Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wintry blast — studio time

Since last post I’ve been away to Nova Scotia to the SAQA Atlantic retreat. It was professionally informative- there was a presentation about CVs and grant applications - and it was artistically inspiring. 

Yesterday, we had our first real winter storm and today it is terribly cold and gusty, definitely a good studio day.




 The rock cliff that I’m working on is quite large for me so I’m taking it section by section. My goal today was to finish cutting the bits for the right hand background and to lightly press that section together.


I’m audioning the confetti foliage that I made as well as two different tulles over top which I think may gray the background a little and thus serve to make it recede.



With the piece up on my design wall, I work sitting in my computer chair using small scissors to cut and tweezers to place the pieces.

While away, I picked up a small glass sculpture at a craft show and I planted one of my orchids in it using moss to contain the soil. It sits on the window ledge in my studio.




This is a crocheted waffle stitch Afghan that I’m doing using double strands of worsted weight yarn.  My daughter wanted heavy.



Finally, at my lunch times I’m still exploring one of my favourite fall and winter shapes - seed heads. These are columbine.






Thursday, November 1, 2018

Last details on Nfld cliffs

My goal this morning, back permitting, was to get the bits of thread painted details done, the border quilted, and the backing and binding I cut on my Nfld cliffs. I did it with a break in between to meet my husband for a quick lunch and to stop at the grocery store. I’m still feeling pretty stiff with a big pressure on my lower spine but if I sit correctly in my computer chair, it’s ok.



I’m audioning the light brown fabric on the left for the binding. I think it works.

The other thing I did this morning was to rotary cut with the wavy blade snippets of yellows and golds to make leaf lace, something I learned at a Laurie Swim workshop and often use.



The bits are laid out on Saran Cling Plus over a hoop and sandwiched with a second layer of Saran.

At the machine I use free motion stippling over the whole thing being careful to catch all the bits.




Once done, it gets ironed in between newsprint until the plastic has all melted away.

I’m preparing this to use on my newest  piece.

As I write this, I’m sitting legs up with the heating pad behind my back. I may pick up some crocheting while I rest.




I’m making an Afghan for my daughter in her colors and I’m sampling 2 different patterns to what I like. No decisions yet, lol. The first pattern is easier but harder on the fingers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Snipping fusible branches and leaves

My day did not go exactly as planned as can happen sometimes. Even though it’s a damp grey day, it wasn’t raining and there was little wind so I decided I’d go for a walk on the trail around 11. I wanted to get a little cleaning done — our back entrance was looking pretty shabby. I vacuumed, shook the mat, and cleaned the metal sill, cleaning in all the grooves of the screen door. With a tooth brush.  Happily, I got that part done before my back went into a spasm.

I got myself to my bed with the heating pad. After that I stretched out on the sofa for a while until I decided I needed to eat! It wasn’t easy but I managed a sandwich. A little more heat and some meds enabled me to sit in my studio in the computer chair and do some cutting at my counter. It sthe kind of thing that makes you want to lay flat all day. The pain is terrible when I try to get up but moving around helps a little to loosen up even if it hurts.



Would you believe that I spent almost 2 hours cutting all the little pieces for the background trees on the top right? The mess looks pretty contained there on my counter but you should see the floor!



It did my time also include ironing fusible to the back of the small pieces needed for foliage.



There’s more cutting to be done for trees and foliage at the top before I can move on to the rock.



On the weekend, I took the side borders off the Nfld rocky coastline, straightened the sides which had drawn in by cutting them and then put the borders back on. I added the stiff fusible as well even though it’s nearly finished. I wanted to add the final touch ups today but life gets in the way sometimes.



Thank goodness hubby managed dinner tonight. I had salmon steaks for the barbecue and veggies were easy. We’ll see how the night goes. I’m hoping to be able to move tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Thread painting rocks and water

It’s a beautiful fall day today, the calm before the rain and bit of snow we may get tonight. Rather than the gym, I opted for some yard work, trimming and tying up some shrubs and cleaning a few areas  near pathways making it easier for snow clearing in winter. I picked the last few bits of veggies too, including these little Brussels sprouts.





