A swirling mass of branches.
A swirling mass of branches.
If I don’t get a chance to post anything else until after the festival of over-eating and drinking, here are a couple of festive images…
Happy Christmas everyone!
As a memory creation of autumn, we’ve all been collecting loads of leaves from parks and the garden etc. I love all the colours and shapes and it always inspires me to think about creating things.
There are 3 things which i’ve been thinking about + making with the kids.
The main thing is our autumn tree, which i’ve now finally hung on the wall. This was started on Monday, when I cut up lots of pieces of leaves into squares. These were going to make up the trunk and branches, but in the end, these were used for something else! It just turned into a stick everything on the sheet without Jac either eating, smearing on the walls, licking, dipping hands into or feeding to the cat – the PVA glue!
Both boys practised with scissors and helped to cut up bits of leaves. Bit of a race against time on the final picture, with Jamie squirting the glue onto the trunk outline and branches and me sticking the leaves down. Good team work there and Jac did help with the glue brush!
The two other things are both related to autumn leaf colours. The first is to make a collage of colours with square cut outs of varying coloured leaves. This would make a patchwork of colours, textures and shapes. I pressed the squares between some heavy books just to make then lie flatter to the page (in my notebook).
The second thing is to use a sequence of coloured leaves from our apple tree to make an artwork. I’ve collected a range of apple tree leaves, ranging from green to brown and maybe titled ‘autumn decay’ which shows the literal progression from life to death. I’m going to scan maybe 8 of the selection and then crop those images to produce a series of vertical rectangles, which will be randomly sorted into a single picture.
Ding dong the tree is dead! Well, it’s half chopped down anyway.
The light in the garden already seems to have improved and we might actually be able to see some sunsets! It’ll also help with the SW-W light for the garden. They must have taken 3-4 metres off it as it was already 8-9 metres tall and totally dense, blocking a lot of light.
Also, the guys who took the tree down also very kindly asked if we wanted anymore wood! The guy saw our wood stacked at the back and knocked the door. His mate unloaded maybe 10 thick trunk/branches then chain-sawed them up + neatly stacked them and also cleared away the saw dust!
They’ll take a couple of years to dry out but it’s free + the smell out there is amazing – freshly cut wood with some pine type sap in it.
The boys and I spent yesterday morning checking on progress and watching them mulch up the branches with their green machine at the front. Even the cat was having a look.
Mucho progress on the bathroom tiling this weekend, well, maybe not mucho, but i’m over halfway through the shower tiling and now have a smoother, dare I say it, semi-prfessional cutting and grouting system in operation!
Ok, maybe not semi-professional, and it’s getting done sloooooooowly.
Also just went to my favourite shop and bought a Christmas tree, which we just decorated today and which looks really good. The stockings are also up and ready for the fat, drunk man in red and white to deposit the goods.