Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tip Field - Down By The River Next To The Sewage Works

Now doesn't that sound inviting?

I recently saw an exhibition of Turner and Constable at 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 landscape of my own possibly for exhibition next summer.

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.
I have lots of ideas but will probably be visiting it every week or so for the whole of the coming year,  (I started last month) and will record the things I see - animals, plants, people etc and how they change.

The format is a bit in the air for now, but I have two possibilities - I may just do both if I have time. I'll see how it all develops.

They will be a departure, an experiment, and will involve lots of drawing and I'm hoping I won't flag!


  1. I can see echoes of your earlier work and am looking forward to seeing where you take this. It will provide a change for you from your Life series.

    1. Thank you Julie. I shall be working on the Life series at the same time as I must press on with it, but a little wandering is good for the soul!

      I shall have to go and have a look and see if I have any images of the past pieces so I can reacquaint and not duplicate x

  2. Sounds like an exciting new venture, although like Julie I can see echoes of earlier work which I always liked.