So what have i been working on (other than being a mom and keeping the household going during rehab upheaval?). LOL
Here’s a glimpse of the quilt top wallhanging for bathroom. I am next sewing bubbles in it here and there. J’s suggestion was to add in purple and she was right. I viewed her suggestion a bit skeptically since purple is her new obsession but i am glad i took it. L loves it.
and here is my vest w cables. Somehow in last night’s tired knitting i reversed the direction of the other sides’ cable so i will be frogging several rows this am. sigh. But i am at the armhole making stage so chugging along!!
Started the Gambit Unisex Scarf, a pattern I have liked for two years now and started several times, but wasn’t happy with. Recently I went down in needle size to a size 2 from a 4 and the fabric is good. I’m using Pagewood Farm St. Elias handdyed yarn, perhaps the textures obscure the stitch pattern, but I like the muted colors.
This wasn’t a successful piece, but i did learn something. I have to fully understand the shadows, shaping, and cast shadows before just blindly following the directions.
This one gave me a lot of trouble because the directions were to erase as much of the graphite (of the design) as possible while letting you still see the tiny areas to paint in various colors. I’m thinking my graphite wasn’t too dark to begin with and then erasing, I had no guidance. There are a ton of little areas to paint in certain colors and ways. It felt like paint by numbers while wearing a mesh scarf over my eyes. It was frustrating!
The subject matter isn’t that interesting to me. I realized that perhaps I don’t need to paint every lesson in the book, but the ones that are more of what I would like to paint. I’m more “into” pottery and glazes than I am crystal and glass, so this isn’t a still life I would be interested in painting. I do love flowers and that is the part that is really not successful because I didn’t understand the shape.
I did learn how to create the colors in the wine, how to use neutral tint to darken and deepen the perylene maroon. The leaves are ok. but moving on to the next lesson and also some of my own designs to translate what I’ve learned. I also sat down and made notes on all I’ve learned in a notebook to help solidify it in my brain.
Thought Tulie might “enjoy” bring santa for halloween, two holidays out of one costume, but NO! The armholes seem too tight and forget about the hood! She intently tries to scratch it off, poor girl. There’s no harm in altering the suit, it is from an estate sale after all. She DOES wear the sweater i knitted her so if i make it less fitted like the sweater she might keep it on.
So what do u think? I like the sketch and quite enjoyed doing it. I feel more skilled at what to do in paint, after my three lessons from that book, but of course it didn’t all happen. The area below the shell in reality was a reflection in a glass table and there was no direct light to create a shadow. I did it on a paper that was not arches nor cold pressed, and it didn’t allow the color to lift well. I needed the shell blue to be lighter. I think i like the ink on it and that’s handy because that is how ir ended up!! Lesson four tomorrow a wine glass with reflections and a beautiful rose blossom.