Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Drawing out Life 8

Life 8 is called On The Shelf.  It's proving difficult to draw properly because, and this is hard to believe I know, I've not seen anyone lie naked on a shelf before.

I've upped the contrast so you can see the pencil outlines.  There's loads of rubbings out but I think you can get the gist.  The first photo shows the model on the shelf and her legs disappearing off the right hand side. I may have to make this shelf wider to support the elbow a bit more - it's sort of hanging there at the moment.  Needless to say there is a quilt underneath her too.

Above her to the left is another shelf with a pair of legs emerging.

Below her is a table top which will have all sorts of things on it including the skull of Richard III - maybe the odd Chinese artefact - I shall be searching for some kind of sword and an old pot, I think. I want to put a clock on it too.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Life 7 and Life 8 begin

I think I may be losing the plot a bit!!  As I couldn't decide which quilt to do next, I've made a start on both of them.

This is of course madness given the size of my studio (wall space not floor space is in short supply and I only have one easel) but I thought I'd keep both going for now and see how I get on.

Life 7 - Motherland - snippets of the start.

Life 8- On The Shelf, is still at the drawing and cursing stage.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Life 6 - Still Life (With Orange).

The Story:  Imagine a warm day in summer; you've done your chores and the house is clean and tidy. You decided to go out and do some shopping and see some friends for a coffee and chat.  You've rushed around and had a fabulous time. You're back at home and are having a quiet 5 minutes. The washing is on and the dinner is in the oven.  You're thinking about the things that happened and the laughs you've had; the sun is shining in through the window and you feel warm and contented.  Your eyes begin to droop and you smile gently.

The words on the quilt are a poem by Wendy Cope:

The Orange
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange —
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled and shared it with Robert and Dave —
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Life 6 nearly finished. Process photos.

 Well, I have the face and cloth to finish, but won't show it again before then, so thought you might like to see some process piccies - before and afters!


Left: with applique
Below: with stitch
Below that: with paint

Right: applique and stitch
Below: Paint
Below that: final coat of paint

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Life 7 - Motherland

As Life 6 has only to be painted (only?) I've been turning my attention to Life 7

Readers of this blog and the FB page are probably aware that there are at least another 3 quilts in the pipeline, and I wasn't sure which to do next, so have been cogitating.

It's funny how things happen, but they just do.  Someone very kind sends you an old map; you have a sleepless night, (I have bouts of insomnia);  you're thinking about your Granddaughter; and before you know it Life 7 is born. It's got nothing to do with the other planned quilts and is completely new, but it is, over the period of a few hours, almost complete in my head.

I like to mull over things before plunging straight in, but this one feels right from the start.  So, watch this space!  I hope you'll like it :) I only need patience.