This week I delivered some work to the Wing Gallery in Wadhurst as part of the ‘Woven’ exhibition 30th May – 24th June

I made a new embroidery especially for the show to go alongside ‘Scarlet Woman’ which I completed last month. It is called ‘Red Thread’

It was based on a watercolour drawing and I used the couching stitch again, filled the image with watercolour and used red mohair wool for her hair.

I also completed a couple more embroideries based on some older pencil drawings that I had been meaning to do for some time and I finally got round to them:


I have been continuing to use watercolour  during the life drawing sessions at Draw and reading about watercolour techniques. I learnt to add a wash to the paper and leave it to dry before  brush drawing on to it but rather than trying to get a perfectly flat wash I let the paper curl and the paint run before flattening it so it created a more interesting background for the drawing. It seems that mauve is currently my favoured colour but I have bought some new colours and I am looking forward to experimenting with those in my figure drawings.

Also, a couple of drawings from one of the life drawing sessions using charcoal pencil and gouache on parcel wrap, for a change.

I had been working so much in watercolour, I wanted to see if I was still able to draw with a pencil. These two were from a series of 3 minute drawings and after the session I made the outside contours heavier with the charcoal pencil and used white gouache to highlight the drawings. I like the idea of using scrap paper, especially parcel paper for it’s tone, preferably used paper, not only  for the textures, tears and left over bits of tape but for it’s simplicity and lack of pretentiousness.


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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