Louisville is known for other things besides Churchill Downs, but right now I can not think of a thing. Especially not today when all the racing world and most common folk are waiting for 6:40 PM when the Derby race is scheduled to begin. Two minutes to greatness.
Started yesterday on a new idea... a new direction born from an old love. The love is watercoloring. I have always wanted to be a watercolorist, a painter. I think this medium goes well with my love of flowers. I have strived to achieve a painterly look in my floral quilts for a long time and to some extent I think I have come as close as I can with the expertise I have at present.
I spent yesterday morning leafing through and reading some pages in a very large book titled "Painting: Master Class" and got the itch to paint something. As I mulled over the properties and possibilities of of paint and fabric a light bulb came on.
Off to the studio I went to try the idea that was growing in the old brain.
Here is the result of what I tried to do. This is fabric paint on Raw silk.
I used Jacquard Dye-na-flow, textile paints and oil pastels. The back ground is stamped. I I used a stamp I made two summers ago and hadn't tried since then.
It is now 8:15 in the morning and I am eating breakfast as I am blogging. I was awake at 4:00 AM coughing, (Darn allergies). I told myself to go back to sleep, BUT COULDN'T. I picked up some knitting that I keep in the bed for those time when I do wake in the night. Knitting always until this morning puts me in a relaxed state, bores me actually and I go back to sleep.
I knitted three rows on my current pick up project. No signs of sleep came. I got up and went to the studio where I finished sandwiching the top and began free motion quilating.
I like what I have done so far as a first try with a new direction. So today I will be DERBYING IN THE STUDIO.... Heres hope you have the winner.