Monday, May 8, 2017
rusted and stained paper with Tulip Tree leaves and stitching
In preparation for my upcoming Rust, Bleach, Burn and Stain class at the Morgan Conservatory (www.morganconservatory.org) in August I have been working with these processes and having some fun!
The rusted bits came from some cans that my husband found in the desert in Arizona
when he was out there last fall.
The staining is from some loose tea that made this great bluish color.
The leaves are from out Tulip tree. I love the decayed and fragile nature of them.
And I did the stitching with the thread I solar dyed in February. The blue color of the thread came from black bean water. Who knew? Well, I am sure those who do a lot of natural dyeing know, but it was a surprise to me.
As I write this it is interesting to realize the geography and chemistry involved in this piece.
Cans that have been rusting in the Arizona sun and sand.
The natural decay of the leaves in my own back yard.
The effect of heat and organic matter on cotton thread.
A true display of Alchemy.
This piece will be in the Morgan's Instructor's show later this summer.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
From the "Farmscape Series"
May Week 2
Yesterday, the first of Grandma's poppies opened up!
Last year the poppies weren't so plentiful and I was worried that they had run their course
and were on the decline. But as you can see there are more in the background and
lots more around the corner. Lots more than last year.
This artwork is from my Farmscape Series when I created one artwork each week for a
year (2012) representing the changes on our farm.
This one is a favorite and is in my family room right now.
It is mixed media collage and measures about 13 x 15".
I love watching the seasons change and the way I can count on the rhubarb to come up early and the dogwood to bloom just as most of the daffodils are ending. The poppies are the first flowers to appear in the side garden announcing coming attractions: day lilies, peonies, coreopsis and black eyed susans.