I have been doing some more work on my Shades of Grey winter landscape - which seems a bit out of season now the weather has changed but I am pleased how it is going. Before the weather did change for the better I did have the opportunity to go back and take some more photographs of the barn - the barn I have been photographing is on Butlers Farm between Wickham St. Paul and Bulmer. It is a beautiful walk - the barn sits on rising ground - I have also photographed it in sections focusing on its dilapidated state.
I drew and cut away some of the shapes on tracing paper - I used dye to colour the tracing paper which I really liked - I don't think it was the colours I was aiming for but I was pleased with the result.
I have been experimenting by mixing various colours to make different shades of grey - using paint is easy but when it comes to mixing the colours using Procions it is more difficult.
The piece is mounted on a long wooden panel which makes it difficult to photograph so I have done it in three sections.
Back in January I took up pottery which I really love - I suppose because it is using my hands - this week I made some plates and used some lace to press in a pattern - so it does have a link to textiles. Also when rolling out the clay I was told to lay down some muslin and roll the clay out on top - again the clay picks up the weave in the fabric which I love - however, not sure how much this will show after glazing.
Below is a set of three vessels - they have been moulded around cardboard tubes using Earthstone Original - really pleased with the results.
Below is my little pea pot which is made from Millennium White - it took me quite a few sessions to create this little pot.
And finally for this post below is my ram - I took a photograph of this ram again when out walking and again the walk was the Wickham St. Paul to Castle Hedingham via Gestingthorpe. The ram was in a field just across from Gesthingthorpe church and had been given a bit of a trim. I think I will be going back yet again to photograph the church - I'd like to decorate him using sgraffito and images/motifs of Gestingthorpe.