Friday, January 1, 2016

Batik Gallery

"Apple Blossoms I "
"Apple Blossoms I" detail
"Apple Blossoms II"

"Apple Blossoms III"

"Fall Maple"
"Field Entrance "
"Ode to Haydenville"

"World Tree"
"Red and Yellow Fish" 
"Gold fish in the Sea"

"Wooded Path"
"Apple Blossoms in Moonlight"
"Trees in Beaver Pond"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Field Entrance

Ode to Haydenville continues with "Field Entrance", a beautiful location at the top of a hayfield I used to look at from the bottom of the hill. There were chestnut, oak and maple trees that lined the rim of this hill and just beyond, was a slope down to the thick woods engulfing the property.
In the summer time I would take walks through this field when the grass was high and visit with the cows in the pasture below. Usually, my cats would join me on the stroll and be completely mesmerized by the cows in the distance. I remember the sky being so blue while the green of the grass vibrated in the brightness of the day.  I also remember feeling overwhelmed by it all.
This was a smaller piece, about 13" x 19" and was shown at the Fiber Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The woman who decided to buy it said it reminded her of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

 Light blue turquoise was used as the first dying for the sky, light golden yellow was sprinkled in small trees and grass, vibrant green was used for shading and lastly, dark brown (Havana Brown) was used for the tree trunks and branches.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I once lived in Western Massachusetts and was always amazed of its natural beauty. It is a place where beaver ponds, stones walls and lush woodlands are the common scenery. 
 After taking a picture of this magical little place that sat at the bottom of a field behind our house, I sketched it out, getting all stones and trees in place, knowing where the light would come in. Then, started the never ending fun challenge of batik, a true labor of love. Starting the ritual of batik

Now a wall hanging, Ode to Haydenville, is a reminder of things past. The black dye I intended didn't come through as planned, as with the uncertainty of batik, you never know quite how it will develop. Here,  burgundy was the last dye and the material could not get any darker. I completely saturated the fabric with dye, that the black just did not take. After boiling off the wax, I could have added another layer, but that would have required too much work, and a chance of ruining the image. I am content with the piece though, and have come to appreciate the unintended color scheme.