On the weekend, I went to my guild quilting retreat something I’ve been unable to do for a few years around the time of my hip replacement and recover.
As always, it was like a beehive with lots of chatter, many laughs, many projects completed and too much food!

These are the blocks I’m making for my grand son’s I Spy Quilt.



I’m auditioning it also with a black sashing.



I’m leaning towards no sashing.
I also did a couple blocks from the gnome quilt pattern which won’t be for this Christmas but it’s fun to see how it will look.





I think the next two quilts made by the visiting daughter and a friend of a member were among my favourites.





The blocks for this woodland animal quilt were awesome! I think she said the owl had 56 pieces!




The trip around the world blocks Quilt is one of my favourites and I love the mix of soft low volume fabrics in this one made by Wendy Oeullette.



We each mad some of these bags from precut kits (thanks to a couple of members) and then filled them with toiletries for Passage House, a women’s shelter.





I had yesterday to finish unpacking, do wash, and go to the gym so today I was anxious to get some stitching time. I’m almost done, just a few details needed!



I will also quilt the border and add a binding.







(Backup) Thread painting a rocky cliff

This afternoon, I had only a snippet of time to do a little stitching as our guild retreat is tomorrow and I needed to stop and finish packing. I finished the water except for the whit frothy areas which I can’t wait to get to!



I added a few highlights on the rocks. All that remains are a few more dark lines and areas and then the white water.



I stopped, covered up my baby and put my ironing board away.



All the while I’m thinking about my next piece. I had though about doing another Nfld view from our trip. It was so awe inspiring with all this craggy cliffs and turquoise waters. For some time though I’ve wanted to do a view from one of our local trail.




I’m doing the above view but will also use this view as color reference.


I’ve done the black and white outline which I will cut up and photocopy and enlarge.




I’m off to retreat starting tomorrow morning until Sunday. Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thread painting a rocky cliff

This afternoon, I had only a snippet of time to do a little stitching as our guild retreat is tomorrow and I needed to stop and finish packing. I finished the water except for the whit frothy areas which I can’t wait to get to!



I added a few highlights on the rocks. All that remains are a few more dark lines and areas and then the white water.



I stopped, covered up my baby and put my ironing board away.



All the while I’m thinking about my next piece. I had though about doing another Nfld view from our trip. It was so awe inspiring with all this craggy cliffs and turquoise waters. For some time though I’ve wanted to do a view from one of our local trail.




I’m doing the above view but will also use this view as color reference.


I’ve done the black and white outline which I will cut up and photocopy and enlarge.




I’m off to retreat starting tomorrow morning until Sunday. Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fall colors in my artwork

It was nice to have a long weekend to spend with my husband since he was away last week. None of my children were able to visit so we had a busy but quiet weekend, hiking and getting some yard chores done,

My wish for my birthday on Saturday was to take a lunch and my sketching up on the Mi’qmag trail. It is an old trail that has been developed running 140kms from here in Bathurst to Carlton provincial park in the Center of our province. A good deal of it follows the Nepisiquit river and the views with the rock formations are spectacular.










We hiked less than an hour, crossed this rope bridge and went a little further to where we stopped for lunch.





We found some rocks where we could sit and eat while I sketched. I finished it at home.




It was just what I’d wished for.

Last night, I was searching ideas for I spy quilts. I recently started one but wasn’t quite happy with the plain colors I’d used for borders nor the number of seams that would need matching. So I found another picture with a sort of wonky log cabin version with only one border.



The squares about 6” and I cut the strips at 2 1/2”.
Then I used the square ruler to cut each side on an angle. I’m cutting randomly. I like this version much better.




The view through my windows today. The second window makes such a difference!



Over the weekend I had a few minutes to add backing to my Inktense painted scene from our Nfld trip and do a little free motion stitching  in black.



And the I also started another sketch in my mixed media sketchbook using Rebecca Sower’s drawing method in her on line course that I’m taking, Draw and See.





I took the rooster pic while at the Viking village in Nfld. I love their vibrant colors! It’s not quite finished.