Saturday, May 16, 2009

Linen fabric


This was a small swatch of beautiful hand-dyed linen, one I created while taking a workshop a few years ago on vegetable dyeing. The piece of fabric was a little bigger than a handkerchief, about life-sized in its 4" x 6" incarnation, here.

I hadn't ever done a drapery painting or study before (I'd done one drawing in the past), so decided to try this last night. At the point of about an hour, it completely sucked and looked laughably, weirdly amorphous. Once I gave myself "permission to fail," it started getting better and toward the end (total 2.5 hours), I finally understood how I was supposed to represent it illusionistically. What a learning experience!


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9 comments:

Cathyann said...

ooh so very nice to feel with my eyes...wonderful, Jala!

L.Holm said...

Funny how that permission to fail works. Wonderful study. love the glow through the fabric.

diddamsdigitalart said...

Lovely work, Jala. It's very dimensional, frayed edges and all! I have to admit, sometimes when I get to that "laughably, weirdly amorphous" place, I do fail, and just give up! Congratulations on your persistence. It worked!

LSaeta said...

You are so brave to paint fabric. This is lovely and you are right, once you decide it is ok to fail then it is amazing how well a painting can go ... I remember I took a beginners painting class and the instructor had us painting very shiny silk. Needless to say, I was so frustrated that I didn't go back to the workshop the next day! How silly of me ...

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, Cathyann.

Liz - Yeah, isn't is funny how that works? ;)

Donald - I sometimes give up at that point too. But I'm glad I plowed through it this time!

Leslie - Silly you, no. Crazy instructor, is more like it!

Karen said...

Yay, a fabric clump! Okay I will go back and do this again. They're hard aren't they?! I like that...permission to fail.

Laurel Daniel said...

So glad you didn't give up - there is something so freeing about that permission to fail. Great job!

Jala Pfaff said...

Karen - go for it!

Laurel - Thanks. Indeed, there is.

loriann said...

How soft and sensual!
Permissions to fail, we all need that one.