Picture Day! The first is Improvisation #1 that I have been working on - again - after discovering what I want to add to it. You can see the beginnings of the embroidery in the "big empty space". This is only one day's work, but maybe you can tell that it will be what is left of a flower head in the fall. It's not a Queen Ann's Lace but another weed that looks like it. During the fall it has a lovely skeleton which I am trying to capture.
Today was also painting day, and I started an experiment. Keep that in mind as you look at this "beginning" and wonder, "What on earth was she thinking?" I really enjoy pen and ink work, and I also like watercolor. So I decided that I would lay down a wash of color, do a bit of ink work, then paint the image followed by heavier ink where needed. Complicated? Maybe, but I think I could really enjoy the end result - if I get it right. Here is what I did today:
This is St.Antimo's Church in Italy where we listened to the monks chant. I think I hate the background wash; it was an attempt to be completely free and uninhibited. However, I will continue working on the church itself; studies are an important part of the process for me. However, while I work on this, I will probably do another wash. Just to have it ready for the next trial.