Drawing study of The Great Pine by Paul Cezanne - Alan Dilly
Free Machine embroidery (135mm square) - Alan Dilly
This machine embroidery is based on
one of my favourite paintings
The Great Pine by Paul Cezanne. (Oil on canvas 1892 – 6).
I went to Paris where it was on loan
from Brazil and spent some time sketching it.
Although I also made a copy
painting to practice his technique, I had in mind to develop this as a piece of textiles . I tried to follow the direction of the brush work in the original and used 17 colours of Madeira threads, as close to Cezanne’s pigments as possible.
This is one of my favourite locations to photograph on Dartmoor - not only because it is such a beautiful and tranquil spot, but also because it is difficult to get a moment when the light is "right" for all elements in the scene. Sunlight brings the foliage out but bleaches the water. Cloud gives better results for the water but tones down the greenery. So I try to visit this spot often to see if I can improve the image on each occasion. I don't believe this will be the last of my visits to Venford Falls!
In the coming months I am off on a Wildlife photography holiday in the Cairngorms and hope, with the help of the wildlife photographer, to improve this aspect of my photography. We'll see! Later in the year I will do some touring in Germany - details as yet unplanned, but it will no doubt involve some more landscape work.
A photographer & textile artist working in partnership.
Jenny Bone & Kevin McDonagh on location in rural Devon.
After a fulfilling career
in art education, retiring to Devon seemed like the icing on life's cake.
Dartmoor continues to
inspire. It is such a joy to walk out on the moors and explore the ever
I usually take my sketchbook when Kevin carries his
camera but use hisphotographsextensively for
inspiration and references I need for my landscape needlefelting.
There is something so
satisfying about working in fibre. 'Painting' with felt adds a tactile dimension
to the work. I lay down the basic composition with wool rovings onto a felt
fabric background. The coloured wools are then needle felted into the fabric
either using an embellisher machine or with a small hand tool. Details are
added by hand and machine embroidery.
I have had a keen interest in photography since my early twenties. It is
only since moving to Devon four years ago that I have found the time
and inspiration to develop this interest. What has inspired me
most to take photographs is the Devon landscape.
the Devon Wildlife Trust as a volunteer, my interests have expanded to wildlife
- a form of photography I am still developing.
Being invited to join my colleagues in this
exhibition has encouraged me to share some
of the images which
I have been inspired to shoot with a wider audience.
A sheep poses for the camera
Howell Rocks (Kevin McDonagh)
Preparatory watercolour sketch (Jenny Bone)
Howell Rocks - Hand felted and embroidered piece (Jenny Bone)
Bonehill Rocks (Kevin McDonagh)
Bonehill Rocks (Jenny Bone)
Lucky Tor (Kevin McDonagh)
Lucky Tor (Jenny Bone)
VIEW OF TEIGNMOUTH
View of Teignmouth (Kevin McDonagh)
View of Teignmouth (Jenny Bone)
Sharp Tor (Kevin McDonagh)
Sharp Tor (Jenny Bone)
Look out for future updates from our artists as we develop ideas & new work in preparation for our show at
Group Exhibition @ RHS Rosemoor 16th December 2018 - 20th January 2019 Following the success of our group exhibition in 2017 we will be showing a new collection of print, textile & photographic work in the small gallery. Throughout this year we will use this post to show you ‘work in progress’. We hope you will enjoy following us on our creative journey. Jenny Bone Alan Dilly Kevin McDonagh Douglas Anderson