Saturday, December 31, 2011

lots of studio time

maybe it is the time of year.  i do revisit the things that are important to me after my birthday and again when spending time with the family.  it could be that all the family time that allows me to focus on what is important in life. my kids. my family. work is good too. but i always seem to come back to art.

i have finally hired a part-time personal assistant to help me get a handle on the boring follow-up items that have been sitting out there on my task list.  even though he is still training, I can already tell that it is very helpful.  i've gotten into the studio more in the last couple of weeks than in the last three months.

it is amazing how having to explain things to someone else and 'delegate responsibly' keeps me on track.  i need to keep adjusting and reminding myself of where i want his focus to maximize his usefulness and that allows me to focus my energy on my most important priorities.

Plus I feel more free to do what I want to do instead of should-ing myself into a corner.

Friday, December 30, 2011

painting on into the night

well, i was only going to paint for an hour… but it so quickly turned into two in the morning.

similar to a post earlier which showed the gutta border on, this shows the beginnings of the painted border and down on the far end is where i started the sky.

part of the sky.  there are about ten layers of dye in this area just in blues.

close up of the sky in progress

Thursday, December 29, 2011

scarf progress

i started [some time ago] with a blank silk scarf.

wanda picked some muted greens and blues from the silk color sample. funny thing; people always really like the sample and frequently request something like "can I just have this?"

so this time i am going for it. with an organic twist. created the border of oak trees to symbolize her strength and resilience. and muted but still uplift spring-y colors in that area for spring and renewal.

so far, the border gutta is done (twice, because i re-stretched it); gutta fine details of trees; one coat of tree bark on all of the tree trunks; and two trees completed (like the one below).

i could have put in the gutta sky grid first, but is so irresistible when it nears the painting part of the process. So I will finish the trees before I work on the sky.  normally, i must do the sky first.  but with this layout, where everything is so isolated, I can start where ever I want.

scarf progress and frames

a 22x90" scarf was stretched for painting the other week. It has been a long time since I have done a piece this large. In fact, it was too large for the silk stretcher frames I had.

(A moment of ooo and aaaah for the Artsy's Stretcher bars.  These babies are the best thing for silk painters since water soluable gutta came to be.  they are light, adjustable, and provide for the insertion of silk suspension hooks.)

as i said, the scarf was too large for my existing stretcher system. thanks to generous christmas gifts, the length of my stretcher frames has doubled!

since the silk was already stretched and gutta application had already begin, i debated about re-stretching the silk to the new frames. but in the end, it was worth the extra time. now i can walk around my work table instead of ducking under it.