Saturday, April 30, 2016

Floral painting, photos and quilt progress


I've moved more pieces around on this baby quilt and I'm about ready to sew it together. I just noticed one of the pieces (lower right corner) that must have fallen off and been put back on rotated! Ha! This is for a baby that's due next week so I better get to finishing it!

This is a recent floral painting. I'm still working on it. It's interesting to observe all the layers that happen during the process. I love the colors. I need to do something with that yellow thing coming out of the vase - at this point it reminds me of a banana slug with a smiley face. I started this painting by throwing some color down then adding collage bits from previous Gelli print sessions - including the piece that's the large orange flower on the middle right side- if you look closely you can see the marks on the piece- that's from a Gelli print a few years ago. I like the texture and the 'delicateness' of it.

I'm always looking for tidbits of design inspiration for color schemes, architectural elements for my drawings and paintings, and interesting lines. Here are some photos from the last two months:


 I love those little cupolas that peek out above the rooftops.

Aren't the tiles on this stairwell fun? If I had a stairwell I would put some pretty tiles on the face of the steps.

 I loved this garden and the rock wall and the style of the building on the left.

Jacaranda trees dropping their flowers all over the street.

 Interesting street layout (and the reservoir is pretty) - reminds me of ideas for aerial view art quilts, like this one.
The Tijuana temple is gorgeous - inside and out. The grounds are so tranquil, clean and beautiful. If you're in the area, stop by and visit the grounds.


I thought this was a pretty garden and loved the old door and the juxtaposition of the brown stucco with the stone wall.



I saw this bike parked in front of the grocery store. I loved the contrast of the turquoise and the dark blue wall.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Baby quilt: Color Puzzle

Here is what I've got so far:

I picked out a bunch of fabrics for a baby boy quilt and whittled them down to this pile:

I cut out one 6" square from each fabric:


Then I paired them together and stitched half-square triangles, cut, ironed, squared up. I started arranging them on the design wall.

 I decided the above wasn't going to be big enough so I added another row to top and bottom and column on left and right:

Then kept moving squares around:


I'm still working on this. I might have to sew some more squares to get exactly what I want but I like it so far:

And here are 3 crazy squares I've pieced with a huge scrap pile that's been accumulating for years. It's a bit tedious but relaxing and fun in a way:

Recent paintings

It's been awhile... Here are some paintings I've done over the last 6 months. I like this one, even though it's just the piece of paper that I used to wipe excess paint off the brush.



Plus some floral still-lifes (lives?) - these were fun to make because they're layers and layers and layers:







Some birds:



Here is another one of 'houses/buildings', showing some process shots. I'm not done with it yet:



Sketches from landscapes photos I've taken:







Sunday, August 16, 2015

Carving stamps

I took a book off my shelf: Geninne Zlatkis' 'Making an Impression' - and read through it, then pulled out my lino-cutting tools to make a stamp. I have a mason jar of things I've collected on walks. Some little branches and twigs and things, they are fun to look at.

I sketched a few of them and carved one of them into the white eraser block (the previous times I've tried to make stamps, I've used linoleum blocks, and it wasn't very inspiring perhaps because of the difficulty of carving lino without technical skill/knowledge). The white rubber was so easy to carve into! I accidentally cut off too much in several places, but it's a learning experience.

I used a #1 tip for most of it, and #3 to carve away the outside chunks. I like how it turned out!

Here is a 2nd one (initial sketch on the far right, stamp on left, and stamped impressions in the middle):