First, a clarification is needed regarding my last blog post. The photos are of watercolor batiks. They are not woodblock prints. I identified them as batiks under the artwork, but my commentary was very sloppy. Sorry about that.
So, tomorrow is the end of the challenge. Working in a short series (the African animals) was a great experience, and it was good to narrow the subject matter and not have artwork "all over the place." I think I finally get it.
Commissions will keep me busy the next couple of weeks, but I hope to squeeze in a couple of other paintings. And I know my sweet husband is happy the challenge is over. Now he can take off that apron. (Yes, he is a very good cook!) Thank you, Tim!
Only a couple batiks have been mounted and color corrected; the rest will go on the pile till after the challenge. Those zebras kept calling to me, so I popped off a few more. This time, I previewed a new color (rose), but I'm not sure I'll keep it on my palette.
I have been experimenting with a tjanting tool (produces a controlled line with melted wax), and am still walking the learning curve. Think I'll quit experimenting till February.
As usual, I've learned a lot during this month, especially about zebras, and look forward to this final week of the challenge.
"This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man."
Edouard Manet regarding painter Berthe Morisot
Berthe Morisot was the only female painter invited to show her work in the groundbreaking first collective exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874. In fact, she participated in all but one of the eight exhibitions, missing the fourth due to the birth of her daughter.
Morisot modeled for Manet on a dozen occasions. She became his muse, his dear friend, and eventually his sister-in-law when she married Manet's brother Eugene.
Morisot died from complications of pneumonia when she was 54 years old.