Is your shopping done?
Not a very original title, I know. I wish I had more time to do something wonderful. This one has some flaws, and I’m not too excited about it, but at least I am keeping up with the challenge! Only 25 days to go. Blue sky courtesy of Picmonkey.
I know it looks like I’m getting a lot of things done, but as soon as school starts, I know I won’t have any time for any “extras”. Here is more artwork I have done for the school music website I am building. John Williams will be our first “composer of the month”. I thought he would go along with our music room space theme ( you know Star Wars and all). So here is my John Williams “doodle”.
Wish I could redo the painting on this one. I painted the letters blue, and then I wished I had left them white. I had the “bright” idea that I could lighten them up with “Whiteout”–which happened to be handy. BAD idea! I used my watercolor brush and quickly found out that the “Whiteout” is oil based and sticks like glue! I tried to wash the brush, but the white just got all over my fingers and won’t come off. I guess I need turpentine. And the brush is now in the garbage. And now you know–Whiteout is NOT like watercolor! And it didn’t even cover up the blue.
So even though this was a disaster, I learned from it and I still like my drawing–just don’t like how the painting came out. Shows what an amateur I am! I tried to spruce it up a bit with a border done in Picmonkey. Hope you will “SMILE” anyway.
This started out as a quilting design. Since all my machine quilting is hand guided, I draw things out on paper before I “draw” it with my machine. The large flowers are acting as applique shapes. The smaller “stitches” are what we call background “fills”. Since the goal is to stop and start as little as possible, ideally the designs need to be continuous line drawings. So when I drew it, I tried not to lift up my pen from start to finish. Sometimes I may need to backtrack a little over previously stitched lines, but not often.
Coloring the quilt design with watercolors really makes it come alive. If I were to quilt this, I’d have to do it a little larger. Quilting this densely takes a lot of practice, a lot of patience and a lot of time. It’s only reserved for those very special quilts and is really a labor of love.
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper, 7″ x 9″
I’ve been having fun with my watercolors today. Lately it’s experimenting with spots and speckles. I see others creating fabulous backgrounds with oils, so I tried to create something interesting with watercolor. I first tried the technique with the background only, but then it spilled over into the bird and flower. I’m not sure about the final verdict, but I think I will keep experimenting. Any thoughts?
The bunnies are back! And I’m dreaming of warmer weather, I guess. I imagine this little family is on a fun outing to the state fair. No coats, hats and gloves for them! I just checked, it’s currently -15 degrees here in Antioch, IL!
4″ x 4″ watercolor on Aquabord $28 For sale in my Etsy shop.
Our guild has a quilt show every two years. It’s a big deal. Last October our show featured over 300 quilts. If you have never been to a quilt show, you really should. Talk about eye-candy! You will see work that will blow your socks off. And you will never think that “blanket” and “quilt” are interchangeable words again!
Available in my Etsy shop
I really struggled with today’s painting. I drew it a few days ago and was quite pleased with it BEFORE I added the color. It didn’t like what I had done, so I painted over it (which isn’t very successful with watercolor). Then I REALLY didn’t like it. So I washed all the color off–well most of it. That is the advantage with aqua board over paper. I scrubbed off the paint in the kitchen sink. Most of it came off. Then I tried painting it again. Still not happy with the color, but that’s it. I’m done! That’s what happens with this daily challenge. You paint and move on!
We are getting up to a balmy 39 degrees (F) today. Yay! Some snow will melt and maybe I can go for a walk. Hope you have a warmer day too.
You haven’t heard from me for awhile because I was busy setting up my Etsy shop. I recently came across the phrase “done is better than perfect”. Well that’s how I feel. The shop doesn’t have everything I want (like international shipping that I have yet to investigate) but at least it is DONE! Not everything is in the shop yet. I will continue to add items every day–so keep checking. The name of my shop is Blue Pumpkin Studio (don’t ask–I just like the name). I would appreciate it if you would at least check it out and “like” my shop. Here is a new painting I haven’t shown before. It’s called “Home with Kitty” and is available in my shop.
I’ve been having fun painting a few pictures these last few days. I’m away from home–away from my quilting machine– so this is my creative outlet while I’m visiting my Mom. I can paint and visit with her at the same time, so it’s been great. There’s no particular inspiration for this piece. I just like houses and little critters, I guess.