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Coupeville Last Day

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.

3 Responses to “Coupeville Last Day”

  1. Judy says:

    You know, I have just now read your account of our week in Coupeville……and thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the lovely compliments! You were so much fun to be with….sometimes I laughed so hard I cried at things that you said and did! (Of course, I would never laugh at myself! LOL) I’m so glad that we had this experience………and if you’re ever up to another one, just give me some time to get myself organized.


  2. Reva says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the theft of Stephanie’s laptop. Damn.

  3. Kathy says:

    Hi Gerrie, This looks very interesting….and time consuming! Looks like you have been learning and experiencing a lot this summer!