Since my retirement I have tried to upskill, doing Art courses in Sheffield and Derbyshire with practising artists. This has been really interesting for me and often taking me out of my natural comfort zones.
I particularly enjoy using collage with different torn papers to prepare an image. Then using ‘Brusho’ in random colour sequences onto the collage. When I am happy with the image and colour I often use simple machine stitches to emphasise lines and contours.
The below picture is a collage of different papers adding the ‘Brusho’ crystalised water colours. It is based on the hills around Oughtibridge and Bradfield, with poppies in the foreground. I then stitched into the work to illustrate the shapes of the countryside. As a life long Beatles fan I often add a short lyric from a Beatles song which I think resonates with the picture. Hence ‘Here there and everywhere’.
This picture is another collage depiction, using torn papers, colour and stitching. It eventually reminded me of our visit to Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris on a visit in 2012. As I have always been a ‘Doors’ fan I was fascinated by the grave of Jim Morrison, such a talented writer and musician, dying so early aged 27. Thus I added a piece depicting his grave to the picture and added the words ‘Riders in the Storm’.
Tony and I enjoy cycling on Derbyshire trails and particularly love the cycle path on the Monsal Dale trail, going through the 6 tunnels and enjoying the magnificent countryside views. We also like a well earned snack at Hassop at the end of the ride! This piece was influenced by the Monsal Trail with another Beatles lyric inserted.
This picture came about from a coastal walk in Cornwall, during a holiday in June 2015. The dramatic coastal scenery of Cornwall took my breath away. I had never been to Cornwall before and will certainly return again soon.