Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sun Printing fabric and Painting Fabric

I painted some fabric yesterday and then put it out in the 109 degree sunshine, covering it first with all sorts of dried grass and leaves to get a subtle sun print. In that heat, it didn't take long.

I love how dyes interact with fabric, but with the drought, 
I try to be conscious of how much water I'm using and painting fabric uses far less.

Below our closeups of the fabric after it dried.

On the next piece, I painted the background, then scrunched it up slightly
 and painted a contrasting color on the tops of the folds.

Here is it drying on the line.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jane Dunnewold Workshop

     Just returned from taking a class from Jane Dunnewold, Had a fabulous time, learned a lot,  and met some great women in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for Jane's lecture and workshop. I want to thank the lovely women of Fibervision for contacting Jane and making this lecture and workshop possible. As I said in my last post, I've been wanting to take a class from her for years, ever since I bought her book, Complex Cloth, published in 2009,  and she did not disappoint.  She was inspirational, knowledgable and caring. The class was held in one of the participant's wonderfully, well lit and equipped studio.

    Jane has out a new book, Creative Strength Training.The book is full of strategies to encourage you to take your art and yourself as an artist, to the next level. There are exercises to help you figure out what you want to do as well as strategies to help you better focus on getting the work done by tuning out the distractions. She's telling us to, "Go to your studio and get to work." Just as athletes have personal trainers to help them get stronger, this book will help you strengthen your creative art muscles. You can find out more about Jane and her new book on  her website.

In the workshop we created challenging color studies on paper and cloth, using only primaries, secondaries, white and black, as you can see below. Learning how to use your materials and tools as well as the elements of art and principles of design can only help to make those art muscles stronger so you can add them to your repertoire. If you get a chance to take a class from Ms. Dunnewold, I encourage you to do so. 

Below is a quick color study I did last night playing more with complementary colors in watercolor with rubbing alcohol drops and spatters to create texture.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Photos for Quilts

I organized and cropped more photos from my trip to Wisconsin.

I could see one or both of these turning into paintings or quilts.   The top one is of some beautiful coleus plants we saw on the south side of Milwaukee. Love those colors and patterns.

The photo below is of Mirror Lake in the Wisconsin Dells. My sister and brother-in-law took me out to dinner to Ishnala Supper Club, which is on the shores of this lake. Great food and beautiful scenery. After dinner we almost fell into the lake while standing on a wobbly pier.

Speaking of paintings, I'm very excited about going to Santa Barbara this week to attend a lecture and workshop by Jane Dunnewold.  I have wanted to take a class from her for years. Looking forward to learning more about color from her and hopefully will have something
 interesting to post from her workshop next week.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Back Home Again

Sorry it's been about a month since I last posted. I was in the midwest for a couple of weeks visiting family and friends, which was overdue and lots of fun. It's been 6 years since my last visit.  Besides that I've been taking care of cleaning up messes, both paperwork wise and house wise that were also overdue.  Still have more of that to do this week before I get a chance to play with my fabrics and dyes.

Picture of the Milwaukee skyline

Milwaukee Art Center (White building)

A Dale Chihuly Glass Sculpture,  "Isola di San Giacomo in Palude Chandelelier II", 
graces the front entrance of the museum.