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Deirdre Dyson Unveils her finished Bulrushes painting

Deirdre Dyson has unveiled her finished oil on canvas featuring bulrushes, a painting which will eventually hang in the Cancer Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath which is currently being rebuilt and is due to open to patients in 2023.

The inspiration of rushes in the lake for this detailed painting also gave rise to the carpet of the same name, hand knotted and graded in a silk/wool mix with silk rushes.

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The intricately wrought painting includes further organic motifs favoured by Deirdre and seen in her rug designs, including leaves (seen in SCATTERED LEAVES , FALLING LEAVES and WINDSWEPT) stones featured in designs such as GRAPHIC PEBBLE, grasses (RIBWORT PLANTAIN and HAIRY SEDGE) together with water utilised in designs such as LILYPOND, SEA WASH, SEA MIST and SEASCAPE and scattered sticks (seen in carpet designs like ATTITUDE and SCATTER).

This sublime work gives a real understanding of the link between Deirdre’s artworks and her carpet designs and the clear connection between the two disciplines.

The lake, the inspiration for Deirdre’s Bulrushes painting
Deirdre at work on the painting in her studio

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Deirdre Dyson painting inspired by WINDSWEPT during Lockdown

Whilst at home during Lockdown Deirdre not only finished the designs for her 2021 rug collection but also found time to create an artwork for her home.

 

Here Deirdre describes, in her own words, the process of creating this painting, inspired by one of her carpets and shares her photographs of the painting as it developed.

 

‘There is a shallow alcove in the stone wall of our orangery which has been crying out for a mural for some time.  When lockdown happened, and I knew I had a stretch of uninterrupted time, I decided that I could use this time for painting one on a pre-prepared board in my studio.

 

One of my earlier carpet designs called WINDSWEPT (pictured above) depicted leaves being swept from one end to the other.  I decided that falling leaves as if outside in a breeze would be simple and would require no background setting except sky.  I could aim at painting just a couple of leaves a day and hopefully finish it before the lockdown ended.

 

It is especially appropriate too as the leaves I used in both the carpet and painting all come from my garden so the panel would be perfect for its new home.

 

The panel was really tall so I had steps to reach to top and climb up and down all the time to reach my materials – good for fitness!  I painted the whole background as a graded sky from a deep cobalt blue fading to a whiter sky at the bottom.

 

I had kept all the sketches from my original research and collected many more leaves too.  It wasn’t too difficult painting them against the sky as they really seem to float but I also painted a step at the bottom to tie with a real step in the orangery, and these leaves each had to have a shadow to anchor them to the ground which took quite a bit longer.

 


They also had to look a bit dry as if aged, and as if they were lying down instead of floating which added a bit more of a challenge.  It will be finished soon I hope, and after varnishing with matt varnish, installed in its home amongst a variety of tropical plants.’

 

The finished artwork in situ.