Sunday 21 December 2008

A crystal veil

Crystalline by Jo Bradford
The Snow

It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood,
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face
Of mountain and of plain,-
-Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It flings a crystal veil.

On stump and stack and stem,-
-The summer's empty room,
Acres of seams where harvests were,
Recordless, but for them.

It ruffles wrist of posts,
As ankles of a queen,-
- Then still its artisans like ghosts,
Denying they have been.

~~By Emily Dickinson~~

Sunday 7 December 2008

Join The Dots

Join The Dots by Jo Bradford

This is one of the other new lines I have created for the winter season. I made these about a month ago to list specifically as Christmas Card Designs, but have had so many enthusiastic requests for prints of these, that I have decided to list them as fine art photographic prints on Etsy as well. I am madly in love with the colours and shapes, and very pleased with this work, definitely some of my favourite new work of 2008.
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Sunday 30 November 2008


I am having a 2 day CYBERMONDAY PROMOTIONAL SALE in my etsy shop... $5 off every item in my store for the next 48 hours.....

Come on over to see my new listings for Christmas and grab yourself a bargain

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Saturday 29 November 2008

A World Where Dreams Are Real

On my way home on Friday, I pulled over my car to make this picture, thinking all the while that it was the embodiment of those song lyrics from lod faves of mine, The Cure...
"I lift my lips from kissing you
To touch the wind that whispers through
This twilight garden turns into
A world where dreams are real"
~This Twilight Garden - The Cure~
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Thursday 27 November 2008

The Gathering

A happy gathering watches the last light drain from the landscape as twilight melts away to night
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Sunday 23 November 2008


This is a new piece which is a sister to my recent art work "Pale", both of which are available to purchase in my Etsy store.
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Friday 21 November 2008

Lighthouse Lane

"Leaves of Grass"
I stand as on some mighty eagle’s beak,
Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing,
(nothing but sea and sky,)
The tossing waves, the foam,
the ships in the distance,
The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps -
-that inbound urge and urge of waves,
Seeking the shores forever.
··· Walt Whitman ···
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Tuesday 18 November 2008

Wickedly Chic Blog Feature

Thank you to the Wickedly Chic peeps who made mention of Green Island Studios on their blog today.

Saturday 15 November 2008

Black Nun Blog Feature

Thank you to the peeps at Black Nun who wrote a lovely feature about Green Island Studios on their blog today.

Wednesday 12 November 2008


I have been cramming a lot into my days the last few weeks. There has not been much time to blog between the activites. I have been delivering alternative process workshops, teaching people how to take photographs and develop and print them and also making and listing and selling new work on all of my galleries. There have been a lot of late nights recently and as I type my eyelids are feeling heavy and ready to close for the night.

Tuesday 11 November 2008

Blow blow thou winter wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember'd not.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.

~ William Shakespeare

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Karen Faulkner Blog Feature

The wonderfully talented Karen Faulkner was kind enough to mention me on her blog today. I am honoured indeed!!

Monday 3 November 2008

Childhood Cheer

What with all this freezing weather, harsh winds and those looming grey skies, I am feeling the need for a bit of cheer. Luckily for me, I have been so busy over the past few months that I have not had time to process many of the lovely summery photos I made a while ago.

Today my studio was a bright and suny place thanks to these lovely golden buttercup photographs.

Incidentally, in the language of flowers the Buttercup represents childhood, cheerfulness and the desire for riches.

Happy Monday xx

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Wednesday 29 October 2008

Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams by Jo Bradford

Like summer waves on sands of snow,
Soft ringlets clasp her neck and brow,
And wandering breezes kiss away
A threaded light of glimmering spray,
That drifts and floats and softly flies
In a golden mist about her eyes.
"The Sea Maiden"
Poetic musings by Dowell O'Reilly
(1865 - 1914)

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Babs Blog Features Green Island Studios

Thank you to the lovely ladies at Bab's Blog who wrote about me on their blog today.

Sunday 26 October 2008

Etsy Front Page

My Faithfulness picture was featured on the Front Page of Etsy today.
Thanks to stringmealong for making the treasury.

Thursday 23 October 2008


Translucent by Jo Bradford

I have been enjoying immersing myself in my photography in my studio these last few weeks. The front area of my studio has large north facing windows, an artists dream from a lighting point of view. I am also lucky to have a wonderful plant nursery in the shared yard at my studio workshop space. I often scrape together my pennies and pop into the greenhouse to see what delights have been nurtured there by the loving hands of Mary and John, whose business it is. I loved this shoot I did last week as the early evening light in my studio was filling the room with a warm glow. The translucent petals were positively radiating coloured light as I worked, and the scene filling my lens was rather reminiscent of stained glass windows.

Etsy Front Page

My Evening Silhouette II picture was featuredon the Etsy Front Page today.
Thanks to justCHARMING for making the featured treasury.

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Moor Memories

"Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Flatter the mountaintops with sovereign eye,

Kissing with golden face the meadows green,

Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy"

Sonnet 33 ~ William Shakespeare

Sunday 19 October 2008

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Design Style Guide Feature

Green Island Studios was featured on the Design Style Guide blog today in
Jean Levert Hood's article about Affordable Art


Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tuesday 30 September 2008

Utata Front Page Feature

I was the featured photographer on the front page of Utata today.... have a look.
Thanks to Jamelah!

