Monday, June 17, 2024

Landscape

Here is a digital landscape that I created. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Playing with Digital Paint

Greetings.  As you may know, I have been spending a lot of time doing care giving for my Mom.  I decided that I needed a very portable art medium that I can carry almost anywhere.  I had heard about the Apple pencil to use on the iPad. Since I have an relatively new iPad that goes with me to Mom's when I am staying there, I decided that could be my answer.  Then I heard someone on a video mention the program Procreate.  It is an app for the iPad that comes with LOTS of tools and features.  I have only scratched the surface of what is possible with it.  
By the way, I didn't buy the expensive Apple pencil, I found an aftermarket brand on Amazon that was on sell for $7.49 at the time.  It seems to work very well for me. The Procreate program was only $12.99 which I think is a great bargain.  

So here is my first creation that I started when I knew almost nothing about the program. 
It isn't a masterpiece, but I do like the effects I was able to get with the program and the pencil. 

Then I decided to try using a photo reference as a starting point for a face. 
(Happy Friday Face Off to you!) 
If she looks familiar,  it is because I based her on one of my quilt faces.
However I did change her hair a bit as you can see from the quilt face shown below:

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


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Friday, June 07, 2024

This and That

I realize that my blog has been idle frequently.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  These days I am spending more of my time with Mom as she is requiring more care.  Her memory is failing greatly these days. Thus she needs help a lot more.  I am blessed to still have her in my life, so I am not complaining, just letting you know.  

Speaking of Mom, I bought her a small puzzle (just 350 pieces) at the dollar store.  I thought the bright colors and fun picture would be one she would enjoy.  


This was actually more difficult than it looks.  I was happy that Mom was able to find and place some pieces on her own. She was thrilled also.  

I have been working on myself also. I was offered a gym membership through my insurance.  I said "Why not?  I will go two or three days a week, maybe."  Ha ha - I think I found a new addiction. 

I am at the gym almost every day unless I have something else that I have to do.  Last month, I think that I missed 2 or 3 days. It is nice to see my muscles toning up and gaining strength. 

I am linking up with Nicole for the Friday FaceOff.







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Monday, May 13, 2024

Quilt Pieces - No Plan

Somedays you just need to do something creative. The day this happened I had some scraps on my table and said "Hmmmm.... I could just sew those together."  Then things happened as I said "What if....?"  Suddenly I had to chunks made and pressed and sort of trimmed.  Certainly more trimming could happen OR more pieces could be sewn onto either of them. 

The tilted cross block was first. I started with the green and purple. Then I saw that orange strip and said "Oooh, I want to add that into this!"  And I did. 


One piece was trimmed off that block before the photo. There was more of the green, some purple and a white on white strip. The blue batik was a strip trimmed from a quilt backing. 
One piece of green was cut with a wavy edge. Hmmmm... I placed it on top of part of the blue batik and matched the curves. I love the motion that adds to the piecing. 


Where will these go?  As yet, I don't know. I do NOT have a plan but I am sure they will find a home in a nice wildly scrappy quilt like this one or maybe this one.



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Friday, May 10, 2024

Puzzled Faces

About a week ago, my Mom told my brother that she wanted to put a puzzle together. She picked one that my nephew had made for her with a picture of him, me, and Mom.  This puzzle has 1014 pieces and because of several elements, it is a difficult puzzle. However, the three of us, Mom, my brother and I finally got it together - for the second time. 

The wall, and our clothing made this quite a difficult puzzle. However, the photo is a good one as we all are smiling and look nice. 

Linking up with Nicole for the Friday Face Off. 



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Friday, April 26, 2024

Memories - Faces

One of my favorite places to go is in Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.   A friend and I have found a place where we love to be - when time and finances permit. We have taken many photos during our visits. Since he is the photographer, I am in more of the photos. He is "camera shy." 

We visited the train museum which was a open but just to wander through - no guides. 

At a local art museum I was taking a photo of these big dolls.  One of the workers insisted that I let her take a photo with me in it.  I have a big head, but these folks are the clear winners in this big head contest. 

This, as I am sure you can tell, is NOT me. These two guys run a loncheria (a place to eat lunch.) We often used their services as the food was good and the service was excellent. 


Look out!


If you didn't know how silly/goofy I can be, here is photographic proof. I stuck my socks on my ears and made a face while goofing off with a friend - of course he had the camera ready and snapped this. 
Embrace your childlike side. 

Linking up with Nicole for the Friday Face Off. 



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Friday, April 19, 2024

Sketchy Faces

I have been doing a few quick sketch faces. I did these just for fun and usually just imagined faces. One face however was inspired while I was streaming a video. 


Using an "economy of line"

Inspired by a character in a streaming show.


Hmm.. he seems angry.



Dejected

The one below is for Nicole

Just a bit weird.

The hairstyle looks like the late 60's

 I am linking to the Friday Face Off with Nicole.





