I usually overlap several pieces and ideas at once…I find that works out better given my restlessness…if there’s a problem with one piece I can put it aside on the “other” design wall, and turn to pieces at a different stage. I’ve finished the commission piece I wrote about before – finally opting for the less cluttered version:
Full view on the left, and detail on the right. I havn’t worked this colorfully, abstractly or traditionally in several years and it was a lot of fun…I think I might have another go at it!
However before that, I need to make one more piece in the industrial landscape series for the Festival Of Quilts, where I’m mainly going to feature industrial pieces – but not entirely!! don’t want to seem too one-dimensional!
I’ve been sketching out ideas from some of my photographs:
I definitely think I have enough to be going on with! I blow up, crop, distort and simplify both the photographs and the sketches based upon them – I’m working from the steelworks in Ontario again, plus some bridge struts (lying on my back in the car while we went underneath (and no I wasn’t driving!)) and some old colliery pictures – my grandfather was a miner at Stanley in Co. Durham so I like that connection and of course I’ve visited the fascinating museum at Beamish – definitely recommended. I also have some photos I took of Battersea power station when I took the Thames trip upto Hampton Court. I love boat trips! If there’s one to be had – I’m on it! Let me know if you need a companion!
I’m going to let these “air” a little bit on the wall, while I pick out some juicy colour schemes . I continually cast my eye over the sketches and gradually eliminate those of less interest.
While at the same time, of course, consuming Christmas cake, mincepies, apples and cheese and various libations to the the solstice gods!! All my good wishes for peace, health and creativity – or if you can’t be creative yourself, then an appreciation of creativity in others!
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth