Friday, November 27, 2009

The process

Do you ever wonder how an idea goes from a photo to a painting? The photo shows how things actually looked and I'll use it as a general placement guide but for me the point of doing a painting is to get to what that moment in time felt like so it's more an impression or expression of the emotion. This one seems to be going well so far and I got some pretty funny looks out in the front yard today when I decided I couldn't tell what the branches of the lilac bushes looked like from the photo and dashed outside for a few moments to work from the real thing. Doing it now was perfect because the leaves were gone and there was nothing to distract me from observing the actual structure of the branches. I'm sure the neighbors and passers by (I live on a fairly busy street) are really beginning to wonder about me...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oops, I did it again...

I did this painting back in 1999 as part of a quilt design project. It's on a canvas panel and I used the computer to print the painting on fabric that I used in the quilt. When I came across the painting a decade later I had other projects In mind, starting with editing it slightly by cutting down the size but since I wanted to repaint a lot of areas I just marked it and left the cutting until I'd finished painting. This is where I need your help. I'm never sure when to quit, sometimes I change things that should have been left alone so I'm hoping you'll comment on whether or not I should have left the painting as it was and done a whole new and separate painting. I'm also wondering if anyone else agrees with me about the changes being an improvement. Oh, and while I'm hearing from you and deciding what to write about next, would you like to see how that iris quilt worked out?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Climbing the walls

No, cabin fever hasn't set in yet but with the change of seasons and the cooler weather my garden is but a memory and I'm indoors with the houseplants so I decided to draw and paint the one I had sitting in the dining room. Over the course of the winter it will eventually wrap around the top of the room and because I don't get around (or up & down) very well or often it's going to be a slow and painful process but I'm enjoying the challenge and determined to make it work. It's already much better than the mural I did at my last house so I'm really happy with my progress.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Not so Suddenly, Last Summer

I'm looking through the pictures I took over the summer of the yard and garden and seeing what all I can do with them. As always the first thing I reach for is a paintbrush but I may also try some of the flowers in pen and ink, colored pencil or watercolors over the winter as I plan next years garden. I haven't decided whether or not I'm finished with this painting yet but I've set it aside for a while and have gone back to painting furniture and accessories. Sunny days make "work" in the studio a pleasure whether it's got walls or not, it's always lovely to me.

Going to Pieces, again

Some one's always got old jeans and other denim bits to get rid of so I'm starting another denim quilt. Each time I do one I think of another way to improve both my technique and my results. Having a little fun as I work and being able to sell a few makes it all worthwhile so keep on sending stuff my way and I'll keep recycling it.

Welcome to my world

Things are a bit different here. Call it reality with a twist, or the world according to me.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Floral fun

I still had a few sunflowers in my system after the recent acrylic painting I'd done so I let them go on the last of those wooden cigar boxes and I decided to rework areas of this small painting as long as I had a few colors out anyway. It's nice to have a few more projects done and out of the way so that I can move on to other projects.
I'm beginning to relax into the idea of having a studio again and am eager to see what sort of style will characterize this next phase
of my "work". I'm hoping you'll find it interesting too...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scrap happy holiday fun

While sorting through all of my craft and sewing supplies I couldn't resist indulging myself is a little patchwork, embroidery and quilting.
The unusual thing about that is that I did it all on one bag and then topped it with 42 buttons and a holiday pin.

Monday, November 9, 2009

14 row hat

This crochet project is so fast and easy that I've lost track of how many I've made over the last couple of decades. They seem to be more or less in style again these days as people are rediscovering handmade clothing and accessories. The best thing about it is that you only need to follow a pattern for the first 5 rows then you just keep going until it looks long enough to you. what could be easier than that?

Sunday, November 8, 2009


With several other projects finished I've started going back and re-working a few others. I shot photos of this one each time I paused between changing different parts of it hoping to catch myself before I got carried away and having some sort of record to show me where I may have gone wrong with it and what parts should have been left alone. I also had a few more sunflowers to shake out of my system so I painted them on a small wooden box. It feels good to be painting again-Like surfacing after holding your breath under water for a really long time. I'm eager to see where this part of my journey will take me, it truly has been "A Long and Winding Road". Yes, everything still comes to me in song lyrics and old movie dialog. I find it more entertaining that way and I hope you do too.

It's a Wrap!

It's nice to have a few projects completed. I was pretty happy with the way the Sunflower painting and the quilt turned out so I headed back to the house and made this new valance for the dining room. I joked at the time that I was "making space" in there because I used a space patterned fabric to compliment the Star Trek collectors plates that decorate the walls in there. It's amazing what turns up when you're sorting through things and "downsizing " isn't it? Luckily most of the things I've "found" seem to go nicely together. It's also kind of nice to get down to just a few of your favorite things and really enjoy your space.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Somehow I've always felt that sooner or later I'd have to try my hand at sunflowers too. I tried working with live ones but had a number of problem with nature (too many bees) and neighbors (letting their dog run loose in my yard then chasing it and yelling when they realized I'd noticed it) I got so frustrated that I destroyed the painting (although it had been going well and was well on it's way to being finished). Anyway, I thought I'd give it a try from the photos I'd shot of the yard and garden and these pictures show the beginning of that journey. I'm not sure how long I'll be working on this one but it's peaceful (and safe) in the studio and I'm pleased with the progress so far. I'm hoping to get some input and ideas on how (or if) to proceed from your comments so please take a minute to let me know what you think. Thanks.