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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like........ oh and Lichen.


It has been 2 months since I updated this half of my blog.  A lot has been happening to distract me though. I have a new job, which because, it was new has taken up a lot of time.  Now I am more settled I am hoping to spend more time in my studio.  Just as it starts to get cold.

I have managed to work on the ivybroomrape prints and they only need a few little tweeks now.

Since my visit to the rainforest in North Wales (temperate of course), I have been really interested in lichens.  Well, to be fair, I have been interested in them a long time, but I saw a few different sorts and for the first time, lichens with little cups.  Non-flowering plants are also fascinating I find.  There are over 1,800 species in the British Isles.  I'm always amazed when I start researching my interests.  1,800!!!

From the British Lichen Society, which is based at the NHM:


What is a Lichen?


A lichen is not a single organism; it is a stable symbiotic association between a fungus and algae and/or cyanobacteria.
Like all fungi, lichen fungi require carbon as a food source; this is provided by their symbiotic algae and/or cyanobacteria, that are photosynthetic.
The lichen symbiosis is thought to be a mutualism, since both the fungi and the photosynthetic partners, called photobionts, benefit.

Anyway, I have started noodling in my sketchbook. Colourful watercolours, trying to get a feel and find out about these fascinating organisms.  It's been fun and I need to do many more.  I have also started a couple of monoprints. It's early days and I have much work to do.


In other news, we have a Christmas Fair coming up at the arthouse. December 10th. I will be making and selling Christmas cards. 

As you can see it is still a work in progress.   I will be sharing more information over the next couple of weeks.

 

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