Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finding colours and continuous line(s)

I am slowly working my way through the activities in the Kemshall's Quilting and Patchwork class.  Slowly.  Been pretty busy doing the day-to-day living stuff and that seems to have been taking up most of my time.  Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.

I have messed about with trying to replicate some colours taken from various yellow swatches found in magazines.  I have a watercolour palette of colours I have been using for some time now and am trying to find the various magazine yellows (and blues and reds, truth be told) based on those colours.  I have found it a really excellent exercise and I am going to try and do the same thing, using Procion MX dyes.  I have a much more limited palette of procion colours that I work with, so we shall see.  I'll post those experiments when I get them done.
I have also messed about with a continuous line drawing using the other half of a photo I worked with last week.  This stitching was all done as one line, starting in the top right.  I believe this was meant to be in pencil but I thought the stitched line would be more fun. Now I just have to remember to replace the needle since I suspect the paper stitching was a bit of a death knell for that particular needle.
That's it for now.  I think I'll get the procion out and see what I can come up with.
I'll be back....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kemshall's Quilting and Patchwork

So, in a bold and daring move (really??) I have decided to sign up for the Quilting and Patchwork class offered on-line by the Kemshall's.  I already subscribe to their DesignMattersTV and I love it.  I have taken their Sketchbook class, and I loved it as well.  So I have decided to go for their two-year quilting class.  Yikes!!! But I really do love their classes and find them very professional and very inspiring.  So, here we go!  I have completed a couple of the activities in the first module and since I really haven't done much else in the way of art, (sigh), here they are.
 This first one was completed using pencils only, from HB to 9B.  I really enjoy messing about with pencils and found this exercise a lot of fun.
This one was completed using watersoluble pencils (from Derwent) and I find these a bit more difficult to manage (not the pencils themselves, but the managing-of-the-water part).  Even so, it was a lot of fun.  I enjoy drawing very much and wish I was inclined to do it more often.  I certainly do it more than I used to, however, so that's something, right?
OK,  that's it for the moment.  I'm going to move on to working with colour and hopefully developing some sensitivity around that so I should be busy with the next exercises for a couple of days (or maybe the rest of my life...).
I'll be back...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Interesting times with so much to learn.

Well, my guy is back and we are settling into being 'two' again, but certainly nothing has been routine.  Whilst working in the garden the other day we made an awful guy in anaphylactic.  He was stung twice by wasps.  We hastily set off for the pharmacy to purchase antihistamines, then quickly decided on the clinic, then the hospital, but by then, (in a space of a few moments) things were progressing far too quickly, so I called an ambulance from the car and waited on the roadside for help.   It seemed as if it took forever to arrive but I suppose they were quite quick....we weren't too far from the hospital, thank goodness.  Because he nearly died in the ambulance.  Too scary.   But they managed to get him stabilized at last and after about four hours in the hospital I was able to take him home. Not a pleasant experience for anyone but least of all my guy.  How quickly things can change.  So we are wrapping our minds around this new 'normal'.  There is so much to learn.

In the meantime, we are doing more normal things and they are a lot more fun.
 We are babysitting and we are learning lots here as well:  for instance, we now know that it is very important to choose the right footwear when one is setting out on a walk.  For everyone involved, apparently.
And sometimes no footwear is appropriate!  I did a photoshoot for my neighbor the other day (he's a retired potter who has moved into painting) and he has allowed me to use the photos.  So this one I stitched. Not sure where it'll go next, but the continuous line was fun.

Oh gosh.  I must clarify....I am behind the camera.  Most definitely NOT on the bench.  Yikes, perish the thought!!!  'Scuse me....hey, stage props....can we get the bigger bench over here???'

I am still moving along at a snail's pace with the rest of my work.  Starting something new today so hope to have something to show you in the next little while.
I'll be back...I promise...