Drawn from walking

A late winter walk taking in the low tide around St Mary’s Lighthouse. Winter isn’t all about snow and frost. Sometimes it’s damp rock and darkened seaweed. The textures of different substances caught my eye.

Water reflecting the low light levels, seaweed glistening in shades of green and pewter. An old wooden support, roughened and worn by endless tides. The knots and holes in it make it seem totemic; of endurance, of the sea’s power, indefatigable.

The columns stretch across the rock pools, solemn groups giving me a feeling unease, as if they are figures newly disembarked from stressful and dangerous voyages.

January 10th 2023 – A2 sketch using Sennelier pastel, graphite, Stabilo ‘Woodies’ and water colours. Think I will use the details to stitch more Journey Mapping pieces.

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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