Over the last few weeks I have been stitching several panels inspired by still life paintings and last week I finished the latest one which you can see below. It has been a good exercise and has shown me how I can work a piece that I designed last year which is an abstract still life. I was very pleased with the design but just couldn't see how I would work it as a textile.
This is the abstract design which I see as a still life - a bottle, plate, cup and saucer and odd bits of crockery overlaying each other in the foreground and a landscape in the background. I don't know when I will start it as a textile but now I know the technique/method I am going to use it's now just time.
Also last week saw the end of the EAST exhibition "Following a Thread", which has been at both Braintree Museum and Snape's Pond Gallery. At each venue I waved a fond farewell to the two "Two Trees and Sheep" rolling landscapes - I will miss them so it is good I have photographs - the best is below.
So it is now time for a new beginning and I have started to cover a new sketchbook which you can see below. Part of my new inspiration comes from a book of poems by Kate Innes "Flocks of Words" and which is also the first poem in the book. I find words very important and I love the image that is painted by this poem - of the words that describe a landscape migrating like birds with the seasons and how they return in the spring to dress the land. I think the season of spring will probably feature quite strongly but we will see how things evolve.