Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Seed protection

I have moved on from the protection provided by trees, to the protection of seeds (although I did find out that the Poplar trees at Horsham St.Faith were planted for match-making (!) not for crop protection).

I have been to the John Innes Centre and was given some peas, and I bought loads of healthy fruit and veggies from the supermarket. I have been drawing and painting them, trying to sort my colour palette out for this project.

Sunday, 17 January 2010


So here we are a new year, a new project. I have to, amongst other criteria, create a sample to enter a competition or two. I'm looking at the concept of protection particularly within nature. I've been fascinated for a while by an area of land near Norwich airport where the land is divived up by parallel rows of Poplar trees - looks amazingly mysterious when it's misty. Went to take photos today and the sun shone, first time for weeks so didn't get exactly what I wanted but it's a start. Apparently the trees (hundreds of them) were planted many years ago for crop protection. I thought it might have been to form some kind of protection for the landing strips.
I have also been looking at hedges planted to protect the fields and how interesting they look when they re-grow after being trimmed.