Category Archives: Using Resists in Art

“I Will Always Love You”

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12×12 inches
Watercolor, colored pencil, on illustration board

Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

20% of ALL proceeds from this image goes to the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This piece was done for Ina May Gaskin, creator of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, with Laura Gilkey and Birth Matters, VA.

It was done in honor of the women who have lost their lives during or around the time of childbirth, for the women who were dealt unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances, the women who do not have access to good maternity care, and the women who were a part of a maternity system that failed them.

On April 10 Ina May and supporters of the Quilt Project will be marching the quilt up the steps of the National Monument in Washington, DC.  This piece will be printed on the supporter’s t-shirts.

About the Safe Motherhood Quilt Prjoect:

The quilt is made up of individually designed squares; each one devoted to a woman in the U.S. who has died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982. One quilt square is designed and dedicated to each mother’s memory and may mention the date and place of death and the name of the woman. The Safe Motherhood Quilt is the voice for women who can no longer speak for themselves.

To be honored and remembered on The Safe Motherhood Quilt:

  • The woman died as a result of a complication of pregnancy or birth
  • The woman’s death occurred since 1982
  • The woman died within a calendar year after the end of her pregnancy (documented by an obituary, death certificate, relative’s or witness’ account).

Did you know…that the United States ranks behind at least 40 other nations in maternal mortality rates according to the World Health Organization. In 2005, the United States reported 15.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, up from 7.5 per 100,000 in 1982.

Did you know…that black women in the United States have 4 times the risk of dying from childbirth or childbirth related complications. Hispanic women in the United States, similarly, are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from pregnancy-related causes.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimated in 1998 that the US maternal death rate is actually 1.3 to three times that reported in vital statistics records because of underreporting of such deaths.

Did you know…that reporting of maternal deaths in the United States is done via an honor system. There are no statutes providing for penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than half of the reported maternal deaths in the United States could have been prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.

For more information see the below video:


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Delphinius Birth

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original (12×12 inches):  N/A

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This piece was commissioned to be a gift for a wonderful OB here who offers mamas the opportunity to birth their breech babies vaginally.  The dolphins were included because dolphins give birth breech, then the “midwife” dolphins take the new babe up to the surface for its first breath.

A big thank you to Dr. Hall!

“Reef”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original:  $900

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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In this piece a water spirit holds a shell to a new baby’s ear.

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“Embossed II”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $30
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: $200

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This time I experimented with a symmetrical, detailed, circular mandala and then layered a free-form resist on top to create a different dynamic.

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“Embossed I”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $30
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: $200

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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Using a special ink marker and embossing powder I played with this medium in creating glossy, permanent resists.

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“Yoni”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original:

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The Sanskrit name for the female body part, “yoni” means “source or origin of life” or “divine passage.”  In contrast, “vagina” means “sheath or scabbard for a sword.”  I like yoni much more as it celebrates femininity instead of making it completely masculine.  It shows an entirely different reverence.  The downward triangle also symbolizes femininity.  For more information about “Yoni” go here.

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“Birthing Process”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original: $250

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This was actually a really interesting experiment. I set out to do a piece that was very similar to batik. This is a way of dying fabric using resists of wax to mask out parts you want to keep the color dye you’re doing at the time. You do consecutive washes of color, each time masking out what you want to keep, going lightest color to darkest, then removing the wax using salts and heat. I achieved the same effect using watercolor washes and a resist of liquid frisket (yes, that’s really a word).

I think this piece was very like birth in a lot of ways. I started out wanting to have a plan for how it should look, envisioning the colors, etc. Then at some point I realized I had to surrender to the process and let it be whatever it wanted to be. The watercolor is so transparent that it really melts into the previous colors so it’s impossible to tell the finished product. I just had to go with the flow of the painting and allow it to take shape.

Also after I removed the frisket it was interesting to see the little perfections that showed through. Places that the darker colors seeped through the frisket and crackled into the lighter colors, etc. These are organic things that I could never have planned. And yet they end up making the piece more beautiful in its imperfection.

It actually turned out nothing like what I had set out to create, and yet I’m very pleased with the outcome. That’s the beauty of relinquishing control.

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