Friday, December 18, 2015

'December' tapestry reveal....

I am finally reaching the more interesting part of the 'December' tapestry! This lower part has just been background, mostly. The tapestry is of an Amaryllis, in full bloom. The background is just of an off-white  lace curtain. I'm weaving that fairly abstractly. My husband asked if I didn't want to weave it more distinctly, so viewers 'would know what it was.' No, I don't. I told him that I don't really care if anyone 'knows what it is.' It is just abstract background, intended to lead the viewer's eye to the subject.

I took this photo this morning, when the winter sun was shining through my studio window, which has a prism sitting on the ledge. So all that rainbow color in the hem isn't really there, but wouldn't it be fun if it was?

I grow an amaryllis or two every December. It is something I look forward to: that beautiful burst of color in the grey drabness of winter. These are my two that I am growing this year, sitting in my kitchen window. I bought both bulbs at the same time and place, and planted them at the same time. The one on the right (which has barely begun to grow at all) has been given the same love, light, water, care, and talking to as the one on the left. My husband thinks the one on the right will not ever amount to much, but I know better; they just all grow at their own speed. Just like we do. Sometimes my flowers bloom in December, sometimes they are slow-bloomers, and wait until January. My favorite one opened completely one Christmas morning, when we were home alone, feeling like we needed a lovely gift. I painted a watercolor of it, which I can't find today! It was one of the few watercolors I did that I actually liked, and I can't even find a photo of it.  

However, I have sketched and painted this flower a number of times, in all of it's stages of growth, so I decided it was time to weave it! (Below are some pages from past sketchbooks.)

Spent Amaryllis bloom

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