant soft crowing of a rooster.  The sea far below shimmers in a golden haze, as it merges into the magenta sky.  Santorini seems to float in the air.  Read More →

varanasi colour swatch

The Ganges has been drawing men and women to its banks at Varanasi for at least 3000 years.  Today, they come to offer prayers and take holy dips at a site considered one of India’s most sacred.  They come to cremate their loved ones at the ghats, literally “steps” leading to the waters.  I call this inspirational palette Varanasi.Read More →

An image of a pencil.

I am feeling nostalgic for the humble pencil.  There is a comfort and warm familiarity whenever I pick one up (rarely these days).  Pencils are inexpensive, portable, simple to operate and the marks that they make are easy to erase.  Unlike other writing tools, they do not run out of ink or skip.Read More →