Thursday 30 July 2009

Meeting Place

Meeting Place by Jo Bradford

Meeting Place is a brand new listing in my Etsy shop today. I have thought about taking this picture for a long time and finally got round to it on a sunny evening a few weeks before I moved. On the subject of my move to new house and studio, I am finally getting all the boxes unpacked and am happy to be back on the broadband wagon after four long and unsettling weeks without it {scary!!}
Shop News
To help beat those tight-budget blues for all you recession hit art lovers, I am now offering a new range of my prints at a smaller 5x5 inch size. These cute little prints are still on my glorious textured fine art paper, just like their bigger siblings but are listed in my shop at a credit crunching $12.50 each. So if you ever wanted to own your own piece of Green Island Studios artwork, there has never been a better reason than now to spend those pennies!!

My etsy shop is here... Come on over!!

Until later,

Jo xoxo

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Dusky Light

Dreams in the dusk,
Only dreams closing the day
And with the day’s close going back
To the gray things, the dark things,
The far, deep things of dreamland.
Excerpt from Dreams in The Dusk by Carl Sandburg
To buy Dusky Light and visit my Green Island Studios Shop, come along to:

Monday 20 July 2009

Etsy FP by Friendly Fairies

Thanks and congratulations to Jennifer of FriendlyFairies whose gorgeous treasury featuring my new picture, Cymbeline, made it to the Etsy front page!! Nice work Jenny xoxo

Tuesday 14 July 2009


When I bestride him,
I soar, I am a hawk:
he trots the air;
the earth sings when he touches it;
the basest horn of his hoof
is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
~William Shakespeare~
To buy this picture visit my Etsy store -

Monday 13 July 2009

two front pages on etsy this week

A big thanks to svilov and kingdombythesea for including me in their gorgeous treasuries that made the Etsy front page this week :))

Jo xoxo

Wednesday 8 July 2009

My new home in the country

Blue Isles by Jo Bradford

If you are wondering what I have been doing since my last blog post, you're about to find out!
My big news is that we have decided to rent out our little cottage by the sea and move to a bigger place in the country. I have also been yearning to have my business and studios nearer home for some time so we wanted to find somewhere with outbuildings to accommodate my art and photography studios too. As luck would have it, after only a week of looking we found the perfect place.
A very old farmhouse set deep in the Cornish countryside, with views across fields to wild Dartmoor. It's 15 minutes drive to the beautiful North Cornwall coast, our nearest seaside spots are Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, which is slightly south of here and beautiful Bude is slightly North of here (Scenic seaside spots abound - spoilt for choice!!)
Let me tell you a bit about the new house. It's of unknown age but believed to be 14th Century, the owners have records going back to when it came into their family back in 1502 around the end of the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, but they don't know how long it had been standing there before that.
It's an amazing old building full of hidden nooks, beamed ceilings, stone/slate and wooden floors, lots of windows and very old roses and honeysuckle climbing all over the walls outside. It is south facing so very light and has 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms, a pantry/utility room, a snug/storeroom for our surfboards and walking boots, and lots of funny little mini-rooms/walk in wardrobes dotted around the place.
My favourite rooms are the large kitchen with it's Rayburn cooker, ancient beams and high ceiling and stone floors and the other favourite room is the master bedroom with old wooden floorboards and sunny south facing windows and more of those beautiful old beams and high ceilings.
Outside is wonderful too!! There is a cottage garden to the front with lots of lovely plants, a little pond and raised areas for sitting in the sun. There are 2 other gardens to side and rear which get lots of sun in the afternoon and evening. Dotted around the gardens are 3 large old barns and a double garage, so there is plenty of room for my studio, workshops and darkrooms.
And not forgetting the orchard with it's pears, apples, gooseberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, blackberries, damsons, sweet chestnuts and hazelnuts. Heaven on earth!!!!
I have begun the mammoth task of unpacking everything, but let me tell you that moving both house and business all at once has been something of a mountain to climb!
Anyway, that said, I had better get back to those boxes........ more from me soon!

Jo xoxo

Thursday 2 July 2009

the quiet world

Late Night Blues by Jo Bradford

The Quiet World
In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.
When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.
Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.
When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
~ by Jeffrey McDaniel ~

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Apollo and friends

Another image from the series "Short Stories".
Having gone from thinking these pictures were just ok, they are growing on me now. This is my favourite picture from the shoot (at this moment anyway - my opinion of my work is subject to change pertty much hourly) I like this one mainly because all of the elements fit together so well, and the little details like the way Apollo the white horse looks and the fluffy white sheep in the distance are just right .
You really need to see this bigger to appreciate it, so click HERE to see it at my flickr account, where you can choose to view it larger on black....
I have since done another photoshoot with Apollo, Savannah (the brown horse) and the girls... another twilight shoot but by the sea this time... pictures to follow shortly
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