I took a workshop with Marcel Marois, and he suggested that I should include a very thin strand of white silk in the weft to give the illusion of the white paper showing through the transparent watercolor. The other thing I learned from Marcel was to consider every single dot of color as I weave.
The painting was completely abstract, and after I wove it, I could not think of a good name for it, so I consulted an expert: my daughter, who was about 10 years old. My kids were always good at thinking of names for pets, so I figured “pets, tapestries, same general idea right?” I told her that although it looked like it meant something, I had no idea what it was about, so she titled it “Secret Message."
Last week I was doing some cleaning at my Mom’s summer cottage, and I noticed that 2 of my old watercolors had gotten a little moldy over the years.
This happens in the humid climate here when buildings are unheated. Both paintings are at least 20 years old. So although they are headed for the trash can, I decided to preserve them digitally.
I don’t care about the grid, because I made lots of those and they are really easy, almost mechanical. But I am sad about the still life; it’s one of my favorites and would be impossible to reproduce.