Thursday, October 4, 2018

Moving along

My time with Sandy Webster last week was so enlivening!  I've been able to use the earth pigment watercolors I prepared at her studio every day since I got home.  Here a couple of the results--these are painted into the pages assembled while there.  All of the papers are either Arches or Fabriano 140 lb. watercolor paper.  All are pages are ones I'd dyed a couple of years ago with either black walnut or with acorn dye.

On Tuesday I had a visit to my studio from the weaving students at UNG and one of the young women from the class was quite excited about the earth pigments.  I invited her to come back to the studio yesterday so I could show her a little of what I'm learning about the process.  If she can work it into her schedule, she'll probably be dropping by occasionally to use some of my tools to process earth pigments until she gets her own.

I'm moving ahead on the five leaf tapestry--it has no name other than that, at this point.  It's been on the loom since March and I'm really wanting to get this completed.  It has some good things in it, I think, but those are hard for me to see right now.  This may be the last piece I do for awhile (or ever) with such an expanse of white/natural.  I really do find it tedious to weave!  Sameness-- yet difference within that.  Much more challenging than working with many colors, I'm finding. 

Here's an overview from a couple of days ago, then a detail as I left the studio yesterday.

Third leaf of the five completed and the background beneath and to the side of the fourth leaf is being built up.



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