So the sun is up in the sky - for just a little while I believe - and even though my heart rejoices of this, I have started to have doubts of whether the summer will ever come up here. It seems like the rest of you live on Tellus and we, poor beggars, up here live on a different planet ... Woollus? We had some new snow last Sunday, and with snow I mean that we got almost 5 inches. Now I have reached the point, where I refuse to talk, think or take pictures of the ever present snow.
Or so I thought when I today pulled out my camera to take few pictures of Tina and Ruusu playing outside my window.... But there you have it, let it be the last time before next fall. I just read from somewhere that during the past 60 years, when records have been kept, there has never been so much snow in May up here.
Flower Crazy workshop is coming to an end this Friday and last week we were making collages. I have been enjoying this work a lot, even though in the beginning I was very uncomfortable.
You know my love of intricate ink work and now I was slapping pieces of paper on a cardboard and adding all sorts of touches with water color, pencil, ink and gesso... I first though that I was losing my voice altogether but somewhere in the process I begun to see the reason to do this.
I am very shy on using colors, I always struggle and think for a long time before I dare to pick up any color and very often ruin the painting by trying to be more courageous with colors. But this technique totally works for me. I can pick random colors from paper piles and just without too much thought, glue them to the background and then start my work from there.
I made these three and while making the fourth one, I placed my flower diagonally on the page (this will be a book of flowers when done) and I did not see the problem quite yet. When the first layer was drying and I kept glancing at it, I realized that the composition was off and the flower was about to fall off the page, very disturbing.
At first I thought that I would toss away the page but since I have only limited number of pages in this material and size to use for this book (folder), I decided to try to salvage it.
Thinking carefully I started to add more stems to it and at the same time, tried to keep the picture clean and uncluttered. When I thought I was done, I did the gesso work for the background.
But as you can see, I did not manage to improve the composition. There are elements that I like, so I am keeping it and it will be part of this folder of flowers.
I am not yet sure how to name my flower folder...I am thinking of ... Summer that never came... Flowers that never bloomed... Something along those lines.
Wool with you,