Just as I was thinking about painting and could I get my lazy old self up to do it, the Prime delivery arrived with my new paper, 140 lb, much heavier. So I had to try it right away. It does stand up better, though it doesn't improve my skills...more to do in that area, I think. A lot of it is about remembering what to do.
So I set to work and decided to make very small images, just because they're nice to give and have and so on. No closeups until this set is done and the tape off. And since setting up these bits and bob outside involves several trips, several openings and closings of the screen door, to keep chipmunks out and cats in, I thought I had to get this better organized. So I've coopted a nice old sheet iron teatray, which is now my watercolor setup tray. Also the tools can stay on it, high up away from cats, to dry. And it's one trip out to get set up.
The cats love me to make art. They purr away in the background, watching and supervising. I think they like it because then I'm not niggling at them, brushing them and clipping out mats, and cleaning the sleep from their eyes, and generally acting like an overbusy human.
But I have been stitching busily, too, and here's the update on the golden series piece I've been on:
notice the brass chain now stitched around the periphery of the inside of the "frame" motif. That's the same old chain that has now been used in innumerable art pieces, jewelry, you name it.
Another artist gave it to me years ago because she had no use for it, and it was good stuff. It actually lends a nice physical weight to the fabric, too, always a good point if you're making art to hang. And as I get into designing this piece more I expect more chain will put in an appearance. I don't know what if anything is going inside this frame motif, which is only a part of the whole work. When I know I'll do it, and show you!
Off to loaf about now.