This isn't a great picture as the lighting was bad so the whites seem to be yellowish. This is a piece for an exchange with my Fiber art group, Fiber Art Fusion.it is done with gesso, tissue, fabric, and yarn.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This leaf was done with inktense again, but instead of using the pencil tips, I used the blocks if I had the color. I was able to get a much more intense color lot easier this way. I also used frisket to keep the light yellow lines while I did the washes.
Friday, November 23, 2012
This leaf was done with inktense pencils but I pulled the color off the pencil tip instead of drawing on the paper. The big difference between these and watercolor pencils is that once the inktense are dry they won't mix with the next layer which gies you a totally different effect when blending colors especially complimentaries like the fuchsia and green or the yellow and violet.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
This assignment was to to paint without any drawing first. I pulled the pigment from the pencil tip of the inktense pencils and when I was finished, I added the detail with a pigma pen. I still wanted a stronger image and then added heavier lines with my pentel aqua pen.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I did this one with inktense pencils. I am really having fun with this class. One of the reasons I signed up for this class was to get back into the practice of practicing. I think it is working as I am really enjoying the doing and not in the finished drawing.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I bought the cutest picnic table at the Ellijay flea market. I put it on the deck and have been going out and drawing and painting on it. You can see the leaves are starting to change. Is it any surprise that most of my recent work has Fall colors.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Apple Festival started this weekend up in Ellijay, Georgia, where I have my cabin/art refuge. I came up this weekend to have time to work on an online class that I am taking on Joggles with Dion Fowler. It is on watercolor pencils which I am very out of practice but really I just love her use of color and wanted to learn more of her design process. This is just the first week. To honor Apple festival, I decided to draw an apple tree.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
I made a scarecrow for the cabin. There is a great garden center in Ellijay on River Road. For $15 they will help you make your own scarecrow. I realize that I probably should have put more thought into it and brought cool clothes to do a fun one, but it was great fun considering that I have never made one before this. This is the same place that taught me to make a vertical garden.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Picture turned upside down. It is still a little wet at this stage, so a bit darker than actual.
I was worried about the puckering which can be caused by not enough stabilizer or uneven stitch density. I was able to block most of it out. The uneven sides were intentional. Life doesn't fit into a neat box.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Onyx is a two year old full bred husky. He has been with us for two months now and is still looking for a forever home. He is a special dog who needs special handling. He is very sweet and very smart, but needs an experienced dog owner who has the time to work with him. He can be fear aggressive and really needs someone who is willing to gain his trust as well as clearly be his pack leader. Although he was a handful when we first got him, he has now become an awesome dog who loves rough housing with our dog, Sunny.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
It was actually hard to post this drawing. I am soooo out of practice. I am going to work at a drawing a day and this is day one. For so many years I really did art everyday, but over the past few, I have let work and other commitments get in the way, until now I can't seem to do a little sketch. To try and keep me focused, I signed up for the sketchbook project. I will post more about it in day's to come.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I started being a foster Mom for Mush Rescue, a local husky rescue group. This is Mojo. He was found at the end of March near Noonday creek. So far no one has claimed this amazing dog so Mush rescue was called to take him. Hopefully he will find the perfect home soon.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Here is Fairy garden number four. I want to Goodwill and got the wire container for $3. A trip next door to big lots for the coco liner for $2.50 came next. My friend Tammy had suggested that I try breaking a tile for the walkway as an alternative to the pebbles, so while at Goodwill I found a set of four white tiles for $2. I then went to Kelli Greens nursery. I spoke the wonderful gardener who works there and she told me bout some Elfin Thyme that she had growing in the back. I bought three of them for $3.75 each. It is on the left. I also used what I had left of the Irish moss. green's also sold the little fairy and the mushroom for $4.99 each. I added the small sand dollar and the small geode as well.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Today I took the spruce that I had started pruning the other day and did a little more. I also started wiring one of the branches. I haven't decided on its final shape yet, so I wasn't too aggressive with the pruning. Next I did a bit of the roots. I couldn't find the right size container, so I uses one that was a bit big. This is probably just temporary until it finds it's way into a larger garden scene, but it is cute now. I added a farmer elf that I found in an antique store last weekend in Ellijay. It was a set for $6 and these are only a few of the pieces.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
So I stopped by Pike's on the way home from work to fill in plants for the first garden and they had smaller fairy garden kits ($33), and I couldn't resist. I also checked out other plants that I thought might be appropriate and came up with a few. The two big splurges was for a golden carpet juniper which I can start training as a bonsai and another angel vine which was already trained into a circle. I finished it off with more Irish moss, some moss from my front yard, and Georgia blue speedwell (the pretty little flower in front). I almost forgot the Powys castle artemisia. I pruned it to be tree like and it turned out really cute. I am addicted. I have more stuff now to make another. I just need containers.
I was visiting Blue Ridge this weekend with my sister. We passes a cute little garden/floral store called Penelope's. Besides having a collection of breathtaking orchids, they also sold miniature fairy gardens. I had never seen them before and fell in love. They are so precious. The one they had set up was over $200 so I bought the kit and decided to make it myself. I bought the lavender tree from them as I wanted the scale. I also bought the Irish moss there. I also bought the angel vine from them to wrap around the arbor. I bought more Irish moss from Pike's (same price double the plant).
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Here is my first try with it, I bought a purple batik fat quarter from Karen's shop, in Jasper, Quilting on Main. Using a stencil, I applied the decolourant. I now need to let it dry then heat it to remove the color. I will post the results.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
This is what I accomplished after day two of my Phase Four bead embroidery at the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta. This is the Peacock Mat. For phase four there were two choices, this one and the floral melody purse. Both are amazing but I decided that I could get more use out of the mat. Now, I want to do the floral melody purse also. Phase four is a pre-requisite for Phase five, which is the highest level in Japanese bead embroidery. This is so much fun, but my back is screaming.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Happy new year! I am really committing to not allow my job stop me from making art regularly. This is a piece that I actually finished this past summer but really wanted to share. It was a kit from Ann Benson's website. I really wanted to see if there were any cool techniques. The bead embroidery was not anything new, but she has you work on paper that is fused to the stabilizer. The pattern is printed on the paper. This, I thought, was a cool idea. It also has the directions to add the clasp type handle which I wanted to learn.