My Next Show will be The Jay Contway Show combined with The Great Western Show at The Expo Park, Great Falls, Montana - March 15-19th. Hope to see you there!
This is "Montana Ram" - Dye on Silk - That will be sold at The Shadows of the Past art show September 9th - 10th. There is also one of a Montana deer for sale. I will then participate in a quick finish the evening of the 10th. Earlier in the day I will be at Paris Gibson Museum demonstrating for the Arts on Fire! Busy day! I will again demonstrate at the Montana State Fair this year as well. Colors of the Fall will take place at the Heritage Inn this year October 28th - 29th. I hope to see you there!
Great times with friends at my art reception at The Blue Rose and Motif on First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls on Friday October 2nd!
For Great Falls' First Friday on October 2nd I will be showing at The Blue Rose located at 419 Central Ave. I look forward to visiting with you at the reception from 5 - 9 pm!
This painting is of Hidden Lake in Montana's Glacier Park.
1. First I create a preliminary drawing on white paper. I will then lay the silk over the top and use gutta to lightly trace my image.
2. Next, I use a resist called gutta to draw and shade, much like pen and ink. I must make sure all areas are enclosed, or when I go to dye the piece I will have sections that bleed out. I also iron the gutta, which chemically changes it so it will resist water.
3. When I start to dye the silk, I must suspend it. I control value with the amount of water and dye I use. I must plan to leave my whites, which can be tricky because the dye and water continue to flow after several seconds. It takes much practice to predict this process. However, the colors are vivid and exciting. When dying I will also mix colors directly on the silk; for example, if I want green, I lay down yellow and then add the blue and watch the spread and gradation happen. This can be a stressful process since there is no erasing with this media. Nevertheless, it is very addicting!