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Friday…with Sushou Wildcrafted Candles

October 2, 2015

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Photo 09-09-2015 13 17 29 I was recently asked by Suzanne from Sushou Organics to capture the essence of her 3 new artisan candles; ‘Delight’, ‘Love’ and ‘Tranquil’ within my photographs on the table…

Being a synaesthete means I get the visuals or ‘inner abstract’ for the senses which I usually capture in my work on canvas; creating paintings of scent, taste and sound as it appears to me inside my head…

So a project where I was working with ‘things’; ( flowers, plants and other ingredients ) to give a sense of scent seemed perfect for me and the Sushou candles themselves smell absolutely exquisite and basically it was a complete joy to smell and work at the same time!

Sushou candles are made with organic essential ingredients so firstly I spent time collecting and foraging for everything I could in my garden and the countryside…( one morning I cycled about 10 miles on a quest to find oak moss, and another morning I cycled to Worthing as I had spotted wild camomile along the cycle path there a couple of weeks before )image The ingredients were an important starting point as, throughout the shoot, I would add depth and texture ( which is always important for me when illustrating scent ) to each composition using different combinations of them all…Photo 08-09-2015 18 18 42 (1)This is a list of most of the ingredients I used and which are in the candles:

Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Mimosa, Jasmine, Camomile, Helichrysum, Valerian, Lemongrass, Lemon, Lime, Litsea, Tangerine, Honey, Fennel, Juniper, Sage, Mint, Star Anise, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Oak Moss, Soy wax and Rape seed waximage image Photo 09-09-2015 12 10 31 image I then started to work on each composition…

The ‘Love’ candle; a blend of wild rose, pink pepper and lime…imageimage image image Photo 13-09-2015 15 03 43 Photo 13-09-2015 15 08 00 The ‘Delight’ candle; a blend of litsea, neroli and lavender…image image image Photo 13-09-2015 12 33 54 Photo 13-09-2015 12 34 44 and ‘Tranquil’ ; a blend of lavender, jasmine and camomile…Photo 13-09-2015 14 01 27 image Photo 13-09-2015 14 21 50 imageThe scent of each candle is very distinctive and they really do affect the room they’re burning in…my particular favourite was ‘Delight’ as it was so uplifting and invigorating. I also found the ‘Tranquil’ candle was very, very calming in a completely unobtrusive way…I suddenly realised after it had been burning for a while in my shed, that I had actually sat down, relaxed and my head had cleared! And ‘Love’ …this one has a very full and beautiful scent, again not at all overpowering or intrusive, but something rather intimate…

I found the whole project fascinating; being able to capture the sense of something with raw ingredients rather than my usual paint, opened a whole new headspace for me…probably aided massively by the candles themselves!

I also have to say something about the moment you open the box with the candles inside…opening a brown paper package is always a treat, but when you open one of these brown boxes the scent is wonderful… a real bonus of being able to order on line!

and throughout October you can use the discount code: HelloAutumn when you order via their site, which will give you a 15% off voucher valid for the whole of October.
imageFinally I put together a mini film, to illustrate all the incredible ingredients which go in to making up these really gorgeous artisan candles…

You can see more of Sushou Organics on their website here,on their Instagram here and there’s also a Steller story here

Tuesday…with pyjama gardening

June 23, 2015

Filed Under : My Garden - Summer - The Shed - Uncategorized

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It’s a wonderful thing when the garden starts going into full flower…

Only a few plants are now left on my kitchen shelf…imagemost of the geraniums have successfully re-located for the Summer in amongst everything else…image image image image So happy that the Pinks are thriving this year because they smell amazing…image ( although my Nigella seedlings have been disrupted by my cat, so sticks and other vertical things are trying to divert him! )image image image I love pyjama gardening and this morning I wanted to pot some tiny succulents which I’ve been air rooting over the last few weeks…image image It’s astonishing how they just spring roots out of nowhere…image image …and this was an experiment which worked!

I was told that succulents will grow from a ‘leaf’ as long as there is a small part of the stem attached, and sure enough this has happened…it’s a bit weird but I’m going with it, and haven’t potted it up as I want to see how it carries on growing from this…image imageThese are the succulents I planted which looked like this last year… ( and there’s also another post from last year with loads of Cornish succulents here )image I’ve also been rooting a cutting from a pineapple sage a friend gave us for the garden in Cornwall, and it rooted really quickly so that was put in a pot this morning too…and it really does smell like pineapple!image

And the Jasmine and blue Hydrangea are in recovery at the moment, but doing well..image as are the echium seedlings…image I love being able to have an early morning potter in the garden and also be able to add a little something to the shed!image

Saturday…

January 24, 2015

Filed Under : The Shed - Uncategorized - Winter

imageIt’s amazing what a bit of sun can do…I always feel that so much more can be accomplished when the sun’s out; I don’t ever actually accomplish as much as I’ve initially thought I could in the morning, but I love feeling the positive possibilities…

I was working in the shed yesterday, and finally thought that the ranunculous from before Christmas should actually be thrown away now…I’d kept their heads in case they could be of any use, but I thought they’d finally had it, so took them to the garden incinerator…image …where I discovered a fantastic, textured surface

Some of the heads had fallen on the lid and I noticed that the combination of light, lid and colour were beautiful…
image image imageIn the shed I decided to add a personal bit of inspiration for these Winter months…

Judy Garland; the woman, the voice, the emotion, the fragility…the many things she represents has been a constant in my life for years, so she’s back in view!

image …before I attack a weekend drawer-sorting!image It was also great to see some little surprises on the potting table…imageCalendula seedlings seem to have missed the cold up by the house…
image image …and a slightly mystery plant my mum gave me in the Autumn ( I think it was a mini iris sort of thing ) and which I thought was dead, has sprouted in a random cup of rainwater!image

image image Valerian gets everywhere and I pull a lot of the seedling up, but sort of liked the cleverness of  this one; finding a flowerpot crack to squeeze into…image …some ivy, which again I thought had died seems to be carrying on regardless…image the jasmine I rescued last year also hasn’t been affected by the frost…image…and I think these may be the gold laced primulas coming through…big fingers crossed!

Tuesday…with snow

January 20, 2015

Filed Under : Uncategorized - Winter - workshops

image I sensed the cold getting colder on Sunday, and then yesterday’s frost…

image image turned into this morning’s snow…image

 

…not much, but proper snow!image image…and thankfully I had managed to wrap up the giant echiums on Sunday night, so fingers crossed it works and keeps them going through the winter…
image image image ( that;s an echium I forgot about which is now warming up in my shed…)image I’ve also started plotting and planning more workshop thoughts this week, with visits to florists…image and also the acquisition of a table sibling…which will travel!imageSo… some dates and details of the March workshops are now here!