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This month I completed a new embroidery but before I started it, I put on another aquatint to the etching I made last month. So here is the final version of ‘Woman with Hat’ :

Woman with Hat

It may not look remarkably different to the previous ones but I am happier now that the hat is a little darker than it was and I think she looks good in scarlet ink on the lighter paper, echoing the original watercolour.

This will be on show at the ‘Woven’ exhibition at the Wing Gallery in Wadhurst 30th May – 24th June http://www.wingartgallery.comhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1579412155630514/

The other etchings I made last month will be at the Artist Open Houses for the first 4 weekends throughout May:

Fugitive Ink 7 dials trail http://www.aoh.org.uk/may-2015-festival-houses?item=1753

The Trojan House Dyke Road trail http://www.aoh.org.uk/may-2015-festival-houses?item=1660

My latest embroidery is called ‘Scarlet Woman’ :

Scarlet Woman

Here you can see that I have used an embroidery stitch called ‘couching stitch’, where one thread is laid on top of the fabric and another is stitched over it to hold it into place. I felt that this particular stitch enhanced the wiggly line where the paint stopped on the paper of the original drawing better than the small running stitches I had used in the past. Once the stitching was complete, I filled the image with watercolour and sewed on some tiny glass beads for the darker areas.

stitch detail wip

This will also be on show at the “Woven’ exhibition at the end of May.

I have continued to use watercolour during the life drawing sessions at Draw and here are a few of my favourite ones this month:

I like watercolour as it offers an unknown outcome, the paint can run, bleed, go off in different directions and it lends itself well to more gestural, expressive drawing. I am not consciously thinking about what it will do, I am only concerned with trying to put the paint in the areas where I think it should be and it often comes out as unintelligible but occasionally I get a pleasant surprise.

I have started another embroidery which should be ready for the ‘Woven’ exhibition in Wadhurst and for next months blog and I have also earmarked one of these watercolour drawings for a new etching which I hope to start soon.

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About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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