Ok, you know how you use things over and over, and can't think of its proper name? I'll have to look up this 12 1/2" square plastic thingie. I'm lining up my leaf's spine with the square's diagonal. Easy.
Kobayashi Kiyochika's 1884 work "Ikegami Honomonki Temple," in a detail here, caught me because of the curves in the paper lanterns and the angles of the composition. I see those leaves (curves, angles) everywhere. Maybe why I can't stand up straight.
"The Admiral's Game" by Joseph Cornell is one of his mysterious boxes. I saw this today at the Memorial Art Gallery, and it brought back my fascination with his collages -- bits of things suspended, placed, fiddled with. His work made it all right to collect and keep objects. I've got boxes too.
Crepe de chine is more difficult to print only in that is is limp, saggy, and moves like a slippery sock. Otherwise, it takes the same dye paste formula, same screens, same methods of printing. And what a lovely hand.
I lay the ground for this piece last night before I left the studio. So, this morning I could screen over "dry" painted thickened dye. It is a different look, and I like to see the variation in how the color I laid underneath is selected by the screen's motif.
Returning home from a road trip out to an earlier time zone (who knew there was one east of EST?) I happened on these anemones that were stressed by 90 degree heat. Me too, so I spent the day in the cool of the studio.
Nova Scotia Artist Regina Marzlin had work in Antigonish where I stopped to take in her "Crown, Branches, Root." The SAQA family is world-wide, but the community behaves like you lived around the corner. Fun to see this exhibit of hers.
Maud Morgan's painting "Gold Coast II" was from the early 70s. Her use of the grid, along with the narrow range in tones, reminds me of some early contemporary quilts. Or maybe of some made today in the Modern Quilt vein. What goes around...
A neighbor gave me these pink anemones in trade, and they are my signal that fall is around the corner. Which means I best get all I can out of this late summer weather. You'll have to excuse my taking a break from the studio to drink in autumn's aperitif.
Artist Row is a juried show held at the Rochester Public Market each year. It's my first year, and they awarded me this for best in my category. As much as I hate to be categorized, I'm thrilled to get this award. It'll go in my trophy room.
Helen Frankenthaler's work "Orange Shapes in Frame" (detailed here) in the deCordova Museum was made in 1964. Her experiment with pouring paint on unsized canvas produced figures unlike any others of her time. Had to stop and take in this large scale work. Always clears the brain.
I've been trying some options for a half yard of printed fabric. All work, but there is one that is more dramatic and that's what I'll use. Deadlines for submitting this is soon, so I'd better get going!
The Rochester Public Market hosts Artist Row each year, and this Sunday I'll be there (for the first time) selling these pillows, my silk scarves, and whole cloth quilts. Functional stuff, baby. Come by and try a pillow toss! http://www.marketfriends.org/artistrow.html
My 100 meter roll of pdf cotton arrived (in one day), and it was too heavy to haul to the studio. So, I've cut it into yards that are ready to take to soda soak. Let's hope for sun and warm tomorrow to line dry.
I'm making linen pillows from my"painted" fabric for next weekend's show. I needed to pin the zipper to just one layer of my continuous loop of fabric, so I slid the cutting mat in the middle. Pin away!
Ahead of my lecture for the Herring Run Quilt Guild in Norwell, Massachusetts today was the quild's Show and Tell. They hardly needed me for entertainment. We howled with laughter at members' first quilts. Honestly, these gals were funny. Thank you for inviting me. Best laugh in a long time.
The Herring Run Quilt Guild in Norwell, Massachusetts had me over for a day of learning how to make freezer paper templates and apply them to a design. The combinations were lovely, and the company just swell. I had a beautiful late summer day with all.
I'm in the midst of printing, and thought I'd mention I don't mind those bits of dye stuck to the back of the silkscreen. The perfect print would be clean, neat, tidy. I often look for that drip, dribble, fingerprint. For some prints, I want that character, and the distinction that it was hand made.
I've made this element on my silk screen with a pool noodle cut-off for the round, then sliced again for the half moon shape. I'm filling in the center bite with soy wax. This lasts through many washings in cold water, which removes the thickened paste. Hot water takes out the wax.
A hike to the Watkins Glen State Park (you know, where they used to race cars through the main street) and a hike down the gorge only had me thinking about water, water, and getting back to the studio to wash out the waiting prints. Well, almost. I had a relaxing day. I washed in the evening.
I am limited to the amount I can print and hold flat. But, with a bit of creativity, and waiting till the prints are fairly dry and set, I just hang them. Shift, move, hang, set, print. It is all a process.