Sunday, March 22, 2015

Doing a Little Catch-up...

It seems like I never have time to post anything on my blog anymore. So today I'm playing catch-up and posting about what I did this past week.

First of all, I finished my Gypsy Girl painting...

She now has eyebrows and a bit more definition. I'm happy with how she turned out.
I love using painted papers in my paintings.

And I made a few more hats for the hospital...

These three are lavender, blue, and yellow...mostly scraps
and all knitted.

The little blue hat is my first hat in stockinette stitch.
The little red hat has a tiny brim and is crocheted. It's hard to get a good photo of it.
I was going to add a little flower to it but decided not to.
It would work for a little boy or girl if I leave it plain.

Earlier in the week, I spent a day making painted papers with my gelli plate. This is one of my favorite things to do. HB made me a "clothesline" so I could hang them as they dried. It works great.

It hangs beneath one of the shelves in my studio and is out of the way.

I like seeing all the colors and patterns all lined up. 

This is a view of my messy worktable in the process.

I usually make a huge mess when I do these papers but it's worth it.
Some of them will be appearing in future paintings.

Yesterday my daughter came to visit and we played with the gelli plate. 
She had never done anything like that so we had a good time. 
I forgot to take any pics...we were having too much fun.

Today I'm working on some other WIPs... 
so maybe I'll have more to share in a day or so. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Keeping Busy...

Last week I didn't get as many baby hats made as I had wanted. I knit these all last weekend...

and then my left thumb started complaining! No more knitting until it felt better so I switched to crochet because I use my hands in a different way. I made these baby hats...

I don't have any decoration on the little blue hat. I was trying to think of something for a boy but haven't got any ideas yet. I'll think of something to add to it so it isn't so plain.

I've also been busy in the studio. I have one WIP to share with you today. I have several others but they aren't ready to be seen yet...even as WIPs.

I still have some work on her face plus I need to embellish the turquoise baubles a little more. But she's coming along. I used mostly some of my painted/stenciled papers. You know me...anything to avoid painting hair!!! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Art at the Salon...

Yesterday HB and I went over to the hair salon to refresh the art that I have hanging there. I took down some of the larger paintings a few weeks ago when I submitted paintings for the Legacy of Art show and the wall was looking pretty bare.

Here's how it looks now...

I try to have some smaller pieces down lower because that's the spot where you look when you're sitting in the chair. It gives people something to look at...and maybe they'll decide to buy one of my pieces!

Angel, the woman who cuts my hair, is in a beautiful studio style salon. Each individual who works there has their own private studio/room with a window and glass door that look out into the open area. In the photo below the window and door are to the back of the chair...the mirror is across from the window and door.

Everyone who walks by Angel's studio can see all the paintings hanging on the wall. Angel has a little notice in her window that says all the art is for sale. I've sold quite a few paintings here. It's a win/win situation. I get to display my art and sell it, and Angel gets her wall decorated every few months. I'm very grateful to her for this opportunity. Thank you, Angel!!!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Legacy of Art - Art Show

Last night was the reception for Legacy of Art...the art show at Legacy Commons. Most of the people who participate in the painting group had paintings on display. Some chose not to share their work. We ended up showing two paintings each and they all looked good. The big problem was trying to get photos due to the lighting. It was almost impossible but HB managed to get a couple of me and my paintings plus some other shots.

First of all I want to show you what a beautiful senior center we have. It's bright, airy, clean, and very inviting. It has high ceilings and huge windows on the other side of the area...they let in tons of sunlight.
This is definitely not a dark, dreary, place!

This is a view from the front lobby area down the hall to the back door. That first opening just past the orange wall leads to the lounge area. There are beautiful acid-washed concrete floors everywhere except the lounge...I wish I had floors like that in my house!!

This is the lounge area...the arrow is pointing to the door where I did my art journal class. The door at the right of the photo is the computer room.

The TV in the lounge...and believe it or not, people actually come here to sit and watch TV! The area going to the right past the TV wall leads to tables and chairs and walls of windows, floor to ceiling. It's a popular place to sit and chat, play games, or work jigsaw puzzles.

We also have a lot of books. Anyone at the center can take books from here for free. There are more on the other side of the shelves. I use this area quite a bit. I've found some very good books here. This side is mostly paperbacks with hardcovers on the other sides.

This was one of my favorite paintings on display. And also one that I managed to get a decent photo of despite the overhead lighting. Most of my other photos didn't turn out due to the extreme glare on the paintings. You can see what I mean in the one below, and most were even worse. I wish I could have shown you more of the paintings because there were some good ones.

L-R: Maria, Carolyn, Me, and Juli in front of my paintings. Carolyn is the artist who did the painting in the previous photo. She does some amazing work as do the others. Maria is a fantastic watercolor artist, and Juli is one of the newer members of the group. She's also in the knitting class with me. 

And here I am with my paintings. Everyone loved my top and thought it looked like my art. I wore it with black leggings and black shoes (which were new and killed my feet!)

After the reception, which went from 5:30 - 7:30, HB and I went out for dinner at Applebee's. There were nibbles at the reception but by the time we left we were both starving. We had a nice turnout and I got to see several people that I haven't seen in quite some time. The paintings will be on display until May 29th when they will be replaced with photos taken by the photography group, which includes HB.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Painting and a Bit of Spring...

Here are some of my paintings lined up in the living room...

I was trying to decide which ones to submit for the art show.

And here are three panels I'm prepping with book pages. 

I'm not sure where they're going or what they will be...
don't pay any attention to the red and yellow edges.
Earlier I started something that didn't turn out right.
Most likely later the edges will be painted black.

I hope these next photos don't make you mad at me!

This is our nectarine tree. It already has blossoms!
So do the almond trees in the front yard.

I know most of the country is suffering with a terrible winter
so don't hate me.
(These pics were taken on February 28th.)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Change of Pace...

Besides painting and doing art, I love to crochet and lately I've been learning to knit (again.) I go to a beginner knitting class at Legacy Commons and enjoy the interaction with other beginning knitters. The instructor, Denise, is very good and has a ton of patience.

In February our group began making baby hats to donate to the local hospital. Denise is a pediatric nurse and knows what is needed for donations. We made simple little hats...

These are the ones I made. They're mostly knitted but I also did a few crocheted hats at home. I actually made 13 hats but only managed to get a photo of 12. We put hearts on most of the hats for Valentine's Day. I think they turned out pretty darn cute.
Now I'm busy making dishcloths. I just love all the bright colors I found in Sugar 'n Cream cotton.

I also have purple, lime green, denim, and a variegated blue but they didn't make it into the basket.

Here are a few of my finished dishcloths.

I can usually get two dishcloths from each ball of yarn with a little left over.
I use the leftovers for stripes. 
Above you can see two purple dishcloths...
and one lime green dishcloth with a purple stripe.
It works out perfectly.

I have finished nine dishcloths so far. I'm trying different patterns and I love them! They're something useful and as long as I can make them in bright colors I don't mind doing dishes once in a while!!