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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Paying It Forward

I found out about it here, and Wanda found out about it there. It's paying it forward, doing a little something to say thank you, and gifting it to have it snowball.
To play, be one of the first three people to respond to this post, and I'll send you a hand-made gift. In so doing, you also agree to pay it forward, and send out three hand-made gifts, too. Okay?
Who wants to play?

Here's what Wanda sent me:
a postcard and a package.........wonder what's inside

 a lovely little traveling tin decorated with Wanda's beautiful tatting. Isn't it pretty?.........hm, there's something inside that tin...........
a pretty, decorated shuttle, needle threader, sewing needles, and a ball of tatting thread!
I love it all, Wanda! Thank you!

Hmmm, this is the second tatting shuttle I've received as a gift. Maybe somebody's trying to tell me something?

Hope you're having a creative day.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Inspiration Sunday November 27, 2011

Hello. Sorry I missed last Sunday: my satellite connection died a week ago Friday so I was without the internet and a phone for a week. So, you might think that would mean I got a lot done,  right?  Ummm, no.
It seems I also have a sinus infection, so I wasn't feeling up to much, I'm afraid. The meds gave me some unwanted side effects, so now I wait until Monday to call the dr. for another prescription. I'm sure I'll be feeling fine before long.
In the meantime, I did start my painting.
The Challenge:
card 1:-  choose your favorite color, and create a painting using different hues and values of the color. Use also the color you like least.
card 2:- paint glass arranged in an interesting way.
I first thought of broken glass, wondering how it might reflect the light and color. Then I thought of crystal and how the cuts in the glass fractured the light. I played around with several crystal containers, but finally chose the following:
The inspiration:
The decanter lid, turned upside down onto an old painting creates interesting color fractures

Once I blew up the photo and intensified the light, I could see more defined areas within the glass.
I wanted to capture the variations, so, although I used my favorite Antwerp Blue, and my least favorite Naples Yellow Red, in attempting to recreate the colors in the photo, I would have to deviate somewhat from card 1.
Since the correct angles would be crucial for a realistic representation, I traced the shape of the decanter lid, rubbed the reverse with a 2B pencil, then 'drew' it onto my watercolor paper.
Although I do want to paint a representation of the glass, and the color reflections, I am not concerned with photo-realism, so I didn't trace the areas of reflection.

I began laying in different washes of color

adding some background

This represents approximately four hours of painting. I hope to return to this over the next week and have a completed painting by next Sunday

My Christmas cactus has been blooming.

a shot of Turtle Island on a cold November morning.
the mist is barely visible, but I love all the different colors in the rocks and the reflections

It's grey and raining here today, but I hope you have a little sunshine in your day.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Surprises and Stitching on Sunday

I found a delightful surprise in the mailbox this week from Shirley in Australia. Look what she sent me:

A lovely card congratulating us on the birth of our first grandchild, a beautiful granndaughter

Did I tell you? DD gave birth to a beautiful, healthy girl mid-October. I'm a Grandmother! DD and family live half-way around the world in Australia.  sigh.

a wrapped Christmas gift to put under our tree
no peeking!
and my first Baby Brag Book! I'm waiting for pictures so I can fill the pages

Thank you so much Shirley for being so thoughtful!

So, I've been making a few cards for Babies:

This one is on its way to England, for a baby boy who will arrive in December

I painted the background, embroidered, stamped, stitched, and tatted

and tucked this tatted heart inside

This one is traveling to Australia to welcome Jewel into our family.

I found this copy of Workbasket in the local second-hand shop.
It 's from April 1954, and has an unusual tatted doily pattern. I'm testing it.

I also came across this booklet which has several tatting patterns I'm looking forward to trying.

The week has been grey and overcast, so I was unable to take pictures for my glass subject for Sunday Inspirations. The sun finally showed itself yesterday.

 It began to softly glow on turtle island

 crept further onto the shore

 then set the bay ablaze!

 what a glorious sight.

 I then snapped a few unusual glass shots. I'll be working on the painting during the coming week.
What projects will you be doing?
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day  November 11, 2011:   11/11/11

On the 11th Hour, Of the 11th Day, Of the 11th Month......

In Remembrance and with Gratitude.  For those who have served, those serving now, and those yet called to serve. Bless you and Thank you.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Inspiration Sunday November 6, 2011

Happy November!
It's not quite as cold this morning at -2C. And the sun is shining. Hope you're having sunshine, too.

The Challenge:-
card 1:-coat your paper with gesso and allow to dry thoroughly. Apply a second coat, creating texture effects. Dry, then choose a color scheme, and subject
card 2:- paint an analogous color scheme using the colors between and including red and yellow. Add a complement to one of the colors as a surprise.

This seemed a little too much like last week's challenge once I began.



textures into the gesso and printing

 1st layer of colors

the gesso dulled and lightened the colors, and I discovered that each new layer of paint I brushed onto the gesso, removed some of the paint underneath


adding the complement to the red: green

I added sprays of the paint colors to deepen the shades and to encourage color blending

I shall wait until this has thoroughly dried, and then I may add some inks to define areas and edges. Right now I'm feeling rather ho-hum about this painting.

 So, heres a pic of a card I sent out in the mail last week. I added tatted flowers to the plants in front. but forgot to take a pic of the finished card. Argh

 The Next Challenge:-
card 1:-  choose your favorite color, and create a painting using different hues and values of the color. Use also the color you like least.
card 2:- paint glass arranged in an interesting way.

a shot of the lake this morning

the water looks grey and cold

Hope you're having a nice Sunday!

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz