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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Using the Colour of Autumn for Seasons' Greetings
Fried Green Tomatoes, pastel on paper, 16.5 x 16.5 cm,October 2018
It's that time of year again when I need to send an image off for a christmas card. I had an idea to use red foliage but on walking around the property, discovered that we don't really have any. I toyed with the idea of buying one of those bushes that turns flame red at this time of year... I could plant it, I thought (after I gave it a haircut), but that seemed silly. I wondered about knocking on a neighbours door with my pruning shears at the ready, but that felt like procrastination. Instead I gathered what we had and thought about how the shapes could create a different kind of arrangement. In the end I couldn't resist picking one of my roses, a daisy and a dahlia too. It was a confusing mish mash that took more focus than ever to untangle. I made a few changes to this image but it was too dark to photograph the final product, but you get the idea.
I'm an artist-educator who uses imagery in all that I do, from painting, drawing, print-making and mail art to reflective journals around action research in schools. I believe in creating learning environments that are democratic, and collaborative where we are honest, open and caring.