Patterns 2: Gouache Resist
I tried another pattern painting, this time in gouache so I could do a resist on it.
Here’s how it started out:
And here it is after the Black Magic ink is painted on and then washed off. It washes off a lot of color and looks kind of sad:
The fun part is going back in and going wild with color. I turned the purple blotches into roses of a sort. An enjoyable thing to do on a beautiful Sunday!
It’s Leap Day!
Time to dance!
Color and Pattern
Something a little different for me. It reminds me of my days as a colorist in the polyester print business many years ago. This was a fun piece and I think I may do some more of these. It’s larger than I usually do: 12″x16″, cold pressed Arches paper.
Branches on the Tracks
A work drawing of some railroad tracks that are probably unused due to detritus on the tracks.
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend, beautiful WP friends.
Meander in reflection,
merging sky land sea, shimmering
replica. The ship stands calm,
silent in regard. My mirror
breaks into the shiver of wind,
pushing me back through this day.
Margo Roby posted a painting by Monet for peaceful poetic response. Monet and I have a long interaction via the grid…
As to the poem, I had gotten a children’s book of sijo poetry out of the library (Tap Dancing on the Roof), and was interested to try the form. Originally a Korean song in 3 lines, modern poets sometimes break it into 6, which worked better for me. Numbers of syllables are involved, and the last line is supposed to provide a twist on the first two. You can read more about writing a sijo here.
Self Portrait #12 Mask 2
day in disguise
masking the night
Two Lantern poems (isn’t that a great name? and the shape!) as suggested by Jane Dougherty in her weekly challenge.
You may remember that I ended up leaving my self portrait #12 open for the insertion of new masks, and for this second one I used another Native American reference: Northwest Coast raven moon masks. Raven and Moon are important in tribal life. Raven is the creator of light, a trickster who stole the stars, moon, and sun, and put them in the sky. Moon, a transformational symbol, is both protector and spirit guide.
The original mask was based on Hopi Kachina dolls. I’m not sure if we’re still designating the 25th of each month as selfie day, but if so, why not a mask?
You can read the story of how Raven stole light for the world here. And all the posts so far in 100 Self Portraits are here.