Hello! Hope you are all safe and healthy - I'm so glad our northern California fires seem to be on the wane, and the air is clearer and cooler. Time to gear up for the holidays already, and create some new items for upcoming craft/art fairs and my shops (links through the menu in the website). I thought I'd share some of the latest with you here. :-)
I'm having a lot of fun making cyanotypes after I took a wonderful class given by Linda Clark Johnson. The process is very fun and unpredictable, and involves painting a light-sensitive solution on paper, letting it dry, arranging items on top of the treated paper, putting them out in sunlight, and rinsing the paper. The result is a lovely blue (cyan) and white "photo." Afterwards you can leave the print as is or manipulate it in several ways. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to create - no drawing talent required! I completed this flying crow in the class.
And I just finished up these flowering maple prints made from negatives of photos I took in our back yard (watercolor added).
All three of these originals plus more will be hanging in my new gallery space at the Folsom Artists' Gallery (inside the Bag Lady shop) at 627 Sutter Street in Folsom. Please stop by if you are in the area! If you can't make it, but are interested in any of these works, please contact me directly.
Gotta get back to work, but before closing, here's a little quote that might inspire you as it has me:
"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble." Thoreau
I'd love to hear about any of your experiments and "learning experiences." :-) Happy autumn!