Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hello All,

I've completed my Art Bead Scene November Challenge piece.  Cezanne's Basket of Apples is a rustic painting which inspired my rustic necklace.  I used Paperclay to create my art beads.  First I colored the Paperclay with acrylic paint, then I added some gold leaf. Then I shaped my tubular beads.  I created a double-eyed headpin for each tubular bead.  I created dangles with the red and orange gem chips. I decided to keep it simple stringing my beads on hemp cord.

Hope you're all having creative fun.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hello All,

I finished my scarf and even made a hat to go with it.  I was going to make a slouch hat but changed my mind once I got going.  I knitted several rows to make a rolled brim.  Then I was concerned it would be too loose so I did some ribbing.  The body of the hat is seed stitch to go with the scarf.  I got off track and made some wrong stitches which made a line.  So I went with it.  I deliberately made the same ridges at different points along the way to make that first error fit in.  I like it.  Foolish me, I thought that if I was using a circular needle I would be able to decrease right to the end.  I got stuck and ended up buying some double point needles.  It was the first time I've used double point needles and it was a bit awkward.  I'm happy with the finished product.

They definitely keep me warm.

Hope you're having fun creating beauty.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello All,

I signed up for a Strathmore Online Workshop with Stephen Cefalo as the instructor.  His instructions are very clear and helpful.  This first drawing is of Skip, their Viking model.  It's not totally terrible, but I can do better.  Next time.

I got a little carried away with the wrinkle between his eyebrows.  And the Viking hat doesn't seem to be sitting on his head.

These 2 pictures are of a young lady who is special to me.  The first one I drew from a photo prior to watching Stephen's video, lesson 2. The second one is from the same photo after watching the video.

There was a flash glare on the photo so it was hard to pick out shadow detail.

This month's sketchbook challenge is the moon and stars so I started drawing a moon goddess today.  For some reason she's wearing a bikini and standing with her hands on her hips.  The hands are way to small. And the rib cage, what was I thinking!?  I don't think the bikini is going to stay.

Hope you're all having fun pursuing creativity.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Sketchbook Challenge - Moon and Stars

Hello All,

We're on to a new month, can't believe it's November already.  I'm loving the theme this month, Moon and Stars.  Just happen to have 2 painting I've done that fit this theme.

Man in the Moon

Moonrise is acrylic on canvas and Man in the Moon is on MDF.  The landscapes I paint are purely from my imagination.  

I'm not too happy with the photo of Man in the Moon.  It's much nicer in person.  The bottom right corner is blue and purple.  The flowers are moon flowers.  They are like morning glories only they bloom at night. Someday I want to grow some.  The fun thing about this painting is that it started out completely different.  I didn't like it so I reworked it.  It's much better now.

Before the end of the month I'll be posting some moon and stars that are current.

What are you inspired to create?  I'm linking up with The Sketchbook Challenge (  Check them out.