Hundertwasser meets Dr. Suess in the imagination of my mind… and what a fun time they had!

Each spring we artists try to come up with some new and exciting designs to unveil at the art shows.  Some years are more difficult than others especially when you live in Wisconsin!  This year however, with it’s incredibly mild winter and early spring is a delight to the senses.

Every artist has their own rituals when it comes to creating, and I am no different.  This year I even took the time to spring clean my studio and give it a new coat of paint and some new shelves from Ikea!  New studio….new art!

Silk by Laura home studio

fresh paint for the studio

All clean?  yes!

Fresh paint?  yes!

Cuppa coffee? absolutely!

I started flipping through art books.  Stumbled on a wonderful little book with pictures of lesser known works of Dr. Suess. Also at that time, swimming around in my mind was the idea of incorporating more ‘text’ into my paintings.  I talked and emailed some of my friends.  Two of my friends are talented writers, one specializes in poetry and short stories.

Meditation and dreaming are very important components in the creative process for me as well as walks out in nature.

Some artists draw their initial sketches out on paper first, or design with a computer… not so for me.  I prefer to design directly on the silk itself.  An idea can go through several incarnations before I stumble on ‘the one’ that makes my heart literally skip with joy. When that happens, I know I’m onto something! Then I will take that idea and stretch and play with it…on different types of silk, or different color palettes.  This process can go on for days or sometimes years.

Here is a preview on what is coming out on the silks so far this season… they will be unveiled at the Cedarburg Wearable Art Show next weekend in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.    Friday March 30th and Saturday, March 31st…

Hope to see you there!

Spring 2012, Silk by Laura

Hundertwasser meets Dr. Suess

Hand Painted Silk Scarf