Weellll….. the new creative burst began with an encounter with curious bullocks, dragonflies, two hares and a crazed cyclist ( his lycra must have been too tight).
At this time of year I like being up and doing early. I think my neighbour would object to sewing machines before 6 am so I am going out sketching instead- just collecting ideas and options, (this did lead to the bullock encounter).
This morning was in the local woods and it was the little places, the ordinary ones that caught my imagination. This was a simple view at the edge of the wood, the sun catching the birch tree on the fringe and it was glowing with light seen through the trunks and delicate foliage of the wood proper. A very quiet beauty. No great drama of composition or texture, or even colour, but….. The sketch is crude and under developed but that view and idea was the one I thought about on the way home.
It is now beginning in stitch. To be honest it is at the questioning phase, so looks like nothing. Hopefully the questions will lead to answers and the whole may be resolved but it will take time.
Layer 1 the birch – worked on water soluble fabric. When washed away the black lines should also go leaving a lacy web. I quite fancy manipulating this to create differing densities and concentrations of colour and textures, so the overall shape may change. And it may need some blue for shadows. And….
Layer 2 – mid ground – tree trunks. The purple pen is air erasable so should have faded by morning. Used a heavier thread, and for the top set of branches worked over crewel wool to give it more body.
And then decided to add on foliage. This was delicate and almost silhouetted, so the first pass was a dark teal stitched in a stop start pattern. Added in purple for more density, then dark red for dark contrast, bright jade for light and a mid blue to fill in the holes. So the planned 3hrs sewing turned into 5. (Sorry hedge, may be we will get together with the trimmers tomorrow) And this is how is staying for the moment. At least until tomorrow morning.
Questions – What will happen when the fabric is washed out. I am imagining adding a stitched layer to each of the floating layers as they are fixed down, or perhaps not. It will depend on how they wash out. Also may need to add more colour in each layer – again won’t know until the soluble is washed out. Is there enough for the idea to work? It may get washed out and then put straight back on another piece for more content to be added.
Do I put it on a neutral background? or a colour or a worked ground? Or none at all?
And the foreground – how much/ how little? Inclination is to go very dark for strong contrast, but…… I don’t even know if the composition is going to work – will it have that little bit of magic that I saw?
Oh well. I will find out tomorrow, you may have to wait until next week.