July 15, 2011
I’ve been having a little fun. New designs keep popping out each time I paint the scarves. I’ve been noticing some characteristics. This scarf is on crepe de chine, and designs are brighter on it since the weave is more opaque than chiffon or habotai. The crepe has a lovely subtle texture to it, and a bit of weight so it drapes so nicely!
A very cheerful design, the colors are even more subtle in this scarf on habotai silk. Habotai means “soft as down” in Japanese, an almost onomatopoeic description of how this silk feels. It floats around your neck, as if it will never quite settle down, and it feels light as a cloud. The soft colors mirror the delicate texture of this gossamer silk weave, so much so that when it folds over on itself you can see the designs through the layers of fabric.
This scarf was painted right after the one above it. Along with the delicateness of the weave, habotai also has a wonderful lustre to the finish, which adds to the luxury of the scarf. I wanted to see if I could get a greater intensity of colors on the habotai silk. So I intensified the colors of the dyes I used, to match the lustre’s richness.
Look for a new page about the scarves soon, here on my blog. You will be able to purchase them soon from my Etsy store RosoffArtworks.
July 8, 2011
This painting started out with my just wanting to get the image of the pear down on paper, explore it’s shape, color and texture as best as I could using the unique qualities of watercolor. Besides this pear was starting to spoil, so I wanted to quickly start the painting of it before I ate it, or let it rot. A multi-tasking fruit!
It turns out that this painting of the pear also became a study in primary colors. And interestingly, the only place in the whole painting where those three colors interact is within the actual shape of the pear. Intended? not initially, but as the painting developed, that’s what came out. You just never know!
And the pear was delicious to boot.