Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stripes


Zebra
Watercolor Batik
10 X 8 / 25.4cm X 20.3cm  

I started this batik on Monday, but stopped because of the heat (93F / 33.8C).
It's almost finished - just a few tweaks to strengthen the values (tones).

And then yesterday, we got central air conditioning installed.
Wow - so nice!  
It's just in time for tomorrow's nasty high temperature of 96F / 35.5C.

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Another thing I'm thankful for is a light box for photographing artwork.
Since the air conditioning was kind of pricey, 
Tim rigged up a homemade box using cardboard, an old white bed sheet 
  & two small desk lamps.



The photo on the left
was taken outside last week.

The photo on the right
was taken using the light box.
The colors are more accurate, so that was a good plan.

And that's it for today.
It's almost 8PM - time for a nice cold drink.



39 comments:

  1. I'd love to know more about your lightbox. The zebra is magnificent! And I hope it will be cooler soon, here in the Netherlands the temperatures have dropped to the twenties. pff.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. Ah, some relief for you in the Netherlands!
      And the light box - I'll post some photos in the next post.

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  2. What a magnificent zebra. Almost alive. Great painting.

    God bless.

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  3. Oh, you're still working with hot wax in this heat... the zebra has become beautiful to fall in love with! Great art!
    Such a coincidence, just yesterday I also added zebras to my calendar sheet, because also here Africa heat dominates!
    Lucky you, now with air conditioning - at least I have a ventilator!
    Very warm regards - Ulrike

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    1. Thanks, Ulrike. Oh, the heat. It is not even funny, is it? You are probably right about the zebras and African heat.
      A fan is better than nothing, but not much better.
      I hope you have a much more comfortable weekend.

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  4. Wow - stunning piece Chris! - and so 3d looking - this has got to be my favourite now :)
    and I'm totally impressed you managed to create such a beauty with the temperatures so high ..

    Great light box - a great picture anytime - no worrying about how to get a photo on overcast/wintery low light days.

    Pleased to hear you have your air-conditioning now installed - just trying to imagine what cool air feels like - I have air-condition envy now :)

    Gill x

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    1. Thanks, Gill. Like Ulrike (comment above), I think the zebra popped into our heads because it reminded us of African heat.
      I'm thankful for the light box and so thankful for the air conditioning. We did have a portable floor model air conditioner in our small living room. It only cooled the living room, but it was so nice having a little relief. We found it at one of those big home improvement stores. According to Cobie, it was worth every penny.

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  5. The zebra is beautiful - striking and such a sweet expression.

    Hooray for air conditioning! There should be a national holiday honoring whoever invented it!

    Tim is a clever guy. There's a big difference in the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Candy! He's almost finished.

      Since adulthood began, I don't think I've been without air conditioning until we moved to Eugene. Two summers without was a humbling experience, and now I appreciate it more than ever.

      Yes, the light box - great idea! It was Tim's idea, as usual.

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  6. Yeah - air conditioning...that sounds like it arrived in time for more hot days. August here can be vey hot and humid too. Your Zebra is awesome. Your watercolor batiks are such a delight. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie.
      So thankful for the air! You're right. It arrived just in time!
      Hope you have a great weekend, too!!

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  7. Beautiful, light zebra, even though he has dark stripes :). You are determined: working with hot wax in 90F+ heat!! Glad you now have AC and can cool down and work anytime without getting too drained. Ready to see some new batiks or stencil/ink/yupo or whatever you create because it’s always worth stopping by and seeing your next thing :)

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda, for such nice comments! Always great seeing what you're up to, too!
      Yes, painting will be fun now rather than just being quick because of the heat.

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  8. Wow! Zebra IS stunning! He seems to have done without air-conditioning, but the cool air will be welcome relief for the artist! I want a light box!

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    1. Thank you so much.
      My husband was the one who suggested the light box and then whipped up a homemade version. Nothing fancy, but what a difference it makes. I'll pop in a few photos of it in the next post.

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  9. OMGosh Chris!!!! This Zebra painting is absolutely beautiful. I'll probably come back to see it again!!!!! Painting him on batik paper is an added plus for the texture. LOVE LOVE it!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Hilda! Appreciate it! He was lots of fun to create.

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  10. Hello Chris,
    Amazing paint of the Zebra. So fantastic.
    Nice to see the elephant.
    I hope you can take your self cool with these high temperatures.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  11. Thank you, Marco, fellow animal lover.
    Yes, finally some relief from the high temps. Hope you are very comfortable where you live!

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  12. Gorgeous work on the zebra, and so great about the air conditioning. Glad you are happy with the lightbox, beautiful blue on the elephant.

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    1. Thanks, Christine!
      Hope you have a great weekend.

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  13. Oh that zebra! It's amazing! You are so, so good with eyes-they always get me!
    I also had one of those cardboard box light boxes to photograph my fiber art and paintings when I sold on Etsy. They are so easy to make, and really work well.

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    1. Thanks, Debra.
      Yes, I appreciate the light box. What a difference! And you're right - so inexpensive / easy to make one from a box.

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  14. the macgyver'd up lightbox works well :) does the heat temp effect the wax too much? prob a daft question lolo

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    1. That's Tim - MacGyver! No, the heat temp doesn't affect the wax - just the person waxing :}

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  15. more big fans needed? maybe tim could Macgyver a solution :)

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    1. Really good idea, but I think I'll be all right with the air. We'll find out soon.

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  16. Oh I fall in love with your MARVELOUS zebra my friend!

    I really adore your stunning art and dedication to your work!

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    1. THANK you, Baili!!
      Appreciate your sweet comment.

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  17. Congratulations on the new air-conditing.. It makes a huge difference. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kelleyn! I might just stay inside for a while.
      Hope you have a really great week, too!

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  18. Hi Chris, your Zebra looks very good - but I now one - painted by you as well - that I love more…
    I hope it's ok to say that.
    This photo done in this white box seems to me as it was an good idea to experiment with that.. I didn't understand all what you wrote about it. But perhaps I will do one day.

    I love what you do with the inks and the stencils.
    Love, Beate

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    1. Thank you, Beate!
      Yes, the light box really helped get more accurate color with the inks. For other types of paintings, it doesn't seem to make a difference. We will experiment more.
      Hugs, my friend!

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  19. He's totally watching me! ;-)

    Quick question: is a zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

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  20. Hope he's not too creepy...
    The latest I've read is that they are black and that the white stripes are areas that lack pigmentation. The skin under their hair is black. At least that's what the experts say today.

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  21. Your zebra is exquisite! He takes my breath away.

    (So glad you have found a solution to the photography issue. I find that aspect of things very frustrating.)

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  22. Just love your Zebra - it's stunning.

    Good news about the new air-conditioning, must make a lovely difference for you,

    Hope you've had a good weekend, my good wishes for the coming new week.

    All the best Jan

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  23. I am so in love with your watercolor batiks! This zebra is simply amazing and the AAI elephant is gorgeous Chris!
    Your pieces always are special and utterly beautiful ! YOu are such a wonderful artist!

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