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Another Week September 24, 2007

Filed under: Art Blog,Beading,Fabric Art — dianeo @ 7:44 pm

I finished Jacquie this weekend.  I have got to figure out how to make my pictures small enough to fit on this website.  I tried making the pixels less and tried to make the pictures smaller, but I still haven’t gotten the size to where I can put it on this website.  Anyway…I used yarn for her hair and some eyelash yarn for straps for a sundress.  I think she turned out pretty cool.  She has beads in her hair as well.  I am pretty proud of my job.

I finished one of my “Life Is A Beach” paintings.  I have to get a frame now and get it ready to take on October 3.  I did the sky, water, and beach.  I have a hand that is black, red, yellow, white, and green in the right top corner.  From that hand down onto the three areas, I have stripes and dots to show the colors that fall down into the areas.  I am pretty happy with the work.  Whether anyone else will like it is up to the judges next week.

I am going to try and work on the other painting that I started for “Life Is A Beach”.  It started out really well and then I added umbrellas.  I am not sure the umbrellas work, but I will continue to work on it and see what happens when it is finished. 

I got out my patterns that I have for a mermaid, an angel, an odd shaped doll, and a head with shoulders.  I want to try and do some beading and doll making.  I also want to work some hair onto this new doll head.  I made some larger and smaller heads.  I have to figure out how to get them into some sort of artwork.  I think my first piece to try and bead will be the mermaid.  I have some clay and molds so I could make her a face.  Or I could just stamp a face on the fabric or a piece of paper and put it on the doll.  I will just have to experiment.  I did get out the material last night and cut it.  I have a huge piece of muslin and that is my material.  I just cut the size I wanted.  I am going to paint the fabric.  I will try for a turquoise, aqua, and blue background.  Swirls.  Then I will draw the mermaid in the center and try my beading process.  I am thinking about adding a thin piece of batting to the back.  I have done that before in several other projects I did.  The batting seems to keep the material from pulling and it gives a more secure backing for the beading.  I am doing to frame this mermaid.  It will not be made into a doll or anything.  At least for my first attempt.  Maybe after this one I will try a doll. 

Well…I am fresh out of ideas now to write about.  I am going to have to get someone to help me with getting my pictures on this blog.


Friday September 21, 2007

Filed under: Art Blog,Fabric Art — dianeo @ 8:20 pm

It is the weekend.  YEAH!!  I can work on my painting more this weekend.  I started on my next “Life Is A Beach” painting last night.  I drew my hand in the corner of the painting and then I painted in the sky.  Next I will add some dots and things to the sky to be the birds of the air.  Next is the water.  I should get the water done on Saturday and then the beach on Sunday.  Thank goodness for fast drying acrylics.  Hopefully on Monday I can start on the 3rd painting idea I had.  With three possible entries, maybe one will make the exhibit.  WellI can hope.

In the past day or two, I have found so many blogging sites that I really like.  I have many different interests in the art world hense the “Abstract Mixed Art” title here.  Yesterday and today by reading one blog that I really like, I found about 10 more blogs that I added to my list of blogs to read.  I cannot believe that I have gone so long without finding out about blogs.  I mean I have heard about them, but I never really thought about wanting to have a blog or read them.  I have learned so many things from finally taking the time to look into the blogs.  An amazing world has opened up.

Okay…Jacquie…I got her other blush red cheek done.  Even though I messed up one side they look okay.  Now will come the hair.  That is going to be an ongoing process for a few days as I try to figure out how to do the hair.  This is my first attempt at hair. 

Also, one of the new blogs I read today was about beading dolls.  I have read about them in Art Doll Quarterly.  I found a site that had a free doll pattern.  I am going to try beading a doll.  I love beads and I think that would be a lot of fun.  I have read how to do the beading, but I have my own idea of how to do it in my head.  So I think that I will try a small doll at first and see if my method works.  If it doesn’t then I can pull out the beads and do it the way I have seen on the websites. 

