Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mellow Yellow!

watercolor in Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook

I noticed that I seem to have a lot of images in my 'to sketch' folder on the Sktchy App that feature the color yellow. So I have begun to clear them out by sketching them! I have also been experimenting a bit with different media, using some of the many art supplies I 'discovered' recently when I cleaned out my studio closet.

pastel and charcoal on grey paper

watercolor and ink in sketchbook
watercolor and ink in sketchbook

watercolor pencils and ink, but I wish I'd used pastels!
watercolor and colored pencils in sketchbook
The above sketches are all about the same size; about 5"x6" in my sketchbook. The two sketches below are a bit larger, about 6"x8" on pastel paper. I did the one on grey paper first, but was not happy with either Gus or the greyed down color, so I did the same image on white pastel paper, which I had underpainted a bit with acrylic markers. That gave me the brilliant yellow of our new summer comforter, and it's contrast with Gus, which is what I wanted!

pastels on toned paper

pastels and acrylic markers on white pastel paper
I still have many more yellow images in my 'to sketch' queue, but I think I will move on, for now. A couple of these will find their way to my Etsy shop, either as originals or as prints. And I think the final version of Gus just might find itself framed and on my guest room wall, along with tapestries, photos, and paintings of other pets.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A New Website!


I have been working on creating a new website, in spite of my severe limitations with digital 'stuff!' I am not done with it, but am hoping to 'get by with a little help from my friends,' so if you give it a look and have some helpful input, I'd truly love to hear it! 

I will be adding small tapestries next, then a gallery page for non-fiber work.

You can access this work-in-progress by going HERE.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More Pages from My Sketchbook....





I have still been doing occasional sketches, though I've been having trouble keeping up a daily routine. Several of the sketches are ending up in my Etsy shop, as prints. When I update the shop next week, there will be more, and a few originals. But I have been very busy otherwise lately. When I get too busy to sketch, and  also and especially when I'm too busy to weave, I get very fussy. So, in addition to being busy, you can know I've been a bit grumpy.

I do have a small tapestry floating around in my brain, wanting to get onto the loom. But it will have to wait a short while. Maybe next week, though! I can always look forward to next week.

Otherwise in my life: the flowering crab is in full bloom, as are the lilacs and my bleeding heart (which makes me happy, as I wasn't sure it would survive our dry winter.) The western screech owls in the box in our tree have hatched five owlets! We are very excited about that! We are taking a short weekend trip to the Grand Canyon, which we've never seen. I hope to overcome my fear of heights enough to do some sketching there.

Stay creative! It keeps us happy....... In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from the Owl cam in the owl box.

5 huddled baby owls

Mama sits on them to keep them warm

Friday, April 6, 2018

A few sketches from March....


Last month I did a '30 journal pages in 30 days' online challenge. I think I missed one or two days, but I filled a lot of my sketch journal! Here are a few of the pages from the challenge. Most were posted on my IG account.


I tried to use as many different media as I could. So these have been done in colored pencils, ballpoint pens, acrylic paint markers, pastels, watercolor, and more. Plus, added ephemera.








Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy March 17th!


I am doing a 30-day sketch journal challenge this month. I will share some of my other sketches here before the month is out, I'm sure. This is today's sketchbook spread. I took this challenge on because I felt my personal sketchbook journal was being neglected, and I am enjoying getting back into this habit again. Today I loved listening to my Irish music while I did this. So when I look at the sketch, I hear The Cranberries, Enya, Clannad, The Clancy Brothers and more. I need to play that playlist more often!

I've been battling bronchitis, along with just about everybody else, I think, so have been quite low energy. But I did get the small tapestry lined and packed, ready to go in the mail to the exhibit on Monday.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We Persist....



I think Persistence is a good characteristic for a tapestry weaver! I began this small 8x10" tapestry a bit more than a week ago. I was determined to get it done for the ATA small tapestry exhibit, which I had entered before the loom was even warped, and for which the finished piece is due very soon! Knowing it must be done quickly, I warped it at only 8epi, and wove it with doubled weft, except for the face area, where I used singles.


This first half wove very quickly, done in 2 days, while I was watching a bit of evening Olympics.


The eyes and mouth are always my biggest challenge, so weaving the face with singles was helpful.


The hat! I knew I would add some 3-D buttons to the tapestry, so decided to add texture to the hat brim for balance. That seemed appropriate anyway, since I had also knit the hat quickly, with bulky yarn. So I used a bit of that same yarn for the hat brim, woven at 4epi.



Almost there! I do begin and end with a 1/2" hem, as well.


I had several small 'woven sketches, each about 4x4", that had not yet been blocked, so I blocked the 'selfie' tapestry and the other small tapestries all together in a 'Block(ing) Party.'


The finished tapestry. It is 8x10" and will be in the ATA exhibit in conjunction with Convergence in Reno, NV this coming summer. It is based on this selfie that I took the morning of the 2nd Women's March in January. I wore the hat and participated in both last year's and this year's Marches. I persisted.


In the meantime, I have entered the tapestry in an online competition of self portraits. If you'd like to help a tapestry win this competition (which is otherwise paintings) you can vote for this piece at this link:
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/contests/self-portrait/2018

Or, find another piece to vote for, or submit your own self portrait! (If you submit one, let me know, and I'll go vote for you!)

Saturday, February 17, 2018