Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hand Labyrinth

 This labyrinth is carved into a plank of driftwood from Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Like all labyrinths it has a single traceable path that leads from the external universe to the inner center of being.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sea Glass Fish 2011

Sea Glass Fish, 2011
600mmL x 150mmH x 100mmW
Hebel block, acrylic paint, cats-eye shell and sea glass.

Carved from one Hebel block. The sea glass I found at low tide around Balmain (inner Sydney Harbour.) The blue pieces are Victorian medicine bottles.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lizard and Labyrinth

18cm wide and 13cm high.
Metallic Acrylic, four blue Topaz, found lizard from the garden on canvas.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Daily Dog Art critic has his say.

News flash from the Daily Dog: Brother Bob the Art Critic said
"Bobo's self portrait shows a remarkable lack of artistic talent. Francis Bacon he is not!"

The Brothers

A pencil drawing of the brothers Bob and Bobo at the piano. Inspired by this painting by Renoir.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ceramic Finger Labyrinth

Ceramic Finger Labyrinth 2007

White and Red Earthernware

L 22cm
W 19 cm
D 3.5 cm

Sunday 20th March 2011. Traced the path of my finger labyrinth in memory of the people in Japan.
The work is framed at the top by beautiful Mitsuo Shoji ceramic platters. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Just Fish.

Hebel Fish 2006

 Cats eye Shell, Silver Leaf, Colours from ground natural Ocre.
L 60 cm
W 10 cm
H 20 cm

The ocre stones that I ground to colour this fish are from my large collection of found stones.
This is the ocre that the Australian aboriginals have used throughout the centuries for hand printing in caves and rock painting.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bobo Bacon

This portrait is painted by John Pearson channeling Bobo to paint in the style of Francis Bacon.  
Here is the  website for more of Bobos self portraits.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Read my hands

Artist hands cast in Plaster of Paris. Painted with metallic acrylic paint.
Right hand: 10cm x 16cm x 2cm (on left in the photograph)
Left hand: 9cm x 14cm x 4cm  (on right in the photograph)
This is the landscape of my hands.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fleas rule.

 Did you know water-fleas have more genes than humans? 5 millimeters long, the water flea packs in more genes than any species yet sequenced. With 30,907 genes, Daphnia pulex has at least 5,000 more than humans!
Many newly evolved to help the fleas combat climatic changes and pollutants.

(New Scientist, January 22, 2011)

We can't do that can we?

Image from this fantastic website.

Slime mould and lettuce.

These days and times people seem to have many eating problems.
Where does one draw the line between what we can or cannot eat on moral and philosophical grounds, pretentious allergies or maybe just wimpy?

I used to point out that no one thinks about the lettuce.
It's ripped out of the ground before it's had a chance to have babies.
Just because we cannot see their tears.....

As I was cleaning the bath with Ajax a new dilemma occurred to me. I am killing the happy farming slime moulds (or social Amoebas, as biologists now prefer to call them.)

Is there anything left that we can eat or kill when even a single celled creature is of such higher significance in the universe?

Monday, February 21, 2011


Slime moulds have added another skill to their impressive resume. They practice a primitive form of farming.

Slime moulds - or social amoebas, as biologist now prefer to call them - have been shown to find the shortest route through mazes and pick the most nutritious food from a buffet.

As single cells grazing on bacteria. When food is scarce, the amoebae clump together to migrate to better feeding grounds, and reproduce by forming a capsule full of spores.

Debra Brock of Rice University in Houston, Texas, noticed that a third of the strains always packaged bacteria along with their spores in the capsule. (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature09668).

This means they can "seed" a food crop when they colonize a new habitat.
"The farmers" even stop feeding before all the bacteria are gone to ensure there are some left to store as seed.

In contrast, the non farmers keep feeding to the bitter end, leaving no bacteria to package.

Bob Holmes New Scientist 22 January 2011

Read more about these fascinating social amoebas on my website Ireneosophy here.