I recently set up an instagram account which I’m using for my OCA art and also some Bible journalling. You can follow me @ros.clarke if you’re interested. I’m much more likely to update regularly there than I am here.

Here’s a few recent images to whet your appetite:












Bible journalling:


I’m having a few days in London next week, and for the first time in ages, it’s not about seeing people but things.

On Monday, I’m going to Tate Modern to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibition. I also plan to see The Smile and a couple of the other London Design Week exhibitions on the Southbank.

Tuesday is the V&A for more from London Design Week, and Undressed – an exhibition of lingerie. Then I’m going to see exhibitions by Pietro Seminelli and Abdoulaye Konate. I’ve booked in for afternoon tea at Fortnums at 6pm. That’ll be dinner sorted, then.

On Wednesday, I’m going to try to get to the Geffrye Museum in the morning, and then out to Hampton Court for a guided tour of an exhibition at the RSN.

And finally, on Thursday morning, I have a ticket to watch a recording of Pointless!

I’m not going to do any cooking. I’m not going to any meetings. I’m not making plans to catch up with anyone. And if I don’t get to all the things I’ve planned, that’s totally fine.

Real art

A few weeks ago, my art teacher asked us all to choose a favourite artist for a Show And Tell. I chose Bridget Riley who has been my favourite artist since I was a student 25 years ago. I went to an exhibition with a couple of her works over Easter and had treated myself to a lovely hardback book full of pictures.

Having talked about our artists, we were then hit with the bombshell that for the next few weeks we were going to be working on pieces inspired by them. Gulp. Riley is (a) a genius and (b) incredibly precise and geometric in her work. I am neither of those things.  I thought about various ways I might try to get something similar to her style. Initially I was thinking stripes, but then I hit on diamonds and triangles which worked much better. And I had thought about collage of various kinds and different media, but in the end went with simple acrylic paints and lots of masking tape.

Today’s class, as always, was 10.30-12.30. My lovely teacher let me stay until I’d finished. At about quarter to three. I was quite happy with it and then the teacher went to hold it up at the other end of the room and I gasped. It looked like proper art. And it looked like my inspiration – looking up into the sky through a leafy tree. And I love it.



Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia

My hometown recently celebrated its 1100th anniversary*, so I had a lot of history to choose from for the Iron Craft ‘Hometown History’ challenge. I chose to honour Aethelflaed, the lady who founded the ‘burh’ (borough) in 913, established the castle and the pottery industry. She was the daughter of King Alfred the Great and ruled over the land of Mercia which at the time covered a huge swathe of the middle of England. She was a military leader and tactician as well as a politician who worked with her brother to unite all the English people into one kingdom. She was pretty darn awesome!


There aren’t any contemporary pictures of Aethelflaed. Mine is based an illustration from a book about 300 years after she died. It’s alcohol markers on aluminium foil which gives it a really fun stained glass effect.

*There was a settlement here about 200 years before that, but only a hermitage and possibly a chapel, not an actual town.

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