Friday, September 30, 2022

Face Off - 9/30/22

Welcome to the Friday Face Off for Sept. 30, 2022.  Some news first. Last Saturday, I suddenly had a pain in my right shoulder after driving about 90 miles. I thought it was just a muscle kink, but  oh no. The pain increased as the day went on.  By bedtime, I was in agony and could not find a position to sleep in that wasn't painful.  I spent the night huddled in a very awkward position on the sofa getting a little sleep but certainly not good sleep.  The next night was similar but I did sleep a bit more. 
Monday I went to the MD to find out what was happening. Was it a rotator cuff tear or strain? Was it an impinged nerve?  I really didn't want to have surgery - and miss being in the play.  ARRRGH. 

The doc did some manipulations and asked lots of questions. He palpated the areas and told me the "bad news" - which, compared to my worst cast scenarios, was good news.  I have bursitis that is inflamed and is causing muscle cramps/spasms.  Of course it is my dominant hand.  So, my creativity has tanked. And the muscle relaxer is knocking me on my tush.  I did manage rehearsals this week -  with some adaptations. My director was lovely to understand and adapt. His main concern was "will it affect the ukulele?"   I told him "I WILL manage."  

So to the faces for today: First is a sketchbook drawing of a friend of mine. He fell asleep watching TV in the recliner so I grabbed a sketchbook and drew him lightly snoring. 

This next page is a notebook from my work days. I would sketch during meetings.
Oddly this helped me to remember much better than if I took notes. 
If I took notes, I would end up writing a grocery list or maybe an idea for
a poem or story.  That is just one of my many quirky characteristics. 

I am sure I "wasted" several work pens sketching and practicing shading techniques. Ha ha
Honestly, I bought most of my own pens because I could get the ones I like.

This is my birthday month so my family will be celebrating Saturday 
with a nice lunch. As I am on a medically supervised diet to reverse my 
type II diabetes, I will be making a cake with no wheat and no sugar. 
And yes, it will be delicious! (Virta Health is my diet plan.) 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday Face Off 9/23/2022

For today's Face Off, I am sharing this pen drawing done over a watercolor background.  This started by just playing with watercolor paints to see "what would happen, if...."  
The man in the picture is purely from my imagination, as are most
of the faces I create.  I used black sharpies in both fine and extra-fine
sizes for a variety of line widths. I also used a white paint
marker to add the white accents. 
I always have fun drawing, I don't know why I don't do more drawing. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.
In other news,  I am now in rehearsals for a musical play with 
the local community theatre.  While it is hard work, I am 
having a great time.  We will be performing
"The Rocky Horror Show"
I auditioned specifically for the Ensemble because I know most of the songs
already.  The director has placed me in a cameo as the "Father of the Bride"
in the opening number.  Also, I may have some solo lines to sing in a
song or two. I am certainly not hesitant to take that on.  I have 
become far more confident in my singing ability in the last
couple of years. Hopefully at some point I will have video clips to share with you. 
For now, here is a video of me singing a bit of  the opening number. 
I hope the video works for you. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday Face Off 9/16/22

Welcome to the September 16th version of the Friday Face Off.  For today's "challenge" I have created another quilted face using both batik and hand dyed fabrics.  I love working with both of these fabrics when I am creating.  The colors are richer because they penetrate through the fabric.  Batiks are also a type of  dyed fabric rather than a printed fabric.  This means that you can use either side of the fabric (in most cases) to create as you wish. 

The background for this face is a lovely red/orange that blends into a rich yellow. 

The hair is all made of batik fabrics as are the clothing and the nose. 
I believe that all of the other fabrics are hand dyed. 
While nearly all of the quilting is done with black to achieve 
a sketched quality, the face is quilted with a green thread. 
The background is quilted with a yellow thread. 
Soon, the piece will have a black fused binding added.
Then it will be mounted on a black-edged art canvas for ease of hanging. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is a great opportunity
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Red, Orange, and Yellow

Painting fabrics with Dy-Na-Flow paint is so much fun!  I wish I had lots of space to do this so that I could paint several in a single day.   But with limited space, I have to do one at a time.  Of course there are some "paint catcher" pieces of fabric underneath the bigger piece.  I do like to avoid any waste. 

Saturday afternoon, these are my materials: damp white cotton fabric, three paints and three foam sponge brushes, a water container and a water spray bottle, and of course my cardboard base which is shrink wrapped. And, as usual, I bring my playful spirit.  This is fun, there can be no failure, because the fabric will always be useful. 

The colors are Sun Yellow, Bright Orange, and Brilliant Red - a wonderful analogous warm color scheme.  Here is the wet painted fabric.  It will take a day or maybe two to dry fully. That is due to the humidity level today and for the next few days. (can you say "rainy?")

If this is like the previous piece, it will dry to lighter colors. I purposely put the red dots in the yellow area, but I had hoped they would spread out into less circular shapes.  Ah well, those dots may be just what I need when I am ready to use this fabric. 

If you are wondering why I used three brushes let me tell you.  I am using the paint directly from the bottles. I simply do not wish to contaminate the paint with another color. If I were putting the paint into smaller containers, I could have done this with one brush.  I would have only needed to rinse the brush after each color. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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