I have a lot of trouble staying inside on a sunny day, at this time of year. I don’t have so many problems on a hot sunny day, as that’s too much for me and I am happy out of it, indoors, but cool and sunny I love. So I have been finishing the after winter garden tidy, which has happily been completed just as everything is coming into flower.
Our garden is small, but complicated, with several different beds, and due to being surrounded by many large trees, and indeed hosting probably too many trees itself, takes a long time to sort after the destructions of winter. Most of this tidying is completed by weaving, bending, staggering and grunting my way under, over and around much plant growth. I’m not a supple person, and it’s not at all good for the back. I am aiming to simplify, but it takes time; I do think that either a tiny courtyard garden or the Japanese Zen type approach of three plants, a boulder and some gravel may be the way for me. Or just the boulder, to sit on. Then at least the gardening wouldn’t stop me working.
Now I’m hoping at some point to start a new artist’s book based on the Wildwood, but worry a little that I don’t really walk in woodlands that much these days. I used to, but time seems to be increasingly short, and sadly these outings don’t happen as much as they did. But we have lived surrounded by trees for over 30 years, and I think that is why this topic has pushed itself into my mind, demanding exploration. Below are some of the aforementioned trees; the garden is short, so they are quite close, increasing the actually living in a forest vibe.
This week I have managed to finish the machine stitching on the four parts of my latest piece, Beach Thoughts, and will be continuing work on them today; fortunately the weather is dull and chilly, so that helps.
And these are the ones I am left with after a process of elimination. It’s quite a relief, to have refined my original bead choices, it’s more fun now. The tiny beads just didn’t work, as the pieces are rather bold. I may use some seed beads on the flowers, though.
Here are the four pieces, ready to be finished. They are each about 55 x 75 cm, mounted on Khadi paper, and will hang together, strung as pairs.
There’s a mix of fabrics, printed paper and acetate in each piece.