This was a piece I screwed up – didn’t like it at all so I painted over it.  I think I’d rather see it on canvas,  Do you think? On another note…

Setting up the outdoor studio seems like it should be a breeze!  Never is.  I have washed every single item and tool, from spoons to measuring cups to trunks full of containers, even though they were all washed before closing up for the winter!  They will be stored to stay clean this time!  I got a very cool, huge rubbermaid deck box from Freecycle and I power washed it last week.  It’s filled to the brim with containers and rags and towels, all must haves! Shelves are stacked with Salvation army finds from coffee urns to vases to hold my leaves and flowers after foraging.  Crockpots didn’t survive this year.  Time to pick up some more. Aluminum pots have all sprung holes in the bottom.  Salvation Army here I come!

Tons of leaves and weeds were pulled, raked and dumped into new compost piles.  Branches were trimmed and hauled down to a growing stack that will get thrown into a fire some fall day, along with all those invasive weeds from hell.  Before doing all this today and yesterday, I began to spray all the poison ivy I could get to with a solution of vinegar, salt and Dawn soap. I dosed a couple of the bittersweet plants that have just emerged as well to see if it works.

Not a lot of productive time left out there but there’s still quite a bit of good weather for dyeing and printing, especially with the tent.  Last year I was still out there some days in October. So, I’m scheduling an Introduction to Eco Printing Workshop – August 28, 29 and 30th .    Due to limited space I’ll only have four students at a time and two have already expressed an interest, so if you’re interested email me at jujujan@verizon.net for details.

 

 

 

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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