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Happy Easter everyone!

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Today is my last post before Easter holidays.  It’s been a mixed up week for my blog, what with the router going and the snowstorm interfering with my plans for an outside photo shoot again.  However I did manage to work some more on Blue-eyed Grass, as you can see above.

I did cruise through another sketchbook, but I have not scanned more sketches into my computer for editing yet.  I am deep in debate with myself over what direction to take my work.  I seem to have two streams going: realistic work based on nature, and abstract…also most often based on nature, but not necessarily.

This angst is holding me back in starting new pieces.  This is part of being an artist.  I just have to continue my work and let it decide my future I think.

 

Weekly Review

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I was able to finish removing the colour from the nylons.  It required a trip to Micheals for more RIT colour remover, but I did find a couple of packages.  I started hooking Blue-eyed Grass this week.  I’m afraid I did not accomplish much, but it’s a start.

I didn’t accomplish much because I also took time to go through my sketchbooks and scan in potential images for future wall hangings.  I also edited them and resized them into something that might approximate a wall hanging.  Note, these are not small 6″ square wall hangings.  They are larger ones.

That’s about it from here for this week.  Not much, but it’s something.  Spring is in the air and I’m busy cleaning out the basement at the moment.  We’re preparing for the new boarder come the end of April.  We have a ways to go to make room for him. 🙂

In my studio…

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This week will be a busy one for me.  We have company till Tuesday.  We will be celebrating Hubby’s birthday tonight…for the third time this weekend.  We’ve had a fair bit of company. 🙂

This week I’m hoping to remove the remaining colour from the nylons.  Last week I managed to get them to a pale yellow.  But I am after white, so there will be more colour removal yet.

I also managed to scan sketches of potential wall hangings into the computer.  I have them on my laptop, and did the editing and re-sizing this weekend.  I’ll print them off to put on backing as I work on them one by one.  Usually I draw directly on backing for my wall hangings.  But these are more detailed pieces that I want to maintain element placement and scale, so I am going the long route to putting them on backing.

I also hope to go out on more walks and photo shoots of the neighbourhood for more inspiration.  I love capturing moments in time with my camera.  Though I am still a bit self-conscious about using it.  It’s not a cell phone camera, but a big DSLR camera.

Other activities this week?  I am hoping to start the actual hooking of Blue-eyed Grass.

 

Weekly Review

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I finished Sprouts. And I started Blue-eyed Grass.

I removed most of the colour from the nylons, but need more RIT colour remover to finish the job.

I scoured my sketchbooks for more wall hanging ideas.  Will transfer some on backing today, as I still have to wait to pick up the RIT colour remover.   I will be spending some time sketching as well today.

I was to the opening of the Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show this week.  It was a great evening celebrating a diversity of styles of art and craft.  My work showed well and I was pleased with how it was hung.  A big shout out to the people who made it happen.

It’s a nice sunny, warm day here today, and I hope to go outside with my camera.  Nothing like a little spring inspiration.

Have a great day everyone!

In my studio…

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Today is technically a holiday here in Saskatchewan, Canada.  It’s Family Day weekend, meaning we have Monday off to spend with family.  My family does not live nearby, so I will not be spending much time with them.  Instead, I’m going to work on a new piece.

I spent some time going through my sketchbooks with a friend this weekend and picked a couple of designs out to use up some pieces of odd sized backing I have laying around here.  I prepped the backing, enlarged the drawing, and traced it onto backing.  It was a lot of fun for my Saturday evening.  🙂

So today’s plan is to finish colour planning this wall hanging, which will hang over the archway in our dining room, and possibly start to hook it.  Depends what Hubby has planned.  Could be I end up helping him with chores.

Side tracked…

Ready to be sewn together. :)

Ready to be sewn together. 🙂

Why do I do this to myself?!  Yesterday I was side tracked by figuring out numbers for retirement.  Hubby wants to retire soon, so I am crunching numbers to see how it will work.  Plus researching retirement options.  Spent most of yesterday afternoon on that.

In the evening I was on the phone.  We had a great time, so all is good.  I don’t do hand work in the evening anyway, due to the poor lighting in our house.  I really need to phone the Canadian distributor for Ott light bulbs and buy a replacement for my lamp.  I’m a bit nervous about a light bulb that expensive surviving the mail though! They are $65 each I’ve been told.

“The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. David Miklowitz. Good reading for anyone, let alone bipolar people. Helps you understand them a bit better. At least so far it’s helped me.