Monday 29 September 2008

Passionate Thoughts

Another image from my Language Of Flowers series....
the Tulip signifies pure love and passionate thoughts.

Saturday 27 September 2008

The Language of Flowers Part I

Good Fortune by Jo Bradford

...In the language of the flowers
the Alium represents
good fortune and prosperity...

Thursday 25 September 2008

A Thing Of Beauty

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its lovliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness, but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing..."
Excerpt from "A Thing of Beauty" by John Keats

Tuesday 23 September 2008

September Joy

I love this time of year in Cornwall, the skies are blue and the air has that crisp hint of Autumn in it. The sun still shines bright and strong and warms us all as we make the most of those long stretches of empty beach, and deserted dunes which we now have all to ourselves again. Bliss

Monday 22 September 2008

My Inspiration Blog Feature

Eline Kwantes of My Inspiration Blog featured my work on her blog today. Have a look here. Thanks Eline!!

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Sailor Of The Atmosphere

Sailor Of The Atmosphere by Jo Bradford
Insect lover of the sun
Joy of thy dominion!
Sailor of the atmosphere;
Swimmer through the waves of air;
Voyager of light and noon;
Epicurean of June;
Wait I prithee till I come
Within earshot of thy hum -
All without is martyrdom
The Humble Bee ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etsy Front Page

My Under The Greenwood Tree picture (aka Great Green Goodness) was featured on the Front Page of Etsy today.
Thanks to GollyBard for making the treasury.

Sunday 14 September 2008

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit by Jo Bradford

To satisfie the sharp desire I had
Of tasting those fair Apples, I resolv'd
Not to deferr; hunger and thirst at once,
Powerful perswaders, quick'nd at the scent
Of that alluring fruit, urg'd me so keene.

(Satan tempting Eve)

Milton ~ Paradise Lost (9.584-588)

Wednesday 10 September 2008

Etsy Front Page

My The Creek picture was featured on the Front Page of Etsy today.

Thanks to Jenarter for making the treasury.

Tuesday 9 September 2008

Be my Rock

This is one of a several pieces I have made recently. Just after sunset, I set myself up on the cliff edge, with the wind howling, snuggled deep into my down jacket. I left my shutter open long enough to catch the moody sea washing across the rocks in the darkening evening light.

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Sunday 7 September 2008

Rainy Days Mixed Tape

Blue Butterflies by Jo Bradford

My work has been selected for Poppytalk Handmade this month. The theme is Mixed Tape! ~ A compilation of those wonderful Poppytalk Handmade peeps, Jan & Earl's, favorite things from emerging design talent from around the world. The market will feature papergoods, affordable art, ceramics, housewares, gifts and jewelry and will be running Sep 08 - Oct 10, 2008.

This is my third Poppytalk market this year. This time I was inspired by the rain (kind of).
Although it has been an unbelievably wet summer this year, I am not letting it get me down. I have been making the most of what is around me for inspiration, and recently it's been big seas, storm clouds and raindrops. The best thing about lots of rain during the warm months, is that Cornwall has never looked so verdant, the rich greens in the landscape are gorgeous and inspirational... it's a jungle out there!!

Etsy Frontpage for PoE photographer today

One of my pictures made it on tothe front page of Etsy today - yeay!! Thanks to the folks at Photographers Of Etsy for the alert and the screengrab!

Monday 1 September 2008

Love At First Sight Feature

I was featured on Geisslein's lovely blog "Love at first sight" today. If you haven't come across Geisslein before, she is based in Frankfurt, Germany and writes a blog about how to be creative. Thanks for the mention m'lady!

Sunday 31 August 2008

Sea Fever


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song

and the white sail's shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea's face,

and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume,

and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull's way and the whale's way

where the wind's like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream

when the long trick's over.


~ Sea Fever By John Masefield (1878 -1967)

(English Poet Laureate ~ 1930 -1967)

Thursday 28 August 2008

Etsy Front Page

My Wood Peony picture was featured on the Etsy Front Page today.
Thanks to beadtwin for making the featured treasury

Monday 25 August 2008

Great Green Goodness

Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

~ William Shakespeare

Wednesday 20 August 2008

The Brightest Star

Wood Peony by Jo Bradford

I have the pleasure of several beautiful woodlands within a few minutes walk from my studio. My dog, Charlie, and I, make full use of them on a daily basis. I love to take my TTV camera contraption down to the woods with me. While Charlie crashes around in the undergrowth sniffing for the creatures that dwell there, I tuck myself away in a dappled dell and photograph the hidden treasures I find. This wood peony was surrounded by bluebells and dewy grass in a quiet glade on the edge of a stream. The breathtaking white of the flower glowed in the sunlight that pierced through the leaves overhead like a spot light that mother nature was shining on this star of the woods.

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Monday 18 August 2008

Life Is But A Many Hued Reflection

The rainbow mirrors human aims and action.
Think, and more clearly wilt thou grasp it, seeing
Life is but light in many-hued reflection.
~ Goethe
"Life is but light in many hued reflection" is from a series of 7 images of bubbles I made while exploring notions of transience and the human condition.

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