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This Spring, I let the garden go to weeds, sorry, I mean pioneer plants and planted a few new flowers here and there. As usual, the milkweed brought lots of bumble bees, honey bees and butterflies. Stay tuned for ‘In a small corner of the world, there is a garden, Summer 2016.’

 

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Sketch in oil pastels and charcoal.

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Sketch in turpentine wash on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

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White, yellow and red wax added.

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Yellow and Sap Green oils and some removing of wax.

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Orange oil pastels in back ground and Sap Green Oils added.

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The scraping away of wax and thread sewn.

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More Lemon Yellow and Burnt Sienna added.

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Final piece.

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A film still found of striped fish was the inspiration to the following piece of art, dyed in complementary and analogous colors.

goldfishI mixed yellow and red Jacquard’s paint dye and painted the fish onto a cotton, linen remnant.

goldfish1I then painted over the fish with melted wax and where ever I wanted it left white.

goldfish2The dye bath was a light mixture of Caribbean Blue.

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goldfish7I let it dry and placed it in the window to see the image clearly.

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goldfish10I brushed on the melted wax where I wanted the light blue to remain.

goldfish11Then, dyed it in a darker shade of Caribbean Blue.

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goldfish13Hung it up to dry. Here the light and darker blue show well.

goldfish16The next dye bath was an even deeper shade of blue.

goldfish15In the window all the colors can be seen.

goldfish16The last dye bath was Black and Golden Yellow.

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goldfish18When dyed over the Caribbean Blues, it turned the cloth into a deep green hue.

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goldfish19I painted over the fish with more orange dye after boiling out all the wax, to brighten it up a bit.

goldfishfinalFinal piece back lit from afternoon light in window.

goldfishfinal2This was a challenging piece because of the amount of wax applied and with the final dye, I didn’t know what color would emerge. One can do test pieces, but I like the surprise. I did crumple up the piece before the final dye quite a bit which let in more darkness than wanted, so I ended up adding another layer of orange to the fish.

Here is a link to a more instructional way of doing batik. Fish in the big blue ocean, batik style

To see batik gallery visit this site Batik as Contemporary Art

 

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“In the Tailor Shop” is a of a story about a mannequin who gained a soul through a tailor’s imagination. The story was from an obscure French play written by Anim D’Alo, taking place in the early 1800’s.  Synopsis: An orphaned little boy runs away and finds a gentle blind tailor who wants someone to help him create his masterpieces. The orphan becomes his assistant and sews the tailor’s magnificent dresses for the town to see. They set them up in the window and as the passersby look at the mannequin who graces these clothes, the mannequin gains a conscience and ends up falling in love with an eccentric man about town, Monsieur Beau.  This gentleman ends up saving her in a fire, a fire she starts by accident in one of her imaginative episodes and it is this man, who finds her in the ashes and brings her to life. Unfortunately, the Blind Tailor and his assistant die in the fire. A strange story, partly because of the subject matter, but also the feeling it imparted. Trying to get the very essence of the tale came to me as I sketched out these scenes where she imagines her thoughts coming to life. They translated into “still lifes”, haunting, vague, yet intriguing pieces.

The first is “Dress”.  The dress is made to startle the people and make them look. It is an orange garment glowing with hints of cyan blue ribbon, giving the mannequin fire and an impetus to create.


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After getting the kind of feel I wanted out of this piece, I started sketches on the next scene, where the mannequin is haunted by the eccentric man, Monsieur Beau. He rides a unicycle through town and has taken special note of her display. She is dressed in green, an olive, lime green that symbolizes her envy. She so desperately wants to become real that she emanates this green hue of color the blind tailor sees in his dreams.

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In the next scene, named “The Resistance”, she knows of the mannequin heads that sit on her dresser waiting for her to look out of, this makes her sad because they remind her of what she is not.

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There were certain colors described in the night scene where the little orphan puts together a purple, lavender silk dress that shone through the hallway light.

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She lends her magic in the neighboring meat shop by lighting Chinese lanterns .

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The following is the last piece I have done, titled “In the End She has Her Captors” where the mannequin imagines taking all of the vital belongings of what make up Monsieur Beau, the blind tailor and the little orphan and placing them in a net bag. She believes they are ‘soul parts’ for her taking.

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I am hoping to continue this series with one more painting, depicting Monsieur Beau riding his unicycle in the distance while the mannequin is picking up scissors and making her wedding dress.

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burnt umber on wall and branches

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larger white stones painted with gesso

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