I also spent considerable time reading a library book called “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” by Dr. D. J. Miklowitz.  Bipolar disorder is in my extended family.  This appears to be a very good book that discusses not only bipolar, but illnesses that are close to it, and tells the reader how to determine the difference.  It also gives many case studies and real life examples, which are helpful in understanding the illness better.  There are also lots of quizzes to help a person determine where they stand.  I’ve only finished the first four chapters.  I am looking forward to reading this very worthwhile book.

Yesterday's sketchbook pages.

Yesterday’s sketchbook pages.  Still working on images from Craigdorrach Castle in Victoria, B.C.

In rug hooking yesterday:

  • I did manage to sketch for most of the morning,
  • block and press the hems in on the remaining Christmas ornaments, and
  • I prepared 4 more linings for them.

I need to prepare 8 more linings and sew them on. Today’s job, if I don’t get distracted, is to sew on the ribbon hangers and linings.

Eight more ready to add lining and hangers.

Eight more ready to add lining and hangers.

Our Anniversary

There were thousands of geese on this unnamed lake making an awful racket!

There were thousands of geese on this unnamed lake making an awful racket!

Lots happening now we’re back from vacation!  Sunday was our 35th wedding anniversary.  We had a blast!  We live near the Qu’Appelle River valley.  It’s a big valley that is home to many market gardens and a few quaint towns…one of which is Lumsden.  So we headed out to check out the market gardens and found a treasure trove of autumnal images…

Last Import - 1 of 16Last Import - 3 of 16Then headed to the Chinese restaurant in Lumsden for a very delicious meal, before heading home via the back roads and a small town called Pense.  We arrived home about time for tea and a nap.

We realized there was an art show on, so we hoofed to the Prairie Artist Guild’s Fall Show and Sale.  It was the third day of the sale and most of the good work was already sold.  But we were able to see some fine work, especially by Larry Jackson, a local watercolour artist.

In celebration of our anniversary we watched the first Star Wars movie that came out in the evening.  It was released in 1977, but was one of the first movies Hubby ever took me to when we were dating in 1979/80.

All in all a great day!

Yesterday I was back into the swing of things.  I took my Etsy shop off vacation mode, and posted ten more items for sale.

I also got back to sketching.  No twist crayons here, so I’m using watercolour pencils.  It feels a bit different.  A bit messier to control.  But still, it’s good practice to use different media.

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Week in Review…a bit late. :)

Simply ModernI did finish Simply Modern before I arrived home Friday evening. 🙂  It’s a great book and I highly recommend it to people.  Lots of images, ideas, and project ideas to work on!  I appreciate the detailed instructions for various dyeing methods, and construction of pillows and purses.  I also appreciated the section on style.  Thanks Deanne! 🙂

sketchbook-and-patternLast week can be summed up as my reading week and sketching week.  I took few photos, but did start to go through the copious photos I took out on the coast before, during, and after TIGHR Tri-ennial, translating them into simple sketches for future wall hangings.

Most of my week, which was in Edmonton, was spent visiting family and friends.  I did manage to meet up with another rug hooker from TIGHR.  We had a great time checking over each others work, chatting, and generally having a good time.  I hope to meet her again some day.

This week’s goals:

  • Finish Christmas ornaments,
  • Translate more photos into sketches,
  • Update Etsy shop and take it off vacation mode.

More Sketching

Sketching doesn't have to be great art.  It just has to get the basic shapes and colours down.  Sometimes not even that.  I enjoy using my sketches as a base and "mixing it up" in my wall hangings.

Sketching doesn’t have to be great art. It just has to get the basic shapes and colours down. Sometimes not even that. I enjoy using my sketches as a base and “mixing it up” in my wall hangings.

Had a great time sketching more yesterday.  Took photos of interesting designs and shapes in the place we are staying.

I also read more of Simply Modern.  As well as more of Chronic Condition on Canada’s health care system.

We spent the evening visiting family and having a great time.

I am surrounded at Dad’s by lots of visual stimulation.  Lots of ideas for hooked wall art, and just plain art in general.  Lots of colour ideas too!  Really, ideas are all around us everywhere.  We just need to train our eyes to see them.  It helps to have a healthy dose of “what if…?”

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Sketching

Some sketches

Some sketches

I spent time yesterday going through some photos I’ve taken on the trip and sketching them in very simplified form using basic Twist Crayons I found at my dad’s place.  It’s been a while since I made time to sketch.  I discovered lots of designs for wall hangings.  I am going to have to do this on a regular basis.  I am still suffering from too many ideas and not enough time to hook!

Yesterday we also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for some of Hubby’s family at my dad’s.  We did a quick shopping trip and had people coming bring something – a potluck Thanksgiving.  We had way too much food, so I sent lots home with people.

Spent time organizing my week.  Today will be another slow day.  We’re heading off to visit some family.  We’ll see what transpires beyond that.  Maybe more sketching…

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