Monday, October 5, 2009

Please, No Fainting

Geez, it has been six months since I have posted. Hey, my kitchen window is open again. A lot has happened around here, but that is for another post another day. This post is just an icebreaker for me, more pictures that words.

I decided, for my re-entry into bloglandia, to show you some of my artwork in progress.

First, my most recent creation. I am decorating these letters for my youngest. They were plain, white, wooden letters given to her last Christmas. She was going to paint them so I asked her to let me collage them. It has been great fun. My friend B has been coming over for art dates and these were accomplished while working with her. It is good to have someone there to give instant feedback (not to mention the motivation to actually create!). These are not quite finished. I think that I will add a beeswax finish and put some ribbon around the edges to finish them off. I like them and hope Miss H is pleased when she sees them.

Next are some unfinished (unfinished seems to be a recurring theme) projects that I am working on for a portrait class at Suzi Blu's online school, Les Petit Academy.

This is one of the first sketches done for the class. It was drawn in a sketchbook then pasted into the Moleskine journal and covered with clear gesso. (I love the Moleskine. Just sayin.) I don't know what is going to happen with her next. I have to watch some more videos to see where Miss Blu is taking me with this.

Next, another sketch drawn in a sketchbook but pasted onto wood. You can see how see started out on the left. I was liking her. I added some more shading and I still liked her. I pasted her onto the wood and then... I added the gesso. The graphite smeared. Really bad. I thought she was ruined. I was sad. But never fear. I scanned her and sent her to suziblu. Suzi said "she's not ruined. You can't ruin her. These portraits are shabby. She will be fine". I said "whew". I am anxious to see how she will be finished. I really like her. Her eyes are a bit wonky but I like her mouth and the overall feel of her.

Finally, the gypsies are drawn in the journal. They are fun and were copied from suzi's example pretty close. My details are different but the page layout and theme is all suzi. It's how I learn.

Well, enough unfinished art. I must now take care of business so I can work on my art today. I will post pics of each piece as I finsh it.

Now, let's all go create something!


B said...

Oh, wow! You're back, you're back, you're back!! And such a great post getting you back in bloglandia... I'm still cussing under my breath every time I pass my table with my journal open and drying. Sigh. I don't care what Suzi says....It's messed up! #$%@!

candyknits said...

it's NOT messed up! it's just not what it started out to be. you've got to go with the flow. this is art, not engineering. k?

stop cussing. i went to michaels today and will give you a "prize" on thursday to put on your new journal page ;O)

B said...

No need for the engineering comment. You know, engineers are really misunderstood. :-) Ok. I feel better this morning. Deep breath. See you tomorrow! Can't wait for my prize. B.

candyknits said...

hmmm, not by me, they're not. remember i have been dealing rather closely with engineering types since 1980...just sayin. :p that's darn close to 30 years (oh my!)and you, missy, we still running around louisiana with stubbed toes and skinned knees, no?

my point is just that engineering is results oriented and the art, it's about the process.

btw, today is the day i have a meeting at vacqueros, so i will not be rushed tomorrow after all.

B said...

Thanks for today...we had a great, great time, as always!