My friend Kathy laughed…. I didn’t know what these were, but was enchanted with their prehistoric look–she called them the bane of her gardening existence! It would appear they are quite common not just in Maine, but I didn’t have a clue (what else is new, right? Laugh along with me!). Anyway, that class exercise fed the flames of my passion for these amazing products of nature! I swear they look as if they belong in the Cretaceous with the dinosaurs!
After looking closely at the silks/seeds I realized that something I had glued into my sketchbook in Fall 2010 before at a soccer practice–a wisp found in the grass–was in fact one of the seeds and silks! Then when popping in at my friend Kate’s house, I found a lovely huge stand and twisted off a bunch of the stems to take home. The ones with fewer silks are now in a vase as a dried arrangement in my studio (I told you I’m besotted!), the others were for sketching. There is ABSOLUTELY a quilt, if not several, in these things!
So for the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 I decided I needed to sketch the ones with the silks–which had been fluffing the kitchen for far too long.
I had this bright idea to do the drawing in two phases: the pods on the page, the seeds and silks on an overlay, so that I could make two screens (without having to re-draw them!): one of the pods, on for just the silks, then I could screenprint with two colors. Well…despite the cover of the package of Vellum saying it was suitable for ink, pencil, paint, etc., my *permanent* Pitt India-Ink/waterproof pen SMEARS. Grumble. Will have to muck around –maybe a Sharpie won’t smear? And I’ve waited 36+ hours and the ink still smears. If I try to erase the pencil guidelines, it takes the ink and smears it all over. Bleah. Good idea, materials need refining. Ahem.
And here is just the overlay:
I can totally see making some screens, with the drawings in different sizes, to do some printing on cloth as well as rendering these in fused applique…. now, I just need to make the quilt for the Dinner@8 challenge for this year (a juried invitational quilt exhibit…see here for more info on past exhibits), then I’ll dive into this one! It feels so good to be energized and excited about making art! It has been a rough several years, and I think we really are moving into a less drama-filled life…this is GOOD!