Last Tuesday my Tuesday Painters group went to Hemlock Crossing again. This time instead of looking out at the woods, I sat in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and sketched some of the decorations. They may end up part of a Christmas Card exchange ... or just stay in my sketch book. That is yet to be decided.
For the past few years around this time I make a Christmas table runner. I bought what I thought was a package of coordinated fat quarters in blues, greys and taupes thinking this year it could be a winter table runner since I already have several traditional red and green runners. What a surprise to open them up and see one piece was a long section of trees. I decided to keep the trees in the center and put a boarder down each side. That's done. Now it's decision time... do I quilt and finish it for this year or do I embroider with the idea that it will be done by next Christmas. the color in the photo is off, different lights in different parts of the room.
I'm leaning toward quilting because I'm anxious to see it done, I have a perfect spot for it this year.
I'm a sucker for a cherub, love these little guys and when I see a statue I usually snap a photo. We have a few in our garden but this is one I saw at Grand Haven Garden House. I may have to do another mixed media piece using him. This one is in my Grunge journal on a teabag.... thank you Jane Ruiter. She is a tea drinker and gave me a bunch of used bags for my journal.
I'm not sure where I found this fellow but I liked his hat. He's also done on a teabag and off to the right are parts of coffee filters. They don't work as well as the teabag.
While I haven't gotten any paintings done I have been doing some watercolor sketches with my Tuesday group. Here are the last few of those....
I usually journal when I finish which is why there is an open area on the last one. We were talking so much that I didn't finish in time to journal.
Last week I managed to get three drawings done in my Grunge Journal. After doing Verdi I decided to try two of my favorite artists. Can you tell who they are?
The third was a drawing of my friend Joan. I wasn't able to go to the funeral so during that time I did a drawing of her. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out.
I spent most of my week in my stitching area. I started a quilt to use as a winter blanket a few years back. Finally got around to finishing the top and it is now ready to go to someone who can do the actual quilting. Since it's not done in perfect blocks like most quilts, it will be a challenge for someone. It is straighter than the photo shows, but not perfect. I don't do perfect.
I just wrote a very long post about the loss of a friend; probably just as well that I lost it because I did tend to ramble... we've been friends since 7th grade which wasn't just yesterday. She was one of my gang of 11 that graduated from high school together and her death was unexpected. She had been diagnosed with cancer recently but was expected to live a couple more years. She had a heart attack which in a way is a blessing... no more pain. Have to look at it that way.
Here are a few of us a few years back, Joan is the last one on the right.
In between working on my Wonky Angels I've been drawing in my Grunge Journal. Here are a few of the images...
I've been trying different ways of covering the page, just gesso eats up a lot of pencil so I'm looking for an alternative. One, I think, would be a thinner coat of gesso but I'm also trying some collage. So far what I like best is a tea bag.... that's what I used on the page with the doorway/ The only problem with that is that I don't drink enough tea.... I'm a coffee person. That's it for now, back to work on the Wonkys.....
I've been working on a variety of things..... Focus eludes me. Above is another drawing in my Grunge Journal. That's what I do to start the day.
Below is a free form crochet piece that I think may become a scarf. Then again, it may become a vest or a hat, maybe a purse. I only have two skeins of the yarn so I know it won't become anything very large. I crochet when I'm waiting for an appoinment, for a meeting to start or in the evening if we're watching tv.
This is a close up of the top...
And with the holidays approaching I need to get some things done to sell at the gallery so Wonkey Angels are in process too. That's my daytime project for the next few weeks.
Didn't mean to chop her halo off.
And a little painting, a birthday card for our son. It's a painting of his newest project, a boat to restore. It's not quite finished, I need to add a sail number but can't do that until I find out from him what that number is.