Archive for September, 2011


September 20, 2011

Random stuff from the at-the-moment-so-completely-disarranged-studio.

Spent way too much time making elephant cards (of sort, can’t really open them up and write on them, so I wrote on the back side of the ears!) and decorating envelopes for the kids in my Sunday School class.  Just decided to have fun and enjoy the making.

I was very pleased last weekend to learn that I had received Third Place in Original Design at the 2011 Georgia Celebrates Quilt show.  This was the second time I had entered this show (you may remember my blog post).  I love the fact that I won a ribbon, wouldn’t trade it for the world, except that there were some very labor intensive, beautiful, traditional quilts there that perhaps deserved a ribbon more than mine.  My take on this is that there should be a totally separate category for art quilts vs. traditional quilting.  Original Design is maybe not definitive enough.  But the judges still thought my binding “needs improvement!”  Heck, they were lucky I bound it at all!  That was the same comment I received about my first entry 8 or 9 years ago!  I wonder if anyone has ever done a perfect binding!

See what I mean about beautiful quilts??!!!

And mine proudly holding its ribbon…

You know how you feel when you have something good happen to you and you want to share it with everyone?  Having a blog is wonderfully satisfying way to share.  Thanks for listening!


September 11, 2011

Well, I worked larger.  This free motion machine embroidery of a beautiful little girl is done  life size or just a bit larger.   It perhaps doesn’t have the softness a portrait of a young girl should have but I tried once again to use my knowledge of color.  Thread just doesn’t blend as well as paint and pastel.  I am pleased that the size allowed me to improve the likeness and detail and I will try another.  Practice makes perfect!

The overall height of this piece is 14″.  I mounted the fabric, which was a heavy upholstery weight linen/rayon blend, onto stretcher bars.   I am thinking a colorful bird would look good like this.  One piece leads into another…

If the mother of this child recognizes her I’ll be thrilled.   But she may never read my blog….

(S)He’s Large… (not)

September 7, 2011

I have spent the last three evenings working on this face in thread.  I’ve tried to put everything I’ve ever learned about painting portraits  into it, including trying to push the color to the limit.  Not sure about it yet, but… I am encouraged to go further.  Or larger as the case may be.  These faces I have done lately are about 1/2 human scale.  I am anxious to see what kind of detail and blending with color I can achieve if I work larger.  Most of my paintings are larger.  Art teachers always tell you to work large.  Fill up the paper.  Bigger is better.  Think large.

But then, larger is not always best.  Just listen to Olive Oyl’s description of Bluto  (For Karen’s upcoming birthday!!!).

I’ll try to break out of the miniature mode and show you the results of my large thinking as soon as I can.

sunday afternoon covered in pastel

September 4, 2011

Seems if I am not doing birds, I am doing faces.  Here is a Sunday afternoon sketch in pastel pencil.

This sketchbook paper didn’t really have enough “tooth” to hold layers of pastel so I was rubbing the pastel in to the point of making my fingers raw making it overly blended (I know I shouldn’t use my fingers, toxic pigments and all, I did switch to a stump after a while…), but the scan made the image a bit more grainy than the original.

I hope you all have  a great holiday tomorrow.  Don’t labor too much!

Flickers, Houses, and Cad, oh my!

September 3, 2011

I am learning CAD.  That is Computer Aided Drafting for you people older than I am (aka CADD which includes the word “design” but since I still design on the board…).  The college I attended started teaching CAD the quarter after I graduated and although I did learn some on an antiquated computer way back in the ’80’s I really never learned a modern day program (do you suppose that computer really cost $70,000 or was my then-employer stretching the truth?) .  I know the basics of Google Sketch-up (which is a great and free download giving hours of fun to those of you who like to play on a computer) and now I am learning Datacad.  I am dreaming datacad.  I am waking up thinking of datacad.  I came home on a Saturday and booted up datacad.  I never realized I was such a geek before…

And this is the reason I haven’t posted for a long time!

Here is a watercolour and ink drawing of a flicker I did last night (and some today) to re-acquaint myself with my right brain.

I had the opportunity to forage into the past earlier this week.  The town of Eatonton, Georgia owns several (maybe 15 circa 1900-1920 +/-)  mill houses and they are trying to sell them en mass to be restored in place (with some grant money) or to be moved to another location.  The houses are as they were when the last inhabitants moved out maybe 20 years ago.  Most people think they should be razed, I think they are worthy of saving.  I don’t know if they will be used for the reason the trip was made, but if they don’t, and you should want one, please let me know.  I will put you in touch with the right person.

Here are some pictures to entice you…

I know, I know, entice may not be the right word considering their present condition… but these houses have great proportions, heartpine flooring and beadboard ceilings.

Do you hear that?  I think it is datacad calling…