Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 2 – Some Resists & Removals

What you'll see here are 3 pieces of cotton and one of raw silk... all soaked in an alum mordant. The cotton is soaked in a cool turmeric dye bath. The raw silk was soaked in an acidic food colouring bath. (Made from watering down a direct application colour paste: alum, guar gum, vinegar, & … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 2 – Some Resists & Removals

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition

Part of the delay in picking a final composition was that I hadn't reflected upon what I wanted to achieve or say with it. I'm still not sure what I want to say, but I know more about what I want to achieve and see in it. I desire it to have a Wabi-Sabi aesthetic... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

Every new painting finds me daydreaming about the next. I am very much enjoying this process and I think my subconscious mind is finding ways to continue painting... You see, I get a little sad when I finish a painting and don't like to start thinking of something else to do. I'm riding this train … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Finishing Touches… for now…

I softened the shadows a little and bolded the highlights... this was a process done more by muscle memory... I used very watered down paint and many, many, many strokes... almost a dry brush technique, if that can be done with a watery brush. I didn't run with the though of overpainting the with weirdness … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Finishing Touches… for now…

Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 1 – Picking my Colour & Why…

Here are some of the early yellows: Turmeric.

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes

First, I'm thinking I still need to play with these shadows. They need to be longer. This shiny contrast between the items in the still life and the shadow is entirely what I see and is due to the pro-photo lighting I have about two feel from the model. It casts solid and crisp shadows... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions

I think my usual approach is to put in strong outlines first, then smooth them out with various brushstrokes. This time I wanted a more watercolour feel and tried watering down the Mars Black to give the subtle shadows I saw... or think I saw. I get impatient when I have to stare at the … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

Following a very light and loose line drawing on the watercolour paper, I pick my large surface colours. It occurs to me that I've forgotten how I pick them and why I choose one over another... is it to approximate the colours of the model? Is it for some deeper aesthetic reason? I've stopped reflecting … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Basic Report – Part One

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Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Some Initial Results

I'm putting together a report on all this in the form of a PowerPoint... mostly for my own desires, as the Fibres class I'm taking doesn't seem to require this. These are all meant to tests, as far as I can tell. I'm still unclear on what the heck the actual "Big project" is supposed … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Some Initial Results