Practical work has been a little thin on the ground over the last two weeks as I had other jobs to do, but thankfully I am now back at the work table.
I was walking in the grounds of Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire some days ago, taking photographs of some my favourite subjects, namely twigs and berries, when I remembered a comment, obviously very perceptive, from Sue about my last blog entry mentioning “…winters cold colours with a hint of golden sun and red berries…”, and realised that I was photographing exactly that.
I do find the bare winter trees particularly beautiful, and the light on some winter days is glorious.
One minute soft greys, from the sky to the twigs and the lichen covered trunks…
…and three minutes later that wonderful combination of sunlit wood, blue sky and red berry.
I have finished a piece of work, which was a bit of a cheat as it was actually a a chunk of a partly finished larger piece I had cut into smaller pieces, so the machine stitch was done already. It fits happily into the colour themes du jour.
Some of the other pieces will be altered more, but this one was perfect as a back drop for an added bird, with extra detail from hand stitch and beads, some of them red, of course.
It measures around 50 x 40 cm.
I’ve been working on an accordion book too, one of the Japanese albums I mentioned in my last blog post. This has turned into an exercise of free cut collage from a mix of papers I had painted, some prints on paper of my work, and some photographs.
I increasingly enjoy working in this way, and frequently use some of the weird shapes left after cutting the more deliberate shapes to make quick intuitive compositions, which really excite me, and will hopefully find their way into some new work soon.
The first three pages of the accordion book, followed by three more views.
There’s still work to do on these pages and on the back too. This is the A5 sized book. I loved the book when it was new and fresh but it’s great to have it filling up with crunchy paper, paint and ink.