Towards the Wolds…..

This is my latest commissioned piece entitled Towards the Wolds. It’s based on one of my favourite views looking east down Shearmans Wath, towards West Ashby and the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Shearman’s Wath is the site of a late Neolithic Henge. According to Historic England…..”the buried remains are situated 330m north of Thimbleby Mill on the glacial sands and gravels of the flood plain edge, some 150m east of the River Bain. The monument, which has been reduced by ploughing, can no longer be seen on the ground. It is, however, clearly visible from the air, and has been recorded on aerial photographs since 1970.”

The Wallhanging is approximately 42cm x 64 cm, created from 23 micron Merino fibres, Wet Felted, and embellished with hand and machine stitch. I’ve enjoyed working on this piece and very much looking forward to seeing it hanging in it’s new home!

Abstract Wall Hanging…..

Inspired by rock pools this Wet felted Abstract Wall Hanging, made from natural shades of Bergschaf fibres punctuated with orange, is very textural and tactile. It’s a mixed media piece combining pebbles, shells and paper with free motion stitching and hand stitched colonial knots. Size approx 54cm diameter x 10cm deep.

Wet Felted Abstract Wall Hanging
Close up detail of 3 dimensional abstract wall hanging
Abstract Wall Hanging detail

I will been exhibiting this piece with textile group Jeudis at the Creative Craft Show in Manchester from January 31st to the 2nd February.

Abstraction…..

Abstraction – 27cm x 14.5cm Mixed Media

This is Abstraction, the finished Mixed Media piece I’ve been working on for the past week.  The theme was set by the textile group Jeudis and my interpretation is purely non-representational.

The shapes, formed by laying out and felting the Merino fibres, fabrics and silks, have been traced with free motion stitching which in turn has produced ridges and valleys, adding to the overall textural effect.

For now it’s got pride of place hanging in the lounge in a simple, flat profile black frame…..

Ardmair Bay…..

Ardmair Bay

This is the latest in a series of work inspired by my visit to Ullapool and the surrounding area last June.   This particular piece is based on a photograph I took at Ardmair Bay looking out to sea.  The base is vilene, painted with Inktense and layered with sheers, netting, muslin and a little Nuno Felting.  The pebble beach is made from cocoon strippings and unknown fibres.  Size 22cm x 34cm.

Autumn Leaf day 4…..

This afternoon I enjoyed a walk in Peasholm Park, looking at the trees, picking up leaves and dodging the squirrels which were everywhere.  They are so tame they take peanuts straight out of your hand.

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The leaf I chose for today’s offering was a huge Horse Chestnut, again created using Inktense pencils and the Pilot fine point pen.  Painting is still feeling alien to me and its taking far too long to paint/draw these leaves.  I am adding the pen to try to give them some definition but I’m not liking the result.  When I get back home I’m thinking of switching to collage or fabric as my medium…..or do I persevere with the painting?  After all, this is a challenge isn’t it?

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Autumn Leaf Challenge Day 3…..

I had to cheat a bit with tonight’s painting as I’m sitting in my B&B in Scarborough and I forgot to bring a leaf with me!  I’ve travelled up a couple of days early for a bit of a break before attending a wet felting workshop in Hutton Buscle with Jenny Pepper.


I went for a walk along the sea front this evening and meant to gather a couple of leaves on my way back but it completely slipped my mind so instead I’ve worked from a photograph I found on the Internet.


I worked with Intense crayons and an extra fine Pilot HI-Tecpoint V5 pen.

Autumn Leaf Challenge…..

A few days ago prolific artist Laura, from Create Art Everyday, blogged about a challenge she is taking up which involves painting a leaf everyday for a month.  You can read about the challenge and where it originated here.  I liked the sound of this so I thought I would have a go…..I don’t do painting so this is a real challenge for me!  Last night saw my first attempt, fortunately I painted two leaves which I hope makes up for not having made the time to do one today!  

  
My idea is to use this challenge to create a “leaf” sketchbook which in turn can be used as a resource for making more Tyvek and Lutradur leaves.  I’m not convinced I can keep up with painting every day but I will do what I can and hopefully I might see an improvement in my painting by the end of the month!