The Staining Process

I've started working on a new piece for my woman with flowers series.  It is a combination of quick gestural sketches of the female body with botanical stains that act as an area of release or  of activity in the body.  At times, the stained areas seem to bleed out, perhaps evoking the sense of releasing a painful or dark memory.  In other pieces, the stained areas dance out of the body in joy.Here's some photos of the beginning of it all, before any painting happens!  The flowers are soaked, the paper is soaked, and finally they are laid down on the areas I've chosen.  Once they dry a beautiful pattern of shape and colour is left behind.  What it will look like is always a mystery.