July 4th, 2016
Surrounded by hanging herbs and flowers, I created a dala from the basket of calibrachoa (Kona Tiki, pale pink), phlox (Phloxy Lady, purple sky) and helichrysum (petiolatum ‘Licorice’, a lovely pale blue-green). Later in the evening after the sun went down, I sat at my drafting table and added color to the inked drawing. Fireworks exploded in the sky to the west, but my house sits too high above the valley to see the sparkles of color, by view blocked by the hedgerows and acreage of trees. I do wish that holiday celebration took place on the actual date of the holiday rather than a day or two earlier or later. I like to think of holidays as something wonderfully inconvenient to break up the weekly schedule. Holidays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays kick the brain into high gear and wonderful creative surges can occur. Holidays celebrated on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are convenient but don’t throw the brain into a new gear.
Not having been in a contrary mood, I went along with the day-early fireworks and painted the dala with red and blue washes, leaving some of the leaves white. Here is my annual Fourth of July, Red White and Blue, Dala Art for 2016 … a day early.
Three stages of the Fourth of July Dala, 2016 (Ink, Blue watercolor wash, Red watercolor washes) drawn in black ink en plein air, watercolor added later in the studio.
July 4th, 2016 … on the 3rd of July.