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Thursday, July 31, 2008

New painting in my shop

"A walk in the Summer Night"
A walk in the summer night
You can see this in my shop here.

Getting ready

I have been busy! I just might find "5" of these a little intimidating to get started working on, but I think that's a good thing. Now that I have started to paint larger, I am wishing these were a little bigger. I think these are about 11 x 14 inches or so.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Flying into meaning

12" x 12" wood, acrylic, oil pastel, colored pencil

I sooo love painting most of the painting with my hands and finger tips. This connects me with my paintings on a level that is hard to describe..., and I can feel the spirit of my work take on meaning as I create. Painting almost backwards, from the negative, gives new insights, and a feeling I have never felt before. I now have completed 4 of these paintings. The larger one (2' x 4') awaits my re-do. Daunting me,,, I need to get over my fear of painting so large or (re-painting so large).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

We could have all done better

"We could have all done better"
12 x 12 on wood, acrylic, colored pencils, oil pastel.

I was thinking about what a mess we've gotten ourselves into, as a society. I am influenced daily by sad news around me. I wish we had the foresight to see what we could have done better, but it's never too late.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Looking for clover and purple strife in Calama"

My friend Kim, took Jesse's workshop with me. This is one of the paintings she created. It is 2' x 2',,,,,, and,,,,,, she gave it to me!!!! Thank you Kim!

"Looking for clover and purple strife in Calama"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My piece in Jesse's workshop

The workshop was fabulous! Read more about it in my previous post!

Detail ~Acrylic on wood.

Jesse Reno Workshop

I can't even tell you enough about this great workshop! I learned so much, and Jesse's generosity with his teachings are amazing! He shares his techniques with an open and kind heart.

He likes to paint on the floor, and usually has several pieces going at one time.

He paints on wood and does most of the painting with the palm and finger tips of his hand. He uses brushes for the finishing and fine detail of his work.

We liked to paint our large pieces on the floor too! Kim is getting in the "zone".

Nikki working on her piece, it turned out fabulous!

Jesse is sharing tips about some of his finished pieces.

Remember the first photo,, well, this is how Jesse's piece looked at the end of the workshop.

Thanks Jesse!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jesse Reno

I'll be away from blogland for a couple of days, but I'll have lots to talk about when I get back.

4 x 6

I made a quick little painting on a postcard this morning.....I'm off! Have a good day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This was my fortune today...

CapricornCapricorn (12/22-1/19)

It's wonderful that you want to connect with a certain someone so badly, but are you trying too hard? Step back today. Retreat from your charm offensive. You're not normally this aggressive, so why send this person an inaccurate message about who you are? You will have to be patient and natural. Let them come to in the way they want -- and, most importantly, at the speed they want. Waiting won't be fun, but your reward will be sweet, and it will be genuine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rug Hooked Pillow top

I have finished the top piece for a pillow. Here are samples of the different phases. First, I draw my pattern. I really like creating it myself, then I can alter it and change it as I go if I want.
I had some little circles in the background that I decided to take out because it seemed like it made my piece too busy.
The finished piece is 12 x 12 inches. You can tell it is slightly changed from the original. I love how the pieces take on their own personality as you hook them.
Now here's the hard part. I need to make it into a pillow and I don't know how. I could sew the wool flannel on the back, stitch it up and add a pillow form on the inside. Only I want to be able to clean it as time goes on so I would like to be able to take the pillow part out. I don't sew (much) so I don't know how to make zipper enclosures. Any other ideas?????

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fishy stuffie...

Remember the stuffie I made the other day....I finished another one. He's sort of a fishy stuffie. Made out of muslin and fabric, all hand painted.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Getting our plywood cut

Kim and I are taking Jesse Reno's class in Portland next weekend. We purchased plywood today for the class. We get to paint on 2' x 4' pieces of wood. I am so excited, I haven't painted that large before!
Jesse Reno rocks!

Gotta see.....
Jesse Reno video

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New doll

Here is my new stuffie. I haven't named her yet. She is approx 12 inches tall and 5 inches wide. I started by painting her original image on muslin. (after I gessoed it first). Then I sprayed her with an archival finishing spray. She is stuffed with polyfill and a red polka dot flannel fabric adorns her back. She wears a striped hat from recycled knit fabric with a vintage brass bell on the very tippy tip.

Can you help me name her?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Another hooked doll...

I finished another Hooked doll. Her name is Lucy. She is about 10 inches tall and 5 inches wide. I am creating a pillow next, I'll be able to show photos soon.

The pumpkin is created by my friend Mary Stanley.