Square on Table fabric pic

Still seeing what emerges as inspiration around the house and back yard in this lock-down situation. It can be the simplest little tactile thing, like the squares of wood securing our plank table on the surface. On I go with choosing fabrics, creating a little pic, and even letting colour back in through choice of fabric and painting the sanded frame. Still have lots of ideas, some work some don’t. Will keep posting them on here. Locked out of Facebook again, hey ho!

Fern Fronds

I made this little fabric patchwork pic and drawn/dyed elements last week to go in one of the small frames I have. Am still finding it hard to approach painting and more ambitious drawing but am taking the pressure right off myself. I know this is because of the corona virus situation. I keep fretting about everyone suffering in hospital, but am able to sew and make stuff still.

I noticed these little fern fronds beginning to sprout in the pots in our back yard. I took some photos last Thursday which you can see just after it rained. I remembered a drawing of fern spirals I made a couple of years back which you can see too.They start to unfurl at exactly this time of year every year, and there is a comfort in that. The patterns of nature that are imprinted in the makeup of these plants goes on despite what is happening to us. They seem to be so symbolic of hope and potential. I incorporated sneaky drawn and painted elements into my patchwork as a low key way of getting back into drawing and colour. It seems to be working a tiny bit! Ideas are coming as I focus on my lock-down world of the house and back yard. So I will keep seeing what comes up next,and go with the flow in this micro rather than macro way of making and doing.

Patchwork Diamond

Here is my latest effort in the patchwork picture department made over the last two weeks. A little bit more tricky because of the diamond pattern which I borrowed off Angel from ‘Escape to the Chateaux’, where she covered the walls of the turret that was to take the lift they installed with a patchwork of diamonds made of vintage wallpapers. I just used my fabric offcuts (which are running out now). I pinned the fabric over card diamonds, pinned fabric on back, slip stitched the diamonds in place on front and glued on back (PVA). I then removed the pins when dry and mounted in frame. The making and stitching brings me into the present through repeated actions of cutting and stitching. I will gradually approach drawing and painting again but am not pressuring myself. Covid 19 has made it difficult for me to respond creatively as I would normally, but it is all percolating away! Watch this space folks and have a go at patchwork pics, they are fun!

Self Portrait A1

This drawing is from a very long time ago, another difficult time for me in my life for many reasons, and I got through that! The piece is barely there, discoloured and damaged but still exists. Art can help us through the tough times. Click to enlarge and see marks folks

Watercolour patchwork study : Droopy and Brown label

Here is a little watercolour study I made of some patchwork on the back of a jacket of mine. The label is from a dress I wore for the evening do at my wedding in ’79.  It was bought in York from the iconic designer ‘Droopy and Brown’. Now out of business, the dresses themselves have become highly collectable vintage pieces. You can see the skirt of the dress hanging under the jacket. I chopped the top off the dress to make the patchwork, but have not destroyed the skirt! The fabric is a Liberty print. You can see a study of the skirt on a previous post before the patchwork pictures.The  patchwork  pictures  shared  on  a previous  post  grew  out  of  this  study,  Watch  this  space as  to  where  this  takes me  next!

Patchwork pictures

I am finding very difficult to find the wherewithall to draw and paint because of the Covid 19 pandemic issues facing us all at the moment. I am trying to accept myself just as I am in this regard and am doing what I can. I find the repetitive action of sewing and choosing fabrics that work together brings me back into the present in a surprisingly comforting and yet still creative way.

These little pictures came after me doing some little watercolour samples in my sketchbook after the skirt drawings I have recently shared on here. Frustrated because my facebook account has been deactivated because it was hacked, but am taking the opportunity to connect through here and may revisit twitter which I used to really like. I am keen to keep in touch online as I feel it is an important creative way of connecting in these difficult times. Do have a go at patchwork yourself too, you don’t need a sewing machine just fabric needle and thread, glue and card! Click to enlarge folks!

Patrick at age 3

This is a very large drawing that I dug out today A1. A bit discoloured and fragile but still with me! It’s of my eldest son Patrick at about age three. He is 35 now and 36 in October. Please click to enlarge to see detail folks!

Some new skirt drawings

Here are some recent skirt drawing I have been making from favourite skirts from the past. They hold characters of their own I find. Sometimes I want to do more than one of a particular skirt. They will inspire a smaller painting I hope to do soon. Nostalgia is not the only motivation, but an acknowledgement that colours, textures and designs of such items that hold our bodies have resonance and meaning. I enjoy digging them out of my wardrobe and studying them anew. What do they mean now, if anything?

Great Aunt Mary’s Chair (pen and watercolour)

Here is a sketch I made a while back of my aunt’s chair which came down to me. It has a wonderful tapestry back and seat covered with strange animals and plants. It always fascinated me.I used some of the imagery in the painting I have just shared  in the previous post.The  chair  was  the  starting  point  for  the  painting  in  effect.

Into the Light (with seated couple after Goya)

Am leaving this oil painting now and am ready to share it with you. It has been a very slow process indeed making this one, not sure why! I am exploring new directions through my work now maybe that’s why it is taking so long. There are some details as well and sketches that I made in preparation from a tapestry chair of my Great Aunt Mary’s. It’s always good to have real objects to draw from as with the bouquet which I shared in a previous post. Click images as usual to enlarge folks!