Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Tea for Tuesdays at Dawes...
We started this morning... with bitter cold and a few snowflakes. All of my Spring delights are rising up from the winter's clutter of debris and dry leaves. I am hopeful we are not going to experience winter's rage late in March or even April. Roxie and Rosie seem to really enjoy the warmth of the sunshine in the afternoon... I enjoyed sitting on the back deck watching their enthusiastic leaps and bounds. After a day in the wet studio ...I made fresh salmon with lemon butter and a baked potato with a trio selection of grapes for our fruit/salad selection. I made some green tea today with the lemon zest for my Tuesday celebration of embracing the warmth of the day.
I worked on cutting another bolt of fabric today and washed it this afternoon. I made my soda ash solution and began soaking the heaviest ...hopefully my last delivery will arrive tomorrow. I worked in a silent review of painting directly onto the fabrics with my Seta COLOURS. I layered the colors wet into wet ...allowing it to dry slightly and then building up another layer of sheer color and some shimmer. I absolutely love the direct application with the large fluffy brushes...I can practice my brush strokes as I move into painting with the thicken dyes. I have to remind myself ...patience...patience... and more patience. I hope to prepare some of the dye recipes tomorrow.. I am anxious and yet ready to begin the big pieces of fabric.
I hope you are enjoying good weather now and being creative in your studios. Martha Marshall has shared a couple tutorial videos on mono-printing with me that I look for to experimenting with them on fabrics. I am really immersed ...in this whole process. Blessings and here's to a peaceful Wednesday! Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart