It’s becoming an obsession probably. Using oysters as a starting point for paintings.
One of my books had these gorgeous images from the Middle Ages, and it inspired me to make a book, as a class journal for the upcoming DJ Pettitt workshop in Jacksonville, OR, in January.
I admire DJ’s work no end and I am thrilled to be taking a workshop with her. I had to have a journal that would do her justice.
Yes, I do like John Waterhouse. To a point. His images seemed fitting for the theme.
And yes, I did buy a wedding gown at my favorite thriftstore, to salvage the lace.
My beautiful friend is away to Hawaii for 4 (or 5) months.
How could I let her go without a journal of her own, with lots of watercolor paper and pages to record her thoughts.
It had to have a travel bag, to survive the many moves.
This book is a combination of various techniques I learned, or have just seen and yearned to experiment with. I stand on the shoulders of such giants at Mary Ann Moss, DJ Pettitt, whom I will meet in January, and with whom I will take a class, Albie Smith, and my own craziness.
I’ve included bits of failed paintings, found lace and jewelry from my favorite thriftstore, and recently, bits of a wedding gown.
At the last Art & Soul Retreat, I took a wonderful class from Albie Smith, where she taught how to make those gorgeous little books.
They ARE little: 2x5 x 3.
The binding is called French Ribbon Stitching.