Friday, December 02, 2022

Friday Face Off Dec. 2, 2022

Too much fun? It could be that making these quilted faces IS too much fun for me.  I keep experimenting with the "what if's" of faces.  My first thought is "How can I make this one different?"  I love it when they seem to have personalities.  I think this lady has some personality. 

You may have seen this background in a previous post. I decided to see if I could make it work with the face. So the colors were chosen to work with the background. 
There was one on the righthand side that was "fighting" with the face. 
It was distracting!
So I decided to use a bit of paint to mute it and make it work better. 
I think it worked nicely. 

The face drawing in the next section I have used in the Face Off previously.
But I had to share this observation.

I was looking through some photos that I had taken while ushering at a concert.  (I only take photos at the concerts on rare occasions.)  When I saw first one of these pictures and then a picture of one of my drawings.  The drawing was long before the photo, but there is clearly a strong resemblance, don't you think?  
I don't think it was a psychic flash, just a neat coincidence.  

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 


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Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Face Off

Welcome to the Friday FaceOff for this week.   I will start with a confession.  I have been sick with a mystery bug (not covid, I tested.)  When I feel badly it is difficult to create.   The spirit is willing but the body is resistant.    
Luckily I had put together this face a week or so ago and never have shown it.    My plan was to use up some almost useless scraps for as much of it as possible.  None of these pieces had fusible on the back of them.  Rather,  I layered a piece of batting under a sheet of Steam-a-Seam 2.  This fusible is sticky making it easy to work this way.  Of course I went about it the WRONG way.  I created the face first and then added the background.  That meant that when a piece touched the face, the edges had to be tucked under the edges of the face.  
There was a bit of careful lifting to be sure that the fabrics didn't fray.  

Looking at the photo, I can see that this is not quite finished.  The eyes are lacking pupils and highlights. Ah well, that will be an easy fix as I draw in the pupils with a black sharpie and then use a spot of white paint for the highlight.  If  I felt better, I would just go add it and take a new photo. 
Hopefully I can do that and share the corrected version in a few days. 
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I couldn't stand not fixing it.  So here is the face with the eyes finished. It amazes me how much that tiny bit adds a spark of life to the face. 



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.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Playing with Scraps - Time for Fun

When I pull out the barely useable scraps for play time, it is always fun.   On Sunday I pulled out this pile of scraps and a 12x12 inch piece of Steam-a-Seam 2 for play time. 
The first thing I do is stick one side of the fusible to a square of batting that is the same size.  So you know,  this is a sticky fusible that you can temporarily stick fabric to.  Then when you press it with steam it sticks more permanently.   Then, I peel off the other piece of release paper and it is play time. 
Fabric pieces are adhered in a semi-random manner until all of the surface is covered.  There are some edges that overlap other pieces -those edges are loose and not "stuck" in place. 

Then when I am happy with the coverage, and think it looks okay,  it is time to press it with steam. 
After steaming and then dry pressing it,  to the sewing machine we go!  I do some free motion sewing to secure all of the edges. 
Take 1

And then I have to turn it all directions and see what I like best. 

Take 2

Take 3

Now the big question is this:  Do I use one of these as a finished piece?  OR Do I use it as a background for one of my faces?????
Yes folks, the struggle is real.  I always have a hard time with decisions.  I like all three of these (the 4th orientation was a quick "no" from me.  Honestly, I look at Take 1 AND Take 2 and see that I could do a few things and make this into two faces in profile.   Take 3 says "abstract landscape" to me. 
What do y'all think? Help a guy with this. (((grin)))


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday Face Off

This week I have worked on another clay face just because I had a moment when I wanted to process some polymer clay.  Working the clay with my hands to soften it is great for stress relief. (No worries, it had just been "one of those days.")  

Once my hands were in the clay it was easy to just go with it and make a face.  I had no plan but I did play with sculptural elements in the hair??hat?? whatever!  Then I had fun painting that part. 

This one looks a bit dismayed or distressed doesn't it?  
Ah well, I don't know the story behind it. 

In other news, I have been working on a song since at least June of this year. 
This week, something magical happened and it just came together. 
(

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. -- Pablo Picasso

)

So I am sharing the song with you.  
You can either watch the video below
OR 
Go to SoundCloud and hear the more professional sounding version. 

