Photo by Karen Stiehl Osborn
The best part of any retreat is to do something NEW and FUN! It was a very productive week at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City with Karen Stiehl Osborn and Von Biggs. As you can see above, working bigger was definitely high on my “why not try it just for fun” list.
This is a detail of a big artwork I painted on a 10.5′ by 4.5′ piece of fabric I stitched together from some big chunks of Kona cotton, muslin, and offcuts from other work. This is a piece that I’m probably going to take forward, but perhaps as two separate artworks. Definitely landscape on my mind.
I really tried to stay away from screen printing since that’s been my focus for the past two years. But I just had to break out my fav screen to work on a big piece of Lutradur. Detail photo.
I hope to add new artwork to the Boundary Waters series. I’m always inspired by my sister’s and my adventures in that great wilderness of water, tree, rock. I painted a lot of similar sized pieces in very earthy tones and then threw caution to the wind and monoprinted on top to add that much needed element of emotion. Again, a detail photo above as I hope to finish some of the artworks in this grouping with stitching.
IN SUMMARY – Much experimenting, much hard work, much laughter (the biggest moo-latte ever, really???). You really can’t ask for more than that. Thanks to the KHN Center for the Arts for the space to create and to Karen and Von for the sharing of materials and a most convivial atmosphere in which to work.
NOTE: If you are curious about my paints, techniques, etc. for fabric painting, please visit this blog post for more technical info. And here are a series of three posts about painting 200 yards of fabric during an artist’s residency,