I have added some ink and brush drawings to the Drawing section above. These dragons are very satisfying to draw, so many loop shapes.
Thanks to the loan of a reflecting circle thing and some black foam core from my sister (Alex Lang Photography), I gave shooting on a black background a try. These two conjoined creatures are part of my ongoing Twin series, currently titled Inseparable. I love how the black sets the colours of the puppets off, but I will definitely try shooting them on a light background as well, and see which looks better.
Recently we were out exploring an area near Omemee called Windy Ridge Conservation Area. It does in fact have a windy ridge that borders a horse sanctuary. If you stand and look at the horses long enough, a donkey will come over and stand between you and the horses. If you want to get to the horses you have to go past the donkey first, and no one gets past the donkey.
I do not have a picture of the donkey.
I do, however, have a picture of some cool lichen I found.
If I were reincarnated as lichen, I might want to be this lichen.
And, since it is a pretty hot day here in Port Hope, I will share with you some nice chilly pictures from February. One is of Bryn throwing a stick on the beach, and the other is of some frost on our kitchen window.
Though most of my recent puppets have been made entirely from cloth, I am working on a small series of hand puppets that have papier mache heads, which hearken back to my previous way of approaching puppet making. These puppets are less traditional, as they are all conjoined in some way or another.
Painting patterns on cloth is an especially satisfying activity. I like to buy large white linen tablecloths and cotton sheets and pillowcases from thrift or antique shops. Then I tear or cut them to the size I want and go at them with the watered down ink and acrylic paint. Also handy to have a spray bottle of water; I use it all the time now, I don't know how I did without. Good old spray bottle.
A departure from the puppets. These two objects are inked fabric stuffed with rags and stones to give them some weight. Sewing that ruffle on the pink one has been a bit of a trick. Almost done. The grey one has flute-y pink gills on the sides. When you look at them from the top down, they look like Mr. Potato-head ears.
Influences can come from anywhere, even plastic potato people.
I was lucky enough to find these awesome Nature Magazines at an antiques shop nearby; I love the cover illustrations here by a person named Hexom. I think they are engravings, but not sure. Great colour and composition. And take a close look at that otters expression!! Not the happy-go-lucky fun loving little guys we thought we knew.
Take a white porcelain swan, gesso it, then paint any which way you want, and ta daaa, Rainbow Swan!