Mid-week pause

Old clock

Old clock

Well this pause has turned out longer than I thought.  What with the sewer line issue and other things, I’ve been considerably sidetracked from my hooking.

One piece I want to work on is a larger piece with old clockwork gears in it.  I want Hubby to open up an antique clock we have so I can sketch the gears, and then enlarge the sketch for the design.  However that won’t happen for a while. He’s very busy right now with the yard, house, and work.  I might try to get into the clock myself, but I’m afraid of ruining something.  Maybe I should just look at reference photos on the Net or in books.  I prefer to use my own photos or original sketches for my work though.

I have other larger pieces and more medium size pieces to do for fun.  Not sure if they’d sell, and maybe that’s what’s holding me back – thinking everything I make has to sell.  There are benefits to creating just for the sake of creating.  Some artists best works come when they do that.  But still, it’s one thing to know this in your head and another to do it, when you know your supplies and materials for a piece will cost hundreds of dollars.

I did review my 2015 business plan and I’ve managed everything on it and then some. That is good.  Now to gear up for next year!  I am working on my 2016 business plan.

Finish Up Friday

Almost picked up at least...

Almost picked up at least…

I did manage a partial cleanup of my sunroom studio yesterday.  Today I need to finish the other half.

I did manage some sketching yesterday, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it.  Still, I soldiered on because, well, you never know what might come out of those sketches…

I will be working on the Curves class piece today…and sketching some more.

"Beauty" is what I'm calling this piece.

“Beauty” is what I’m calling this piece.  It’s got a ways to go!

Finished!

Finished! Sixteen Christmas ornaments.

Finished! Sixteen Christmas ornaments.

I finally finished them today!  No sketching or Curves class project worked on.  But I did answer an awful lot of phone calls.

Tomorrow is looking like a serious tidying up of my studio.  Plus some sketching and fixing the Curves class project.  We’ll see.  I also have people coming to look at the sewer pipe situation to give a quote, and I have a medical appointment, and I have to pick up my new eye glasses.  Hmm…methinks tomorrow will be busy…

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Christmas Ornaments

The finished Christmas ornaments.

The finished Christmas ornaments.

Almost there!  I can’t believe I’m taking so long to finish these!  Four more to go today and I’m done.

Then it’s back to the Curves class piece…and sketching…

Deconstruction of the Curves class piece.

Deconstruction of the Curves class piece.

I was right…

I have to make my curves class design larger.  🙂

I forgot it was Saturday when I posted my Saturday post.  So for the second week in a row my Weekly Review is late.  I spent a lot of last week sketching, working on the Christmas ornaments, and designing the curves class.

Company came over this weekend with a 12 year old young lady.  She gravitated towards my sketchbook and watercolour pencils quickly.  I pulled out an old watercolour pad I have and let her experiment.  Ended up showing her the colour wheel, which she already knew, one point perspective, which she also knew, but added the gray scale and value to her vocabulary.  Also showed her various colour schemes and how they work.  She knew some of it, but not as in-depth as I was teaching her.  We had a blast, and she turned out a decent painting of her mom.

Sorry, no photos today folks…I am mega busy with service people – chimney sweep, plumber, etc.  Maybe this afternoon I’ll actually get something done and be able to post a photo of it. 🙂

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.

Works in Progress Wednesday

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments

Hi all!  What am I up to?  I am working on the Christmas ornaments this week.  Variations of burgundy and gold.  Lots of fun and quick to do. 🙂

Also still working through my photos sketching interesting images.

Projects I’d like to work on…

  • The Barn, a studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • The Creek, another studio piece from a plein air exercise,
  • a larger poppy wall hanging.

I’m finding myself drawn towards more abstract images these days. Well, actually close ups.  I am fascinated by what goes on in our lives and around us at the microscopic level.  I am a firm believer that it is the small things that matter in life – both in how we interact with people and in what is beneath our feet or in front of our eyes.  Small things are important.  They grow or support or build bigger things.

I discovered I love curves.  A lot of the images I am choosing to sketch from photos include scrolls and curves.  This surprises me.  I have been fond of straight lines for a long time now.  Maybe I am having a style shift?

Other upcoming projects?  I’m designing a mini-course on hooking curves, lettering, and different backgrounds. I am also looking at developing a course to show beginners how to design, transfer to backing, hook, and finish a piece.

For now…it is time to do some sketching and finishing of Christmas ornaments…

Ready to be cut apart and finished.

Ready to be cut apart and finished.

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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Birds of a Feather

Last Import - 1 of 1More sketching yesterday. Reading more of Simply Modern.

I met up with a rug hooker I met at the TIGHR Tri-ennial.  We had a great time sharing photos, showing each other our work, and chatting each other up about rug hooking.  I am looking forward to meeting her again. 🙂

Planning two more get togethers today with relatives.  Should be fun! 🙂

Simply Modern

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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