Having indulged myself with some portraits for Life 11, and having been a little arsy for Life 12, I think it’s about time to get back to the job of life studies.
I have 3 or 4 quilts lined up to tackle and they’re all vying for attention, but I think I might tackle Roots next as it’s the most rounded idea so far.
Love this painting – sorry don’t know who it’s by.
I’m fascinated by tree roots – well trees in their entirety really – but those large ancient roots that peep up from the ground like old fingers are unsettling, intriguing, beautiful.
Do you ever think about taking emergency shelter? You know, if you suddenly became homeless or cast out without penny for some reason? I do. When I go for a walk, especially in the countryside, I often look at hidden and protected places, as somewhere to spend the night. Its a comfort to know that you could always find shelter. Just me then?? ok. Places such as a bridge out of the wind, or a nook in lush vegetation where you wouldn’t get wet, or somewhere where there’s easy access to cardboard or waterproof sheeting!
Taking it a step further, (well why not – we’re already in the realms of fantasy) my nails are really, really strong and grow quite fast. It’s always a pain to cut them and I’ve often thought that monthly visits to the Vet or an accomplished Farrier might be useful. It was a small step to imagining that if in difficulties I could always burrow to find shelter without too much problem. I’d probably live in a set much like a badger or rabbit! Just think, you could dig tunnels and add rooms just as you needed. Though with my sense of direction I’d head off with a tunnel towards Buckingham Palace and end up in the local sewage works. I’d also need good lighting I think.
Back to the roots.
A mono boob uber quick sketch of an idea of a body under tree roots, done a while back.
Below: a painting on paper done quite quickly at a life drawing class. It may not look much for a day’s painting efforts, but it was great because I managed to get some thoughts out of my head and onto paper.
I also had a visit from a most fantastic model, a few weeks ago, who will be just right for this piece.
In fact, at the moment, I’ll use two models I think, including the one on the right.
I might have enough for more than one quilt. Not so much working in series, more working in a forest.
Now there’s an idea, who said I had to limit myself to one tree?