Dresses part one: color

Mazie has designed dresses for the three of us.  

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Because she doesn't take anything anything-but-seriously, we are making the dresses.  Starting with yards and yards of white cotton fabric. 

We each chose colors according to Mazie's design. Olive chose turquoise, Mazie chose pink, and mine will be ombré (if the Universe agrees.) 

Olive's turquoise fabric

Olive's turquoise fabric

Olive's we tie dyed.  (And I snuck a large scarf for me into her dyepot!)

Mazie's we didn't have the right color dye to do justice, so we will have to start again.  I hated to make her wait another day for her fabric, but it was so washed out, not at all like her beautiful design.

One of the most difficult things to learn is that it's all a process. It's all layers. Sometimes we get it right on the first try, but often it takes another layer of effort to get to the desired result.

Fabrics together

Fabrics together

I wish I had taken an image of Mazie's first product, but I didn't. We decided to layer some pink over the red to brighten it up, but misread the label, and it was purple instead. Purple won't do. So this will be the fabric for my dress, and we will try again for the perfect pink.

Ever more rippling

Rippling

Rippling

So this piece is expanding. Ever more flow. Advice from my daughters = more pink, more blue, more detail, Mom. Just getting the base layer down. Much, much more to go.

Today was a really great day. I worked on the patio for a few hours, time passed really quickly.   Came home from work to amazing stories about how the day went for my peeps--they were at a pool party. Good day all around.

I'm planning a trip to New Mexico.  Trying to figure out the best way to get my embroidery hoop there. It's quite a bit too large for my suitcase. 

In my head there are paintings -watercolor to show alongside these embroideries. They might be morphing into paintings on fabric.

 

 

 

Early morning studies

Last night's darkening sky

Last night's darkening sky

After a long cloudy day yesterday, I woke up with the sun this morning excited to work on a few studies for larger-scale paintings.

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The ether-reality of watercolor makes it the perfect medium with which to attempt to capture the fleeting emotions, thoughts, glimpses of truth that show up in my mind in the moments after waking.

Camped by a stream last night, and my subconscious listened to the flow of the water as I slept. I woke up several times thinking it was raining, but it was just the flow of the water.

Streamflow  

Streamflow  

I recently talked to a psychic who told me that some events from a past life are holding me back in this life, and that I need to work on clearing that old energy. Interesting to think about one lifetime flowing into the next. No longer reality, but still having an effect.