Monday, November 14, 2011
Here's my project from the weekend. It's been awhile since I've done a "real" watercolor painting. I've mostly been doing Christmas cards and ATC's for a couple months. Then before that it had a long while.
This will probably end up in my binder journal. This is a journal that I keep paintings in that are done on loose paper, not in a regular bound book that are not for sale or to be given away. This was done from a photo reference on the wet canvas site. The reference library is made up of photos that the members upload their personal photos and give their permission for paintings to be done and sold. But this one in particular was a picture taken by a member at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton Alberta, so I would be afraid it may be a copywrite issue...so it will go in my binder.
But I am very happy with the way it turned out. I love clay pots and this one appears to have been forgotten! What really brought the painting to life was adding the shadows for the branches. It was like it magically came to life. Those few little lines pushed back the window with the pot in it and made it pop!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sometimes the things we all take for granted are the things we should be most thankful for...Driving to work I come down a road in Atlanta that has a large homeless shelter. Many homeless people wondering the streets, sleeping on benches...Seeing that on a daily basis makes me appreciate how blessed I have been. So......
I am thankful for my cupboards always having food. I'm thankful for my nice warm bed, I'm thankful for the ability to take hot showers at will, I'm thankful I have access to good, low cost healthcare that contributes to my good health. I'm thankful to have someone to share my life with, thankful for supportive family and friends. I don't have alot of money, but I have everything I need, and alot of things I don't need! Therefore, I feel wealthy!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The deer couple below are also watercolor, except for the snow on the pine tree is done with acrylic.
Both of these cards were done for the Wet Canvas Christmas card project.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Quick lunch time doodling in my moleskin journal and Lamy Safari pen/ink. The photo reference was from the Wetcanvas photo reference section by Wtrclrgrl. I love drawing pears...they take so little effort and I love how the Lamy ink washes.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Another Christmas Card completed for the Wet Canvas Christmas Card project. This one is all watercolor except for the purple stamen done with ink. Something like this takes a few hours to complete because it is a one leaf at a time, let dry, then putting in more glazing and finally shadows. I'm very happy with the way the background turned out. It almost appears to be more of the cactus but blurred. One of those "happy accidents" in watercolor.
This was done from a photograph of one of my Christmas Cacti. Several years ago, a friend brought this over to me for Christmas and it was really huge when she gave it to me. The original flowers on it were a bright red. With the years the blooms have faded to a fushia! Summer before last I split the plant into 4 different pots. Now these pots are getting pretty full. These planst live outside during the summer time on my patio around my fish pond. I usually bring them in late October. With the change in the light conditions, they normally bloom around Thanksgiving! I brought them in earlier in October this year because it got quite cool early, Several of them now have small flower buds forming. My den should be covered in a couple hundred blossoms in a few weeks.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
This is my back up plan for the Wet Canvas Christmas Card Project. It is my favorite. If you have been reading my blog for long you know I love snowmen. I collect them and keep them out year round in my art studio. This card I ordered cards with this and a greeting on the inside to send out on my personal Christmas card list...and of course, I ordered extra, just in case life happened and I was not able to get all original cards done for the project, I would send one of these as my back up. As others in the group are doing just one and having prints made I didn't feel like I was cheating. This card the sky was textured with salt, the snow family is drawn and colored with Bombay inks. The tree is watercolor. Shadows in the snow are watercolor and in the traditional watercolor "rules", the white is the white of the paper itself -- no paint. The card size is 5" x7" 140# watercolor paper.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The leader of the group, Kim, started the group up a facebook page where everybody is uploading progress and finished cards for everyone to look at and comment. It has been alot of fun seeing what everyone else is doing and being able to ask them about techniques. And making new friends!
This is one of the cards I've done. This poinsettia was drawn with J. Herbin ink. Then watercolored. The leaves are textured with salt. Backgound is done wet in wet. The yellow in the middle is Bombay ink. These cards are 5" x 7" 140# CP Watercolor paper.
I've really enjoyed this project so far. I've been trying different techniques without fear because they are only 5x7 cards, so if it doesn't really turn out ok, I just toss it in the scrap pile and if any of the painting is salvagable, it will turn in to an ATC, the back of the card is cut up for ATC blanks. The other side of the painted side if not ATC material will be used to test paint I've mixed before I actually use it on my painting. So nothing is really wasted but maybe a little paint or ink.
Art supplies are so expensive, I hate wasting any of it. So this little exercise has "set me free". Some advise from some of the better watercolorist of Wet Canvas is to be successful as a painter, you must paint like you are a millionaire....just can't do it! When a block of 20 sheets of watercolor paper is $60 and paint is between $7 - $12 a tube......
