I’m trying to be better about keeping notes as I go along. (Click the thumbnails forf ull size images.)
2 Gothic Arches pieces that are on my table at the moment.
Poetry-Toads. The background is made up of pattern tissue and a facsimile of the first page of an old edition of Pride and Prejudice. I colored the peacock with watercolor pencils and then soaked it in magic juice. ( a mix of leftover tea leaves and coffee grounds in lukewarm water.) A little thinned out gesso and it’s ready to go. The quote is from Marianne Moore re the definition of a poem cut out and glued to some Japanese wrapping paper. The lady is colored and wetted and not glued down yet. It needs a final surface treatment of some sort to pull it together and mellow the edges.
I don’t know where this one is going. The background is a paper towel that started life a a brush wiper and then got painted on it’s own merit. (Water colors — greens and browns and a funky amber that I love and will probably never be able to recreate.)
The flowers are from the front of a seed packet that is on some wallpaper I have a scrap of. There’s a cutout of an engraving of a little bird (Carolina wren?) that I think belongs on here.
I’m on my third time through In This House. I’m going to do mine as an accordion book with each page about nine inches tall. I’ve got some rice paper backings drying on boards, cadmium red this time. I mean to use it as backgrounds for the houses.