|The drawing for the first panel with black, brown, red and gray|
|Making my homemade painting board with cardboard, plastic and a stretcher|
|Attaching a soft piece of fleece to the stretcher|
|The first panel pinned to my homemade painting board|
|All set up and ready to begin mixing paint|
|Painting the first silk panel|
|Hanging up to dry|
After finishing the Flatlands panel late last year, I've been itching to start some new larger pieces working only with organdy. It is such a pain to work with but I remain so seduced by its properties that I have been brainstorming about the possibilities for months now.
While I was on my recent silent retreat over the New Year, I had this idea to make a layered silk painting; a kind of "painting sandwich" with multiple layers of translucent silk organdy, each one painted and embroidered, and then separated by a piece of felt. Now I'm testing this idea on a small scale to see if and how it works, and whether the reality is as appealing as what I've been picturing in my mind.
Finally, I set up my paints and my palette, and began painting my first layer of organdy. Which, frankly, took a lot less time than all the set-up did.