Thursday, March 8, 2012
I jumped into the rainbow...red orange yellows...
Well I did it..I mixed up a brilliant yellow and painted directly onto the heavy 100% cotton twill. Then I mixed a deep red and went in with a wet into wet approach employing a large floppy watercolor brush and I worked...no I played without concern and just enjoyed the blending magic where the two vivid colors married in a magical flow of energy. I then worked on the softest of orange with a dapple of yellow in the flows of colors. I placed fabric this in a shallow tub in an immersion approach and topped it off so this can have the opportunity to begin the covalent bonds with the dyes and fibers in the cotton. With a tiny bit of red and a touch of yellow dyes I placed strips of cotton edges and scraps inside a large zip lock bag...I may put this bag into a microwave to play with the heat set process. I have my Ann Johnston three books...they are my guide as I renew my memory. I will need to get a thickener ingredient so I can play with drawing with the dye paints. I hope you get an inkling of this process from the photos I am including.
The rains arrived last night and were steady for the length of the day. The grayness in the day was a heavy blanket so that is why I just had to jump in to create primary colors in a wet solution. I did take a rest on the floor with Roxie for about 10 minutes ... she seemed amused by this concept that I might need to stop and take a beak. After 10 minutes of so the electrician walked into the studio and was a bit frightened by the body on the floor. I explained my predicament of the shortage of my medications and fatigue is sometimes more prevalent towards the end of a busy week.
Another artist Priscilla dropped by after she got off work and we made plans to work together when the warm weather returns and we can work outside on a lunch hour. She has two other friends who may come and paint by the lake so we can all have quiet times to be still and renew. Roxie gave her a welcoming kiss and she describes her as a furry caterpillar in the fall with her fur...except she is faster than grease lightning!
I prepared chicken breasts with olive oil and sauteed mushrooms for a comfort fun dinner. I made a wild rice side dish and added fresh spinach for a vitamin punch. It felt good to just sit together and place our day's schedules out for this weekend...Ken has a educational conference in Cleveland and I will hold down our family fort until he comes back. At least he does not have to deal with a blizzard and this requirement will be off his duty plate. I need to go and put in another load of cottons...have a blessed week in the studio playing with your favorite colors. Blessings. Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart