Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Bit Obsessed

I came back from a quick 15 minute walk around the block with 42 pictures. How does that happen? All I can think of is that it's evidence I'm obsessed with the colors outdoors and all the rain that's falling. Here's proof:

Below is the result of a three hour draw in yesterday's art class. You'd think I would have gotten more done. And, hmmm.... in my charcoal world, it seems everyone lives without hands, feet, and heads. What does that mean?

And this is my faithful walking companion, Goblin. He just makes me chuckle. He's an incredibly handsome dog, but sooo camera shy. I'm not kidding! Every time I try to take a picture he turns away. Perhaps he's channeling Marlene Dietrich and her hate of the paparazzi. You know, "I want to be alone." Anyway, I think this picture's pretty funny because, given the perspective, he looks like a bobble-headed dog. HA!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Water on Red Leaves

It's raining outside, so I didn't want to spend too much time running around with the dog (besides, the poor thing has an ear infection!). We did manage, however, to spot this burning bush with water droplets daintily suspended from the tips of the leaves. I shot a few frames quickly because I don't have a lens protector and we were getting wetter by the moment. I do love the color of the leaves in this picture and how the water seems to be defying gravity.

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Glorious Fall Colors

Here's another photo of the amazing colors that emerge during the fall out here on the East Coast. It really is breathtaking.

On the art front, I'm hoping to get a little bit done tomorrow on my Fast Friday challenge piece. The theme this month is animals and I have a photocopy of a great colorful dog a girlfriend's child painted a few years ago at the age of four. The picture has terrific energy and I've always wanted to make a version of it in fabric. I think now's my chance. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Leaves and Roses

A gorgeous, warm fall day... and I've had a bit of time to enjoy it! Yahoo! It's amazing to me to see the incredible fall colors out in full force

along with my roses, still blooming beautifully. How cool is that?

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things again. I started Tuesday with a "quickie" quilt for the Fast Friday challenge. I joined this group in the hopes that I'd make work more regularly; I've rather failed on my goal of making weekly journal quilts. At any rate, a themed challenged is issued once a month on a Friday and everyone in the group creates something that fits within their interpretation of the theme. If you've been reading my blog, then you know I've been out of the loop for quite a while, so I was a bit intimidated to step back into my studio after such a long absence. But I wanted to get back in the saddle again, so I tasked myself with creating something quickly, something that could be finished in a day. So here's Planet Wihet (Wish I Had Enough Time), stitched while the oil paintstick marks were still wet, turning my free-motion foot purple. Certainly not fabulous, but I've regained a little bit of confidence from making it.

Also, here's a post from this week's art class. Interestingly, my lines have become more delicate. I'm surprised that this is the direction I'm going and I'm curious to know if this is how it will remain. Hmmmm.....

Hopefully, I'll be back with more artwork soon.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Tendrils

I'm finally starting to resurface after several tough weeks with sick children. I'm hoping I'll get back into the studio and be able to show you some artwork soon. For now, I can just share a picture of the pumpkin I bought this weekend that has some wonderfully curly tendrils. We're getting ready for Halloween here, complete with a party for fifteen 10 year old girls. (I can't believe I said "yes" to that last point there. I welcome any and all suggestions on party games. No crafts allowed, according to my daughter a.k.a. the hostess.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Art Class Week 4

In today's art class we were all given the same "assignment" in our hour-long draws. In the first hour, our easels were bunched up around the model's head and feet in order to to practice foreshortening. I'm relatively pleased with the results since I find foreshortening very hard to do. The kindly older gentleman next to me said he liked my drawing, especially the pillow. He felt I captured that very well. Hmmm, too bad it's a figure drawing class, not a still-life class. Still, I'll take a compliment where I can get it.

For our second drawing we were supposed to focus on either the shadows or the bright highlights on the model's body. The aim was to suggest the entire figure without actually drawing it all. This is a bit too advanced for me, so I was given leave to practice proportion and encouraged to use a white chalk to emphasize the lightest areas. Oh my gosh, were there remarkable drawings at the end of class! I did get a classroom compliment on how I did the model's knee (yippee!), but I immediately erased the head I had drawn since everyone agreed my picture would be better without one. It's pretty funny to think that losing my head was the right thing to do! Decapitated was better than whole, in this case.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I Love the Mail Today

I love the mail today! Besides the usual bills and junk mail, it included a letter from Lark Books. My quilt, "Revelation", will be included in the upcoming publication, 500 Art Quilts! The book is due out the spring of 2010. I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to be accepted. Here's a detail of the accepted quilt:

Ice cream for dinner tonight!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Luscious Hydrangea

In my daughter's school's teaching garden, the hydrangea branches are bent from the weight of the flowers. Wow!