Monday, January 30, 2012
Winter Robins Feast
I am one of the SAQA artists selected to create a piece for the Seasonal Palette Exhibition due to open at Houston. Each of us submitted ideas and photos of four pieces of our work. Mockingbird's Larder was one of the pieces I submitted and that was the one they asked me to use in creating a new piece for the exhibition.
Our dear friend, George Weir, is taking a photography course and needed subjects for portraits and took the photograph above of me working on Winter Robins Feast. Part of my process is to cut stencils from freezer paper to apply my designs onto the fabric. Often I must cut the stencil while the freezer paper is on the fabric. Below my right hand is a small cutting mat that is between the paper and the fabric.In the photo above, most of the piece is covered with freezer paper except for berries that are being inked.
In much of the US, the arrival of robins marks the spring. Here in Charlotte the robins come in droves to stay for the winter. The mockingbird will find a favorite berry bush and guard it until the berries ripen waiting for the right moment to feast. All too often a flock of robins or cedar waxwings will descend and in a day or two will strip the tree clean of berries. No wonder the mockingbird is such an aggressive creature!