Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Color my world

It was a gorgeous day today and I took the oppertunity to go out and photograph some summer color.

Attached to the front deck is a thistle feeder that attract 4 finches that come daily to feed. Usually when animals stick around long enough, they are given a name and these birds were no exception. The 2 females are Mona and Lisa, while the males are Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Finchy! Unfortunately I couldn't get all 4 in the shot at the same time. It's much like photographing relatives. LOL

My butterfly bush was loaded with blooms and not only butterflies were attracted, but I captured a hummingbird hawk moth that was busy at work. It's the kodak moments like these that one wishes they had a faster shutter speed.

My mystery lilies were also in full bloom. I adore their irridescent pink, yellow, lavendar and periwinkle glow in the sunlight. Unfortunately they don't last very long by their natural lack of longivity. It quite possibly is their defence from not being discovered and devoured by deer!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Die or Dye

O.K. So I haven't been on in a long while. Lots going on with learning a new operating system, work and every other excuse I can think of! So.... you may have thought I really did die, but I'm back, only this time to put a bit of color into my life with dye!!!!

This past week I have been doing a few of my favorite things and that is to teach and another is to dye. We started out with just perfect weather. Not perfect for the garden or the pond that is in need of rain, but dry and not too hot! Adults and children were both in Saturday's classes. There was one here as far away as Venezula! Saturday was an experimentation with color and pattern doing tie dyes. As the week progressed, we went on to gradations, rusts, discharges and salts. In the later weeks and months it will be doing hopefully some marbeling and batiks, airbrushing, screen printing, painting techniques on silks, satins and mixed media fibers including dye transfers. Not only does everyone enjoy doing the process, but the animals seem to enjoy the inspection process as well! I had a rust colored butterfly find it's way to the rust dyes to blend in and then flew off a short distance away for me to capture it on camera. Early in the morning while I was getting the dyes ready, a doe and her twin fawn were out inspecting some of my equipment. Another morning In the distance along the creek bank stood a Heron although I suspect he was inspecting the fish more than what I was doing! Elmer, our Muscovy duck seems to get into the act too. In the evenings I am quilting but during an oppertune perfect day, you will find me outdoors with nature and color.