Spring is finally giving way to warmer days – almost Summer here in Canberra. I have been out and about in the garden and in the larger ‘garden’ of our city Canberra. It was design as a ‘Garden City’ – the landscape design movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The lake is becoming a regular drawing venue for a group of friends and myself. It is great to be out painting en plein aire. However, bringing these visual resources back into the studio is refreshing. I tend to respond very spontaneously with textile work. It is good to make something quickly so that the sketchbook or watercolours don’t remain as material that is filed away.
Walking along the Bow river in Calgary Canada, I photographed each day and on the last few days I did some drawings – more diagrammatically. I began making samples and finally got to make up a rather large piece. When I finished it, I was a little uneasy about some aspects of it. I sat and had a good look and a think. I reflected in my journal about it. It has not been that successful for many reasons so I will let it sit on the wall a little longer until I figure out what I can do to modify it. These are images of the process in the studio. the textile has not been washed out at this stage.