Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oops... I gave them away before I took my photos.

My artwork this past week was for gifts and I forgot to take photos before I gave them away...  they were wall hangings.  I used fabric that I had painted and added a quote that seemed to me to be appropriate for the person I was giving them to along with quilting, beading and some embrodiery.  They turned out quite nice if I do say so myself.  I also did some pen and ink miniatures and I did scan those.  They're from photos that were included in a Wet Canvas Weekend Drawing Event.... two from Connie in the Netherlands and two from Beth in North Carolina.  The two from Beth were photos taken especially for me when she was in Barbados... she knows I love old boats.  Here are the drawings... all miniatures, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snow People and a miniature

If any of you of you read Cloth Paper Scissors magazine you may recognize the Snow People.  I made them as favors for an event at my church last week.  I also made the trees... they're Sycamore Tree bark that I picked up on my morning walks... a couple pieces each time I went past the spot where the trees lived.  That was my major focus this past week.  The event was Thursday so I did manage to get a miniature done before the week was over... then it was on to Holiday decorating....
I hope I can keep up during the holidays.  So far I'm quite pleased that I have managed to maintain a schedule and post pretty near the first part of each week.  Now I need to figure out what I might add that would add more interest to the blog.  I think if I concentrate more on writing in addition to adding an image that would be a good thing.  Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

More miniatures

I'm having such fun doing these little ones... they are a challenge for sure.  How much detail can I get; how little can I get away with... what techniques will work.  For the Winter Woods... which I've titled Christmas Woods and am using for our Christmas card this year.... I tried a technique I've used on larger pieces to see what the results would be and while it didn't work as well as it does on a large piece,  I think it came out just fine.  I masked all of the trees and the snow, put a small piece of cheese cloth down on the page and began putting color down, mostly darks.   Once that was dry I removed the mask and added color to the birch trees and a shadow line on the snow.  The other two were a matter of determining what detail to include and what to leave out... the gondolier's face could have been better but over all I like the results.