Winter sky colors

I hope you've been able to do a bit of your own art work during this holiday season. I couldn't wait to return to the printing studio this morning.

I picked up some pale metallic-colored paper at a discount warehouse nearby on Saturday and have been chomping-at-the-bit to get to it.

The Catalpa leaves I used in the eco printed paper I cooked up this past fall continue to give beautiful color...with a bit of careful handling, ink, paper and patience.

Remember these images from October? 

I'm still using those leaves. 

If you look closely at the photo below you can see where the leaves themselves are beginning to deteriorate. Bits and pieces of the leaves are breaking off. 

I like it.

Not sure about these un-leaf-like colors, but it doesn't matter.

I will continue to press on. (heh heh) a printmaking joke.

The colors remind me of winter sky at dusk.
Can't wait to continue tomorrow.

I'm amending this post by adding what Erin Daniels wrote to me.  "just dawned on me what they remind me of - looking at leaves that are frozen in an icy pond - just gorgeous!"

Drawing + Doodles Inform my Artwork

Dear readers, I am fascinated by line drawings.

In January, 2009, I was interested in making marks in my sketchbook every day of the year. After few weeks of line drawings, I decided that I wanted to see those marks in stitch.

Below is a photo of my line drawing. I refer to is as a map of a walk.

This is the interpretation of the line drawing (above) in stitch on vintage linen.

I decided to show the drawings/stitched works in tandem.

 Redland II, work on paper, 11 x 17 inches (left) Redland II, embroidery on vintage table linen, mounted on industrial wool felt 20 x 20 inches (right),C. Mauersberger

Crossroads, 2009, C. Mauersberger. Drawing on top, stitched piece on bottom

Detail Redland II, 2009, embroidery floss hand-stitched on vintage table linen. C. Mauersberger

Today, a few years since beginning my serious line drawing practice, I still use those marks to inform my textile work.

Here are some doodles from this week.

Hmmm, might need to stitch some...

Drawing/doodles from 3.17.14

Heavy weight watercolor paper. Eco print using local leaves. The paper edges picked up brown walnut from the eco print dye bath. Eco prints were in my stash drawer since fall, 2012 when India Flint was here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yesterday,  (a full year and 5 months later) I used a micron pen to enhance these pages. 

Do you doodle or draw? and how does that activity inform your art work?

It would be grand to hear from you.


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