Sunday, September 20, 2015

Catching Up to September

The Indigo class was a great success. Lots of wonderful patterns created by the willing crew.

We spent 2 1/2 days tying, wrapping, clamping, stitching and dyeing our creations.

On the last day we made books and sewing bags.

Gosh it was fun.

There's little more beautiful than fresh dyed indigo flapping in the breeze.

And we had marvelous weather for the weekend.

Kathie even let us do some rusting from her great stash of metal.

She prepared us lunches and suppers! It was incredible to eat her fabulous food and to watch her prepare it with seeming ease. Thank you Kathie and you terrific attendees for a wonderful weekend.

It seemed like the garden exploded overnight into riotous flower and fruit.

The persimmons are like sculpture; I love to watch them mature.

And the winter squash, strewn among the fallen plums. The vines are dying. Summer winding down.

I stretched the Big Big canvas. I love to stretch canvas. I know; I must be crazy. But I do love the mundane studio tasks as well as the moments of joy when something in a painting satisfies me.

I've been at it.

Flinging myself at the paint; flinging the paint at the substrate.

I talked Shellie (my daughter) into trying non-representation. 

She was exhausted by the end of the day. 

She said that painting a subject is so much easier because you know what it's supposed to look like.

Or at the least you have a starting place.

Whereas in non-representational painting, you have to invent everything.

I agreed.

I think it's the most challenging painting I've ever tried.

I'm only at the beginning of my search.

But I'm loving it. 

Thank you for stopping by. 


Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

I have been pinning boro, Kantha style needlework like crazy. I want to make some, but have to figure out where to get the scraps of blue.

Ruth Armitage said...

Love seeing your abstracts... They are amazing. Free and yet refined!

Grandma September said...

Very cool stuff!! You have been busy!

debi said...

I am fascinated by your beautiful creations!

Kathy said...

I adore the non-representational painting!!

Michele R. Unger said...

LOVE the new work. I always am drawn in by your marks. I think I would know them anywhere. You really do have your own private language and it's like a fingerprint, only more fun!

Counting the day until SMA....


Colours by sheri said...

Enjoying the beautiful pictures... Love your thoughts on the abstract works....☺

Colours by sheri said...

Enjoying the beautiful pictures... Love your thoughts on the abstract works....☺

lyle baxter said...

what a great post! your daughter is right but the mysterious is fascinating too!

sukipoet said...

gorgeous indigo died cloths. You are stretching canvas already painted? Actually i love to stretch canvas too but havent done so in awhile. The abstracts are great. So many ways to approach non-representational work.

Marie Troy said...

So awesome that you read Big Magic! :) It's one of those things where this book just keeps popping up all over the place for me. It is an incredible book. I listened to the audio, which was cool because Liz reads it herself. You are right what a generous book. So awesome. Love you work great stuff!