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Coupeville Last Day

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Today, Charlotte brought us a delicious Dutch baby and fresh fruit for breakfast. Delish.

The first thing that I did in my workshop was to add the background to the aspen piece. It was steamed and washed and here it it.

I knew that I did not have much time for work today. We were told that all work needed to be completed and ready for final steaming by 2 pm. I pulled out one of my extra large silk charmeuse scarves and pulled up another table and went to work. The piece is at least 36 inches square. I had been musing about doing pears and came up with an idea for getting a some blush and shine on the pear. I first stamped in various places with a round sponge using a mixture of raspberry and poppy red. I then cut two pear stamps in different sizes. I used mustard mixed with a bluish green to get a golden color for stamping the pears over the pinkish circles. Then I stamped the top of the pears with sun yellow. I used tsutsu to pipe stems and green leaves.

Then, I just had fun stamping various grids and shapes in a lot of different colors. Here is the scarf before adding the background.

I used grasshopper green for the background. Here is the final piece. The color is much more gorgeous than this shows. You can click it to see a better view.

And a detail: (Judy made me add the red lines — at least the red, I decided to do the lines.)

Here is some work by a couple of the students. Nice, huh?

We had crit session, cleaned up, said good-bye and came back to our suite to wait for Judy’s hubby. He arrived shortly. They got moved into their digs for the night. I got to stay here. They treated me to dinner at Toby’s Tavern. Of course, we had mussels again. I think the week-end began today. There was a bustling crowd and we had to wait quite awhile.

On the walk back to my suite, I saw this beautiful sunset behind the wharf.

I am anxious to get home and catch up with the family. We have had a major trauma — someone got into Steph’s house yesterday after she and M & M left to walk to the park. They stole her laptop with all her photo work and so much of her life. The computer is irrelevant — it is the contents that are gone that are heartbreaking. And of course, she feels very violated.

I have had so much fun with Judy. She and I got along splendidly. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I have. I am catching the 8:45 ferry to Port Townsend and am heading down the back way to Olympia and then on home.