Showing posts from January, 2016

A new drawing challenge...

I read an article yesterday about an English artist, Helga Crouch, whose beautiful botanical paintings are always of the flowers and fruits that grow in her own garden.  Lately I have been thinking about setting myself a drawing challenge, in order to keep practicing and this story has inspired me. For the rest of this year I am going to do one drawing a week based on the plants in my garden. 
I'm a keen gardener. I love it. I do it as a job. And many of the fabric designs and paintings I do are of plants and flowers. So this challenge just feels so right. My hope, of course, is that my drawing and observational skills improve and that some of the drawings may act as a springboard for new designs. I'm going to post the drawings I do on this blog as a way of keeping me on track with this challenge.
Jill xx

It's been a while...

Christmas, New Year, 2015...they disappeared in a blur of  busy-ness. For a couple of months I felt like I was chasing my tail, never quite managing to stop still long enough to focus on some of the things I was longing to do. At last things have settled down a bit so that last weekend I was able to simply stop. It was glorious,...blissful! I spent the weekend reading a whole pile of magazines a friend had given me, meditating, writing, pottering in the garden, sipping numerous cups of coffee and thinking about what I wanted my 2016 to look like.

I havn't been feeling very creative...tiredness does that doesn't it? Well, as soon as I felt rested the ideas started to flow and with it my enthusiasm.

So this week, for the first time in a while I painted a screen, printed it. I wanted to see what happened when I sketched quickly onto the screen using a bottle of resist with a nib. I learned a few things in the process, The most important lesson...relearned!!....was to leave enough…