Very hot and dry summer for this part of Tuscany, and
We trod on ground that should have been 60 cm below water level. Bad for the birds- its a very important migration spot- and for the hunters, too- which is good. In my opinion of course.
So on a very sunny day, with 4 storks hovering over us- they nest in the Reserve- this puddle is the only water I managed to sketch.
I used a flat-tipped brush with a slant; nice potential for fine and thick strokes.
Poplars and salyx trees.
Friday, September 14, 2018
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
It all started with observing a Tufted duck couple in our nearby duck pond. Their cute shape combined with studying Celtic interlace designs, resulted in a drawing that I later used for lino-printing.
Did my Tufted Duck inspiration stop there? No. Moving house and being without a proper desk, urged me to transfer the design on to fabric in order to do some 'thread-painting' while travelling from country to country. Did I stop after finishing one hoop? No. By now, I have 5 cute and colourful couples.
Will I stop when I have 6 Tufted duck couples? Most likely because other projects are calling for my attention. Was it fun? Oh, yes. Textile crafting often felt like a meditation; it kept my hands engaged while my mind grows more still. Highly recommendable!