some lovely rain, and bursts of chilly sunshine…..and a spot of glorious colour on the beach:
It’s a grey and cold day, but a lovely sight in the garden: a successful white tree dahlia after trying for some years to get one to grow ! a lovely graceful addition to the winter garden:
Getting just the right amount of image from an inkjet transfer is proving a very complex ………and somewhat frustrating…….challenge. Have tried the gel medium-on-substrate approach, which left lots of nice gel medium embedded in the original photo, an interesting look but not much use as a transfer! tried spraying glossy photo with water….that has been a bit more interesting, getting a nice blurry image as the colours run quickly especially from cheap photo paper. The clearest images came from a transfer from a sheet of overhead transparency, which made me very excited……but alas the printer didn’t like the process, and after the first one [seen below with 4 moth images] it refused to repeat the experience, but instead made the ink come out too wet on the transparency and the image impossible to transfer. Best nice-blurry results so far are from thin copy paper print-out onto thin copy paper using Transfer ink. I also really like the image that is left behind on the original print-out after this process.
Any suggestions from Out There would be welcome! in the meantime shall keep experimenting…….results so far are shown below:
the slow stitching of my sari panels is progressing in the wintery evenings……………..a very meditative activity! I am starting to think of ways to join them into a throw, and whether some different picture-based panels need to be incorporated. I really enjoy the rhythm of the stitching, and the way the flow of the stitches softens and texturises the fabrics, and unites the pieces.
confined to home with the never-ending cold, its a good time to focus on the beauty in the garden; the crisp autumn days and cool nights are producing some spectacular colour, even here by the coast:
fun playing with paint and texture….I enjoyed making this piece, with layers of gesso and paint………..and placed a butterfly picture on it to see how it works as a background…………..looks like it will be a messy weekend! a few more of these backgrounds in different colours might be a good start for my Butterfly Collection.
The weather has turned very winter, the chest/cough/aches -and- pains lurgy has struck, keeping me housebound and lethargic…..but amidst it all a spark of inspiration has ignited…….have started pulling together all my reference, samples, thoughts about butterflies and moths….will start with a sketchbook of ideas and possible approaches first and see where it leads me………… nothing like a project to lift the spirits and give a positive focus!
a fairly long blog-silence! my early morning focus has been a bit closer to home , as we have a flurry of gardening activity doing autumn clean-up, and planting; and the bike rides have been a bit less regular……textiles-wise I have been quietly pottering away with some hand stitching on the sari quilt panels. A lovely morning down by Swan Bay today though: