Cley Marshes I

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This picture was taken on Cley Marshes at the end of September – just luck that I caught the two birds in the shot! A while later I enlarged the picture to A4 size and printed it out on ordinary photocopy paper. I then sectioned this off into five individual pictures, using most, but not all of the original photograph.

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Next, using some very good quality tracing paper, I drew the outlines and shapes of the reeds and landscape with a black fine liner pen.  I then coloured with inktense pencils, but when I added water the paper buckled. Ironing flattened it again.

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I have now enlarged these five individual pieces and intend to play around with all of them and see whether I can generate any ideas for developing them further.  At this stage all I can think about is going back to Cley and taking some more photographs! Below is the first quick attempt – the simple landscape right at the top.  I have painted the sky and beach and then laid some fabric strips for the foreground.  Dyed muslin suggests the reeds with minimal machine stitching to mimic my drawn lines.

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This simple landscape pleases me apart from the glaring mustardy-yellow sand!  If you have ever walked in this area you would know that the ridge in the background is all heavy going shingle – so a much calmer colour scheme is in order!  The muslin works well for reeds as it only needs minimal stitching to suggest a clump blowing in the breeze (see below) but I would like to think about doing the reeds as separate elements so that they could be mounted in front of the landscape.

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