I am currently working on a commission for St. Marys of the Angels Secondary College, Nathalia (where I work part-time). The piece is for a large wall space in a conference room. I decided to use a long horizontal landscape format, showing off the natural bushland around Nathalia, mainly River Red Gums. I have been thinking to do something with trees and water, with reflections etc. for a while. I roughly sketched my idea of the trees in water, (which was approved). I then took some photos and sketched out the drawing in more detail. I then took it to a copy shop to be enlarged.
Funny enough, two weeks after this Nathalia had its worst flood since the 70s and the school was closed for a couple of weeks!
I think it is always a good idea to keep thinking, looking for inspiration and collecting ideas, even if you are busy with other projects.
I have had a few ‘lulls’ – at the moment I am trying to work out how to get the transparency of reflections on the water. Please note that the following is only half way through finished. Unfortunately I have run out of the wonderful key fabric for the trees, which I brought a few years ago. I also used this fabric for two other Barmah Forest quilts.