Talk about getting "mean and surly"?!!! In my head my workshop is a laboratory and I'm an unwaivering crazy scientist going at it non-stop trying to keep up with the ideas popping off in my brain. So even in spite of the physical need to rest, I get "mean and surly" (remember that movie with Whoopi, LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith where Whoopi was going to have those words on her husband's tombstone?) when I'm unable to be there.
Finally, I returned on Thursday but piddled to reacclimate myself back to a flow. Friday, my intent was to arrive afternoon and work late, pulling close to an all-nighter. I couldn't go past the 5 hours I typically put in and decided to come home. I hit the bed and slept hard but this morning woke with this piece on my mind: (you can always click on the picture to enlarge) The black colour didn't wash out to the paleness I expected. What I did differently was to use Afterfix instead of soda ash...the dye paint mixture was mostly thickener with what I thought was a low percentage of dye. I don't like this...I have 4 ideas to improve it (more cohesive in appearance) as I so much love the piece overall.
1. discharge the black letters (which are outlined in a black resist used in silk painting)
2. randomly place more letters, (and/or) smaller in size.
3. flip it over and dye paint the back side in an orange, green, or gray. the section I love the most is the warmer hues versus the cooler ones at the top but I do want to keep some constrast between warm and cool.
4. cut it up into 2 or 3 sections with 1 cut going down the middle of the bold letters and put them in one piece. my original intent was to keep this panel as a whole cloth. cutting it up could make for much more visual interest.
I don't think I'm going to touch it until after I finish with the calligraphy workshop which will generate new ideas.
Oh, and for those who might be interested. Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez did an exlusive interview with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. This is a transcript or you can listen to the audio or video as well: Democracy Now . Part 2 will air Monday and can be heard/read online later in the afternoon. Ayers book on his Weathermen Underground experience is being re-issued this week. I guest he can thank Sarah Palin for that because prior to her repeating his name over and over in an attempt to disgrace our President Elect, Ayers wasn't even remotely near my radar.