Thursday 30 April 2009

Deeply Inserted into Existence

Beneath the Trees by Jo Bradford

I am reminded today of the wisdom of John Berger.
Bergers' writings were required reading for my photography degree many moons ago, yet much of what he says still resonates with me as I roam the world armed with my camera....
“That we find a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone,
that we are more deeply inserted into existence
than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.”
Thanks to Dava, who featured Green Island Studios as one of her Etsy shops of the week, on her blog "Treasures From Hawaii" today.

Wednesday 29 April 2009

In the Olive Grove

In The Olive Grove ~ by Jo Bradford

The memory of lying in the dappled sunshine in the Olive groves of the Andalucian Mountains taking these pictures is still fresh in my mind... {sigh}

This is the newest listing in my Etsy shop

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Dialogues with Flowers

Nuance by Jo Bradford
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with her through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms,
Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards her.
~ Auguste Rodin ~

A Cordial Word - By Jo Bradford
Well I can hardly believe that May is knocking on the door already, time is flying by in 2009!
These are a some of the brand new pictures in my Etsy shop today.

Saturday 25 April 2009

Auguries of Innocence

Heaven in a Wildflower ~ by Jo Bradford


"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. "


Poetry taken from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake

Thursday 23 April 2009

Creature Of Craft Feature

Thanks to Jenny Mackintosh of the lovely Creature of Craft blog located in the Greater Boston area of the United States Of America. She just me know that she featured one of my Green Island Art pieces in her blog post today, "Etsy Wonders Wednesday".
Creature Of Craft is a great place to see some inspirational art and craft work, it's a blog about crafts, the people behind them, and the insights that Jenny gains on her own crafting journey.
Check it out, it's well worth a visit!!

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Earth Day 2009

Earthrise by Jo Bradford
Happy Earth Day!!
This is one of my recent luminograms (a.k.a. light paintings) which I make in my darkroom by filtering coloured lights, and then painting with the remaining colours directly onto light sensitive photographic paper.
The resulting visual art is located somewhere between photography and painting as it borrows heavily from both practices but results in something altogether different.
This work is part of an ongoing series of work made over the past five years called Constructing Space, which explores the way we receive information about space images and space science.

Wednesday 15 April 2009

High in Andalucia

Cortijo by Jo Bradford
I have been high in the hills of Andalucia for a while, visiting my Mum.
Days filled with sunbathing by the pool, walking in the mountains, shopping in the old cobbled streets, and of course, taking hundreds of photos.

In April, the Cortijos (farmhouses) are surrounded by fields of wildflowers, which carpet the floor between the olive trees, such a beautiful sight.

Tuesday 7 April 2009

Free Giveaway from Green Island Studios...

The free print giveaway I am hosting this month is gathering names daily.
If your name is not down yet and you want a chance to be entered into the free prize draw then click here to be transported by the magic of the wonderful web to the sign up place.

Monday 6 April 2009

Almond Blossom

My Mum lives in the Andalucian Hills with views across the sea to Africa. Her home is high up on a hilltop and the slopes of her mountain top home are thick with almond and olive groves.
When the Almonds are in full blossom, the wonderful scent hangs thick in the warm Spanish evening air, as the birds and the bees buzz around gleefully collecting their pollen and nectar.

Wednesday 1 April 2009


Blue Beach Days by Jo Bradford
Here's your chance to WIN one of my giclee prints for free!!
I got lucky today, as I was one of the fortunate people to win a prize of a free print in the Kate Boyce giveaway. In return she asks that the winners of her prints "pay it forward". For those of you not familiar with this concept.... ...

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning any one of the 8"x8" prints in my shop is to have a look through my Etsy store and see which is your favourite print, then leave me a comment here telling me which one you would like to win and keep your fingers crossed for a result. I will draw a name out of a hat on the 1st May.

I will send the lucky Winner one of my prints and in return I would love it if you decide to continue to do the "pay it forward" thing and do something yourself to Pay It Forward to some other lucky folk out there in the big wide world, but that's totally up to you.

Sea Pinks by Jo Bradford

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