I just came back from a fabulous 3 day weekend near Port Townsend, WA with the Fiber 19 gals. I had SUCH a wonderful time! The ladies are fabulous artists - and I am so honored to be allowed to attend their retreats!
|View from the ferry - facing Kingston with the Olympics in the distance - what a beautiful sight!|
I took the ferry over from Edmonds to Kingston --- such a fabulous night! I caught a ferry with perfect timing to see the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains. If you've never been to the Seattle area - a ferry trip is a must do!
|Coming up to the rental property at Camp Beausite|
We stayed in Camp Beausite, which is a Kiwanis Club camp that is available for rent off-season. We provided our bedding, clothing (of course), and food, and they provided the beds, tables, and house (at least 6 bedrooms with 2 beds each room plus at least 3 bathrooms..maybe more - I didn't really explore all that much - I was too busy being an aspiring artist!).
|The 3 pink-background crocus paintings - perhaps a tryptic?|
I spent my time working on improving my silk painting skills and ended up with 4 paintings of crocus - all are similar, but different at the same time. I can't wait to do more experimentation with recycled silks!
Three of the painting have a pink background, my fourth painting has a blue background. Each one was painted on a piece of approx. 4"x8" silk. They were really meant to be tests of a couple of techniques and of working with recycled silks (and they certainly tested me!).
|My paintings along with some of the various dyed items, fyi - the 4 smaller, brightly-colored silks ( to the right of my paintings) were dyed with the left-over paint/dyes from my paintings.|
The results of our experiments were fabulous, - and so easy to do! It's even safe enough for kids to do too (because it simply requires vinegar, steam, and a bit of time).
All of my dying was done on recycled silk scraps. Some of the materials we used to dye with included: purple carrot, beet stems, madrona bark, onion skins, fuschia flowers, and a lovely periwinkle flowering shrub (that made a gorgeous grey-blue color) which I believe is a member of the Ceanothus family of plants.
If you get the chance, I highly recommend going on a retreat of any kind! It was lovely to relax and not have to worry about the daily grind. I feel revitalized and I am inspired to try so many new ideas in art! Now I just need to get the rest of my life to cooperate! Wish me luck!!