YouTube Version
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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Fabric and fusing Fun

Okay, so I have been slacking off on blogging.....yes I know "Bad ME."  Ah well, I have been trying to be a good person anyway.  I did drive my uncle to the hospital when he had to be there at 6 a.m. (too early for my guardian angel to be awake.)  Then I went back to carry him home also...and I stayed in WalMart two hours waiting for his prescription - because his MD always forgets to tell them the OTHER med that will interact has been stopped until this is over. 

So, I have been doing self therapy with paint and fabric.  First up, I painted a nice chunk of fabric (actually two at once, one on top of the other.)  And I LOVE this - 
Yes, slightly crazy but so HAPPY to look at.  The bottom one in the photo was 
the fabric on top while painting - it is more intense in color. 

I also chose four fat eighths of hand dyed fabric and fused it with Mistyfuse.

They are separate pieces that I can cut up for making whatever fabric art I want to make! Of course I am thinking "faces." You know I don't stick to "normal" colors. 
Ha ha! 

Another "therapy session" involved pulling a pile of random scraps 

What  mess huh?

Those were in this big jar where I keep odd scraps of batik and hand dyed fabrics.
The jar has a nice spout - that leaks!  So I repurposed it. 
But the fabric doesn't leak out like water or other beverages do. 


Of course I had to iron these scraps  to make them flat. 
Then I took a piece of Steam-a-Seam and put it on a piece of felt. 
Those strange pieces were cut and placed on the sticky Steam-a-Seam
with just slight overlaps so that all the felt was covered. 
At this point I can still pull off any piece and move it or replace it.
But I was happy with this one and decided to take it to the ironing surface
to steam it into place. Then I added a backing fabric, which I glue basted on
with Elmer's school glue. (it is a small piece and the back probably won't be seen.)

Next up I sewed around all the pieces to fasten down the loose edges where it overlaps.
Oops, I did a teeny bit of free motion in that one corner. 
I think I liked this better than when I quilted it.
Do you see a picture?  It was only planned as a non-representational abstract
But once it was tacked down and turned this way and that, 
we saw an image.


So, quilt it, I did. 
If you haven't guessed yet - don't look at the next photo
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Do you see it now?
It is a wide vase full of flowers and leaves. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, November 11, 2022

Friday Face Off 11/11/22

This week has been busy catching up on lots of things.  I am going to share two faces from years ago.
Each of these are the faces from soft dolls that I have made.  The dolls were made for my grandnieces. First up, the doll for the older sister.

The face on this doll is machine embroidery that I digitized for this doll.
It was a simple design to create although the software I had 
at that time was not the best for creating embroidery. 

The next doll has a painted face. 

This doll was made with a stretch material so that it  was simply easier
to paint the face on the doll. Even with the paint it was a bit of a 
challenge to get the eyes like I wanted. 

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 


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Friday, November 04, 2022

Friday Face Off 11/4/2022


Today for the Face Off, I am sharing a painting done in watercolor.  


A number of years ago, I took a class with artist Janet Rogers.  This was a watercolor class on flowers and portraits.  Janet had a couple of paintings where she only painted a partial face. I was totally intrigued by them.  So I did a few of them.  This painting "That Look" was painted from a picture I took of a co-worker.  I also did a full portrait of her, but I can't find a picture of it.   I do love the way I was able to preserve the white areas in this. 


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 


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Tuesday, November 01, 2022

More Music

I would like to share with you a song that I wrote earlier this year.  I think that I have it in its final form at this point.  One thing that I have learned in the process is that you write down every idea as you are going. Then you can refine those during the re-writing process.  

I realize that this song will not be to everyone's taste.  But I hope that some of you will enjoy it.  And if you don't, I would rather not hear about it.  Thanks!


There is an edited version of the audio on SoundCloud also.  I have not yet learned to add studio effects to a video. 

Stay Creative! 
Gene

Monday, October 31, 2022

The Play

Several of you asked for photos or video of the play.  Sadly, I have no video of the show, but I do have a few photos.  Since I am a total ham, I am including a video of me singing my solo. It was recorded the day after the final performance. 

First is one of me, in costume playing my baritone ukulele. 
This is the tableau at the end of the play. 

Here is the video that I prepared so you can hear my song.
Next up is a photo of much of the cast during the song
"The Sword of Damocles" 

And finally two snaps of me in costume with admirers
after one of the shows. 
First up, a total stranger.

