I had a quiet day on Wednesday, due to an operation on my ear and having to go to teach in the evening. Normally I would be at the studio, but stayed at home and drew the garden, using Inktense pencils which I like a lot, but don’t use as much as I would like to.
Although the day was very dull, a grey and green day is my description, a description which covered many of our holidays in the Lake District over the years, the relevant pencils stayed in the box and the considerably brighter colours presented themselves.
These are the results; these trees have featured in a fair amount of my work. I am going to print them out onto a variety of media, from khadi paper to acetate, and onto fabric. I will experiment on the prints by stitching on them, cutting them up, and manipulating them. I can’t just leave them as drawings!
Tree I. We put this laburnum in as a sapling but neglected to support it, fortunately, so now it has grown into this wonderful curved shape. I love the colours but will have a little play on Photoshop too, certainly to change them to black and white at least.
This pair of whitebeams are really too large for our small garden, but they produce a lot of berries which then lead to bullfinches, and we are fond of our trees, and the bullfinches, as well as the other birds the trees feed. The leaf bud clusters in spring are sublime.
I liked this isolated area, and can imagine it printed out and used as a background, or as a square of colour and design, manipulated and used in a repeat pattern, or abstract piece of work.
I will play with this isolated shape too, with the wonderful rich Inktense colours and the fine lines.
So it’s on with the printing and cutting; let’s see what happens.