On Sunday I went mudlarking by the Thames in London – oh happy me!
It was a glorious sunny day spent with 30 other lovely larkers – I can highly recommend it.
See more photos and a link to Thames Explorer Walks on my Beach Clean Art blog – here.
This is what I managed to collect and bring home on the train in a full backpack that weighed 16lbs.
What is it about beach-combing – I am supremely happy and relaxed whilst collecting, and the next best bit is washing and arranging all the pieces. I’d happily spend all day arranging, sorting and rearranging all these little artefacts all connected to human activity over hundreds of years.
Joining in with Paint Party Friday.
I’m still playing with this one, so nothing is fixed yet.
Acrylic on triangular canvas with pieces picked up on the beach whilst dong a Beach Clean.
See the picture’s development so far here.
Still a little obsessed with my latest project – Beach Clean Art, I have set this oh-so-cute square vase filled with monbretia in front of one of my in-progress paintings and surrounded it with bits and pieces I have collected from the beach whilst doing my bit for the 2 Minute Beach Clean.
using these beach clean pieces for a backdrop again, this time complete with beach clean ‘Cleopatra’
and Tate Modern brooch
Tate Modern is selling these as a fund raiser to celebrate the new extension – exciting times, I hope to visit soon.
I have been developing the background canvases I showed you in this post, with a bit of stamping
A very roughly drawn ammonite (with a pencil) on the back of a polystryrene pizza packing disc has created some pretty good stamps I think.
I’ve been playing with bits of beach-clean to see which will make the finished piece.
These pieces are just laid on with no fixings whilst I decide – fixing everything securely is what takes the time – that is the work – all else is play.
I like the idea of fixing the smaller canvas to the larger, creating a little shelf – ooo i am having fun!
What do you think – does it work?
Joining in with Cathy’s inspired international garden flowers meme
Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Monbretia with morning dew.
no dazzling summer
dull skies give an even light
best for photographs
The rusting sea defences at Charmouth Beach, Dorset, on England’s south coast. Their shapes, colours and textures fascinate me, sculpted by the sea.
Did you watch the BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ or ‘Springwatch Unsprung’? On the latter programme there was a guest called Martin Dorey who founded the 2 Minute Beach Clean
“We are a growing family of beach lovers rolling up our sleeves to help rid the world’s beaches of marine litter and plastic pollution, two minutes at a time.
We believe that every piece of litter removed from the beach matters. So it doesn’t matter if you do 2 minutes or 30. Each and every piece of marine
plastic removed from the beach is a piece that will no longer go on to kill.
Our movement has grown enormously since its inception in 2014. Since then thousands of people all over the globe have used our hashtag for their
beach cleaning activities.”
I came across a huge tangle of detritus too heavy to lift
but including a fascinating array of waste, all with an unknown human story attached
I set about cutting bits out that fascinated me and put them with the rest of my haul of beach rubbish. 2 minutes turned into a wonderfully relaxing hour of beach-combing finding more REPEATs
Amongst the rubbish it was this rope that intrigued me the most
which I have since discovered, from a diving friend, is a float line for a fishing net, probably a net for catching prawns.
I soaked the best bits in rainwater and just had to have a play around with the shapes
Next time you visit a beach spare just a couple of minutes to pick up the plastics, it thrills me to feel part of this wonderfully international inspiring idea.
Joining in with our 52 Week Photo Challenge: REPEAT
Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: prompt words DAZZLE and SKY
Next week our Photo Challenge Prompt
Update: I have just started a new blog to house my Beach Clean Art.
Last weekend I took Big Bro and Little Bro to Charmouth Beach to collect driftwood after the storms
The driftwood is the small bits lying in the foreground, plus some jetsam I could not resist. The large pieces of wood behind the vase are glorious tree stumps, from my son-in-law’s farm, yet to be shown off to their best advantage in my garden. They wait next to my high-rise bug-hotel, whilst I try to decide where to put them.
Turquoise, yellow, black, rusty burnt orange, hints of cobalt blue and all the soft browns and greys of the pebbles – now just imagine a Fair Isle design knitted in those colours it makes me want to rush out and source the wool and get knitting.
The main colour a soft turquoise, with deeper turquoise and sky blue, a hint of pink and orange and red, with caramel, stone, white and siamese beige – mmm delicious! Now, I can see that colour mix as a cosy crocheted throw, or maybe a poncho like Lucy’s, with more pale turquoise in it, or like this free patten on Ravelry. And if you prefer to knit, this one looks snuggly.
There were quite a lot of people heading for the rock slide to hunt for fossils, (a bit too dangerous for my liking) whilst I was delving into the piles of rubbish washed up on the beach, but it seems I was not the only one interested ….
….the man on the left is taking photos of rubbish too.
I popped the vase amongst the house plants, next to my houseplant of the week:
Meet little Myfanwy, a rather beautiful Streptocarpus.
Grown from a leaf cutting, this is her first flower. I’m very fond of her as Myfanwy is what my Mum wanted to call me, and it is also the title a delightfully haunting Welsh song
Linking in with Cee’s flower of the Day
Cathy’s Vase on Monday