Finally some sunny cool weather that is good for painting outside. It’s amazing how the sun and light contribute to a painting as you look at subjects outside rather than in photos. The paintings that result are very different. I love it! Here are three recent paintings done with the Monday Painters Group from the Artists Guild. We paint locally in different spots each week, weather permitting. It’s great fun to paint with others and the critique sessions at the end are always useful.
It’s a little cooler and less humid; this is incentive to start work on the llama fleece while it is still in good condition. I tried carding the raw fleece, but it was wildly dirty and filled with dust. Clouds of dust arose from the carder as I tried to work the fleece. I guess I knew this wasn’t going to be the easiest project.
This week I dragged the fleece out on the deck and set up buckets of soapy Dawn water and two buckets of rinse water. Gosh, was this fleece filthy: the dirtiest I’ve ever worked with. My friend who gave me the fleece says the llamas like to roll in the dust after bathing in their pool!!! It took hours, but the fleece is clean and drying in the sun out on the deck. It’s still a little smelly, but it’s a lot cleaner. Clean enough to card and spin (and the finished wool will get a thorough wash when it’s done).
It’s pretty fiber, well worth the trouble.