Leaves, ferns and scraps of silk
While I was tidying up at home recently I found this bag of silk scraps.
I opened it and found a treasure trove of ideas and experiments, pieces of silk that I'd painted over the last 15 years or so. Pieces that I'd kept because I liked how they looked, or because they acted as little sketches for paintings. An evolution of techniques. They all have leaves on them. I love plants and always like to put them in my paintings - the shapes and textures of leaves are beautiful. Here are some of the silk scraps:
I love the colours of autumn leaves when they are lying on the ground.
With this one I was experimenting with a dusk scene, the background for a painting of a tawny owl. I like the way the outlines around the leaves stand out, as if silvery moonlight is shining on the oak leaves.
This was a painting of some orange flowers that grow in the garden. The colours went a bit wrong - the background is quite muddy looking. I kept it because I liked the flowers - I painted the flowers again on a silk scarf.
Ferns are a favourite of mine. Here I was experimenting with colour. The first three squares have the same design with different colour combinations.
Then for the fourth image I changed the design, went a bit random:
That gave me an idea.....I liked the blue ferns in the background, so I painted a range of silk scarves based on a fern design. I've only got one left, this it it:
I'm glad I kept those scraps of silk!