Drawing a dead bird from “life.”
(It was actually caught by my indoor cat through a small opening in my apartment window on Sept 23, 2018, and unfortunately it was very dead, so I photographed it and buried it in Stanley Park)
A resurgence of studying art history and techniques has made me realize I need to slow down my process.
I tend to paint and draw quickly, much like a dance.
I want to take time, much like I do when I embroider.
If embroidery shows me I can slow down, I know I can slow down with drawing and painting.
As my eyes fade over time, details become more important.
As my body wears down, my time becomes more important.
As I struggle with human interactions, staying in the present becomes more important.
Emerging as a full-time artist when I enter my sixties next year becomes crucial.
Natural watercolours by Caitlin Ffrench
“The cyanide in Nandina berries is poisonous…”