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Yukon River Camp

June 29th, 2014

Yukon River Camp

Just returned from a remote camp on the Yukon river. Spent a month there without connection to the outside world. refreshing to just focus on the daily living in camp.
Not much time for painting and art but I did get many sketches of the landscape done in pen and ink.
I brought some acrylic paints and small canvases but the white I thought I had bought was really cadmium yellow.....I use alot of white so I couldn't make it work. Some watercolors. Went out on the river a few times to collect ochre in many different shades of red, golds and purple. Will experiment mixing it with various thongs to see what it will do on canvas. A lone black wolf came along the beach while we were up high on the shore. I grabbed Andys sled dog so he wouldn't run after it and then couldn't help myself and rubbed red ochre thru his fur. he is now red until he sheds i think. I will post photos of my sketches soon.

Finished

December 15th, 2012

Finished

The wax is removed and silk is stretched on foamcore for framing.

Almost Finished

December 15th, 2012

Almost Finished

The rooster is almost finished. Once i have the piece where i want it, I wax almost the entire piece then add a dark border.

More Layers

December 15th, 2012

More Layers

I;ve started adding the background while still waxing in details of rooster. I use salt which draws the dye to certain areas ad creates a unique effect.

More Wax, More Dye

December 15th, 2012

More Wax, More Dye

Adding more wax and dyes. Pale greens and blues in background.

Up close

December 15th, 2012

Up close

Here you can see wet dye and how the wax creates a barrier to prevents the dye from spreading.

Layering with dyes and wax

December 15th, 2012

Layering with dyes and wax

I have a drawing or photo or both that i work from.
This is a friends rooster that is all white. I am making it all color. I start with yellow dye. Let it dry, then wax some of the feathers and details. Add a pale orange and some magenta. Let dry and wax more details.

Starting a new Batik on silk

December 15th, 2012

Starting a new Batik on silk

I made a simple wooden frame out of 1" x 2" 's. I put duct tape around the top edge so the dye doesn't get into the wood and stain later works.
I reuse these frames over and over again. I stretch and secure the silk fabric using 3 prong tacks.