After being a good but rather boring girl this morning (cleaning the house - yuck!), I rewarded myself with studio time this afternoon! I have several irons in the fire, but the discharging bug keeps nibbling at me, and I can't let it go!
Here is a before picture of a piece that I'm fairly certain I used fabric paint on in my week with Sue Beevers at John C. Campbell Folk School:
It was one of the first pieces I "worked on", and it has never sung to me, so I thought I'd see what, if anything, discharging would do. I applied some painters tape, and then slapped on a mixture of dishwasher gel and turquoise dye:
So above you can see it with the tape and dye, and below, you can see it after washing, drying and ironing:
It's a bit better, but still needs some oooomph.
This is my favorite piece from today. Unfortunately, I have no before shot of it, but I will bore you with three of the after shots. I'm smitten with this one:
I love the deeper rosey red lines on it and the green. This piece was pretty much all red when I started with it. Where shall I go from here? Any suggestions? Speak up, don't be shy!!
The other afternoon, I glanced out the window and saw a rather odd site. At first I couldn't figure out what it was, so I ran to the spotting scope and realized that it was a hawk taking a bath in the lake. Isn't it nice to know that hawks also like to be clean!
Here he is just after totally dunking himself in the lake:
This shot was just before he took off up into one of the nearby trees:
For the second year in a row, our neighbors George and Barbara have had hawks nest in one of their trees. I feel sure that this is one of the babies, who has staked out its claim in our side yard. Oh joy!