A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Working on my mojo.

Trying to get back into some kind of normality after my hubby's death, I took myself off to Eastbourne for a couple of days. I was blessed with good weather, so consequently enjoyed some walks along the seafront. I managed to make the above very quick sketch whilst resting on a boulder.

Our weather has suddenly decided to warm up at last, so yesterday I took a short train journey to Kew Gardens for the day. Living in London can have it's drawbacks, but this is one of the perks, being close enough to spend a day in such beautiful surroundings. I made a quick sketch of some trees, and then took loads of photos, some of which are below.

A glimpse of the Thames from the edge of the gardens.

Gorgeous examples of spring flowers and greenery. The unfurling fern reminds me of my recent holiday in New Zealand.

Then today, another warm and sunny one, I sat in the garden and sketched our tubs of azaleas and rhododendrons sitting on the patio. I did that thing of just letting the pen follow the contours of the images my eye was seeing, which seems to give a more spontaneous impression, rather than a fiddly detailed sketch. I was pleased enough with my result to do a copy of it onto cloth with some free motion machine stitching.

Finally, I did lots of free machine quilting on the image of my daughter that I printed onto some canvas. (above). Then I have continued to play around with the idea, the result is below. I used a combination of painted papers, painted cloth, commercial fabric, net and lots of free machine quilting. I'm not particularly happy with it, but thought I would show it as it's part of an idea that I'm trying to develop.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and enjoy your weekend, wherever you are in this troubled world of ours.