Dry stone walls appeal to me in the same sort of way. I like the way that they fall down too.
This one was outside the boathouse where we were staying on Skye, and had once gone right down to the loch at the left, but was now falling down gradually. On our way cross country as we came homewards we saw some beautiful new drystone walls which had neat sticking out lines - two: one towards the top, and one towards the bottom. (Please forgive the lack of technical terms. I am totally ignorant about the subject, and have not yet been able to track down anything similar on the Internet. I did find this website, however, which is full of interesting information.)
As luck turned out there is an exhibition of Sean Scully paintings on at mima which I wanted to cross the country to see. (At this point we were at a narrow part of England, and could cross with no great trouble, and still be -sort of- on the way home. And on our way across we saw the walls mentioned above.)
Although Sean Scully is also interested in dry stone walls, his work, and these paintings on display are of a tightly disciplined griddy nature. These are not anything I would strive to achieve, but I love them, and what really makes them beautiful for me is the use of colour.
Printmaking has been very helpful to me, even in my clumsy elementary forays into the craft. Another great input during this holiday has been my finding a great book (yes, I bought yet another book!): Wildlife in printmaking. The quality of the printmakers is wondrous, the reproductions look superb, and the printmakers very generously describe their techniques.
So this holiday has been a supremely stimulating time, and I am happy to say that my first day back in the print studio today was a gloriously productive one. I am taking further the loose gridmaking approach which I used with the monotypes I made in the final session of last term - using a roller laying of of ink, vertically and horizontally on a polyester litho plate which has a figurative, and non-grid image.
I can't show you how the prints look as they are now drying on the rack. My purpose is not to keep them as prints, but to use them as elements in the design of a large piece of textile work.