The rain chains are still frozen. For all y'all that have never heard of a rain chain, it is a gutter downspout, that precipitation just flows down in the warmer months. They look very beautiful during storms & while I have tried numerous times to get a documented moment video clip of the rain chain in action, it never turns out correctly. However this stilled frozen landscape has lent itself to rain chain documentation. The ice is so clear & reflective, really beautiful. I hope you have a weekend filled with beauty. Happy Friday Y'all!
It is icing outside right now. It started a few hours ago & sounded like hail inside. But when you go outside it sounds like rain in the gutters & snow on the ground. The flowers look like they are crying or sweating depending on the angle, but the reality is none of the water is moving on them; it is all frozen in place. All of the paradoxi depict the feeling I had when viewing ice on the tropical forest, weird & slightly unsettling. I am certain there will be interesting things to see & I will keep my eyes open. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
I wanted to see what would happen if I printed the gouache first and then laid the wash on top. The effect is divergent, much more organic, not so regimented. I will play more with the different layering of these two paints. The effect is so disparate that I am not sure which I prefer or which is closer to what I want to say. Hence my continued experimentation. Hope your week is off to a solid start. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
Yesterday the weather was gorgeous & friends with a boat were calling. No brainer, skip the studio, for a day & go outside. It was so worth it! In this clip you can see a dolphin surfacing thru the wake multiple times. Below are some observed shadows & the tide gullies running thru the pluff mud. Plenty of things to see & inform my studio practice, but while I was out there all I had to do was enjoy. Happy Tuesday Y'all!
I often go to the bookstore on Sunday evenings; it's relatively quiet & you can puruse in peace. Last night I found three wonderful books that just had to come home with me. Pom-Poms! by Sarah Goldschadt & Lexi Walters Wright, Made by Hand by Lena Corwin, & Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. The only one of those I had previously heard of was Dog Songs. It is so spot on (pun intended) in describing dogs, that any person has spent a modicum of time around fido will attest to their veracity & enjoy a knowing chuckle.
Pom-Poms! sucked me in thoroughly with 25 varied pom projects. I love a good polka dot & pom poms are just their natural progression into three dimensional form. So excited to try out some of these projects!
Last but certainly not least there was the Made by Hand book. The first project with rolling pin printing captivated me so thoroughly that I knew I was not leaving the store without this book. The other projects that followed were equally compelling. I am so looking forward to pursuing some of these projects a bit further. Huge props to Lena Corwin for compiling such a wonderful collection.
I would certainly encourage you to check out these books. They have gotten me excited about a lot of different things, which I think is crucial for maintaining a balanced studio practice & in the case of Dog Songs left me thoroughly amused. I leave you with Mary Oliver reading a poem from Dog Songs. Happy Monday Y'all!