If you read my last post, you know I had a grim week, but this morning I woke up feeling great, and not to brag or anything, but I got nine hours of sleep! So I am back in the saddle again and ready to share some beautiful art!!
This one is really elegant, for once. I don't usually think of my stuff as elegant. Other adjectives usually spring to mind, like happy twee joyful wow is she on drugs?
(No, she isn't, for the most part, in case you were wondering, unless you count herbal tinctures. Because who needs drugs when you have art?)
But I digress.
This painting is based on arashi shibori, which is a style of shibori that's done by bunching or tying fabric around a pole, then dying it in indigo dye. If you really want to know how it's done, check out this excellent video by Ana Lisa Hedstrom. (Opens in new window.)
The technique results in long, beautiful watery blue lines. In the Japanese tradition, it's often done at an angle to suggest driving rain, but in my piece, the vertical lines are more like rain running down a window pane.
This piece looked good right from the beginning, and the wavy lines were so beautiful that I could have stopped halfway. But I didn't.
Since I'm feeling more cheerful, I didn't want to name this one after rain, and the blue stripes reminded me of ribbons, which reminded me of presents, which reminds me that love is a gift that we give to the people around us, and which we receive in return.