Friday, December 31, 2010
Cut 2 pieces of felt for each ornament, You'll be pinning or sewing your collection to one of them and when you've finished that you'll slip a piece of ribbon between the two layers as a hangar, tack that in place with a few stitches and then do a blanket stitch around the edges to attach both pieces and give the ornament a nice finish. For the photo ornament just fold one of your shapes in half and cut a half circle for the picture to show through (yes, you slip the photo between the layers). It's a project with endless possibilities depending on the colors or themes you want to use to display your treasures. Trace around the bottom of a glass for a ball shape to display your kids sports memorabilia...there are as many different design ideas as there are people to enjoy them.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
It's still moving day around here as I continue to convert the dining room to studio space until we can finish the other space (the old garage). All of my art supplies have been going back and forth in a couple of big storage bins so it feels good to unpack and settle into some of the cabinets and shelves in here so that it's easier to work during the week.
The best part of the day was when my Christmas present arrived. Doug bought me a great table easel like the one I'd been borrowing all of these months and we discovered that it had been delivered to the wrong house when a woman from the neighborhood said they'd been gone for the holidays and found it when they got back. It was sure nice of her to bring it over so I feel like everyone has been good to me today.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Time was getting away from me so instead of painting each and every one of my cards, I printed photos of my card designs and made cards out of those then added pencil drawings to the corners of the envelopes to make them a bit more special.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
At the dining room table I'm attempting to finish that 2 ft. square Iris painting and as I work I'm wondering whether to price it to pay the trash bill, Qwest or to have enough money to buy an easel like the one I've been borrowing from the Senior Center. It would be lovely to be able to do them all but with the economy the way it's been I'm certainly not expecting it. On the other hand it sure doesn't hurt to dream and in the midst of it all there's the work. The simple act of painting makes everything else fade into the background, your troubles become background noise and soon fade so far into the distance that they're mere static. Your breath slows and you've stepped into that other place that people call "flow" and all sorts of other things. I don't worry about what to call it, I just go and leave the rest of the world behind for a while.
Friday, December 10, 2010
I've been receiving Christmas cards faster than I can paint replies so I started making cards out of photos of that pine cone I painted in watercolors. I mount it to green paper,trim that and then mount both to a blank card. I've been doing little pencil drawings on the corners of the envelopes which adds a personal touch and gives me lots of practice drawing. The postage stamps I've been buying lately also have pine cones on them so it works out real well.
Here’s a fun alternative to painting around the edge of a canvas. This frame had an old, stained linen liner so I painted it to match the painting. The effect really makes people look twice and was a great way to recycle that frame.
This painting is several years old and I pulled it out of storage to share the border technique with a friend. The timing was interesting because I'm working on a much larger Iris painting now. It looks like my style has changed a bit over the years but I always come back to my old favorites in new ways. No wonder people think artists are crazy-I've been painting the same flowers for decades and I don't think I'm finished with them yet.