The calendar says we are getting into Fall even if our temps remain nearly 100 F and the wildfire smoke is choking us when we go outside. We are having record breaking heat when it traditionally was cooling off.
My three finishes also show the transition from turquoise to orange and don't they compliment each other?
I love Fall. I grew up in Florida where we had two seasons, hot and less hot, but watched TV and saw the pretty colors Fall presented in the Northeast... and loved them. Fall meant softer weather in the midAtlantic region, it meant glorious pumpkins and golden leaves against bright blue skies, scarecrows appearing on front porches alongside miniature hay bales.
When are you most productive creatively? I wake up earlier than I want due to noise and intrusive sun here but take my time drinking coffee and checking on the world via my computer each morning.
Being retired I am able to more or less set my schedule, and I like to tiptoe into the day.
Lately I am doing a drawing or painting in 5 minutes each morning before I get dressed for the day. I have supplies at the ready next to my computer to make this transition into creativity as simple as possible.
This little baby pumpkin watercolor is today's offering. The 5 min rule means no dithering over brushstrokes, allow the color to lead you, see what shows up. I like the lights and darks as well as where the paper stayed color free making highlights. I like blending color on the paper, seldom doing a green leaf without a dab of brown or dash of red, I like using the nearly dry brush to do a shadow.
I am constantly learning.
I quilted the latest improv turquoise piece and saw another goddess figure in it. I let my hands wander over the lines with threads while joining the three layers.
I liked seeing the quilting lines show up
Shadows create those lines. I saw this as a cave painting sort of, so I quilted symbols sort of, parallel lines for water, spirals for eternity and for women's shapes, triangles for growth.
I bound it in silks, a single fold to reduce bulk of silk
Then I began to add beads... tiny crystal stars, dark blue bugle beads, silver and blue fish with sparkling gold bugle beads, a word of hope
and a repurposed bracelet gave me the components to do some more triangles dangling off the bottom
She will join the other color studies hanging in tiny studio 2. (one tiny studio room to design, one to hold supplies) This little improv pieced uses some of the many tiny scraps from my recent fall kaleidoscope
I loved the striped fabric binding with it, and it might stand in for this month's table scraps challenge
but this one really made me happy!!! I did the little improv piece second down on this but didn't want a mug rug. What to do??
I looked thru my fall fabric scraps for ideas and thought how adorable the little scenes were, so three different fabric scenes plus some additional prints went together into this piece that will hang in my stairwell.
I'll share close ups
all bound with my pretty sparkly mylar stars on orange fabric.
One time I mistakenly pressed this and the stars came off on my iron... opps so now I only use it on pieces that will not get hot.
It's fussy to use but so effective....
Next up I would like to sew on some simple borders to the bats and boos quilt, and choose borders for the kaleidoscope quilt. Both are larger and will be more challenging to quilt on my small machine.
To answer the question I asked earlier, when are you most creative, I'd say mornings for painting, and afternoon's for sewing. Writing seems to flow when it flows... know what I mean? My sketchbook stays out on the table all the time as one never knows when inspiration will hit!
Happy sewing my friends!
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