I signed up for Tamara LaPorte's week long painting workshop... sometimes I was inspired to try it sometimes I opted to just hear part of the videos. The first image is poppies done in watercolor, using my kuretaki paints, and my new tube of daniel smith opera pink
I didn't follow her instructions to use masking fluid. I didn't need to, and often adhesives give me migraines now. I would do the backgrounds the same way, but next time I would look at a nature reference photo and be more mindful of actual lines in poppies. She was haphazard about lines and color. What I do love here is the warm color against cool colors, and the watery look of the stems as well as the drops of color not found in nature
Index cards took a back seat this week, but here are 4. It was hard to interpret glyph when I can't pin down an actual definition. Typewriter was fun... in opera pink. I learned to type in high school summer school class, and that skill has carried me along my whole life
I had a turquoise travel typewriter which went missing in some move. I inked in four black squares, then used a while gel pen to letter on top of them
superstition started life as my drying paper towel from three painting sessions. When dry, I glued it to an index card, then inked on a sort of black cat. I love a black cat myself! I liked the texture
I originally wanted to use the dancing image as an inspiration for moonlight, but out of time I printed it off google images, and glued it to the index card and called it a day. I still want to do some version of my own on a larger paper
|butterfly done over collaged card|
|fuchia with a quote collaged over|
I do not like collage much, the random quality plus I can't use gel mediurm without a migraine so that makes it all hard. This week I tried a collage initiall put on with glue stick. I liked it, but it needed a surface so I attempted to put a super thin layer of gesso over it...
another one of the kaleidoscope taster sessions by tori Burt was a wee birdie
|my little pencil drawing before paint|
|I like a close up... how about you?|
I just love him... such a sense of vulnerability... I've found when I imply an eye and don't overwork it, I like it better
another lesson was a stylized portrait... I love the long neck a la Modigliani!
|my pencil drawing, then gone over with stabilo crayon in black|
stabilo crayon will dilute easily in water, so when I drop watercolor over it, the black line automatically creates a bit of shade. The idea is to paint fast, drop in color. I love how it looks impressionistic. Sort of a baby of Picaso and Modigliani, a bit fauvist in the bizarre colors and wildness. There is no attempt to be symetrical or exact just exuberant use of color.
on the quilting front, I am mostly finished with quilting this set of blocks from last year's rainbow scrap challenge.
|here on the design wall in sections to be put together next|
I quilted the top and bottom borders first, using a mix of walking foot and free motion and cotton threads in three colors... pink, yellow and white
I just love art deco so a lot of the quilting lines remind me of that era. Pardon my poor images here, the room was too dark so when it's done I'll find a way to take better pictures
I have to do person sized quilts in sections because of the wear and tear on my body pushinng and pulling it through my little machine. This requires advance planning and putting sections together after
trimming, pulling the flap aside, machine stitching top borders to the top of the center, then opening it up, turning the raw edge of the flap and pulling it over the seam, to be hand stitched closed and top stitch quilted by machine for strength. It's all invisible when done.
Thanks for sharing my week of learning, playing with colors, and fabric choices
I'm looking forward to this big quilt's finish... It should be about 55" X 70" when done, and I will need to make a binding choice at the end... for my non sewing friends... that's like a frame on a painting, and finished off all raw edges for use. Remember the satin binding on blankets growing up?