Here are some more drawings from the same garden that I visit to help tidy a bit and draw for me! I love to see what pulls me towards it. The lakeside was the natural focus this time and in particular the jetty. It was very cold in the morning but we lit a fire on the beach which helped. The primal activity of burning wood next to the clear water was very satisfying. I decided to draw the jetty and reflection which you can see here and warmed up stood on there when the sun moved onto it. The fire itself was another motif that fascinated and looking down the lake to the trees and hills. A great day where we felt we made a difference unlike the first time which was more like a recce.
I made this sketch at the garden I visit to help tidy and burn compost these days! The first thing I noticed on our first visit to the garden this year, were the daffodils growing in the lawn. This was my first sketch made this spring whist we were still in lockdown. It was so good to be back in this special place, even though it was so cold and we only stayed for the morning. We made more inroads on it the next visit, burning compost on the beach by the lake which I will share in my next post.
I have been able to get back to the garden twice recently. The plants and grass are beginning to grow again. I’ve missed going so much through lock-down. My drawing is in china-graph pencil, watercolour and ordinary pencil. On the next visit it was the jetty and reflection in the lake that caught my attention. We lit fires on the shore burning more garden waste and compost. The primal quality drew me and I drew it! A couple of photos too of the context in the next post. Can’t wait to go back again.
My painting made in lockdown is nearly complete, but still not quite, so continue to watch this space!
Phew, into 2021 lets hope it offers some light at the end of the tunnel regarding the Covid situation. I’ve been pottering on with my embroidery and am really enjoying exploring different stitches and layering effects. I even added a bit of clay modelling despite being advised not to by friends on social media. I hope to use such samplers with participants in my proposed workshop for sexual abuse survivors as an aid to connectivity and inter-relatedness. I don’t want to share what I do with them though as I don’t want to unduly influence. Creativity is particular, personal and innate and I hope to bring that out without participants feeling the need to copy or imitate. I will offer bespoke demonstration of stitch and embellishment, but the ideas will very much be their own. You just can’t help but be creative starting with a very simple running stitch. I really believe in the benefits of all this as an aid to bring us into the present, not as a distraction, but to experience the moment in a fuller and un-staid manner. I have sent a proposal to a local facility that offers counselling to such survivors. They said there may be some funding for materials, so fingers crossed that it comes off this year when we get the vaccine and can meet in person. It really does need to be experienced this way on so many levels.