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Friday, April 12, 2024

Trunk Show for a Quilt Guild

On Tuesday, April 9th,  I had the pleasure of presenting a trunk show for a local quilt guild. The plans for this started way back in June of 2023.  The lady who was scheduling the programs for the guild had seen my work in the local public library display.  We probably emailed at least 20 times prior to the event.  
I must say it was certainly a fun time.  I arrived early so that I got to see all of the show and tell quilts and items from the guild members. 

Here are the photos of some of my presentation. 



This next quilt is one that I haven't shown on my blog previously. 

It was created from lots of pieces from practicing free motion quilting. The first photo is the "back" 



Then here is the front. Honestly either side can be used as the front and face up on the bed.


Below is my Roy G Biv quilt. The colors of the rainbow set on a field of black.


Below is another bright and colorful quilt in a bargello style. (the group went "oooooh!")


Next is the back of a quilt - no picture of the front of this one here. Bu you can find it 





Yes we looked at LOTS of quilts and had a great time. 
As my face is in lots of these photos, I am linking to the Friday Face Off with Nicole.

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Friday, April 05, 2024

An Old Treasure

A week or so ago, I got a phone call from a dear friend that I worked with in Public Health years ago.  She and her husband have opened a little store selling interesting household items, forgotten treasures and other things.   As we were talking her voice took on some excitement. She said "You will never guess what we found as we were looking for things to put in the store!  I found a painting that is signed E. Black.  I just knew it has to be one of yours. We didn't take a picture of it, because I can't bear to sell it."  I couldn't imagine how it ended up in some estate goods in another county.  So I had to visit the store to see it.  Thanks to Google Maps magic, I found her store which is "in the middle of nowhere."   We had a lovely visit and when she showed me this painting, she asked "Is it yours? I just knew it had to be since it is signed E Black."  
 "Yes it is" I answered. "I remember painting it but I don't remember selling it, although I am sure I did."  
It was a joy to see one of my early paintings and realize that I still think I did a nice job on it. I do remember having this at an outside art sale. A woman told me the tree reminded her of trees that she had seen in Africa. The fact is that this one came out of my imagination.  Possibly she was the one who purchased this painting. If so, I hope she enjoyed having it. 
I told me friend I would be happy to buy it back. 
She laughed and said "Oh no, I have a painting by a famous artist and I am keeping it." 
I am not really famous, but I do hope that some of my work survives and is loved long after I am gone. 


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Friday, March 22, 2024

Memories

Friday has zoomed around quickly.  So today I am sharing my own face for the Friday Face Off. 


A number of years ago, I went on a solo trip to the England.  I spent a week in London.  Much of the time was spent wandering the city and enjoying meeting people.  One day in my roaming, I came upon this plaque.  It marked the spot of 84 Charing Cross Road.  I simply had to have a photo.  Two young ladies were equally delighted to find this spot, so they used my camera and took my photo and I took theirs. 
As you can see, I had done some shopping and had a bag on my arm. 

At one point, I met this red-haired lady and had my photo taken with her. 
Don't we make a cute couple?

Finally, I will leave you with a song. 



Linking with Nicole for the Friday Face Off.





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Friday, March 15, 2024

Face Off

To be honest, I have a respiratory infection (bacterial not viral) and time got away from me.  So I went to AI for some quick faces.  Here are my results. 



I think I like the top one best, but I wish it had the black background like the last one. 

Linking with Nicole for the Friday Face Off.



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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Weaving Detour

It seems that I haven't posted any creative hand work in a while.  But on March 3rd, I ordered a frame loom with a heddle bar to try a different type of weaving. This was shipped from Belgium and arrived on March 12th. (pretty fast I think.)   
(picture borrowed from Funem Studio)


 Honestly it just sat in the box for a day.  Then I assembled the loom (fairly easy assembly) and added a warp to it.  For those of you who weave on various looms, this is probably the easiest warping I have ever done. 

Next I took the materials that I had chosen to start with and started weaving.  I must say that the shed (space where you pass the thread through to weave) is rather tight. But certainly functional.  I didn't like the stick shuttles that came with it.  So I pulled out one that I had for my rigid heddle loom.  And started using it. 

Today I have the piece woven and it is ready to be removed from the loom. 
What will I do with it?  I haven't decided, but I think it would look great
pieced with some fabric for a throw pillow cover. 

For now I am just enjoying the process of creation. 

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Friday, March 01, 2024

AI - Boys with Feathers

For the Friday Face Off, Nicole and I had talked about doing watercolor. Of course neither of us had time to actually do it. So we both chose to use AI.  The first one has a watercolor effect background that I love.  The prompt that I gave the AI creator was "boys with feathers" - which it clearly interpreted as "wings."  
For some reason, a lot of my attempts come out looking a bit like anime. 


The second one is boys with wings  in abstract(can't beat'em join'em philosophy) 
This one is darker and a bit mysterious. I like it. 

 I am linking up with Nicole at DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff. 
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