February, March, January
This months subject of choice is 'Beginning' and was chosen by the lovely Alex. What a challenge! The subjects you've seen for January and February were quite open not too vague - whereas this is both! So much scope for directions and ideas, it was tricky to know where to start.
I put my head down and worked hard on this. I haven't done that much botanical work and certainly not in screen printing, so I was keen to play on the 'beginning' of Spring. The plan was to make use of Spring buds, but as my idea formed I could only see it as more of a 'frame' than an actual image. I then had a good ol' chat to my sister and she suggested the New Zealand fern! Brilliant. I then check out my paper and decided I could brave a two colour job that wouldn't jump around as much as previously, and developed the illustration for print from there.
The fern represents new beginnings, new life. But more than that as I went travelling in New Zealand in 2010, such a gorgeous country, loads of wildlife and stunning scenery. When you're travelling, there are constantly new beginnings - friendships, trips, experiences - the list goes on. So this print is to remind us that there is always a new beginning where ever we go.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this piece and the project so far, so spare a moment and leave a comment - thank you!