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
I joined an ATC swap called Joy of Koi's on ATCSforAll.com. You create 3 Artist Trading Cards to be swapped through our host for 3 that another artist painted. This is my first one completed. It is of course 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" Mixed media. The koi body, water and rocks were done with Daniel Smith Watercolors and the greenry hanging over the water, the the Koi's tail and fins were done with acrylic.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
First entry in my Fall Journal. I've been so consumed with sewing/quilting etc, I really haven't done much with my art lately and am losing what little I had learned. So I am trying to do a page in my journal at least twice a week. I've also signed up for various swaps on Wet Canvas, ATCSforAll and Swap-Bot to make myself take the time for artwork frequently. It relaxes my soul!
This is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" for a swap on Swap-bot in the Over 50 and Proud Group. It's another leaf found on a walk with Maggie. This is done with Winsor Newton pan watercolors.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Just remembered I had never uploaded the final interpretation I did of Martin Heade's Red Rose with Ruby Throat. It is 16 x 20 in acrylic. I am fairly pleased with the way it turned out. My sky has more movement with the darkest cloud covering in foreground mountain with sun peaking through a hole in the farthest cloud giving way to sunshine on the back mountain. Very much an improvement from my last encounter with acrylics. I mixed various shades of green and applied with a "deer paw" brush for the trees. This made the trees seem to seperate in clumps as they would appear if looking at them from another mountain top. I am please with the way it turned out and will probably reconsider throwing my acrylics as far as I can!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I've been trying to do something in my art journal a couple times weekly for a few weeks now. This is the first entry for July. I usually dabble in watercolor or graphite and recently some pen and ink. I had tried acrylics before with not much success but decided to try again. The picture I decided to paint is A Rose and a ruby throat by John Martin Heade. The background of the picture is done on canvas, my interpretation of the background anyway. I made a much more stormy sky in the background and I'm pretty happy with it. But I wanted to experiment with the rose and hummingbird part because I have such great difficulty blending acrylics...So here is my attempt done in my July Journal. Still no improvement on the blending though.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I had a wonderful weekend. The weather here was beautiful. Mild with a wonderful breeze. I took a break from my quilt and made a couple little pillowcase dresses for my granddaughter. The pillowcases from my thrift store appear to be new and I got them on half price day for 35 cents each! It took me about 30 minutes each to finish. I hope she likes them.
I spent most of the day Sunday outside enjoying the nice weather, reading, some sketching and watching the birds in the bird bath.
The quilt is down to quilting on the borders. The center is all done. After the borders are done I'll just need to do the binding and I'll be ready to start on the next one.
I've already planned out the next quilt and have washed, pressed and cut the blocks. I worked on designing the seashells embroidery to put in the solid color blocks and hope to get started on this quilt sometime next week.
Also in the waiting line is new cushion covers and a table topper for my kitchen table. I've got the pattern made and the material washed and pressed ready to cut.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I have been working for several weeks sewing all these little 2 inch square pieces together, hence the name postage stamp quilt because the blocks are not much bigger than a postage stamp. I purchased some of the squares already cut on ebay and made up the rest with scraps I had. The size of this quilt is 36" x 50". I plan to make another one in the near future incorporating all that I learned from putting this one together.
- An absolute 1/4" seam allowance is especially imperative when making such tiny little squares. Just being a little off here and there throws the whole quilt off a bunch!!! I don't have a 1/4" foot for this machine and the one they make for it only has a mark on the foot not a guide on the underside like many. So I used painters tape to mark the 1/4". I also have a little Janome 3128 and it has a 1/4" foot with the guide, so I have decided to unpack that little gem from the top of the closet and use it for sewing quilt squares together. I bought this machine when I first starting back sewing in case I lost interest in sewing I would not be out several hundred dollars. I used it for a couple months and decided I wanted a machine with more bells and whistles cause I decided I loved sewing again! So I could not decide if I would sell it or save it to teach my granddaughter to sew on it....Well my little granddaughter has already in love with my new bigger machine that she can write words and make pictures. The little Janome is a great little machine as long as you do simple seams. No special stitches, just straight and zigzag and is not equiped to handle more that 2 layers of fabric or thicker fabrics such as denim. So I have found the perfect job for it!
- When free motion quilting you need to loosen the tension a bit on the top or the stitches are way too tight and the material is harder to move under the darning foot thus breaking needles!! I learned this part early in the quilting session. So the free motion quilting is looking SO MUCH better than the first quilt I made for my little beagle.
