Archive for March, 2011

playing with colored pencils

March 30, 2011

A while back I bought a book by Carla Sonheim called Drawing Lab.  I then watched a video of her doing a couple of exercises on an Etsy workshop.  It inspired me to draw just for fun because she sure looked like she  was having fun.  Here are the results…

a Picasso dog following her draw, turn 90 degrees, draw, turn 90 degrees….  then color.

Blind contour, then embellishing the linework and colored, of my nephew, Daniel.  He, his mother and I had a great evening playing with these techniques.

Blind contour of Daniel’s dog.  I love the line that is created in this.  It may be my favorite.

a contour drawing (this time I looked) of a woman from an old photograph.  This time, I did not pick up the pen but tried to make the drawing one continuous line.  That is actually the case for all these but I admit, I sometimes picked up my pen and then when I was finished, I was  guilty of going back into the drawing and adding and adjusting.  But, hey, it is for fun!  I can break rules all I like!

Miss Marple, done from putting the dvd on pause….  I loved this Miss Marple, sorry she isn’t making them anymore.

Berry College…

This is the way most of the contour drawings looked before I went back into them with line variations and color.  It is a little difficult to worry about proportion and perspective when you don’t pick up your pen from the paper.  I like the whimsy of these drawings.  Especially since I am usually so tight and precise with architecture considering my background….

An owl and a

Bird and nest!  No pussycats as yet.  These last two were developed into free motion machine embroidery.    I spent a little more time on them watching where my pen was (but still trying not to pick it up)  in relationship to the image I was drawing.  These really do develop your drawing skills.  But enough scans for the day!  I will show you the embroidery later.

Don’t you wish woolly mammoths still existed?

March 18, 2011

Woe is me.  I have not been feeling  well and it is evident by the lack of posts lately.  I am on the mend though and have done a few little needle felted birds…

and a few little free motion embroidery tea towels…

These will be available at the upcoming Jasper ArtFest in mid April.  My first ever experience with a booth or outdoor show or anything other than just a painting or two in a show or gallery.  Am I nervous?  H—, yeah!  Petrified is probably a good word to describe my feelings and the closer it gets to being ready the more anxious I am.  I keep telling myself it is experience and experience alone is valuable and worthwhile.  Right????

In the meantime, I am proud to say that Susan and Jay Wright have placed my work on the wall at the It’s A Grind Coffee shop in Holly Springs.  Go  get yourself a cup of coffee (it is sooo much better there than at Starbucks) and see my paintings!

BTW, that bottom image is a woolly mammoth and not an elephant.  I do love woolly mammoths….

Another Face

March 8, 2011

This time she is back lit creating a dark area down the middle of her face.

and here is a close up of the layering of threads…

Thanks for the suggestions of names for the previous post.  I liked Elizabeth’s “Tilda” story in the comments section.  I think she caught the mood of the woman…I would look rather forlorn if I had to spend my days in a kitchen.  Well, depends on the kitchen, I guess, and exactly what I had to do…

Untitled is the title

March 7, 2011

I have such a hard time coming up with names for my artwork.  I am not literate enough to see references to great characters to name my images after… I have to ask who was that  mythological god or goddess who did such and such…I don’t see symbolism in things…

Perhaps I should think of a title first and work toward that.

Anyway, my latest untitled woman is below.  When I first started doing this, I found faces to look funny in thread but I like this one.  I especially like her nose.  There is just enough color/value variation to carry it off.

So, you more learned friends out there…suggest a name for her, please.