Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Paper piecing

 I have decided that I'm a bit unhinged. Why on earth would you start paper piecing a background that is complicated and curvy, when you can email Laura Kemshall and get her to print it for you?? 

Still, I have a broken toe, so sitting down with a bit of hand sewing is welcome. It's sooooo slow though and I think I might be doing this for quite a while yet.
Perhaps if you stare at the piece pinned into position at the top, you can get an effect of distance? The body is lying on a couch and that's the far end.

When I'm eventually done with it, a table and contents will be added to the foreground and the whole painted in the same manner as Life 1.

As explained in the lovely comments on the last posting, I'm not quite ready to explain this one yet, preferring you to draw your own conclusions as it builds. Hope that's ok :)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Altering the colour a bit today

The flesh colour was made with alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and white.   Today I added raw sienna and prussian blue extra (my favourite blue).  I'll stop painting now, not because it's finished; there's an awful lot to resolve;  but because I need to put in the background tones before deciding on the way forward.

If you spend a lot of time getting one part of a painting "correct", and don't put in the background at the same time, the eventual result can look unbalanced, and this often means extra work - going back over and altering what you were originally quite pleased with!!

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It's going to take me quite a while to do this next bit, so please excuse me if all is a bit quiet here whilst I get cracking! It involves mega piecing over papers.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Twelve Songs - body stitched

 A very busy few days have kept me away from stitching, but I've been able to sew the poem "Twelve Songs" by WH Auden onto the body of my model.

I've tried to make the words larger the closer they are to the viewer and more spaced out, and those further away have been made smaller and closer together. I hope this will help with the perspective. It also helps a bit if you can follow the body's curves.
I've upped the contrast settings on these two photos so you can read them if you want to!

Note to self: You need to concentrate when stitching text, and not drift off into the ether thinking of other things.  (I inadvertently wrote "Put crepe BANDAGES round the white necks of the public doves instead of crepe BOWS. Idiot that I am!!) Still, it was quite funny apart from the unpicking.

In case you don't know the poem, it is:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever; I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun'
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Apologies for the lack of postings recently; I've been diverting my time to my passion of painting and textiles combined, but will be back in a while with more travels.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Orientation Piece 3 - Looking for Japanese lettering

I'm looking for the Japanese lettering for Pine Needles. Google wasn't that helpful, so if anyone knows a reliable source I'd be very grateful!!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Oriental piece 2 finished.

 Well, I may yet come back to it to do some more painting, and I need to think of a more suitable Haiku for it, but it's finished for now!

Here's what it looked like a few days ago when I'd completed the sewing but not done any painting.

It's much harsher and lacks definition.

 Unfortunately we lost my brother-in-law in the new year, so things have been a little frantic, but I'm beginning to think of the next piece.