- I so much prefer the feel of what I have quilted using the cotton batting than the polyester batting I used on Maggie's quilt. It has a softer, snuggly feel. So I will save the polyester batting I have left for mug rugs or place mats or purses.....Nothing goes to waste in my house! For the back of the quilt I have used flannel. Even though it turned out somewhat wonky with the squares not quite lining up, I'm looking forward to wrapping up in it while enjoying my first cup of coffee in the mornings. After it is finished I bet I'll have to fight Maggie for it!
Also, with unpacking my Janome 3128 I can do other light projects without having to take my quilt off the machine it is on now and reset it to do regular sewing and when I'm ready to work on quilting again, set it up again to do the quilting...(Even sew together the squares for the next quilt I have planned before I finish quilting this one....I'm so efficient...hahaha) .So I'm very glad I did not sell it.
So upcoming projects I have planned? Not necessarily in order..
- Still have that baby doll to be created
- I have a little project planned for my sister's birthday..she has my blog address so it has to stay a secret for now just in case she should pop in to see what I'm up to ;-)
- I have 2 pillowcase dresses ready to sew for my granddaughter
- I have some fabric that came in the mail yesterday to recover the cushions for my dining room table and to make a quilted round table top or runner.
- And of course, I have my next quilt project to start. I have some beautiful teal background with seashells, feathers, various seashore related items in a beige to soft brown print to be combined with a nice sandy brown solid that I am going to hand embroidery seashell or maybe even do applique from fussy cutting left over seashell main fabric.
- An last on the list, for now...another postage stamp quilt. My niece, who by the way has a little shop and makes beautiful pillowcase dresses and hair bows for little girls, has been saving me her beautiful scraps!! Can wait to see those scraps as she used the prettiest fabrics. You can check out her shop at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1299086367166.2035003.1530600723
Monday, April 4, 2011
Other projects from the weekend include a pair of shorts and top for my granddaughter and I started a postage stamp quilt. I so far have one 16 inch square block finished. It will be a lap quilt suitable for wheelchair use. It is mostly done in pinks but has a variety of purples and blues as well.. It will have a cotton batting and a backing of dark pink flannel.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This one of the St. Patty's dotess I made for a swap. Actually, it is the only one I photographed before I sealed them up in envelopes to go to their new homes. Today is also my daughter's birthday. She is 33 today. Good grief, that makes me feel old!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here is a quick sketch of a hawk that was on the weekly drawing challenge at Wet Canvas. Every week they have several photographs to be drawn and critiqued. Size is 5" x 7" in a Canson. 90#, cream. I haven't done this in quite a while but I am trying to get back in the habit of drawing or painting something every day. Before the hollyhocks below, it had been months since I had picked up a pencil or a brush.
Monday, March 7, 2011
I did manage to get upstairs to the studio and play with my graphite, which is something I've not done in a while. I also purchased a set of watercolor crayons that I want to experiement on fabric for the Art Quiltie that's still in the planning stages in the back of my mind.
Due to space constraints, I ordered a nice size studio set of watercolor pans. I think they will serve my purpose better than all the tubes I have around. Too may toys and not enough playtime!!
This particular ATC was done for a project "People, Places, Things" on ATCSFORALL and is on its way to Spain!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
My husband loves his cuttoff jeans and because he couldn't find any shorts in the store he liked last summer, he decided to cut off a few pairs of his long pants. So I took 3 of the legs, 2 for a little girl's skirt and 1 to make a matching handbag. (Still have 3 legs left to do something else with....)
First, I removed the thick hard seams with my rotary cutter. The inner seam to the pant leg was left in place. Placed right sides together. I added 4 inches to my granddaughters waist measurement. Added 1 1/2 inches to the fnished length I wanted, then added an additonal 4 inches to the bottom width that the measurement at the waist. I then took my 6 x 24 ruler and cut, matched on end to the desired width at the waist, the bottom of the ruler at the desired width at the bottom and cut. Repeat on other side. Sew side seams together with a 5/8" seam allowance. Since I do not have a serger and denim frays terribly, when ironing seams open, I placed fusable heming at the inside edge of each side of the seam to deter fraying. Turn under top waist edge 1/4" and sew. I used 3/4" elastic for the waist. On the bottom, I turned under 1/4" and sewed along bottom edge. I used some glittery blue jean trim I had received from a tag package from Swap-bot and sewed along outside bottom..
