July 2016: Masses of Green
It is summer and the sun loves a million green leaves, masses of green.
–Carl Sandburg, “Mask”
I’ve used Carl Sandburg before to illustrate grids. A folklorist and singer as well as a writer, his verse catches the rhythms of ordinary speech in vivid juxtapositions of image and sound. I could conjure illustrations for every line.
To celebrate the first day of World Watercolor Month, sponsored by Charlie at Doodlewash, I painted a ground of green before stitching lines and then collaging an irregular grid with foliage from magazines. After I did the green wash, I folded the paper to form the lines for the stitching. They showed up a lot better before the colors dried. I think maybe the paper was too wet to start with, but part of the idea this month is to try things out and learn from them.
You can read all of Sandburg’s poem, “Mask”, here. “Your toes are singing to meet the song of your arms:” –but that’s for another day.