No poisonous plants this month, just edible ones and I’ve completed my “start of Autumn” ritual by making pots of blackberry jam. I’ve also started making a mental note of the sloe trees ready for picking in October.
The Reedbeds on the canal are covered with the soft white fluff of Willowherb seeds, interspersed with stinging nettles and brown spiky teasel’s, and the hedgerows are full of brambles, elderberry and rosehips. I haven’t drawn any new plants this month, instead focusing on last Septembers paintings and working from them onto cloth.
I wanted to paint an abstract interpretation of last September’s Still life onto cloth. My approach to image making is always fairly low tech, here I have used thickened procion dyes, sectioning off areas with masking tape or sticky back plastic and, applied the dye using old bank cards, the end of a pencil, kebab sticks or a brush. Further lines and marks and shapes will be added with stitch.
Alongside this I have painted or printed a small bundle of patterned cloth and immersion dyed some solid colours with the leftover dye.
And so the dyes and pots are all washed up, the studio boards cleared, these fabrics will be packed away with the drawings until next September when I will return to move them forwards again. It doesn’t seem a moment since last year when I drew the original drawing…