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:

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