Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Bit of Art...a Bit of Knitting...

HB and I have been doing our fall house cleaning so things have been topsy-turvy around here. We're almost finished, and it's a good thing because we're having Thanksgiving dinner at our house. Two women from my art journal class will be coming...one is single and the other is married and her grown son and husband will be joining us, too. Hopefully my daughter will be able to be here but her work schedule might upset the apple cart. We're keeping our fingers crossed that she will not have to work on Thanksgiving.

The art situation has been glum but this morning I managed to do a little bit. I have had a couple of sheets of scrapbook paper with images from cities...one from Russia that looks like this...


and another one from England. Unfortunately I didn't think to snap a pic of it before I worked with it.


I used neocolor II's for the face and a water soluble ballpoint pen with water for the outlines.


I like how she turned out. I'm calling it Dreaming of Home...much of my family comes from England.

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I think I've mentioned that I'm going to a beginner's knitting class at Legacy Commons. The woman who teaches it is fantastic...very patient and kind. I've had knitting lessons before but I never made anything more than a scarf and I never followed a pattern...until now! Here is my first ever project following a pattern...


I made slippers! I haven't put the cord through the holes yet, and I'm also going to add a pom-pom to the toe. I know they aren't perfect but I'm so excited to have made them and most of it was done at home after Denise (the instructor) got me started. I just used some left-over yarn I had but I think they look pretty good.

That gave me the confidence to start something else on my own. I made a dishcloth. I know that might not seem like much to anyone who knits but for me it was my first project started and finished completely on my own using a pattern.


It's a little wonky but for dishes it will be just fine. Now I think I'll try a shawl. I may become a knitter after all. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Magnolia Kiss

I haven't had much time to make art but yesterday during class I managed to do a little bit. I finished this up this morning...



I used paper napkins for her flowers and the butterfly. I did the face with Neocolor II's and like how it turned out. I thought she looked as if she was going to kiss the butterfly so I named her Magnolia Kiss.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Birds and a Girl...

Some people in my journal class requested I do another demo on how I do mixed media art so I did another girl...


Most of this background was already done and had been hanging around in my studio. I just did a bit more to it and added the girl.

Then if you remember I showed another background in my previous post...I finished it yesterday. Here it is...


The lighting wasn't very good when I took this. It's much more vibrant in real life. Since I already had most of  the word "family" up at the top, and the birds were already stamped, it felt right to add a Momma bird.


I still had birds on my mind so this one came together really fast. I did most of this background in my class and added the rest once I got home.

That's all I have for now. Today is our errand day so I won't have much time for art. It's finally cooled off and we've actually had some fall-like weather...we even had a fire in the fireplace a couple of nights ago. Our first one of the season. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope wherever you are that you're having some good weather, too.