The Cassia Grove Studio, Wen Zhengming

“The Cassia Grove Studio” by Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559), China via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

Yesterday I started moving my studio from the little room at the back of the house into the middle room. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but yesterday was the day that the Spirit moved me to move and get on with it. It seemed like a major project because both rooms were full of stuff. The stuff that is useful but looks like it’s not because it is not organised or in context.

I’ve moved the sofa from the middle room into the little room, along with my table loom. It’s  a beautiful wooden sofa with a long cushion, perfect for afternoon naps. The little room looks beautiful and clean now.

Today I’m working on the middle room, at the moment the table in the middle of the room is fully extended and covered in works on paper, boxes full of more works on paper and model making bits, a cutting board, rulers, tape measures … little wooden assemblages. There are large pieces of cardboard, and pin boards stacked against the bookshelves. There are art materials and jars with brushes on the desk, the stool for the desk is stacked with more art supplies. I’m not sure what to do with the bones and small objects that I have used as subjects … do they go in the bin?! Surely not.

I’ll get back to it now and work away at it methodically. Looking at Wen Zhenming’s beautiful Cassia Grove studio for inspiration.



Colouring in

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve enjoyed playing with the Liquitex 48 Basic colours. I’m always interested to see what happens when I put one colour next to another, choosing colours is partially based on what I’ve already put down, but also on where I want the painting to go.

So that I can play with combinations and materials a little more, I’m developing some colouring pages. The first image “Flower 1” is a fairly simple image in black and white that can be printed out over and over again, and coloured as many different ways as I want.

Flower 1, Lynn M Cook, 2017

I drew the image in charcoal pencil on A4 Fabriano drawing paper, then scanned it. Then I turned the image into a pdf. I’ve printed the pdf out onto plain copy paper, a sheet of Ironlac canvas paper, and another sheet of Fabriano.

I’ll try some things out then post some images here.

If you’d like to try colouring the image you can purchase a download of the image here:

Colouring pages

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