The garden is expanding. I found a tiny patch of North Yorkshire where some dumped topsoil has bloomed with a vibrant collection of poppies. So how come the ones in my garden are naff colours and these, orphans on the roadside, are fabulous in colour and form!!
And the result? Can I mix the garden style with a broader landscape? I don’t want it to be a standard applique picture, but something more….. other. How can the garden style adapt?
In its barest form it is multi layered line drawing, some bold, some more pattern orientated. The richness and improbability of the velvet gives it luxury. Combine the two and you get an exuberence, changing as the sheen and pile on the velvet catch the light so the colours and stitching appears and disappears.
I use line differently in the landscapes- there it also is used to create direction, or hatched to make tone or volume.
And what about perspective? The landscapes rely on it, the gardens mostly work as a flat picture plane. It isn’t really surprising that I am hovering on the brink of this one.
It is the contradiction in approach that really has me stumped. For one it is about adding and adding, more colour, more line, moreness personified. On the other it is about making spaces, reducing, removing, using less. Are they going to have a common ground or is this about working the two as conflicting ideas and let them argue?
Is this a new situation? Nah. It is frustrating- I want to get straight on in there. But even more frustrating is that this seems to be an essential part of my creative process. I have always hated it if asked a question when the answer is already known. I do get stale if it is too easy….Pah.
And today- nothing will happen- I am manning the exhibition at Art in the Mill, Knaresborough, with others of the York Textile Artists. We are there to engage with the visitors, trying to appear knowledgeable and interesting, but I think alot of gossip and giggling will also happen. Please do come by if you can, the show is on until the 19th, it would be great to say hello!
I won’t even be watching the Wimbledon Mens’ final!!! Hope it is as good as the Mens’ Doubles last night.