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Creative Process, May 2019.

Spanish Bluebell, stamens and a pistil, macro.
A Work in Progress, with Spanish Bluebells.

#Beautywillsavetheworld

Sumire Violet, bold and vibrant, macro.
Hyacinth, dried petals, macro.
Spanish Bluebell, stamens, a pistil, an ovary, macro.

May 05, 2019, the day the last petals fell from the cherry tree outside my window, I opened a new bottle of red acid dye and dissolved a small portion in a tiny plastic container. It’s the beginning of a long painting process, starting with tracing of the previously-done drawing on the wrong side of silk stretch satin.

In the early part of the process, as seen in the photo below of a newly traced pattern, the piece would look quite unpromising. Being the only person who sees the potential in the work-in-progress, it is up to what faith I got left in me to bring the vision of what it can be onto the surface which, at least for an initial while, appears to be nothing but a far cry.

I’ve been driven to bring into existence the two-piece series I named “Spider Lily Red – Flare”. Will I still be going through this even if no one else in this world would dig it? (ouch!!) The answer is ever-emphatic yes.
I’d do it for the Beauty, the kind that is all-enveloping, synonymous with words like ‘Timeless’ and ‘Truth’, because It touched me again and again and again, in a way I do not know how else to say “Thank You” to.

A Work in Progress with Spanish Bluebells, a sequence.
Spanish Bluebell, stamens and a pistil, unfolding, macro.

From Top:
Quote / hashtag by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Haven’t read the book though – I found it on instagram.
Photo 1,5,7 – Spanish Bluebell, captured macro in various stages of progression.
3 – Violet, bold and vibrant.
4 – Hyacinth, dried petals and the part that held the seed.
2 and 6 – ‘Spider Lily Red – Flare”, in the aforementioned initial stages, with inspirative Spanish Bluebells.

Creative Process, March 2019.

Japanese Apricot, a bud, monochrome macro.
Creative Process, March 2019, a studio view.
Japanese Apricot, a bud, blooming, monochrome macro.
Creative Process, March 2019, artist at work.
Bunchflower Daffodil, a blossom, monochrome macro.
Creative Process, March 2019, with dried Narcissus blossoms.
Bunchflower Daffodil, a blossom, dried, monochrome macro.
Creative Process, March 2019, a test model with pencil marks.
Japanese Apricot, a blossom, monochrome macro.
Creative Process, March 2019, work in progress, studio view.
Japanese Apricot, sepals and stamens, monochrome macro.

From top:
Photo 1,3,9,11 – Japanese Apricot, also known as Ume, in various stages of development.
5,6,7 – Bunchflower Daffodil, Narcissus Tazetta in Latin. Dries pretty (6 and 7).
Both flowers are in full bloom as of now, impeccably designed by The Artist I follow very closely.
2,4,6,8,10 – Are my stuff I’m working on called “Spider Lily Red – Flare 2”. Well where’s the red? That’s coming up next.
References: Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (completed), the drawing traced in the photos above (also completed) and the progress of the project (has been documented since 2012).

Hope this post finds you well – thank you for stopping by.

Work in Progress.

Japanese Apricot, full bloom, macro.
Artist at work, a creative process.

Time flies, but you are the pilot.
– KLM Airline paper napkin.

Japanese Apricot, calyx, macro.

The pilot, during a break after a long flight through fine and foul, low fuels, engine troubles, and turbulences with oxygen masks dangling – there also had been a few instances of emergency landings (details withheld) – is photographed on her recent 55th birthday, striking a “mountain peak pose” standing amidst papers for a project named “Spider Lily Red“, with a bouquet of Bunchflower Daffodils, sandwiched by pictures of Japanese Apricot, the first two to start off the seasons of scented blossoms.
She is captured donning a dyed jacket, one of her earlier creations, and a smile that turned up impromptu, as she pondered upon the monumental tasks, the project and the flight, both work in progress, much like the pilot.

Thank you for your visit, and here’s to your monumental flight!!