Thursday, May 29, 2008

Blue Sun Orchid - Finished

I had some good suggestions regarding the background and got hold of some photos of what the foliage around the orchid was like, but decided to just stay with some light and shade. I'm happy with it, and so is my instructor.

Working on this has been a really good experience. I really enjoyed working on something larger.

Now I just have to decide what to do next.

Update 1 Jun 08: Dianna P at Wet Canvas made a suggestion for a title for this painting and I really liked it. So I am going to call it "Catching the Morning Light".

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cotton, Cotton everywhere

So I ordered some more cotton! I am going to have so much fun with this. Hope everyone in the family appreciates hand-made Christmas presents!

Many thanks to The Wool Shack for their quick turnaround and excellent service!

One hour experiment

A lot of artists on Wet Canvas have had a go at seeing what they can paint in one hour. I decided to give it a go. It is to try and loosen up your painting by having a tight time limit. Today is Katie's second day at pre-school this week, the first week she has attended for two days. So I actually had the time to do some painting at home as I used her first day for chores and today for fun!

Size is A4 on Canson light orange paper, used soft pastels.

I'm not really happy with the outcome but it was fun to try. I wish I could crop the mandarine out of the picture and keep that - that I am happy with.

But I may go ahead and complete this: fix up the perspective, even out the sides of the bowl, fix the colour of the kiwi fruit, make the wooden platter look more wooden.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Blue Sun Orchid WIP - #5

Back to class this week, and still not quite finished. Almost, but not quite.

Much happier with the background now. I received some really helpful feedback from some of the artists at Wet Canvas which meant I was able to do some much needed tweaking. I still need to work on the shadows in the centre of the flower and finish up the stamen that I haven't really touched yet. Will need to use some pastel pencils to create some of the finer lines. Also need to add some very light touches of pink into some of the bluer petals.

So next Tuesday this will be finished and I'll be onto something new. I've really enjoyed working on this painting. Might be something to do with the size. But whatever it is, it has been fun.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Blue Sun Orchid WIP - #4

So this is the latest version of my painting from last Tuesday's class. I'm certainly not moving quickly with this one, but I do feel I am closer to finished by a long way than I was last week. Still need to deepen the shadows in the centre of the flower and finalise the background. Also have concentrated on the flower so far and need to finish the stem.

I am really happy with the blend of colours that is coming into the top upright petal of the flower. It is amazing to me how well the colours mix in together as you add more layers of pastel to the paper. And taking a photo each week of the painting is helping me to see where the painting still needs work - a great tool.

But, I am very happy with this painting so far. Can't wait to see it finished.

(Note. There was no sunshine when I took this photo so the colours look a little different from the last photo)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Baby Washcloth 100% organic cotton

I have just completed my first baby washcloth - of my own design. I ordered some organic 12ply cotton (Blue Sky Alpacas brand from The WoolShack) to try out and thought it was too soft and beautiful for ordinary washcloths. So here is the first one. I'm going to design some more and see how they go. I think I will also have to make a couple for me to use at home as they are so soft.

I think I will design a cloth with a duck, maybe a truck and one with just the word baby in handwriting style rather than block print. Anyway, I'll see how it goes.

Then I'm going to have a look at Etsy, which is an online marketplace for all things handmade, and see if I can sell some. I'm also going to make some for gifts for Christmas this year.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sharing goodies

So the results of my knitting fest are being shared with my family now. My mum and step-mum have dishcloths to try out and give me feedback on and I have just completed a beanie and cloth for my sister-in law.
These were worked in Peaches & Creme 12ply cotton, Teal Ombre. The hat has a moss stitch band.

I am currently working a beanie in 100% organic 12ply cotton, which is so soft and beautiful that I don't know that I could give it away or use it for an ordinary dishcloth.

Knitting output since the bug bit: Beanies - 5 1/2, dishcloths - 8

Friday, May 02, 2008

Blue Sun Orchid WIP - #3

Finally back to class again after school holidays. Nearly didn't make it due to lovely attack of two viruses in the same week, but recovering! I certainly didn't want to miss class if I could help it.

Didn't get that much done in class it seemed to me but looking at the new picture now I'm not too unhappy.

I need to continue working on the light to show the changes in shape in the petals, the lovely curves that I can't see yet. And still unhappy with the background - need to think more on how to go about that.