“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”

Leo Tolstoy

Last week:
My sister stayed for 5 days (<3)
I visited Courtauld Gallery for the first time (who knew!)
Saw exhibitions:
Egon Schiele (fantastic)
Vivianne Sassen (ok)
Edward Steinchen (very unexciting)
Saw the Book of Mormons (shit)
Went to The Skatalites' 50th anniversary tour gig (awesome)
Went to a peruvian restaurant Ceviche (great)

I don't think I've ever had such attractions-packed week in my life so thought it's worth noting. It is also an explanation for the lack of posts here (not that anyone cares).

Yours truly


overload of information and images cacophony of ugliness all blending into one
so i edit down, burn the chaff and focus on that which is acceptable
i eat the meat and spit the bones
here’s my meat and it’s pleasant
but also abstract and meaningless

We have 2 new plants! Meet Ficus Elastica and the smaller, Calathea. We brought them home last Saturday. I am going to try VERY hard not to hurt them which, with my record of killing even some really tough cactuses, might be a challenge! So far so good…

I’m finally making some use of my lino printing gear! It’s hard work and will take some serious practice but it’s made me sooo happy this afternoon. I’m hoping that I will find more time to do it in near future.






I love this photograph of G. O’Keeffe’s hands by her husband A. Steiglitz. I’ve “used” them before and today, after I randomly pinned this bit of heather into my old sketchbook, one of these cut out hands fell out from it onto the table… So I just couldn’t resist 🙂





This is where to gold comes in. Kintsukuroi and yobitsugi are both Japanese art of repairing things (ceramics) with gold. The idea is that an object, once beautiful can be made even more beautiful despite its brokenness with the help of a skilful artist and precious materials (gold or silver). This gives me a lot of ideas.

Quick idea, even quicker sketch of it… There will be other versions.
The creation points to it’s creator but some stop there and worship the creation instead of it’s creator. The creation is finite, it didn’t create itself… Stil…

“They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.”

Romans 1: 19-23

I love this slightly awkward hand gesture… Actually thinking about it now, is there a play of meanings there? Is the Angel playing with his fingers because he is inspiring Matthew to write?

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Caravaggio,Inspiration of Saint Matthew


To my very own surprise I’ve discovered that there is something about hands that must attract me. I have all sorts of different boards on Pinterest and my collection is slowly growing. To be honest, I am only a beginning pinner. Some time ago I created a board under a very vague and broad name of “Beautiful” – sometimes I just see images that I immediately feel attracted to, and want to keep, but which don’t necessarily come under any category I already have a board for. It’s these that I pin under “Beautiful”. What was my surprise, when I realised that almost every image on that board features a palm of a hand? And not even necessarily human!
Attached with this post a screen grab of that particular board but also an invitation to visit my Pinterest page in general: Dominique Ess Pinterest