Painted on silk and embellished with fabric, yarn, & beads, I made this little bird on a very hot hot day here in Dungog. With a few days of 43degrees celcius in the shade all the local birds disappeared from sight, until early evening when tiny blue wrens fluttered through our camellia trees searching for dinner treats. Such beautiful creatures they are. My little wren image has become a fabric postcard, allowing a personal hand written message on the back, before it takes flight.
Experimenting with dye on fabric sometimes goes very ugly. But here I salvaged a small piece that like for its repetition, scale, and movement. It allows the white negative space to feature and be a floating background for dancing colour. Unfortunately the whole piece – a silk scarf – turned out rather ugly because too much colour overloaded and unbalanced the whole effect. Ah, my learning curve continues.
Needing some downtown time to beat Dungog’s heat, a bundle of hand painted cards emerged from my hands. These three are a sample of the 20 cards I made today. Landscape abstraction is something I feel to be special as it comes from within me, as a result of the natural landscape surrounds where I live. I welcome your thoughts – how do these images affect you?
Botanical printing, I find, has a tendency to produce unpredictable imagery which sometimes needs something extra. In this instance I added colour, carefully placing it to enhance the natural earthy botanical tones with colours of the sky recently seen during our summer storms. This scarf is a beauty.