Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Painters Today

We were at the library today.  I thought about painting the shelves of books but chatting with the group took up too much time, settled on another of the many plants that are there.

Last week we were at Church of the Dunes looking out its library window.... We get a similar view in the sanctuary so if the sermon is boring... well it isn't often but if it is....
 Yesterday I came across a sketchbook that I had started last year.  Some of the pages had been taped so I could do something small.  I haven't added paint yet but once I started on the tulips they grew... this is my birthday flowers so I will add color.  And the apple.... got it out for my grandson but decided I liked the crooked stem so kept it to draw and gave him a different one.
The reason I found above sketchbook.  I am doing some serious de-cluttering and reorganizing a very messy studio.  I have way too much stuff in there and some of it has to go.  I've found all sorts of treasures along with lots to get rid of.  This corner is partially done... still a ways to go but it's getting there.

Friday, March 10, 2017

More Pears and Clearing Clutter

 This is the last one I did.  Shopping at Meijer, saw the lumpy pear and had to get it.  The next one is the first day I brought it home.
 Day 2....
 And day 3
The Tuesday Pear was done with my Tuesday Painters.Group.  We were here that day doing still life paintings because it was wet and cold.  The rest were all quick sketches so I could get back into the studio to do more clutter clearing.  Since I'm digging out stuff, sorting and getting rid of things I haven't used in years there is more mess now than there was before I started.  

And, since I need to get more bookmarks done for an order, you can see them in process among the clutter They're circled in black.  Those one the left are ready to pull.  The ones on the right are mounted, ready to cut apart when I get the cutting mat cleared.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Having Fun With My Gelli Plate

I started some pieces for my crack series using my gelli plate.  When it was time to clean the plate I decided I really don't need more collage paper so let's use mailing tape.  I had three gelli plates going so time for a bit of experimenting.  I added a bit more paint, used a stamp to let the previous colors come through, let that dry, did some stamping, let them dry again, pulled the print and these bookmarks are the result.  Original monotype bookmarks ready to use..

I think I'll take them to the gallery tonight.  I have more that are drying now, just need to cut them out

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trying Some Freeform Crochet... And A Bit Of Mixed Media work

I learned basic crochet from my grandmother, embroidery too, but didn't really take to either of them as a child.  I preferred knitting and needlepoint.  Many years later when my aunt and I had a Knit shop we both taught knitting, she taught crochet.  I still wasn't to taken with it though I did have her give me some lessons so I could help customers who had a problem.

A few years ago I saw a piece of freeform crochet and thought that was something I would like to do, definately not my grandmother's crocheting.  However, I didn't do anything about it since my skill was limited. I could do your basic single, double, triple and make a granny square.  In fact I have a lovely ruana that I made back when we had the shop and I still love it.  I've also made a couple granny square lap robes and given them away.  

Recently I saw a class on the internet.... Freeform Crochet.  Guess it was time to learn  I was suppose to get all the same yarn in 5 or 6 colors.  I think I once posted about giving up sewing but still buying fabric.  Well I still have a stash of yarn too even though I no longer knit anything more than a scarf. So I'm using what I have and already knowing I like doing this and I have some ideas for other things.  What we are suppose to be working toward now is a purse.  I've also discovered that crocheting doesn't cause my hand to go numb as knitting did.  The numbness is the reason I quit knitting.  The pieces I've done so far aren't blocked because I still plan to add more color and stitches to some of them. 

A plus to taking up something new... again. This time I really don't have to go out and buy all of the equipment.  I already have most of what I need.

I've also been doing a bit more in my studio.  In the process of clearning piles I came across some monoprints that were waiting for me to go in with the collage elements.  This one is a start.  I don't like the dark blue and I think I'd like more green, partly in the bush on the left.

 Photoshop lets me play a bit and see what would happen if I lighten and add... here is that version

Now I need to see if I can do it on the actual piece.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Things Revisited

It's no secret I've been clearing some clutter from my studio and unearthing things I had forgotten.  I did this in 2014.  I have a sketchbook almost full of these images called Zendangles.  Something similar to Zentangle but to me, much more fun

One of the Dangles in the sketchbook was a start, not much to it.  So I decided to add more.  I haven't done any color yet, maybe later today or tonight.  Last night I taught my class the basics, they had a good time with it and some of them will probably do more.  It's addictive.

The other thing I did yesterday was pick up the sampler my mother started.  I should have blocked it myself before having it framed because they didn't get it straight.  She would not like that which is the only reason I think it should be straight.  For now it will hang in my sewing room, above her machine.  It is a reminder to me that while there are many ways we are alike... note unfinished sketchbook above and unfinished sampler.... there are also many ways we are different and that's okay.

I inherited her talent (she was an artist) and her love of fiber and fashion though you wouldn't know that to see me now, jeans and sweatshirts are my go to wardrobe. She liked perfect seams and stitches, I don't like staying in the lines nor do I feel compelled to have straight seams.  If they are that's fine, if not that's okay too.  But for the things she liked to sew it was important... fashion, clothes, she was a fashion designer through and through.  I prefer sewing art quilts and other just plain fun things like wonky dolls and angels.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Two Today

My Tuesday Painters group painted at our museum today, this set up was in the pioneer kitchen.  I love old crocks and wooden bowls.  This crock is a bit off, one side is curved, the other not.  Oh well, it's just a sketch.

Back home I went back to some experimenting with the acrylics... I did my daily drawing on a 7"x7" piece of watercolor paper and then did the painting in acrylics.  I've used acrylics for non-representational work but never to do  something real so I'm considering this another experiment... for me anyway.
I kind of like it, think I may try more. This is from my Valentine's tulips, tomorrow they will be more open so I'll try again.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Last Time For The Pear

It will be poached for dessert tonight.  This one was done with one of my XL Graphite sticks.  You can't really see the color but it's a deep burgundy.  The box of sticks is new and this is one I hadn't used, it looked like a dark grey, almost black as I was drawing.  I was surprised when I added the water and saw the rich burgundy

I'll have to find another something to draw from different angles, it was a fun challenge.  Nothing more done on the WIPs,  I will get back to them later today.