Saturday, January 25, 2014

finishing up...and something new...

I did finish the paper work I showed you last week with the manipulated Amaryllis image. It started out with this first one. I didn't like some of the areas I did in watercolor so I cut them away and filled those areas with cloth.

---click on the images for a much better view---

manipulated Amaryllis image, watercolor, colorpoint paint, fabric
 I printed another image, used some paint and then did some free motion embroidery with some hand stitching. Those 5 pieces in the bottom right hand corner are the watercolored pieces cut away from the image above.

manipulated image, watercolors, colorpoint paint, fme, hand stitching
Here is another image I played with in PE....this one is more like a sketch and when I turned it around and added some pencil marks....it looks to be a dancing goat to me. You might see a horse or a deer or...

amaryllis image manipulated in PE

my dancing goat

The Amaryllis bulbs are on their second round of producing flowers so there may be more playing when those bloom.

Amaryllis will bloom again
I have never had any formal training in Art or Art History so when I read about this class on Facebook, I just couldn't pass it up. We studied Matisse the first week and now we are studying Gaudi. I am so happy to have found this class. I have already learned so much and have really gotten into doing the exercises demonstrated. Check it out at this link. If it interests you, you can still sign up and I believe the class will be available online for 2 years so there is no rush to keep up. You can work at your own pace. There are 9 teachers...a different one each week and each presents a different artist. It is so worth the cost. The name of the class is STUDYING WITH THE MASTERS and you can read all about it here.

some of my art supplies and a book recommended by Jeanne Oliver

in the style of Matisse / a new journal started

collecting patterns in a journal

I've been continuing to work on my daily stitching project and the blocks are adding up.

just a bit of my own embroidery in each already embellished block

an appliqued bird block for the center surrounded by vintage cloth

A very full week. Went a bit backwards with the Downton Abbey coat this week. I found a mistake at the armhole so I had to back out 7" but I'm almost back to the top again.

We had a freeze this week with some very icy streets that looked like snow but created havoc on the roads with lots of accidents despite the fact that all the schools and some businesses closed for the day....but we're back to normal and expect tomorrow to be in the 70s. I just love the variety.

Hope you're all safe and are having a wonderful weekend.

17 comments:

Jeannie said...

Deanna, your Amaryllis is gorgeous!!! I love how you combined paper and cloth. The class sounds so interesting. I also lack in formal training, but love to learn about artists. I'll check it out. Have you checked to see if you can grow Amaryllis outside? I know some in the south east do. 5 of the bulbs I kept from years past are going to bloom and I am so excited to finally have them do so. Wishing you a wonderful week and fun in your classes.

karen said...

your Amaryllis studies are fascinating, all very different, each one with special appeal. The art class sounds really interesting and I am not surprised at your enthusiasm. I know you will get a lot from it because you have a unique ability to delve, to enquire....

Nancy said...

Love the Amaryllis work! So unique ...interesting...beautiful. The goat dance looks like a cave painting from Spain or France!

Carmel said...

Your volume of amazing work for the week is staggering. Like what you are doing with the paper and cloth manipulation. Your stitching project looks so intricate. Thanks for the tip on that online course ...I just going to pop over and check it out.

Jillayne said...

Deanna, that first picture is wonderful! You have really enhanced the image with your work - amazing...
I liked seeing your Matisse-inspired journal as well. I have looked at that class several times. It looks like it would be very interesting and diverse - time, time time...
I will enjoy seeing all you share though, and wish you many happy hours with brush and pencil.

margaret said...

what a beauty you have created, can see the class has really brought out your talent with the brush.Like a previous comment the goat dance reminded me of cave paintings

Jane Galley said...

I love the goat you've drawn, great fun. Enjoy your new course, I am sure you'll be putting it all to good use

Jacky said...

I love what you've done in the Matisse workshop Deanna….such a multi-talented lady!!!
Looking forward to seeing what you do for our Antoni Gaudi week.
It's lots of fun this workshop, and lovely to be doing it with some online friends.

Jacky xox

Rachel said...

So many interesting experiments - where next, I wonder?

Mosaic Magpie said...

Your dancing goat, looks like a smiling pig to me...What ever it is the technique is interesting and I love what you did with the flower photos...adding the fabrics and paints...you have a head full of ideas and love seeing them all.

Deb G said...

I love what you are doing! I signed up for an art class this year too...I'm pushing myself new places this year. :)

Mo Crow said...

wow love the first image Deanna and your ever enquiring mind pushing ideas further!

Peggy said...

I love seeing what this class brings out in you -- I don't have the words to say it more eloquently right now, but I'm very grateful for the peek into your art-making process, in all its different forms.

Anita said...

Your amaryllis experiments and interpretations are very fascinating.Love the appliqué bird.
Thanks for the link and info about the art class,will go check it out later.

neki desu said...

love the image with the hand stitching.
the exercises look like a lot of fun

Nat Palaskas said...

Your artist work both on paper and PE are both inspiring! The daily stitching is coming along beautifully too. I will pick up my Simplicity of the little things project soon. I might take some to work on my trip.
You have freezing weather while we are getting into warmer weather again the whole of this week.
Keep warm and safe - Hugs Nat

Anneliese said...

I love your amarylis creations very much. They look wonderful, very interesting. It is wonderful that you love your class. It sounds really good. Thanks for the link.

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