The purse: I took one additional leg and cut to length of 8 inches. Turned right side in and double stitched raw edge. Trim corners and turn. I used the remainder of the trim for the handles, sewn securely two inches inside bag.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Ok, between bouts of a cold, and other things coming up, I finally finished Maggie's Quilt. She looks quite irratated that I'm bothering her in the middle of a Sunday afternoon nap for a photo session doesn't she? That's Max, her favorite toy, sitting on her back waiting for her to get up and play.
The free motion quilting on this is actually alot harder than it looks. I was pleased with some of the stitching and some not. I've learned I cannot do the free motion quilting when I'm tired! When I am tired I don't move the fabric as quickly and the stitches become too long. Also when tired it's easier to loose my place and where to go next and skipped some blocks that I had to go back in and do later. My best, most even stitching was done in about the first 15 - 20 minutes I sat at the machine and the quilting gloves did make the fabric move easier and smoother. None the less, Maggie enjoys snuggling under the quilt.
Next project? Not sure yet. I have a column quilt in mind for some beautiful fabric scraps my sister gave me. It's a white background with strips of beautifully print flowers. They are individual flowers and fairly large print. The scrap itself is about 6 to 8 inches wide but is many yards long. I saw the episodes of columnar quilts on the Nancy Zeiman show and still have them saved on my DVR. I thought this might be a good use for this material.
For now though, I have some smaller projects to get finished. I am in a St. Paddy's dotee swap on ATCSFORALL and Swap-bot. So I have a total of four of those dolls to get completed in the next two weeks. I recently finished an Upcycled project, I'll tell you about tomorrow. I've got a dinky baby kit I want complete, a couple art quilties that have been promised and I have an art doll in the back of my mind in the planning stages...so much I want to do and so little time!!!!!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Miahalf on Swap-bot was doing a fabric destash and very sweetly sent me some wonderful fabric scraps and this wonderful shell she picked up off the beach in Vancouver. It was all wrapped up in the middle. What a treasure!!! I love seashells, especially when they are broken and you can see all the beautiful architecture inside. I love doing graphite ATC's of these beauties! Thank you Miahalf.
And this beautiful Mug Rug came from a Mug Rug swap on Swap-bot as well. Isn't it just beautiful? It came from Lukayna along with a beautiful fat quarter batik in my most favoite color of blue. Look at all the different beautiful, interesting difference fabrics she used. It is just lovely. Thank you Mandy!!
Ok, you think beagles are so sweet and docile....They are until you wake them up from a wonderful relaxing winters nap on a nice soft couch . My hubby really needs more to do don't you think????
Friday, January 28, 2011
The top is completed and it has been pinned to the batting and backing waiting to be quilted. I will be using this one to practice free motion quilting. No matter how it turns out I know Maggie will think it is wonderfully soft and snuggly. I'd be willing to bet I won't hear the first complaint from her that the stitches are not quite even or there's no dog bone applique on it! (When I first showed the quilt top to my husband, he said, "That doesn't look like a dog's quilt. There's no bone or anything on it." Man, he better be glad it's illegal to sell husbands on Ebay!) I'll finish it up this weekend. I suspect she will have plenty of time to snuggle in it to stay warm while dreaming about warm days to come soon so she will be able to stretch out on the deck and enjoy sunshine, listen to the birds singing and the babbling water from the fish pond.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
So since I wanted to learn to quilt and she loves snuggling up the soft things it was a given that she'd get my first experiment. Besides, it would be a small scale project and no matter how it turned out, she'd appreciate it and would use it daily!
Now on to the next project. My doggie quilt.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Here's Rose! She's the second of the three dotees for the ATCSFORALL Valentine dotee Swap. She also has a paperclay face, Fun Fur hair and ceramic rose beads.
I'm working on doing a tutorial with her and hope to have it posted soon.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Yep, Atlanta Georgia got snow. And lots of it! The storm moved in on Sunday, four days ago, and the roads are still dangerous. I live 6 miles from my office and it took me 90 minutes to get there. One little accident was all it took to back traffic up for four miles!!!! It's been brutally cold, lows in the teens and the daily highs below freezing, so not alot of melting has occurred. First couple days were great. I stayed home and logged in to the work computers from the comfort of my den with a nice warm fireplace and able to look out the window at the beautiful snow while getting the essentials done. Then still had time left to play! But then "they" made me come in to the office and I had to get out on the streets slipping and sliding. So I'm over it!
While I was home I got one Dotee completed (and several more started) for a Valentine swap on ATCSfor all. This website swaps various art forms. I swap on that site as well as Swap-bot. It's very interesting to see what other folks are doing and their styles and by swapping you actually get to see it, touch it. These swap sites also force me to stretch myself and try new techniques and different art projects that I probably would put off trying thus eventually never getting around to do.