I know from reading other blogs that I am not the only one who has tons of projects in the works.  I also know that I need to start bringing my written journal back to work with me for those moments of inspiration when I can write down my “bright” ideas and draw sketches of what I want to do.  I sure can’t draw on my blog.  : )

Well…I am gone for the day.  Hopefully I can write on Monday and I will have a lot to say about my little projects.


Ongoing work on Jacquie & Life Is A Beach September 20, 2007

Filed under: Art Blog,Fabric Art — dianeo @ 4:04 pm

I went to Michael’s yesterday and bought some brown yarn.  Now I have to decide if I want to use it with Jacquie or if I want to stick with the reddish bronze I found in my stash on Tuesday.  That would be more colorful, but some of the brown I bought has extra colors.  I also have some beads I want to add to her hair as well.  The hair on Jacquie is going to be another experiment. 

I got one cheek of blush done last night.  I kind of got off the lines for the spiral and now I have to figure out how to get off the lines on the other cheek.  I had wanted to go with a pinky coral bead, but I couldn’t find the right ones so I went with a red cheek.  Jacquie has brown toffee skin so the red really looks good. 

I also started on the beach umbrellas for my Life Is A Beach painting.  I also came up with another idea for a painting in the same Beach vein.  I won’t tell the idea yet…I will work on it.  Actually I had two ideas.  The second one might be more what they are looking for at the art show.  I will work on all three of them and hopefully finish and enter all of them into the show.  I think that this weekend is going to be a very busy one.  I will be working on all three paintings…maybe all at once.  Ha, Ha!  I have to keep those creative ideas flowing.

As for my everyday job…my big project is still going on.  I have decided that it will be something I work on after lunch each day.  At least my boss doesn’t expect the work to be done in a hurry.  I have almost a year to finish it.  Hey…it is government work.  : )

I am off to lunch now.  I will post what happens with Jacquie’s other blush spiral red cheek hopefully tomorrow. 


Busy, Busy! September 19, 2007

Filed under: Fabric Art — dianeo @ 6:26 pm

I have gotten a big project at work.  So just as I start my blog, I find that I might not get to write as often as I thought I would.  I know that some people write everyday and some people only occasionally.  I guess I am going to be occasional for quite a while. 

I have been working on my fabric art more than my regular painting the past couple of nights.  I got Trixi pretty much finished and got the top & bottom of her fabric frame done.  So, I started painting the face on my next girl’s face.  This one is named Jacquie after my friend.  Instead of a hat, she is going to have hair made of yarn all over her head.  I am thinking about doing curls, but I haven’t quite worked it all out yet.  Like I said, these are my first attempts at this type of fabric art.  All of my girls are pretty made up.  I guess I went a bit heavy on the eye paint.  : )  Anyway…tonight I will start on the hair or cheeks.  I haven’t decided which yet.  The hair will be more difficult than the cheeks.  So I guess it depends on how tired I am when I get home. 

Okay…tonight I also plan to get back to my regular artwork.  I have until October 2 to finish.  I have an idea for another painting to go along with the first one.  I will try to possibly start it tonight as well.

I am headed back to my real life work project.  Wish me luck. 


Monday Morning September 17, 2007

Filed under: Art Blog,Fabric Art — dianeo @ 3:25 pm

Well, it is Monday morning.  I had a good weekend of painting and stitching. 

I found out that the County where I live is having an art show at the Airport.  I have decided that I want to submit something for consideration.  So I started on a piece this weekend.  It is called “At The Beach”.  The pieces for this show are all suppose to be about the beach so I have done the sky with a sun and then the water with white caps.  I used a stencil brush to put in the sky and then used white acrylic for the clouds and used a rubber ended tool that I believe is used to draw in wet paint.  In this case I put the paint on the rubber and rolled it around to make the clouds.  I used a larger rubber tipped tool to make the sun and added a little gel medium to have some ridges on the sun.

I next did the water.  I used three colors of acrylic paint and gel medium.  Again I used the rubber tool to make the water.  Between each color I put a layer of varnish.  So the colors are actually not touching.  They are laying on top of each other.  I even added some whitecaps. 

