Monday, February 22, 2016


A collaged piece, painted papers, painted cheesecloth and acrylics.
It started out as a mere study in neutrals and values and took on a life of its own.  I don't know what influenced me more while I was in the zone, the Lenten season, my recreational reading of the Native Indians of Alaska and the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on their culture or what.  

I am intrigued by it.

This is a Study piece I was working on using shapes. I painted the background fabric with dye (Procion MX) ink, I made. After setting the dye and letting it dry, I stamped it with my own foam stamps with acrylic ink and then heat set that. All good so far.
I added some marks with a pastel then set about cutting out fabrics in my personal mark shapes in different sizes. My aim was to include not only three different sizes in each shape but to differ the values. All still good.

As I arranged the shapes I got carried away with the thought that they looked like kites. So I added kite tails and then some stitching where I felt there wasn't enough contrast. I was totally involved in the process.

And, this is where I should have taken a tea break.  I got it into my head that I should make some cloud stamps. I created some cool foam cloud stamps, then sealed them with gesso and once again, probably should have gone back to the house.

This is where it begins to go pear shaped. 
I tested the stamps after the gesso was dry and I was so-so happy with the printing results. Sometimes I don't even listen to myself
and so, even though I wasn't particularly happy with the stamping results I plunged ahead and stamped my paint mixture on the stamps and then on my study piece.

That is why it is a study piece.  I'm not happy with the results.
I tried to do a quick save but was unsuccessful.  

It will sit quietly in the Studio while I think about how I can save the piece. I still like the kites. Just not happy with the cloud at all.
Somehow I think this should be a Joan Mitchel song,


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