Today I joined a group of plein air artists and had a really pleasant morning, sitting in someone’s gorgeously landscaped grounds pretending to paint but really just enjoying the sun and the breeze, the light and the shadows. After painting, we reviewed our work and then repaired to a local restaurant for (considerable!) revitilization while we moaned about the lot of starving artists!
So, on getting home, I thought why should painters be the only ones to work outside? I did debate trying to get a picture of me hauling a sewing machine up a tree…but…alas couldn’t figure out how to use the timer on the camera! (which of course would be the only difficulty in getting such a picture ;)!)
Instead, I headed to the patio and stretched out a couple of yards of fabric onto a table I have there which has 3 layers of foam insulation nailed onto the top (so much easier to pin into than carpet underlay – whoever dreamed that up for print tables can’t have had arthritis!).
As you can see I’m right outside in the garden (and have the mozzie bites to prove it!) but one should suffer for one’s art, right?
I’m very lucky to have a beautiful big screen which I’d prepared Kerr Grabowski style yesterday. It’s about 4 feet square so fits nicely onto my 4ft by 8ft table:
here it is ready to print…it’s very heavy so getting it into position saves me from upper body exercises for at least 3 days! I can just about reach across it with the squeegee if I don’t mind slightly printed – ahh – protuberances!
And here’s the finished result…I think it looks really interesting…after I made two prints (which covered the entire 4 by 8 area), I set the screen down to dry again. I think I can get a few more prints off it tomorrow…but I took all my scraped off gloop and used it to “paint” all the sides of the fabric…that way I’ll have long strips of lighter value, similar hue colour which will be very useful when I start to design a piece using this fabric.
here’s a detail – I just love this texture – I actually made a couple of monoprints from it too (it’s just corrugated cardboard) which are underneath the printed fabric – didn’t want to disturb them! Now I shall have to hope for a warm night so it’ll batch well. I usually leave this kind of printed fabric a week or more before washing. Waiting is one of the surface design processes I do well!! Especially en plein air.
If you have been, thanks for reading! And do let me know about your own plein air adventures! Elizabeth