Local Colours – A Reflective Process – Hands-On Learning, Mistakes & All…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project – Possible Set-up for the next Challenge

Ok, so as I understand it, we are continuing with the colour plays... this time we are to use SEVEN (7) colours, including black and white. Also, the colours need to be complimentary (ie: opposing one another on the colour wheel). Do you think the teacher is having fun with us? She only gave us … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project – Possible Set-up for the next Challenge

Natural Dyes – The Deeper Explorations… Post-Mordants & Ph Samples

This is only half of the second level tests... the original samples, and my additional local colours choices (Sumac Flowers, & Goldenrod) have been soaked, dried, and cut into smaller strips... These are all now re-ordered and ready for their respective modifier baths: Iron water, Alkaline bath, and Acid bath. As you see them here, … Continue reading Natural Dyes – The Deeper Explorations… Post-Mordants & Ph Samples

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Ready for my Crit!

I believe I'm as done as I can be, considering I'm just under he wire to submit. I imagine I would continue to fiddle with it if I had the time, but I'm not sure it would improve the painting... I added a little more red into it to soften the shadows and found the … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – Ready for my Crit!

(Home) – Studio Painting – 3rd Still-life Project – 3-Colour Palette – A few more touches

Not quite there yet... I'm still working on the shadows and the draped cloth... well, actually, I'm still working on all sorts of parts... I just keep adding a tiny touch here and there, every time I look at it. I need to finish it soon, the time to submit is near. More to come...

Playing with Iron Waters … prep for the fibres samples

From left to right, the iron waters were made with... (material samples are cotton and raw silk) Iron oxide power (1tbps), 1 cup tap water, 1 cup vinegarRusted iron coasters soaked (5 days) in 2 cups filtered water, 1 cup vinegarIron ore balls soaked (2 weeks) in 2 cups of tap water, 1 cup vienegar … Continue reading Playing with Iron Waters … prep for the fibres samples

More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning

First a reminder about the materials used (see previous posting on October 12)... We have cotton, silk habitat, raw silk, and wool. They have been soaked in mordants (Alum, Soy milk, Sumac) or nothing. I used a cold-bath technique of soaking the materials overnight (after wetting them in warm water). I'm not sure if the … Continue reading More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning

Coming Upon Amber

These delicate flowers live in a leafy cropping so dense that the leaves themselves are almost black. I did nothing to tweak the colours here... the gorgeous amber colour of the petals is exactly what my naked eye saw. Perhaps the dark indigo-green leaves gave the contrast needed to make the petals look so vibrant; … Continue reading Coming Upon Amber

Cascade

The staghorn sumacs around my yard shed leaves all summer... it's the squirrels who break some branches and hasten their transformation into beautiful reds and pinks. Against the backdrop of deep dark forest greens, they give off their own light. This is how I see them in my minds-eye. They wilt into a gentle cascade … Continue reading Cascade

A Moment of Contemplation

Obviously, I didn't take this shot, but I feel it's worth sharing as part of my creative process. I was standing for a time near the water's edge, contemplating what might be floating downstream from the waterfall. Everything around me was green, but I was apparently so focused that my friends and my wife couldn't … Continue reading A Moment of Contemplation