|Written by Vidya Wolton|
|Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:06|
Wasn’t sure whether to go for ‘Crowfest’ as a title for this month as somehow wanted to sing the praises of the humble Crow. I always seem to be ‘in search’ of something, although it’s more of a case of being arrested by nature in unexpected encounters. Crow watching is great fun and relatively easy as they are at large both within the urban fringe as well as more rural haunts.
I have uploaded a bit of video footage from my mobile to share this month of one of my walking routes along the River Medina, just outside the County town of Newport. The Crow under study was in the tree above having a good stretch and meticulous preen. I was having a quiet moment just observing which led onto a couple of sketches. The site is on the west bank of the river which may be regarded to some as an obscure location except to say it just happens to be a good spot for freeloading on the Isle of Wight Festival during June.
So, what else? I have also been in search of a heronry locally and this in turn spawned a series of nature notes and poems which I hope to use to best advantage alongside my painting and drawing. I have probably mentioned my use of sketchbooks in previous blogs and have come to the realisation of how important my commitment to drawing is.
Keeping with the bird theme I have been exploring and exploiting the idea of front and back with some textile pieces which are intended for sale.
I am essentially drawing in stitch and the back of the work intrigued me to such an extent that I decided to go with that to further develop a series of images that for me work on a personal level in relation to currently being in therapy.
Chickens are not regarded as our most courageous or indeed intelligent of birds, but they have humour and for some reason I choose to depict them as a basis for exploring relationships.
I hope you enjoy the images I’m sharing here which include use of sari material and embellishment with stitch. The drawings are digital copies that have been worked onto.
Images: Front and Back series, Vidya Wolton (above left). In therapy, Vidya Wolton (right).