8 Days to Go

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Day 5: Red House on a Hill

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.

by Pam Schoessow

by Pam Schoessow

1st Composer of the Month

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”.John Williams color doodle by Pam Schoessow

Smile and a Mishap

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.

Smile by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

Day 16: Flower Power

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.  Flower Power

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″

Day 13: Pumpkin Patchwork

I know.  I’m a day behind.  Somehow I’ll make it up this week.  Years ago I bought a quilt pattern designed by Cheri Saffiote for Indygo Junction.  That’s what inspired this little painting.  I probably will never get the quilt made, so this is the next best thing.Pumpkin Patchwork