Now I am on to the beach.  I put down the first layer of paint, but then it was Sunday night and I haven’t progressed from there because the real world of work is coming between me and my beach.  Ha, Ha.  I plan to add some beach umbrellas and maybe a beach ball.  I think that will make for a really nice serene picture.  All of the colors so far are sky blue, pale yellow, teal, aqua, and cerulean blue chromium.  The sand so far is a beige color that really looks like sand to me.  After I get the umbrellas on the sand, I am going to add some glitter glaze lightly to the sand.  The sand always seems to sparkle like glitter when the sun hits it, at least around here.  So a very light layer of the glaze, possibly just in a few places. 

So that will be my first submission of work.  I know that it might not be accepted and that is fine.  At least I will have tried. 

And on to Trixi…I got her blush done this weekend.  It is very light peach colored beads done in a spiral.  The beads kind of blend into the skin, but they are enough that they still show up.  I added two beads with flowers on them to her dress as well.  Cute touch if I say so myself.  I then started on her hair last night.  I am going to use DMC embroidery floss in 4 different colors for her hair.  Since I have never done this before, she is quite the experiment.  If it looks like the 4 different color flosses look too bizarre, I will go back to just two colors.  I think that all the colors will go well together though.  They are all so close in color: 433, 434, 435, and 436 in DMC. 

So that is the end of my weekend.  Now I must get on to my normal work day. 


Last Day of Work September 13, 2007

Filed under: Art Blog,Fabric Art — dianeo @ 3:17 pm

Well this is my last day of work this week.  I am off tomorrow.  I have a couple of appointments so I took the whole day off.  I will spend part of the day working on my fabric art. 

I got the streaks out of Trixi’s face last night, but didn’t get anymore work done on her.  I also got a couple of the balloons started for my other face.  I don’t know if I have explained the balloons, but they are thought balloons.  Thoughts that my girl is having.  Last night I drew balloons about makeup and reading.  I have one ready about the sun and a cloud.  I am going to do another with a dolphin and maybe a seashell.  I think that will make some cool fun thoughts.  Four should fill up my  empty space in the material.  But if not, I will come up with more thoughts.

I also worked on another small painting.  I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it.  I used a couple of shades of green and sprayed them on the canvas panel.  I sprayed each layer thickly and let it run down the canvas.  I am again thinking in an environmental theme.  Where this one might lead me I don’t know.  So far I am not sure. 

I ordered a calender from Lynne Taetzsch this morning.  I love her work, but it is a bit out of my price range.  So I bought a calendar and that way I can get 12 small pieces of her work.  Everyone should check out her work.  http://www.artbylt.com/

Well, that is about it for the day.  Not much going on with my art world other than these three projects.  I am considering doing a piece and trying to have it placed in a County art show at our airport.  I wouldn’t have much time to create it, but I think I could do it.  Having it framed would be the hard part.  I will ponder on this as well. 

Okay…until next week. 


Trixi September 12, 2007

Filed under: Fabric Art — dianeo @ 4:31 pm

I decided to name my new fabric face doll – Trixi.  I don’t know why.  I just thought that sounded like a cute pert little name.  I also decided to add a neck and shoulders for a top to her head and hat last night.  I will need to repaint her face because adding the neck left it all a little streaky.  The eyelash yarn and fabric that is forming her hat is turquoise and blue with a little purple in the yarn.  I haven’t drawn in her face yet, but I did work on the eye shape today at work.  I sound the spiral that I want to use for her cheeks.  I like to do a spiral shape for my faces.  The next thing I need to work on is nose and lips.  I like to make heart shaped lips and little noses.  Everything of course is cartoonish…no reality here.  Tonight I will go home and outline the dress for Trixi with the eyelash yarn and add the material for her dress. 

I also made the balloons for my other face doll.  The first one that I started.  I need to name her as well.  I will have to ponder on that one. 

I didn’t start on any paintings last night.  I think that I will work on finishing my fabric art projects before I start on anymore paintings.  But, if the spirit moves me, I will grab that paint and brush and create away.