Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Week of Batik

Watercolor batiks - in progress (sizes 8X10, 12X16, 16X20)







These recently finished watercolor batiks have been affixed to hot press paper with matte medium and set out to dry.

Some of the paintings were based on favorite old reference photos that have been scaled up or scaled down (yes, I'm a painting repeater).  If enough wax has been removed, I can easily go back into a few and add a little more detail, depth and sparkle. 

I look at the clock and realize these must be matted and framed by noon tomorrow.  I'm off.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


27 comments:

  1. So lovely, Chris! I love your talent!

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  2. They look lovely! I am always last minute, too!!!
    All the best = )

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    1. Thanks, Sue. A friend once told me she often delivered wet paintings to local shows. I couldn't believe it. Now I understand.

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  3. Chris, I think your art materials see you coming and get excited! You're a genius with them.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. You have been a big inspiration for me, especially during this past month!

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    2. Aww thank you Chris; and what an encourager you are to me!

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I love seeing your lovely work!

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  5. These are all great Chris! The clock face particularly caught my eye.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. The clock is my favorite.

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    1. Thanks you, Miss Laurie. Your work has been knocking my socks off!

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  7. Beautifully done, Chris. I always love to see what you're working on.
    Have a lovely weekend... :)

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    1. Thank you, Dee. And you know how much I love your blog...

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  8. ooh we will see the giraffe in full or did you post it already? :)

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    1. No, no photos. My husband did the framing while I was still working on a couple of pieces. We flew out of here at the last minute with the paintings without taking one picture.

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  9. Hellop Chris,
    That's great to see these all again. So very wonderful.
    It still takes some effort and time for maintenance.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Marco

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    1. Thanks, Marco - still learning how to manage time over here.
      Hope you have a great weekend, too. Don't forget your camera!

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  10. I am all about painting repeating. If it from our own images then go for it. They never come out the same which is wonderful. The watercolor batiks are so cool. Also...thanks for sharing the images from the open studios. So is it always October? I was in Portland Sept of 2014.

    Thanks for your nice comments on my work!!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Portland Open Studios has been in October for the last three years (at least - I've only been here that long.). Another good open studio tour involves the gorge artists every April. This area in Oregon is just breathtaking & the artists, of course, are great. And It involves artists on both sides of the Columbia River (Oregon and Washington). Lots to see!

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  11. Looking good already even before the framing! Bravo! Have a great week Chris!

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    1. Thanks, Helen. Hope you have a wonderful week, too!

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  12. Love your paintings! I understand that you mounted them to hot press paper. But what then? Do you frame them under glass, with a mat, without a mat, or mount to canvas? Would love to know your completed process. Thanks

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  13. Love your paintings! I understand that you mounted them to hot press paper. But what then? Do you frame them under glass, with a mat, without a mat, or mount to canvas? Would love to know your completed process. Thanks

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    1. Thanks, Myra. After the rice paper has been "glued" onto hot press watercolor paper, I let it dry. Then it is taped (using artists tape) onto acid free foam core. A mat is placed over it, and then it is put it into a frame with acrylic glazing (or glass) - just like any watercolor painting. I have never tried mounting it onto canvas. If doing that, I would probably use some kind of acrylic spray matte varnish (suitable for paper) over it. Ditto for mounting it onto board. The rice paper is heavily textured and will pick up dust for sure. If the rice paper is too heavily disturbed by dusting, it might get fuzzy and pill, so some kind of final coating would be necessary. The Golden Paint Co. would probably have a solution. I would absolutely avoid spraying a batik with traditional pastel or drawing fixative. I did that once and the entire batik became shades darker in value - a nightmare. Thanks for the question. If I try mounting one, I'll do a post on it.

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    2. Myra, I love your beautiful batiks!!

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