Second, a longtime friend whose daughter I have acted with in the past. 
We had a great time performing The Rocky Horror Show 
for the weekend leading up to Halloween.

At the cast party, one of the younger performers told me 
"You have been a constant in my life. I think of you as my grandfather" 
I have mixed feelings. I am mostly honored,
 but it does make me feel really OLD.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, October 28, 2022

Friday Face Off - Halloween

Welcome to my blog.  Today I am posting my Halloween Weekend face.  There were several options for the type of face for a Halloween project, but I saw a certain hand dyed fabric in my stash and KNEW that it was made for this.  Thus, I decided on a Jack O'Lantern -and I made him a bit menacing in the spirit of spookiness.  This orange fabric spoke to me. I saw eyes and a nose right there in the fabric. I made a template to have it in just the right spot.   Then, I was excited to create this face!

The gradient dyed fabric that I used for the background adds a nice spooky feel also.
I see a fall night with leaves on the ground.
Then I added some hand-cut leaf shapes around the bottom 
of the Jack O'Lantern  to strengthen that imagery. 

After he was all finished as a nicely fused quilt top, I needed to 
decide on threads for quilting. I knew that I would need some 
greens and some oranges in my selection. I pulled out these 
shown below as a starting point.  I only used two of the orange 
threads in this group. However, I used three of the green threads. 
The variegated green was perfect for quilting the ground section.
I chose to quilt that in leafy quilting motifs. 
For the top I used a blue quilting thread that blended nicely. 
It worked well for the night sky swirly quilting. 
And here is an extra photo of the quilt placed in the 
ivy that is in the planter by my front door.


Some of you may know that I don't typically create seasonal items.  However, this one was a lot of fun, so I may do more small seasonal quilts. 

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday Face Off.
  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 


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Friday, October 21, 2022

Friday Face Off 10/20/22

For the October 20 edition of the Friday Face Off, I have decided to share my newest completed face.  This face is created with fabric and then quilted.   I said that I was saving this one until "closer to Halloween."  This week is closer than last week was, ha ha.  I have something else in the works for next week.  However,  I will be quite busy with the play which opens on Wednesday night, so I may not get it completed.  

Without further ado, here is my newest face.  
Yes, she is a bit of a strange one. But, then, you have surely come to expect that 
from me. Other than the two large halves of her face, she is created from scraps 
of pre-fused fabric. I save most of the pieces that seem as if they could 
possibly be useful for something.  I was happy to find enough scraps of 
          green to create all of the spikes of her hair.  As you can see the "shoulders" 
don't extend into a torso as that was all of that fabric that was large enough. 
I expected the frame/border to cover it, but that didn't happen. 
I am not unhappy about it though, I think it adds to the general weirdness
of this piece.  

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 


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Friday, October 14, 2022

Friday Face Off 10-14-22

Guess what I found "hiding" on my wall in a slightly obscure place? Today's Face Off entry: Lonely Cowboy at Sunset. This is a painting from 2011. It started as an abstract/experimental art piece.  Then I decided to use it as a background for a fun painting. 

A great deal of the clothing on the Cowboy was created in the original abstract
work.  I simply added some lines and shading to transform it into the illusion 
of clothing.  At this point I see a few places in the background that could 
use some "tweaking" but I think I will leave him as he is.  
I have grown accustomed to seeing it as it is. 

At this point I do have another quilted face in the works, but I 
have decided to save that one for closer to Halloween. (hint)

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 


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Friday, October 07, 2022

Friday Face Off Oct 7, 2022

Yes I am posting this "very late" for me.  I was not going to post today, until a certain friend reminded me that I am a part of the core of Friday Face Off. 

Today's face is a very simple face on an art doll that I made many years ago.  
The face is simply two french knots for eyes and an embroidered
line for the mouth. 
The more interesting parts of the doll are her dress made from recycled 
neckties and decorated with a fabric yo-yo in a heart shape.
Then buttons and beads were added for more decoration.
Who says "less is more" I say MORE is more. Ha ha.
That line is stolen from Dolly Parton. 

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.


At this point I am quite busy with rehearsal for the play I am going to be in.  
I also am trying to keep up with my Spanish classes and later today
I have a zoom class to improve my ukulele playing (hopefully!) 
This class is part of a music festival that moved online during
the pandemic. I am happy that something good came out 
of that chaos. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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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 


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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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