Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I had to re-learn that the first color that "strikes" is it for the first round: You can paint on top of that and change what you see, but if the fiber is full of dye, the added layers just run down the drain. These yellows had all sorts of colors on them, but now look like the sun, making for boring scarves, tho, I admit, a beautiful photo. Doesn't this look like a sunrise?
Today I ironed the ones that passed on the first draft. They look like abstract expressionist paintings.
The rest got in line for a second round of color. I am going for autumn leaves without printing. Tomorrow, I'll wash and see how I did.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I keep telling my students to look carefully at things that interest them. So, when I found myself alone in a quiet moment, with my sketchbook and a pear, I decided to follow my own advice.
The colored crayons came out next. (Thank you to the teacher who said "Carry art supplies so you don't feel naked.")
I decided to make a stamp. The supplies have been on the "get to this" pile for months. Carving turns out to be a great at-the-kitchen-table activity: meditative and productive at the same time.
Next day, printing. Suddenly, pears are everywhere:
Some little bottles of paint with nozzles turned out to be great fun for adding movement. When the marks felt too heavy (it was "puff" paint after all) I grabbed another piece of cloth and made a print. The results: a series that goes from zen to rock-and-roll. Here's a half-dozen. Believe me, there's more.
One pear came out extra fat, with an odd stem. A few minutes later, a cat:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I had a hey-old time in the studio today. This week my class is doing speed-shibori: quick and improvisational. Sunday I set up some samples:
Then I made thermofax screens from some new images I rustled up this morning before I walked the dog:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
My class, Fabulous Fabrications, meets tonight in Arlington. Six wonderful women have signed up. They are all so talented (tho' some deny it). We made self-portrait collages last week by way of introduction. Today we dive into gelatin printing.
I overprinted on samples I had on hand. This circular grid made a beautiful effect:
I love the dialogue that occurs between image and materials when printing. Each print surprises me and suggests another combination of color and technique.
Yesterday in my Alzheimer's class, one resident arrived tearful and breathless. "I need to get home," she kept repeating, "I don't know where I am." But she agreed to paint, and, for that hour, the tears receded. "This feels so good," she kept saying, "Thank you for inviting me. I feel so happy when I do this."