As I have been working a lot recently I have spent very little time outdoors, which seems a pity as it’s summer, and the weather has been good, not over heated, but pleasant. We do seem to be having an early start to autumn though, due to an early spring and not much rain all summer.
However, on Sunday and Monday I decided to have a couple of days off and started a sketchbook entitled ‘August’. The work in it will be used in my latest books, which are sort of based upon the seasons. I have started one, confusingly set later in the year, at the book and print course I went to a couple of weeks ago, but thought I would do some direct recording of the time of year rather than resort to photographs for everything. I will have to use some photographs [I use my own, unless it’s something I can’t possibly get to to record] as the year will move quicker than I can. I spent most of both days outside, it was wonderful. I must say though I was inspired by some students I have had in a recent class. I usually do work/design sheets, and keep sketchbooks full of quick black line drawings, but rather wanted one [some, now] of those sketchbooks crammed full of drawings and photos, layered like leaves on an autumn woodland floor. I can always photograph and print out relevant pages to make up design sheets, should I need to.
I will have several plants etc in the book but chose to concentrate on my ligularia, typically the sort of big, bold trouble free, vigorous plant I enjoy. I like delicate too, but big sculptural leaves are so uplifting.
I’ll do more work with the flowers and then some layout ideas in sketches and collage, so that there will be ideas to work with when I start the book.