Experimenting with design and portraiture…

Still so much to learn in respect to proportion etc but this is basically an idea in the making, merging together natural elements with the feminine. Unfortunately I overworked the surface of the paper, should have sealed this first. The main image has been edited with Photoshop.

Solace in Surface Design

When both inspiration and energy are low, I turn to design for solace, choosing motifs to layer from the familiar and the beauty around me. I have always loved the designs of William_Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) British textile designer, and been heavily influenced by the motifs, pattern and gilding of the Art Nouveau period, especially the works of Gustav Klimt. The design above layers an old faded story worn curtain from times past, along with the fading, yet still cosy glow of autumn leaves from the garden. This work may become a back drop for a future work, the cover for a visual diary, or a piece of quiet contemplation as it stands – whatever it’s future the process was rejuvenating.

A spot of pottery with echoes of the Art Nouveau.

Joined the local pottery and am so enjoying handling the clay. I am finding it hard not to incorporate my years of drawing and painting so couldn’t resist the urge to scrape into the surface with a kebab stick and smooth over the incisions with a hog hair brush. Next week,  if it’s dry enough I will be able to glaze it…joy 😁

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