Wednesday, April 29, 2009

fabric collage


A dragonfly - hand dyed silk and cotton, silk paper and a few gold threads. Photo is a bit dull but the blue grey silk paper really drains the colours. I stitched through in various blues and blue greens which come forward in good light.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

doors & entries




old buildings in the Rocks - access to storage on the first floor.

Friday, April 10, 2009

autumn is here at long last




... with its cooler mornings and evenings. Of all the seasons I think I like autumn the best.

Its been ages since I posted and I was thinking that I had done nothing much but on reflection it is not true. I have still been drawing. I finished the journalling workshop and I have managed to get a bit of canvas work done. I have also been playing with ideas for a quilt for Filament's exhibition later in the year and an embroidery challenge.

I turn ed up to life drawing last Tuesday to discover that it was not on. Fortunately Mook (the convener for want of a better description) was there drawing a drapery he had set up. Having made the effort I stayed for an hour. Here is the result:
I am rather pleased with it -as a novice I find drapery a real challenge and my eye is not so good. This drawing was done starting with some rough outlines in pencil and ten I moved onto pastels.
I learnt quite a bit doing this including what the texts books referred to as "muddying" colour when it is over applied. I was trying to make the bottom area dark and kept putting more and more brown on the area. I ended up with an area that has a very flat dull look to it - and to my eye it tens to come forward rather than recede. I will work it again and see if I can improve on it.

Not quite a self portrait

Not quite a self portrait
small 8' quiltlet with embroidered hair

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