Category: painting

week 279

Didn’t accomplish much this past week, but this is a couple clues to what is in the planning stages.

stretcher bars, folded canvas and a peacock feather laying on my bed

I made use of the Michaels’ gift-card that one of my sister-in-laws bought me for Christmas. Bought a couple pairs of 48″/122cm stretcher bars and a bit of canvas. The feather isn’t part of it but will be part of a future project.

Everything arrived yesterday, where one pair of bars arrived then five hours later, the rest arrived. The second box of stretchers was taller than me, and before I disassembled the box and put it in the recycling bin, I was taking selfies with the empty box.

I know I need to put on a cross brace, because of the size of the bars, and am probably going to have to build one.

prelim drawing

I finally put the two studies in a frame (used a cheap 20×28, so the white space all around is obvious and I can focus on them) and currently examining how to mesh them together. This was the first drawing I made and it’s a total mess and will probably either become more complicated or much more simplier. The cool colours will be shades of orange and/or red and the warms are blue and/or greens, and will soften into each other.

week 278

The two studies are finished.

cool and warm studies, greens and blues on the cool side and orange red and yellow on the warm side

The original intention was what can I make with three materials. I ended up using five. Both are first layered with Crayola watercolours. On the left was just one colour, which was a bluish-green and the left was two mixed together. I wasn’t paying attention and the red-orange and orange-red look interchangeable.

After they dried, I taped up the canvas boards in random order and it just turned out the cool side was squares and the warm side was triangular and circles. Some of the circles didn’t stick on and popped off when I was applying the colours with oil pastels. Smoothing them out with my finger didn’t make them completely flat, but neither did applying poppy oil either. They dried for about a week, taking longer because I left the tape on for an extra day, I had let them sit with thumbtacks so I could lean one against the other.

Before poking holes, I sprayed them with fixative spray and let them sit for half an hour. By the way, if you’re indoors, make sure you have the windows fully open and the fan on full blast, I might have gotten a headache for about ten minutes because the smell was gnarly. Left the room after a couple minutes, but that was enough.

Thumbtacks don’t produce big enough holes but luckily, I made use of a bookbinding awl and poked big enough holes to thread an embroidery needle through and attached the embroidery thread through. I like the openness of cool side, and wish I made the warm side more even.

Now I want to analyse both and take elements from both and incorporate them into a larger scale. I finally used the Michaels giftcard and bought a 70″x72″ (178cm by 183cm) canvas fold and a couple sets of 48″ (122cm) stretcher bars. Still need to get the cross brace for the back and some gesso, then go to town on that painting. I’m going to layer a thin wash of acrylic paint, then oil paint, then use laceweight yarn on the canvas. I wonder if I could attach crocheted chains but we’ll see.

Currently looking to frame the studies together but 16’x24″ (41cm by 61cm) frames is an unusual size. Want the middles to touch but not precious about the other sides.

The weaving is finished and it’s uneven on the right side, because when I tied off the ends, I did it a bit tightly.

finished weaving

A couple of the fringe bits are not even and it just needs a trim but it looks like this. This is what the weaving looks like if you keep turning it around but this looks much better than anything else I’ve done.

Most of my time has been spent doing this has been otherwise taken up with this.

wound yarn bits

I don’t remember the blue but the green one is from Knitpicks.

yarn still to untangle

This has been sitting in the closet and am finally sucking it up and unwinding it all. It’s not going to be in one piece, obviously, but it will be usable at some point. Wish I didn’t get it in this condition in the first place but laceweight yarn is such a pain in the arse with a mind of its own.

week 277

Lately, I seem to only focus on two projects per week, or mainly one and another to do while waiting on the other.

Been mainly focused on one project. Have been wanting to see what the end result if I use three specific things, has turned into four. Got two blank canvas board, then covered them in (Crayola) watercolour. Then, after that layer dried, covering them in painter’s tape (made the mistake of using packing tape which I’m not sure why I assumed it wouldn’t ruin the back), then on the exposed areas use oil pastels. Originally was going to just put fixative over it, but my genius brain thought to put linseed oil over it all, in hopes to smooth down the oil pastel as much as possible. Smoothing it out with my fingers still left spots where it wasn’t completely smooth. I didn’t use linseed oil, instead used drying poppy oil. Also, never leave the tape on the panel or such while it’s drying. Still. I have quite a bit of time on my hands while it finally reaches the stage where I can handle it without oil smothering my fingertips.

blue-green squarish and red-orange-yellow circular examples

This is how they look, after the tape has been removed. The tape slightly outlines the pastels on the right, which you can’t tell from this photo. To make the smaller circles, I used those circle label stickers. More than one popped off when I was rubbing the oil pastel over it. For the big one, I taped on one of the ends of the cardboard from a ribbon spool. Using yellow stickers under that colour was mildly comical as I had to remember where they were attached, so they could be removed. It’s also kind of annoying that my intention was that, positioned this way, it would be left leaning, but the size gets more attention than the intensity of colour. The cool colours were supposed to lean right, and the warm colours lean left. The official thing will be changed so it reflects that, and it’s obvious they will soften into each other, and not be hard like these examples. Right now, the materials is more important than anything else.

I’ve stuck thumbtacks in the boards for two reasons. I can safely lean them against each other without their accidentally touching, so they don’t smear onto each other. Also, that’s to give me a rough idea of the path where I’m applying the embroidery thread when it is finally safe to handle.

After everything is finished, I want to do a comparison and take the best elements from both and incorporate them into something more cohesive.

