I am back! I had to cut my recent “Happy Canadian Thanksgiving” post off shortish because I was having a pain of a time with an older and clunkier WP editor …now I have discovered my error and am trying this editing platform direct from WP. So far, so good!
The point is: I can never be too thankful! When I find myself a tad stuck, I can look at the inspiration in the colours of the fall fruit market ( which harvest, BTW, is so abundant and tasty this year after our miserably hot summer – the peaches, o my…), and of course, never forgetting my fall garden:
Inspiring to see these same colours used with abandon by my eight year old grandson. We used old map paper that he painted, then folded to make an Origami wallet:
As I mentioned in my ( very recent) post, Stash Busting can be a source of inspiration, too.
Do you, like me, have a hoard of UFO’s, WIPs or project left-overs that you cannot bear to throw out and which you promise yourself will find New Life one day?
I have been working on that Sacred Stash all year, opening up boxes and repacking them with my new ideas of versions of future projectsToday, I share just one current set of little works that actually seems to be happening beyond the sketch stage. I have gathered up some of my earliest eco prints from my 2011, stash, done on heavy water colour paper, and have cut them to small book-page size, created signatures and covers and now have begun assembling them in a Coptic stitch binding as little “BOTANICA” books with printed signature wrappers and plain papers for artwork.
I am pleased that the pigments are still vibrant in many of the prints, though some yellows have deepened to golds or browns. The prunus cistena and acer palmatum greens still display well, as does the coreopsis orange-red. The alnus was brown- tan from the beginning and the prunus virgininia will never fade from the dark black-brown. The ginkgo is still bright yellow as it was when printed.
I have used the iPad basic editor on the photos, BTW, but not too fancy. Take a look:
Even so, the editing does not do justice to the range of natural pigments one can appreciate with the naked eye. BTW, my OOPS there was an overtight coptic stitching with waxed linen thread that was too thick. I have about five of these little treasures – I am hoping the Art Gallery of Ottawa will take them for their boutique!
Next time, more stash-busting
Have a great weekend