The other day I was flipping through my (somewhat neglected) sketchbook and saw a summer pattern emerging. Zinnias are pure summer to me- joyful, simple, colorful, and available to anyone for a few pennies' worth of seeds. I let some pinks self sow every year willy nilly in my vegetable garden, and I always include a few dollars for zinnias in my weekly farmers market budget. It's no surprise that they show up repeatedly in my doodles and small sketchbook paintings. A few weeks ago, while preparing for a demonstration at Memphis Theological Seminary's opening convocation (they have a wonderful Theology and the Arts program, engaging community artists with seminary students and the public, thinking about creativity and links to theology in new ways), I carved a few flower stamps and included a very Walter Anderson-esque zinnia, shown top left. It was later that I flipped through the sketchbook and noticed the multitude of zinnias and moths showing up in my summer work.
Last week I finally fired the zinnia work, and was so pleased with the results:
The little square tray was a piece I made at MTS, pressing the flower stamps into wet slab, then I filling the impressed flowers with a cobalt wash. The other pieces were bone dry by the time I got around to decorating them, so I used underglazes as ink for the stamps. I'm really delighted with the graphic quality of these images and will have lots of small dishes and tumblers this weekend at the Cooper Young Festival, and later both in my website store and on Etsy for the holidays.
I'll be back later this week with a preview of all of my new work before Cooper Young, and a little about my plans for the immediate future.
Have a wonderful week!