Sunday, 4 October 2015

BIG drawings

This week’s drawing challenge was to take a detail from the small drawings of last week, and then to draw this detail on a piece of A2  ( I think!) paper, using a variety of marks, with either charcoal or graphite stick.  Gosh this was difficult.

First effort


Second effort


3rd effort


Interestingly enough, the tutor thought the first one was the best, but I liked the third one most.


Glorious tomatoes bought this weekend.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Return to drawing

With all that difficulty in discerning positive and negative space in my last post, it is just as well that I have returned to a drawing course at the Mary Ward Centre.  As ever, one of my personal learning objectives is " to draw every day".  In that spirit, here are this week's efforts.

Fish vertebra

Shoes and shapes

Cow parsley stalks

It is so infuriating that I can't rotate these photos.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

More small projects

Another unfinished object turned in to a completed cushion for our exhibition at the Landmark Centre, Teddington, 23 - 25 October.

Another adventure in to fabric painting at a workshop with Lisa Walton called Gorgeous Overlays.  Lisa's technique relies on stitching through a paper template onto a basted quilt sandwich.  The paper is then torn away - the most difficult part - then the stitched shapes are painted with fabric paint.  The stitched lines stop the paint bleeding beyond the stitched shape.

Once again, I had trouble with my positive and negative shapes.

I now need to find a quiet hour to finish the painting with the lovely metallic paints that Lisa introduced us to.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Small project and a large exhibition

After completing two large projects, I am clearing some small pieces to be sold or raffled at our upcoming exhibition from 23 - 25 October.

Cushion, front and back, machine quilted with two layers of wadding

Then today to a remarkable exhibition at the Royal Academy by Ai Wei Wei.  This is bound to get huge press coverage, so I am very glad that I went before any reviews have come out.  I am hugely impressed by Ai Wei Wei's work, having seen another smaller exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park a year ago.  This is an even more powerful experience and many of the pieces will be seen as extremely provocative in their portrayal of the Chinese government.  There is an audio guide to the exhibition, but I abandoned this very quickly, preferring visual immersion only.  A fantastic way to start an autumn season of art viewing.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Vexed by vexillography

Vexillology quilt

Our quilt group will have its tri-ennial exhibition from 23- 25 October in the Landmark Centre in Teddington.  We always try to have at least one group challenge to display, and have successfully had Round Robin challenges in the past.  I blogged in 2014 about my challenge to the group and the quilt above is the result.  No new fabrics bought, all from stash, or contributed by participants.

I have used this piece to practise several different quilting patterns and am very pleased with how it has turned out, (46 x 46 inches).

Border quilting with machine embroidered binding

Vexillology quilt

Mixed designs in one block.

Vexillology quilt

Superb applique dragon by one of the participants (thanks, Kay!) with flame quilting and geometric continuous pattern in the sashing to tone down the black

Vexillology quilt

Feathers and stipple - always useful.

Vexillology quilt

I gave participants these web sites as resources for the design of flags.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

I am still here..........

……just finding the state of the world too overwhelming to indulge in narcissism about my hobbies.