Monday, January 31, 2011
This is Late Spring, just completed over the weekend. Measuring 26" x 17," this is one of two tree pieces in my small local series.
The cool greens of this piece evoke feelings of newness, still-cool air, summer still on the way.
I had a terrific weekend, got lots done. I'll be teaching a shibori class in Eureka in a couple months, so yesterday I started dyeing a lot of color samples. It's interesting to me how each time I start a big dyeing project, I realize I am at a new level of knowledge and understanding of dyes, colors, procedures. In other words, I am formulating my own colors and processes as I learn more.
Actually, this phenomenon -- if that's what it is -- is apparent in all the surface design I do. As it's turned out, I take on a few processes each year, play with one for a while then move on to the next. I may not get back to something until nearly a year has passed. But the next time I do, I'm that much better at it. I guess that's growth in action.
Tomorrow I'm digging up and transplanting bamboo -- two clumping bamboos that I put in the ground nearly two years ago. They were each about 10" in diameter at ground level...I'll be dividing them tomorrow and now there's enough for maybe 8 good-sized plants! Most of those will go in tubs and grace Rose Cottage, the others will go to a friend. I'm looking forward to having it here -- I love bamboo. One of my fondest memories of living on Maui was walking through the bamboo forest near the Seven Sacred Pools. But that was a lifetime ago!