Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This weekend I savoured the taste of the first ripe mulberry for the season. The change of seasons is something I really enjoy, a continuous pattern of changing produce from our home garden; different birds visiting, the fragrance of flowering plants. I could go on, but essentially what makes it special for me is that these seasonal occurrences are not all year round; they may occur for a couple of weeks or months and then it is time for something else to flourish. There is an ongoing cycle of savouring what is happenning now and anticipating what is about to come.
So Mulberry season is just beginning, this means I will have about a week of eating before the birds work out fruit is ripening. Then I need to be up at sunrise and down to the tree if I want my share of the crop. I don't mind sharing, as long as I get some. When the Mulberry tree is in fruit our garden is visited by birds, such as figbirds, that we don't see at other times of the year. I wonder how they know, is our tree mapped in their GPS systems some how. Does a little bell go off in their seasonal travels telling them it's time to visit our garden?
In my mind Mulberry season means that the eagerly anticipated Asparagus season is very close. In my opinion you cannot have too much asparagus growing in your garden. The first beautiful green spears are eaten straight from the ground, so sweet they don't need cooking. Following on from this will be broad bean season and Costa Romanesque zucchini season, and so on....this is the kind of yearly calendar I like to live with.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The pieces in progress above will form a large work titled 'Mimosaceae Family Diversitree' when completed.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Artworks developing from my residency at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-tha are starting to come together. I have been looking at the many in progress works on paper I have created over the last six months and realised I would like to develop some order in my response to the vast diversity of plant and seasonal changes occurring in the Australian Plant Communities area. If you have been looking at photos on this blog so far during the year, you will have hopefully noticed the amazing variety of form, foliage, fruit and flower that plants have.
So it made sense to me that one way to make some order in my works would be to use the same system of classification used to group plant species in botanical science. At least for some of the works, other groupings may respond to seasonal change and vegetation features of a particular month. And I might pick a few favourite plants and develop works focused on the attributes of one species.
It's quite exciting to begin making sense of all the bundles placed around my studio. Below is an initial layout of one work in progress, plenty more to do before it becomes a finished work.