Oh my gosh I can't believe that the last time I wrote here was back in October !
I have been very busy with art works but everything came to a grinding halt in mid Novemberwhen I fell ill. I have been off work for over a month now, and even though the home time has given me ample time to create, it's been quite a challenge physically to keep up with my active imagination. I'm starting to come good now and fired up to meet the goals and challenges I have set myself for the new year.
I spent most of the month of November madly working on several projects which I was unable to post until now because they were all gifts for family and friends. I didn't want to ruin anyone's surprise. But now that they have them I can share them with you all and I hope you like them.
I focused on a bit more traditional style quilting, creating a table runner for my mother. It measures about 1m in length and now proudly sits on her kitchen bench (when the cat isn't trying to claim it as hers). This project was basic block work together with a little free form machine embroidery - which I have been teaching myself. I had a lot of fun making it and even more fun hiding it from prying eyes every time she came to visit !
I'm presently finishing up multi segment art quilt project which i hope to have posted here very soon. And I'm also working on a series of 'recycled fabric' bags and purses that I'm hoping to put up in Etsy site in the new year....here is a sneak peek of what's to come....
December 2, 2010
Since Somali's death, Paris was lost. Guinea pigs are not solitary creatures. They thrive in groups. Paris was so lonely and depressed.
So in early December a new piggy graced my home. Her name is Snickers...which she was crowned with because of her chocolate and caramel coloured hair and the fact that she is a little 'nutty'. I thought I'd post up a picture of her for you all to see. Paris is a new girl since Snickers has come to live with us. They live very happily together in a totally pampered lifestyle with me and my 3 cats.
October 9, 2010
I named it Rainbow Fields because I hoped it would be the place just before the Rainbow Bridge...where I know I will meet up with him again one day. Most pet owners are famliar with the Rainbow Bridge - (essentially a place in the afterlife where we are reunited with our lost ones).The black cat in the frame is him, and he is kept company by an orange Tabby whose name is Sam. He was another of my 'kids' who passed away a few years back now. I pray that they are happy and pain free...and we miss them both very much.
The quilt has inspired me to continue on my journey of mini art quilts and I'm currently working on a series of trees.....
September 3, 2010
I have been experimenting with optical art this month (among many things) as inspired by a regular monthy ATC art history swap and my love of zentangles. I wanted to find a middle ground and decided to play with my designs and see what would happen if I took them just a little further.
Below are the original 6 cards I completed in pen and ink on a standard ATC size card....
I then scanned them into the computer and in photoshop I experimented with adding colour and textures to made them into a separate piece of artwork which I then used for a digital swap.
July 24, 2010
Well, I've been off the blog for a while which I didn't realise until yesterday, just how long that was. My how time just swoops by. I have been holidaying in New York, visiting friends in the States and having a wonderful relaxing and recharging time. I came back home to Aus, with my mind overflowing with new ideas and things i want to try.
One thing i have been self teaching myself in, is more fabric art. I have always quilted and appliqued in a more traditional sense, but recently I'm loving applying this to my current art interests and letting my mind wander outside the square. Of course I realise I have a lot to learn yet and my work is by no means of masterclass quality..lol...but the important thing is that I'm having a ball.
I sent four of my new fabric ATC's to a recent 'Music Styles' swap...I've included their pictures here. Essentially I'm learning to paint with thread...not as easy as it looks.
May 25, 2010
I recently took part in an ATC swap with the theme of Brides and decided to use it as an opportunity to practice my whimsy drawing skills. It was heaps of fun. I wanted to create something colourful and fun and came up with the cards shown here. I named the series 'Blushing Brides'.They are my own sketches on watercolour paper that have been painted in gouache and watercolours, then inked in. I was pleased with the result. I'm currently working on the follow up series which is of course 'grooms', however will probably go with another style as my drawings of male faces is not quite up to the mark yet !
May 14, 2010
Well it's hard to know where to start when you setting up a blog...so rather than get bogged down with the vast array of past projects I would like to list here I've decided to go with the most current and hopefully update the older ones as I go.
I'm in a monthly digital ATC swap with an open theme so this will be the starting point for this entry.
I thought I'd include some before and after shots so that the people who receive my swap cards can see where I started from.
I created two cards for this month's swap - both within my self determined subject of 'escape'. Even though the swap theme is open, I find having some sort of direction in my mind when creating often helps unify the end project.