float…

float

It’s childish and naive, but I keep coming back to this sort of image: a lush and stylised garden—as from a Persian or Moghul court miniature—with an ornately decorated building topped by a minaret in it. It was this children’s book, illustrated by Ed Young, that got to me at the tender and impressionable age of 6 or so. I have been wistfully recreating that garden scene ever since…

Here, for example,

Habagat Garden: title page

and here,

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I love Islamic patterns and art. Always have. The genius of their craftsmen and artists.

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21 thoughts on “float…

      1. Nah I got back a few weeks ago. Had a bit of an accident on my bike and landed on my head… Broken wrist, fractured vertebrae and messed up my face a bit but got to hang out with my sick Mum for a bit longer.

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        1. Oh no, your handsome face? 😦 I knew about your hand, didn’t realize it was vertebrae, too. I did read every post of your blog, including the demonstration you went to. 🙂 Working at the same place? I often look up at the windows there, wondering if you’re behind the glass at your computer. Can you cycle yet?

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  1. Lush is such an apt description for gardens in this style of art. I really like your illustrations with rich, beautiful colors and intricate designs… that floating garden and home would be great to visit — just don’t get too close to the edge!

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  2. It’s not naive at all. I love whimsical, personally. I find that from time to time I become drawn to certain things or styles for quite a long while. Thats when I am most content. What are we as artist if we do not express what is in our mind awaiting our visual expression. Just beautiful work!

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