At last the stencilling begins in our sitting room. I’d put the moment off for long enough. A slow start as I carefully measured up, and thereafter an hour during which I wondered whether the spacing was going to work. But my confidence grew as the birds multiplied, and already I’m getting faster. This is the kind of work that can be done at night with a good angle-poise lamp directed at it. It’s quite soothing now I’m in the flow.
The stencil, cut with a scalpel out of a fairly stiff sheet of transparent plastic.
Jack puts himself in the picture!
A diagonal plumb-line to keep the design regular. Grey shadows added free-hand.
I like the line of descent to this project. In 2004 for my exhibition The Temptations of Solitude at MoMA Wales, I explored the subject of Elijah and the Raven.
After seeing the painting, my friend Sigrid Muller sent me a copy of Seamus Heaney’s poem Saint Kevin and the Blackbird, which inspired me to produce a series of works on the theme for my 2010 exhibition Touch at the Martin Tinney Gallery.
Tender Blackbird (below) was the first of the Kevin and the Blackbird series, and it’s the bird… and the rowan tree… from that painting…
… that has become the motif for our stencilled sitting-room at Ty Isaf.
Thank you Sigrid!
(Click HERE to see some of Sigrid’s work.)