The paint colors stand out more on this piece than they did on the blue of Kakishibu Iris I. I had a very good time making color and blending metallic with transparent paints.
I like the way this one came out. My very favorite iris are the bronze ones. They don't grow well here, but I remember vividly the bed of iris I had outside the back door in Dayton OH. Perennial plants are so generous--it's like getting presents every year without much work. What's not to like about that?
This iris is on the mottled brown area. Because kakishibu is a water-resistant dye, the paints cling differently in these areas. I like the rather aged appearance this gives. You can see the beginnings of the hand stitching around this flower.
So now I have to go make some lentil salad for the meeting tomorrow. I made cookies this morning for a funeral at church, and I hear them calling to me . . . .