Monday, 2 May 2011

And another thing

The irises were amazing this all stages of flower from tight bud to papery finish with all their sheen of life between. This was a very quick pen sketch of their liveliness and will need further development for a sketchbook print. The clumps of the white Iris Florentina in the garden are large and spectacular.

For the last month  I have been writing haikus (a form of Japanese poetry of three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, with a 'cut' - a change of direction). These have been drafted while I was at the Garden - and I'm still working on them. I am planning to laser etch them onto sustainably sourced plywood (waste from a building site in Ashton Gate) to be placed in the Garden for the summer - placed in the elements for a certain length of time and then removed, for people to see outdoors and not in an art gallery situation. I have experimented with this format before with a haiku, laser etched on plywood, that was placed outside in the winter - it lasted surprisingly well through two months of rain, frost and snow.

Draw grass with charcoal
burnt tree from winter fires -
marking its own time.

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