Monday, 6 October 2008

paint and leaves

The other day I got out my paints again....and did a few quick paintings...
they are small, simple abstracts.







I'm trying to get back to being more minimal with my work.
At times I find I can put too much into one thing, overloading a canvas or adding too much detail to a skirt, etc.
We were out walking the other day, and we collected pine needles, conkers and leaves.
I love the colours at this time of year, the leaves are slowly turning orange.
Years ago when I had more time on my hands and when I was a wondering art student I used to go for long walks to find fallen plant and tree seed pods, leaves and twigs.
I used them in my work and I made some bracelets.





They're not very wearable, but I love the simplicity of them.
I've been thinking of somehow re-creating them with clay or fabrics, or making larger scale sculptural pieces with the same feel as the woven, stitched leaves.


9 comments:

  1. How beautiful. They remind me of that 'House of Elwand'(?) book. Do yu know the one I mean? Little fairy dresses made form flowers.

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  2. I just love the quiet simplicity of these paintings. Painting is always a good exercise in restraint. :)

    I have tagged you! If you would like to play along visit my blog for the rules. If you don't feel like that is just fine too! :)

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  3. Heidi, these bracelets are terrific! It would be great if they were wearable, how long would they last if you wore them daily? have you tried?

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  4. Hi, I have tagged you, please, check my blog!

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  5. jackie~~~ yes I know the book...I love things made from nature!


    Thanx Nancy....♥

    Monika~~ I don't think they'd last long if you wore them....I've had these in a box for ...about 10 yrs and they're still in good shape!

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  6. There is so much that inspires me in this blog and especially in this post. The bracelets are wonderful and I love your little abstracts. I've tried to become more minimal in my work but I just keep on adding details. I've now accepted that it's just the way I am. Lots of little fiddly details.

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  7. Robyn~ thank you so much!
    I know what you mean about fiddly detail....but attention to detail is so important, and you have such a great way of puting detail in your work...I love it!
    I suppose it's finding a balance, as with everything in life!

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  8. Love your abstracts Heidi. They are really beautiful. Worthy of a posh gallery I'd say! Thanks for going to tag me :)

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  9. inspiring & beautiful bracelets, even if not wearable they are lovely just to have!

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