Last week, instead of dedicating Monday to do my 'weekly art challenge', I chose to produce my piece over the whole week, as I was visiting family in New Zealand.
I also chose to take inspiration from a plant that does not dwell in my garden at home! It does, however, have a firm & deeply rooted place in my 'spiritual' garden! This is the garden where plants that we associate with people, places & memories exist. It's a garden where we don't need to worry about soil quality, rainfall or how this plant will survive the summer! (Wouldn't the spiritual garden make a wonderful subject for an art project!)
The Pohutakawa was my inspiration. It is one of a few trees & plants that represent my homeland to me. These trees, dressed in bright red splotches greeted me as soon as I left the confines of Auckland Airport. They kept me company in the Bay of Plenty & a few could even be spotted in the Waikato!
All I can say about this idea is...."Bwahahahahahahahahaha"! Let's just say that traditional reverse applique is not in my skill set! It requires more planning than what I was able to give it. So this piece ended up being created in a combination of applique & contemporary reverse applique. The latter, because I lost concentration at one point & reverted to what I knew!!
Whilst this is not recognisably a pohutakawa blossom, it is the process that has been important & given the circumstances, I'm quite pleased with it. I'm also pleased to have maintained this weekly discipline. Phew!