Saturday, 27 September 2014
Daily sketch - Nerine
The nice thing about doing all these flowers etc., is that I can use some of them for a body of work about a year in the life of a field. I've been taking snapshots throughout the year, and quietly been storing source information and collecting ideas. There should be enough now for an exhibition of some sort but probably not for a year - or maybe two!
Here's an earlier post about it all:
The Tip Field (down by the River past the Sewage Works)
Now doesn't that sound inviting?
Compton Verney . It's probably sacrilege to say that I didn't entirely enjoy the works, but tacked onto the end in a separate room, was a collection of modern landscape interpretations which I found very inspiring.
As well as working on the Life Stories, I thought I'd like to try something different as well, and have begun to think of ideas for a landscapes of my own possibly for exhibition.
I like to walk when I can, and there is a path from my house through the woods, across the road, and river, past the sewage works, and corporation tip, and into a field. Doesn't that sound a delightful place?!!
If you look at the photo above, it seems peaceful enough, but - and it happens very rarely - you can see a swan in the river and a canoe on it, a pedestrian on the footpath, a lorry passing over the road, a train on the bridge, which goes over the road, and an airplane passing over the railway bridge, over the road. I've never had a camera with me when it's happened!
It's not a spectacular field but is away from the roads and cuts across the Grand Union canal. I used to love walking the dog here and have made several quilts about it before, but not an actual landscape.
They will be a departure, an experiment, and will involve lots of drawing and I'm hoping I won't flag!
Who knows this may end up as a huge body of work - there's endless inspiration!
For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...
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