Mementos Made from the Fibre of the Land.

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It Started in Italy - Mementos from the Land Under Paint 

The paintings just below this paragraph are from a workshop and a sojourn in Tuscany, Italy, June 2017 offered by 'Walk the Arts'. I did not have my usual materials with me, such as string and threads, but I did have the materials from the landscape itself  (material mementos) and its impressions on me. Because the materials are new, the artwork took on a different kind of style and a new type of expression for me. Most of these canvases include raw cotton which I found at La Fratta in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy, but some of them also contain leaves, flower pedals and even cob webs which were part of my experience with a particular spot I was experiencing. The last image shows the raw cotton - which serendipity plays a part here since it is the bases for string or thread here in North America.  Each painting is approximately 11 inches by 11 inches. They are all framed.  'Walk the Arts' has done a Blog Post on my process and you can see it here.  

Earthly Materials Under the Paint in Ontario, Canada

I am starting a series of paintings in the style and manner of the ones I painted in Tuscany, Italy in June the summer of 2017. This first painting below shows the definite tonal change from those paintings. I do believe that the sky of Tuscany reflect the landscape tones, and the colour tones of Ontario reflect the colours of the ground and the surrounding lakes. To me this is a very exciting revelation. I have used materials found in the land where ever I sat down to paint. Some of the paintings were so thick with material that I had to let some of it dry before I finished the painting. 

Below-Abstract Fibre-Paintings on Board - Views of our Yard.

Cut Flower Fibre-Paintings on Masonite

One day during a blustery winter day when I usually finish up stitching on my fibre paintings or varnishing them, I decided to paint with the fibre of the flowers my husband had brought home to me. They were starting to wilt in the vase and I thought instead of composting them, I could use them in the same manner as the outdoor fibrous materials when the weather is warm, so the images below depict the flowers in the same manner as my "en plein air" fibre paintings. Like my "en plein air" they take on the metaphors of the place they are in..... a really different kind of 'still life' painting. Again- my personal memento.

Abstract Landscape Fibre-Paintings on Un-stretched Canvas

Abstract Landscape Fibre-Paintings on Canvased Board 

Objects of Nature Sewn onto Stretched Canvas

Below are a series of 4 Larger Fibre-paintings on Handmade Canvas Board done under the same Cedars on the Maitland River Edge. One more to be completed.

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