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Mimic.

Macro Flower - Weeping Peach, a bud.
a Dyed Dress detail - stitches, process.
Macro Flower - Camelia, fallen blossom.

a Dyed Dress detail - stitches, close view.
a Ginkgo leaf, dried, macro.
a Mantis, waist, dried, macro.

a Cherry Blossom, macro.
a Dyed Dress detail - stitches, straps, macro.
a Mantis, arms, dried, macro.

a Dyed Dress detail - stitches, a shoulder strap, close view.
a Violet, a profile, macro.
a Dyed Dress detail - side, on location.

All recent images, photographed as winter turned spring, from top:

Photo 1 – Weeping Peach (Shidare Momo), a bud, blooming in still chilly early April.(… hence the fur cap?)
3 – Camellia, they drop the whole flower, as if letting petals go one by one like most everyone else is too cumbersome.
5 – Gingko leaf, curly dried. I think of details like this one, astronomical many of them, that I don’t get to have a look at, as every leaf dries with different curls, lit by ever-changing light.
6 and 9 – Praying Mantis, also dried, caught my eye while parking my car lightly resting on asphalt as a fine sculpture, because, it simply is.
7 – Cherry Blossom (Somei Yoshino), a sepal. At a park I discovered this year with three impressive cherry trees that attracts so many birds (they all chirp non stop) during 2 weeks of blooming, yet very small number of humans. Many days I solo-nicked*, spent time brings me smile recalling.
11 – Violet, also abundant at the same park as picture 7.

2, 4, 8, 10, 12 – Close details of Spider Lily Red – Flare 1. Drawn with nearly a hair of a brush, filling in bumpy edges to form smooth flowing lines. That’s how I attempt to bring the painting closer to the True Artistry evident in above images, knowing full well I will never surpass, which, defeat as such I mean, somehow makes my heart warm in all the right ways.

*Solo-nic is a made-up word I just came up with, so as to mess with other people’s language. But really, it’s the act of spontaneous lone picnicking I recommend to anyone with ears open, just so long as the land you’re about to occupy is safe and legally permissive.

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Spider Lily Red – Flare 1

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, in association with the Ocean.

Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (2017) – Acid dye on silk / poly urethane.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Flare, as in, enliven.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

You would not find Spider Lilies at florists. They flower in fields in early fall as every other flowering plant withers, giving their distinctive red the perfect stage with no competing colors.

Since fall 2012 I have observed the lilies closely, especially through capturing their petals in macro photographs, as the ideas for this series crystallized.
The petals, about an inch long at most, while remaining nearly motionless – there are some, as they progressively curl – they manage to emanate the inspirative fluidity just as dynamic as that of the Ocean.

This is the first of the two-piece series with one half of a petal painted, on a slip, a type of garment designed to be worn closest to the skin not always intended to be seen by others, to enfold but also to express inwardly, to speak into oneself, in this case the language of the red lilies of the field, and of the universal, inspirative Fluidity.

Making of the series has been documented on this website.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, detail, in association with the Ocean

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.
Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.
Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, process, detail.

Spider Lily Red - Flare 1, in process.