Archive for August, 2011

ewe’s not fat, ewe’s fluffy

August 23, 2011

What did I ever do with my time before the internet?  Do you feel the same way?   I knowingly spend way too much time on it but some things just fascinate me and I know that save for the internet, I would never be exposed to them.  Case in point…

The Campaign for Wool was found linked through Selvedge Magazine and has a gallery of pictures from which the above was taken.  Have you ever in your life seen such cute creatures?

It was enough for me to pull out a photo of a sheep and do a watercolor/pen and ink drawing! But the sheep is more deserving of a wool tapestry.  Some day.

Forgive me for the title of this post.  Sometimes you just cannot resist.

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a life of crime begins…

August 19, 2011

I know it is illegal to own a hawk feather but this one was basically handed to me by its previous owner.  A hawk swooped down to feed on a bird that was feeding on seed at our backyard bird feeder and I was sitting 20 feet away.  After a  brief skirmish, the hawk flew away with its capture and left behind this feather. (payment?) At least the smaller bird put up a good fight.  I brought the feather inside to search on-line and see if I could identify it.  I went here and found out it is a Coopers Hawk wing feather.  I copied it with colored pencils.

Now that I have documented my feather, I guess I need to toss it back outside.

Here is a photograph I took a couple of years ago when a hawk decided the bird feeder made a nice perch (forgive the quality, it was taken from inside through the window blinds with my point and shoot camera).  This could be a Coopers Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Can you tell the difference?

Watercolored Water Bird

August 17, 2011

I have had other responsibilities of late and haven’t had as much time to devote to artwork, but I do have another watercolor with ink lines and a little pastel thrown in to share.  I like doing these.  It’s so much fun to scribble!

The Four Miss Willises

August 12, 2011

There is a short story by Charles Dickens entitled The Four Sisters.  He writes of them “They seem to have no separate existence, but to have made up their minds just to winter through life together.”  I think that describes this art quilt to a tee.

The faces are those blind contour/colored pencil drawings of  some of the Agnes Scott girls done several months ago.  You can see them here.  I was playing with pebble quilting in different colors to see how it reads.  I debated whether to keep layering circle of color upon circle of color but since I had already removed about as many stitches as I put in,  I decided to stop before making any more poor choices.   The fabrics are commercial batiks (I love them!) and the size is about a 15″ square, although I am too lazy to go measure it exactly!

I have been trying to come up with a unique way of finishing the edges of art quilts.  I don’t like my options and am just not creative enough to “invent” something new!  Here I left them raw.  The applique is raw edged so why not.   I actually like the batting showing but I know it doesn’t look finished.  Anyone have a brilliant idea?

You can google and find out how The Four Sisters winter if you like.  I thought about providing a link but there are pop-ups and all…I would hate to be responsible for giving someone a virus.

Another Cicada

August 5, 2011

paper size – 18.5″x11″

Now to translate this into thread…

learning to make do

August 3, 2011

I want so much to take a printmaking course and buy a press.  (If  I am telling you my wants, I might as well add that I also want a tapestry loom and and the space to place a tapestry loom and a press!)  For now, I will have to make do with the supplies I do have, in the space available.  I do have watercolors, ink pens and pastels so I decided to try to get the look of a print.  Not so sure I achieved that goal, perhaps I was carried away with darkening the background for that effect, although they look lighter and more consistent in the originals.  I like the carried away effect of the ink lines.  And there is no duplicating of the imprint the plate makes on a print.  I love that imprint!

Le Coq was done from fellow blogger, Jennifer’s photo of a rooster.  You can see it here.  These are done on approx. 11×17 sheets of paper.