While they’re drying, a bit of playing with yarn.

red weaving

This is an experiment with different textures, as in changing the yarn so it’s crocheted or knit a bit before weaving it in, but staying with monochrome red yarns. It looks nice with the blue peeking out. My problem with weaving, thought, is I never get it tight enough so it doesn’t hang weird. Perhaps because I don’t have that bar underneath it.

week 260

It’s easy to lose track of time, yet completely aware it’s Wednesday.

Shuffling things around and Munchkin is on vacation and still fitting projects here and there.

Mostly crochet.

Added a bit more to this former cardigan. I’m not use them together in any rows but going back and forth, making wide rows between the light minty green and the dark green. Weaving in the ends will be a slight pain in the ass, but it’s a super easy project. And want to connect the other green rowed project, after finishing up this bit of yarn.

part of green striped blanket

Have been wanting to use up this yellow yarn. I have three cakes of it, and just want to see the stitches I did on the pullover, what they will look like in a solid colour.

Stitches are not as noticeable at the moment, as when I finish this bit of yarn.

yellow scarf

 

The painting still looks like I need to add another layer to it, but this is how it’s been since Sunday, when I added the sides. I know in galleries they don’t stick artwork this close to each other so probably should have made a bigger space above her head, but like the line between them.

I originally wanted to do it where she’s looking at building store fronts, across the street, and a small area to the right, someone’s foot is making an appearance, as most of their body is off the canvas. I just couldn’t figure out the scale, so will leave that to another painting.

This painting looks flat to me, and it’s not supposed to, as it’s someone paying attention to what’s in front of themselves.

painting

Oh. The bouquet is almost done, except I need to adjust them before applying the green sticky tape.

This is taken from my Instagram because forgot to snap it with the camera.

It’s not as noticeable but I had to use a different wire for the single flower. I don’t like this as much as the first one, but it’s still nice.

ribbon floral bouquet 2

 

 

week 259

purple doll in simple dress

I found a use for Dylan’s shirt that had a huge hole in the sleeve. Cut it and made a dress for the doll. This is just the first step to clothing them.

Need to put a face and dress them a bit more.

painting in progress

Slowly making progress on the painting. The figure should have been more to the left but it’s not that big of a deal. I’m only using three colours, (a dark brown, peach and a mustardy yellow) but feel like I’m going to have to add white and black into the mix for the background/around the figure.

For some reason, the figure looks a bit off because I made them a bit more round-backed than planned, so their back arm looks more like an afterthought. The afterthought was actually the arm in front. The back arm was supposed to be more angled. Putting her in a cold-shouldered top is supposed to make like her arms mostly disappear into it. Have been usingĀ  myself as an example, by posing in the mirror and checking if it looks possible. You don’t see their front so it’s entirely possible to position yourself like this.

some of the flowers

I’m making another ribbon flower bouquet. Gold and white striped, white scrolls on brown ones and one white spots on red flower bouquet. Since finding out I can do it, I plan on making more. Ribbon is quite fiddly so they always turn out a bit different based on material and if they’re wired or not, also length of material matters.

progress of knitted sleeve

I haven’t gotten very far in knitting the first sleeve, as you can tell, but this should give you an idea of what I’m doing.

week 244

I spent part of a day, last week, quickly putting these together but only one is in finished book form.

various paper and book covers

I got an idea to do a self-portrait and this is planning out what I’m doing. It’s impossible to sew fabric onto panel and this isn’t the end product. The actual thing will be on canvas, where there is no gluing fabric into place. I’m unsure if I should do an half is this and other half is this for the whole thing, or just partial, but it’s leaning towards half and half on top but the rest is whole.

self portrait idea

Finally sewing the squares together in the quilt top and part of them are together. Still quite a number of rows to add, and none of the squares line up. I’d be bothered if one lined up so just sewing everything together, row by row, without worrying too much.

partially sewn together quilt cover

Just had to share this image of my shoes contrasting with the fake grass. I was standing outside in a play area with my son and nephew, and just pointed down because I wanted some sort of proof I wore the shirtdress I made, and because those five or six dollar shoes are cute. This is the resulting image. I took another one but part of the slide was showing.

picture taken of my red shoes on green grass

week 229

I’m just being completely lazy about everything.

Especially the striped pullover.

Because this is how far I’ve gotten.

Just added the first row of the second brown stripe.

starting on the second brown stripe

 

I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of blank canvas boards and small bits of red and pink paint and see what my kid and I could come up with. He wasn’t interested even though I know he’s painted stuff in class, because I’ve had a lot of moments where I try to scrub him clean several times and he still has paint or marker on his hands.

I only did this just to see what the paint looks like. It will make a nice background for something but no idea what to layer over it.

layered waves with pink and red paint mixed with white

(And the resulting paint palette)

palette on the left of the canvas board

 

Used up one thread for the embroidery project. I’m not sure what it will look like in front but I plan on layering all the greys on that side. Probably should change to the bigger hoop.

back of embroidery with one thread starnd used up

 

I am making a small rug using up that yarn that I wanted to make a vest for Dylan, but it didn’t turn out. This is the first layer of the rug, as I plan on attaching to the top of it.

(By the way, this is the cleanest my rug has been in weeks, because various projects have been worked on there. Sunday, I had several things there.)

second rug with bottom right corner turned up, mat attached to the bottom

 

All the leftover purple yarns (there may be more in the closet) will be knit into something, not sure what at this point.

various purple yarns to be knit