This week there hasnt been much stitching going on....I have have my fabrics out playing with some blocks to send off to a friend, but mostly I have been sketching, a little bit of painting and a little journalling.
Most Friday mornings I go to a friends studio and we sit and paint....very relaxing. I have learnt a lot about drawing and painting since I began these mornings at Meg's. Each time we go Meg has a theme, or a still life, or maybe just a colour for us to draw/paint. It challenges me each time, and I'm sure I wont be able to do it, but with Meg's gentle prodding and some perseverance we get into it. The last couple of weeks we have been working on these sketches of agapanthus from Megs garden in an old vintage jug. I thought you might like to see some of what we work on so here are a couple of close ups of the piece (30 x 42 cm).
Agapanthus in vintage jug.
The finished piece....not perfect, but I'm getting there
I think those gentle blue/mauves are beautiful and as you can see from my journal have been appearing in my art these past few weeks. Even in my fabrics, I love those demin type blues too and of course indigo.
But, I think this blue/mauve phase is over. This week at Megs we had to draw this amazing sunflower. Such details in this beautiful flower as it shows signs of aging. Click on the photo to see the intricacy of the centre....its like a swirl of tiny flowers. At this stage I have only drawn this up and added a little yellow to the petals. I am using gouache for this sketch instead of watercolour as I used in my previous sketch. Will take a pic next week to show you my progress.
Van Gogh was renowned for his sunflower series, so after the day at Megs I did some reading up on Van Gogh ...he lead a rather tortured life, but produced the most amazing paintings. Van Gogh is said to have liked sunflowers for their yellow colour and exuberant celebration of sun light and summer. They are a very likeable flower....I think I will plant some in my garden next summer.
I hope to have some fabric work to show you again next week too. Tomorrow I am heading off to my friend Nats home for a stitching/dyeing day. We are both doing Jude's CWB workshop online, so looking forward to seeing what Nat has been doing.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson -
Have a wonderful week!