At the lake

Last week I spent a few hours drawing at Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra with some fellow artists. It has been a while since packing up a basket of watercolours, pencils, paper etc. It takes me quite a while to settle down and to look slowly at the environment. Despite the threatening clouds I managed to get some work done. Of course I seem to have an attraction for birds who like to menace me. I was once threatened by a big black swan at a small lake in Perth. When a black swan came sailing along it wanted to investigate what I was doing. However, there appeared to be more attraction to searching out the reeds for quite a while. So I switched my sketching from the reflections on the water to the swan. 

Today in the studio I am translating the watercolours into textile pieces. I can see there are many ways I can proceed. So it looks like a lot of sampling needs to be done. My aim is to make lace pieces but this may change depending on how and where the experimentation leads.

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Black swan - looking at reflections 

Black swan - looking at reflections 

Black swan on the lake

Black swan on the lake

This is the image I am working on in the studio

This is the image I am working on in the studio