Thursday, September 18, 2014

A fertile period

I do so love this time of year.  It is always true that there are changes around in plants from day to day, but these days now - and somehow I feel it more than in Spring - the changes are quite beautiful.  The decaying too is beautiful, perhaps because the demise is a precursor to new birth.
It demands visual immersion and sparks so many ideas.  Just now I am trying to think only about my own experiences, but there is so much else going on that is disturbing between humans.  Helplessly, selfishly, I am trying to focus on my own tiny environment.
  - a design in progress which has come out of it all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seasonal overlap

We are enjoying a sunny period between seasons.  And it is real warmth developing as we look out at breakfast time.
The annuals still blossoming away while the trees are laden with ripening berries.
Meanwhile, indoors, I have been busy preparing lino plates. These are a few of those piling up ready for several days of printing to come.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On a roll

Ready for the back burner.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

mid September gleanings

We have had a period of dry warmish weather, and all the plants are ageing gracefully without any downpours to knock them over.  Strolling round the garden is a delight, interrupted only by waving the spiders' webs out of the way.  In the early morning sunlight I see long lines of silk attached from the tall oaks and poplar down to the table, pergola, or even to tall stems.  What acrobats - what industrious acrobats these spiders are!

I gathered a few leaves and seed heads (macleaya, geranium, nigella, clematis, fennel, and acanthus) for a mid September scan pressing,
and out of this image isolated a couple of Autumn bookmarks.
I have been entranced by the structure of the acanthus flowers as they grew, blossomed, and are now forming seeds.  From one fallen stem I removed some outer protective elements with which to play - starting with another bookmark.  Ouch! mind those spikes!


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Late Summer

This design has been puddling about in my pending files for a while, but I just had to get it done finally before launching into Autumn.
The blue chair

Friday, September 05, 2014


(image from here)
I often follow threads which lead me to great illumination.  Yesterday was such a day when I found this YouTube film
It was so exciting to see the artist Angela Cavalieri working on her huge lino print - the content, the techniques, and the final unveiling were superb.  All images of her work that I found have attracted me a great deal.  I love the concept of storytelling, love the link to old books, scripts, and printing, and I love that robustness of image and form.  I have been wowed - and fired  with enthusiasm, especially because I am due to begin some lino cutting (on a much much smaller scale!) next week.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Thinking follows instinct?

So often - well, indeed largely my designs are led by instinct.  When I pre-think too much it all gangs agley (goes wrong).  I'm happy with where my instinct takes me; but I should not rush it.  If I get going too quickly, or do not allow for enough back burner time, it turns out not quite right.
I did this with Shaping Autumn, and it has been bothering me ever since.  I concentrated too much on the cutting and the leaf and the background.  I rushed at what the figure was wearing.  There had been no illuminating instinct on that: thinking had to be brought in.  So, while stitching and doing various other stuff, I have been thinking about her and how she has been put in a position to shape Autumn. 
It then came to me: she is Summer. Obvious really when I'd thought about it! So I have chosen a range of summery colours that lead to the turning of Autumn, and I really like it now.