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Abstraction in Nature – December 07, 2015

Green foxtails at sunset.
Artist’s hand and a drawing.

Rather large pencil drawings of a spider lily petal are inching toward completion. Captured this evening at the copper gold moment right before the sundown. This is for a series of dyed silk garments named “Spider Lily Red”. It is important that I get it right while on paper, so that when I move on to painting on silk, my brush will be reasonably sure-footed.

In praise of Her Highness – Spider Lily Red update.

Art works in studio.

How do you gather your red, while waiting for the autumn in the lightless soil?
When the three a.m. air tells me the summer is near, I think of your bulbs, eavesdropping on the night.

An artist working on her drawings.
A drawing and an artist’s hand.

Project Name: Spider Lily Red
Current Status: On
References: Progress of this project / Previous dyed items

Magenta Sunsets – an update on Spider Lily Red

Artist's hands and a drawing.
Seaside at sundown.
Grass leaves at sundown by ocean.
A drawing detail.
A pencil drawing detail.

This early summer, we are having sunsets in vivid magenta, frequently enough to surprise, amuse, worry – an earthquake premonition? – many of us over here.
Drawings in the photos – extended, drawn, traced – are for “Spider Lily Red”, the newest series of dyed garments.

Before the Summer comes…

Spring wrap up.

A drawing in progress.
Clematis Petals on a computer.
Clematis petals close up.
Hand painted tote bag.

me: You kidding.
flower: No, really. This is the look I’m after.

Saxifraga stolonifera blossom close up.

From Top:
Clunky patchy job extending the drawing, of a spider lily petal. For my “Spider Lily Red” series.
Clematis, one of the many crazy-blooming in the yard right about now.
Drying petals and stamens of Clematis, in macro.
“Dada Tote” that I’ve been working on.
Many ways to blossom. I would have never known how this tiny thing looks had I not macro-ed it this afternoon.

Abstract Petal.

An abstract flower pencil drawing.

This recently-finished pencil drawing is to be a reference for a dye sample/swatch I’m gonna be working on next, that is for the newest of my Dyed Threads series, “Spider Lily Red” project. The line-oriented approach you see here is of me teaching myself a new trick, that I think would best capture the extreme curliness of the spider lily petals.

An abstract flower petal drawing.

The said petals start out fairly straight-edged. As the blooming progresses however, they go into this full-on abstract free-form red wavy anarchy that feels more like a perfectly-choreographed theater. Petals themselves are quite tiny but hold within so much passion, that’s how I sense them anyways.

An abstract flower petal drawing.

The project is gradually gaining momentum so swing by again when you get a chance.
Thank you for your visit.

これをもとに染め見本を作るのが当方の『Dyed Threads』シリーズの通常の手順。


An Ivory Sea Shell textures.
Sand dollar, inner part.

Lately, much of my evenings I spend visiting fireflies.
Early summer rice fields, the plants are already at their full-height. They host a small family of the delicate insects come alive each evening as Twilight falls.

Test painting on silk.

In the pitch dark their fluorescent yellow lights draw weightless lines visible only to my mind’s eye.
Flashing on, off, on, off….I stand amidst the invisible web of Organic Elegance and say to myself:
I get it, it’s that Pulse again!!

Just then in distance a Wave breaks one more time, with its most wholesome assertion Sea replies:
it’s our Heartbeat honey, yours and mine.

The Night then trembles, suspended in time.

An wavy sea shell textures.
A flower petal study sketch.

Photos are of various beach finds and a dye test swatch for my “Spider Lily Red” series.

The last photo is of a new pencil drawing, incomplete, of a petal of the said lily, for the said series, trying something different from how I usually painted with dyes.

Additional note on April 10, 2019:

This post was originally titled as “Bounds melt. Time stands still.”.
For the reason I do not disclose (i.e. not that interesting to you) I removed this post from this site for a while.

I revived this under a new title and with revised text on April 09-10, 2019. The reason being:

The red lily petal dyed on a silk (the photo in the middle) was the first dye test for this project “Spider Lily Red”. I painted in the same way as all the previous Dyed Threads series (example). And it didn’t quite work.
The bottom drawing is what I came up with as the alternative. The rest of photos are the main sources of inspirations. The drawing – of the same petal, had progressed into 2 part series (references: drawing 1, and drawing 2) – are both completed now. I thought it would be kinda neat to show you how it all started.