A Big Batik!

Recently a client fell in love with  “Wash Day: Cuban Courtyards”, a painting from my Wash Day series, and I shipped it to her home in Massachusetts. Here is how it looked after she framed it and then hung it next to her stairway.

When she visited my studio she saw another painting that she fell in love with:
”Wash Day! Tobago”,

but unfortunately it wasn’t big enough for the space where she was looking to hang it. She commissioned me to do a larger version I am calling:”Wash Day! Black Rock Breezes”. It is named for the place on the island of Tobago which was the source for the photo I took that I used for the painting.
It has lead to a series of this image over the years—in fact it was the first painting in what was to become my “Wash Day” Series was titled ”Clotheslined”. I did two versions of this painting but always liked this version the best which is now in the home of one of my Naples collectors:

My client then asked if I would create a larger version for her, and I agreed as I liked this scene so much. Here are the progress pictures from this challenge—it took up my whole work table and then some! You will notice as I apply each layer of color with my dyes, it is then covered with wax to preserve the color.

The line drawing on silk

Ready to remove the wax

Steamed and washed-now drying on a clothesline of it’s own!
The final size came out to be 36 x 48 in(actually it’s final measure was 44 x 54  inches but was reduced in size when I mounted it on a gallery wrapped canvas. I sent it to my client in a giant 50 inch wide box.

She received it two days later and immediately hung it on the wall of her dining room–It looks so nice hanging there:

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Since I have sold the original artwork, I am now offering a limited edition print on canvas. You can find out more info about the signed Limited Edition by going here:
All of my Limited Editions are signed and numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by yours truly.

I am uncertain as to whether I will create any more reproductions of this image as it is very special to me, so when they are sold out, they’re gone.


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