WHAT INSPIRES US
BEES & THE MEADOW COAT
by Alastair / in Painting
I have a Meadow coat. It’s made by a small family business - Travail en Famille - and everywhere I go people comment. Men say things like, “Nice coat mate. I wish I could wear something like that.” Women say, “I love your coat. Where did you get it?” I’m interested in these different answers. One is a bit more resigned and routed in regret. The other is about discovery, the future and possibility. It’s interesting wearing something to which people respond so readily. It’s a conversation starter. I’m growing sunflowers to match it. That’ll be the next photo!
AN INSPIRING MURAL IN NORTH CAROLINA
The backdrop is a mural at Burt’s Bees head office in Durham, North Carolina. Giant bees have been painted on to the side wall of this beautiful old building. There’s a honeycomb, great fat heads of clover and then bees at all angles hovering, resting, swarming. But what gives them depth and real presence is their brilliantly painted shadows that creates an optical illusion as they ping out from the wall. We often think of shadows as being negative. But what if they’re positive? What if they give you an extra dimension?
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