Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Date Palm Garden

UPDATE:  When I began this piece and another solar garden piece I felt I was speaking of the ancient gardens of the desert. After working and looking I've come to another realization that these two pieces are more about my own garden memories. This one in particular draws me back to our trips to the Palm Springs CA area.... driving past the rows and rows of date palms in production...it is quite a sight!  Also my childhood years were lived in and around the one gigantic palm tree across the street. The sounds of the fronds in the wind,the nesting birds and the squat thick trunk greeted me every day of my life up to the age of 21. Palms, date or otherwise have been an integral part of my outward view.
15"x18",solar prints, assorted treated fabrics, machine and hand stitching. The side panel features a garden gate that I did way back when and now I am approaching the garden (ancient) once again. This time using the solar prints. Four prints here and not all sharp which for me gives a vague, lost, day dream, desert feel....but I could be wrong?! I have one more begun and then I will play in the sun for a few days and see what I can create.

Monday, June 20, 2016

New Toys

I have been solar printing with one bottle of color....sepia. Now I ordered a Jacquard kit which includes three colors so now the fun might begin here in this new week, new summer, new work, full moon and yes, with new toys. I copied some instructions from the internet and I have a few YouTube films to watch and if that doesn't confuse me too much, I will start up my own play!"Ancient Garden"

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sunny Days

Following the notes from my last post: I magically chose two story suggestions and three application suggestions. Not limiting myself to just these but allowing them to act as a beginning for new work. Above photo is an easy sun print using Jacquard Solar Fast in sepia. I love picking up items at the art supply and then just waiting for some free studio days to explore. I'm also using this sepia for painting on fabric and maybe later use it for negative (need to read instructions) transfers onto cloth. I used small olive tree leaves for the ones above and I like them all but especially the indigo piece. My only difficult right now is a sunny day. Yesterday was warm and bright sun but today the fog has rolled in so I'm out of luck for play. The perils of living at the beach!