Sunday, February 26, 2017
I worked it through all of the fusing, then I set it aside, having solved the design ideas and needing to meet a deadline for the bigger piece
this week I decided to finish it and donate it to the annual SAQA fund raising auction -- so about half of the quilting is done now
I hope to get this finished in time to submit it for the "early bird" auction entries which are eligible to be used in SAQA's advertising -- which would be good exposure for the piece
this week I will start on the background
and this will be a much bigger piece than the first columbines -- the big flower is wider than the whole first piece was!
in order to do the eyes (which need to be the first thing done on an animal piece), I had to get some silk fabric in the right color
I need to select all of the other black/white/gray/blue fabrics that will make up the "fur" on this piece from my stash -- this should be an interesting "shopping trip" into the many fabrics I have on hand
and now I'm not sure I like the longer format and I may cut it off
and yes, now the mountains in the background are bigger and darker, but I have no idea where I'm going next with this
so it's hanging on the wall for me to look at for a day or so to decide where I'm going with it
we'll see how close we get
time to get to it
Saturday, February 18, 2017
it was a small piece and I did it in a pretty cramped time span, so I felt like I hadn't really "finished" with the subject matter
so I'm working on another one
in this case, the big flower (which is now complete) is almost as big as the entire first piece was --- it's sort of columbines on a Georgia O'Keefe scale
and I'm about 2/3 finished with the second columbine too
moving right along!
very cool to see my piece hanging in the exhibit
on Valentine's day he had fun chewing up a piece of cardboard, and one of the pieces is in the shape of a heart -- cute! a Valentine for mommy -- and like any proud mommy, it's hanging on the wall
time to get back to it!
Thursday, February 02, 2017
uh, not so much
it helps if you read the Call for Entry closely (and really, I had no excuse -- after all I WROTE the call for entry for this show!)
each of these pieces was ineligible because it was too narrow for a call that had a minimum requirement of 24 inches in width AND height
now we wait to hear from the juror
and two of them are ready -- moving along nicely
I took some photos of this lovely dog in a bead store in Ft Collins last fall, and then ran it through some steps in PhotoShop and I plan to do this piece in the same technique I used for the dog I did last year.
looking forward to seeing how this comes out
after last summer's trial of having a very young puppy, we weren't really looking for a new dog right now
but Benson found us
he is a lab/heeler mix and he's about 8 months old, rescued by Big Bones Canine Rescue out of Roswell, NM, where he was picked up as a stray -- and as we've had him this week, it's clear that he was someone's pet
he walks on a leash like a real gentleman, and while it wasn't my original thought to be acquiring a personal trainer, it's pretty clear he has that job!
he's going to be a great companion