I'm working on project #1 still - a pinch pot - it had to be "footed" (have a an applied base), it had to be carved into... and it had to have attachments - (bits of clay added) - it's still in progress but we're having such a great time making our projects I had to share! :) I think it's about ready to be put in the kiln and fired - no glazing on this one yet.
Candy Painting Progress - Week Three
It's getting closer to being done... I added the wrapper to the taffy on the bottom and the cellophane wrapper to the butterscotch candy at the top left - I have a few tweaks I want to do to it before it's complete but I better hurry up; it's due next Tuesday!
Paying it Forward (Thank You, V!)
I was lucky enough to be perusing her blog when she proposed the idea of paying it forward - simply put, the idea was that she wanted to do something nice for some people without expecting anything in return - I was one of the first to respond, and sent off my address....
Painting Progress - Week 2
So here's my painting after the second class - I like the little slideshow feature that flickr has - it helps to see how the painting is progressing!
Taming the Herd
I found an awesome vintage easel online (yeah, craigslist!) for a great price - it's over 7' tall and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! - I haven't figured out exactly where I'm going to put it (it's REALLY big) yet but I have a feeling it'll end up in the garage. We are thinking that if we clean part of the garage out I'll have room for my yarn storage system and my painting and circular sock machine stuff - it'll take some doing though - we're due for another yard sale! (if only we had the time to do it!) This photo is from the listing... I can't wait to get the area set up so I can paint - it'll be awesome!
We went to Alamitos Bay Yarn Co. for their sale but didn't find anything - all the wool (the stuff I loved) was not on sale - so we headed to Yarn Lady (in Laguna Beach I think) and I bought yarn for the buffalo sweater. I started it yesterday, hoping to get gauge after my muddling around - but ended up with a back that's only 17" across - not quite big enough... I think I'm going to have to double the yarn to get the right gauge (which I believe means doubling the quantity) -
... and here's a little treat for those of you who might not know... may I introduce to you (or remind you of) the one...the only; Alberta Hunter! there's a wonderful documentary out there about her life... she had an amazing story - it is also a musical ("My Castle's Rockin'") ... check her out!
Tuesday evening we were assigned a project in my acrylics class... building up realistic images using a series of glazes. our subject: candy! we were sent to a pile of candy - each person grabbed a handful (or a jarful as was the case in some instances) and went to work. We sketched and drew and came up with some sort of composition.
Once we had our sketches figured out, we started to draw it on the canvas (24 x 30) and roughed in some color. This gives us the chance to see the composition and decide if anything doesn't "work" - I was pretty pleased right off the bat with mine - I figured that it's candy - I decided quickly not to make a big deal of it... just ignore the actual "sizes" of stuff - blow it up "huge" and try to create some interesting lines...
By the end of the class I was starting to build up some glazing on some of the areas in the painting. The "green" hard candy on the right had turned blue... and the "tootsie pop" wrapper on the bottom right was starting to take shape. I have a L-O-N-G way to go on this but it's a fun start to my adventures in acrylic painting... I was freaked out at how quickly the paint dries (in the past I had used watercolor which just gets "wet" again with water or oil which takes 452 years to dry) - there's something I can buy called a retardant that will help slow that drying time though.
L.A. County Fair Ribbons!
I got a second place ribbon for my Dr. G's Memory Vest! - Yippee!! This was my first cabling attempt... I'm very proud!
My snowflake sweater got third place - I entered it into the handknitted sweater category... equally as proud - although the armless drag queen they have it displayed on is cracking me up! (99% of the way things were displayed was impeccable... items grouped by color... theme... whatever - and I was having a difficult time wrapping my head around the work involved in setting the exhibit hall up - but that 1% turned out some funny things... and the "drag queen" installation was one of them) - it's OK though... just having it on display (and placing!) is wonderful!
I also got 3rd place in the Men's Knitting Competition - it was fun to participate and I already have some ideas of what I want to enter for next year!
Quilts - preserving the story
I tried quilting once... Mom and I went out and selected fabric. we cut and pieced it by machine. She set me up with the quilt on the hoop and showed me what to do. I did 2 hoops worth of quilting and decided it's not for me. Quilting is "hard!"