Ceramics Progress - October 31, 2008
So I must admit that I am loving ceramics class. Yesterday I was able to set this cup on the shelf for its first firing. Once it's bisque fired I'll be able to glaze it and then it'll be "high fired" and ready for enjoyment!
Happy Halloween everyone... stay safe and be good! :)
Canyon Painting Progress
What can I say... I am not liking it at all... I was frustrated yesterday in class and started to redraw with white paint... I am not happy with the flat blue sky (which would get more help anyway) and I don't really like anything about the composition -
Works in Progress
I went with a friend from school to an art supply expo in Pasadena on Sunday. There were probably 100 vendors there, selling brushes, paint, canvases, and all kinds of neat artsy stuff. We hung out at the Golden Acrylic booth and learned about OPEN - their new acrylics that stay wet for a day... (instead of 10-40 minutes!) - we also went by Duho Studios - a company that was making exotic wood panels for painting - BEAUTIFUL - I bought some goodies at a few booths, including loading up on pallette knives and mediums and gels at the Liquitex booth. I discovered white ink there also - which I'm excited about and think I may use in a project very soon!
When I got home, I did some messing around on the abstract landscape - I added some texture with string medium that I tinted with inks - it's the consistency of honey and drips in neat long strings... I also put on some crackle medium and some medium that has a type of sand in it... To be honest, I'm not overwhelmed with this piece quite yet - I don't love the way it looks and have no clear direction as to how I will finish it. I WILL say, however, that after visiting all those booths and reviewing some of the literature I brought home, I am looking forward to working more on it tonight.
in knitting news, I continue to work on the striped sweater I am test knitting. The more I work on this the more I love the pattern (and idea) and the more I dislike my color combo. I just don't know if I'll wear it because the colors are soo bright... but I am not giving up; I wanted to do this more than anything and I'm clicking right along with the pattern... I will reserve final judgement when I try it on...
Quilt Painting Done
I finished the quilt painting this weekend - 36" x 36", the object was to demonstrate a number of different color theories within the panels. The canvas was to be divided into 16 separate spaces, with a pattern or motif in each one.
spoke too soon?
we are still safe, but eek - I make one lousy post about preparing for disaster - and talk a tiny bit about how it's important to be prepared... then fires erupt all around us... (this is the view looking from our house across the street; fires are only a few miles from us in the hills you can't see because of the smoke) We are keeping safe and remain prepared (I was a cub scout for exactly one day) - if anything else happens near us I'll let you know :)
Something Bad Happened
This is really just a "for instance"... Let's say an earthquake... or your car broke down on the way across country - middle of nowhere - your cell phone isn't working - you need to just make it through the next few days. Thankfully nothing bad really happened... but if it did (or does) I want to do my best to be ready... I talked with my partner and he updated my kits a few weeks ago - I thought it'd be good to share with you--
OK so it doesn't look like much yet - but it's my abstract landscape painting... I stretched the canvas myself - I believe it's 28" x 50" - strange size (deliberately because I had to stretch it; why would I stretch a "standard" size?) - at this point, it's just a basic wash in colors, and I started to apply some old photos torn in bits and pieces - trust me; I have an idea.. I just hope I can make it work :)
Another Yarn Bowl in the works
I'm working on another yarn bowl - and I like this one - I used little letter stamps on it - on the sides (outside) it says knit knit knit knit ... and inside it says tink tink tink tink (knitting backwards) - simple and cute! It's being fired this week :) - I have made a few other pieces as well - they're all being fired this week -- I like how these handbuilt bowls are not "perfect" - I do look forward to getting to play on the wheel at some point though - I bet I can make some neat bowls on there as well! And for those of you who have asked - YES I do intend to sell yarn bowls - if you have requests, please let me know and I'll try to accomodate...