This is the drawing I finished last week but could not fit on my scanner . It is a full page of an old sketchbook – very good paper but clearly not in the ‘A’ sizing – maybe foolscap ? It is the right proportion for the view in a local wood that this is based on but I won’t be doing it again – unless I get an A3 scanner . I was trying to draw the trees so that they looked draconian in the way that they are often portrayed as humanoid . I’m not sure this worked . I was continuing my ideas about the nature of wood & dragons and how the Chinese view both as having to do with the energy of Spring . The greenness of the mostly beech tree bark is not I think just due to moss coating but is seasonal .
Mostly this week I have been making cards which is always fun when it isn’t December . It also takes up time so that I didn’t get back to work on my latest textile piece which is waiting with the right colour embroidery thread in the machine . I’m nervous about it somehow . The design colours were inspired by oakleaves ( either in Autumn/Winter or in Spring/Summer ) , the shape by previous hangings . It is planned to be circular , ~ 1m diameter , with the outer wheel being silk but the centre being felt ( already made some years ago ) . This reverses many previous ‘wheels’ of mine and so will get me into using more embroidery on silk and less felt .
The idea is that the embroidery colours will vary going outwards while the silk colours will vary going round the circle so that there should be some matching , some toning & some contrasting effects – just as happened in the felt piece .