Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Goodbye Brisbane.

                             It was only a short visit to Brisbane, but what a lovely few days!
                                                            Goodbye Mr. Butcherbird.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Great Sign!

 Anyone walking briskly past this sign would just assume that it's the usual Private Property sign, but while I was waiting nearby I looked at it more closely................how lovely is that!
                                     The birds don't seem too put out by the hovering drone.
                    Three species in one treetop, an Ibis, a Magpie and a Butcher bird lower down.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Tropical Flowers.

 Not only does this Poinsettia seem to be blooming at the wrong time of year, it's growing out in the open in a park, just outside a toilet block. I can see what my flower for the month of July will be.
I had a little bit of trouble identifying this creeper which was growing in profusion over walls and fences. It seems to be a Flame Vine, which is very apt as it flowers profusely and just glows with colour.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Straw-Neck Ibis.

 While walking in a city park I spotted this Straw-Neck ibis and was amazed by the colours and patterns on it's wing feathers that were shining in the sun.
                 I'm sure that I could use these lovely colours and patterns in some artwork!
                                       I wonder what I can do in Photoshop with this image.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Brisbane in Winter!

 What a contrast, Brisbane and Melbourne in Winter! We left in  wind and rain with a temperature of 12°C and arrived to clear blue skies and temperature of exactly double, 24°C. How lovely! This is a view of the city skyline by day from our balcony.
                                            Dusk and the lights of the buildings come on.
                                Sunset and the lights on the Story Bridge glow in the sunset.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Next Stage.

I had fun sorting out the most likely threads that I will use on this piece of work. But the real decision is whether to hand or machine stitch. I don't want the stitching to dominate, so it will need to be subtle, so I'm favouring hand stitching at the moment, the other consideration is that I want to work on it while I'm away from home, and although I can take my sewing machine with me, I'd rather not be bothered! I've left the blank piece on the right of the 'cracked mud' silk just for ease of handling, but it will be trimmed back when the stitching is finished.

Friday, 14 July 2017

New Versions.

 After deciding on the dyed plain silk fabric yesterday, I've changed my mind and think that I'll go with the 'cracked mud' stamped silk.  The colour is a little more green and the stamped lines make the whole thing a bit more complex.
 Even spacing between the water patterned fabrics or uneven? These particular pieces are printed silk, so that they lie flatter on the background and have the subtle sheen of the silk.
                                                         More interesting still perhaps.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Waste not Want not.

 With a number of old unsold framed artworks sitting  in a cupboard for years, I decided to reuse one of them for this new piece. The colour of the frame is almost right as is the matboard surround. Here above I've used the over dyed piece of silk with the marks of the original unsuccessful dyeing showing to good advantage. I may decide to print the water patterns on silk too at a later date.
                                              Hmmmm, maybe too many water patterns.
I've used another piece of dyed silk here and have patterned it with the  water pattern stamps that I carved a few days ago.  I didn't want the patterning to be too obvious, but it's actually too subtle here and almost invisible. I need to try another colour rather then the Teal that I used here.