Wednesday 30 December 2009

Happy New Year!

The year is almost comming to an end and what an amazing year it has been. I am looking forward to 2010 with passion and excitement. I have been into my studio for very brief moments over the season but I have been shopping taking advantage of the sales, so no work has been done BUT Selena my nine year old has been busy painting in the middle of the living room (an activity only allowed at Christmas when all rules go out the window). She has done two paintings on canvas and this one is her own design. I look forward eagerly to sharing more ideas and finished work in the new year.

Monday 21 December 2009

Winter wonderland

I have been away from creating far too long now. It has been quite busy for the last few weeks, the end of term, Christmas parties and baking Christmas puddings.

Thank you Gina for mentioning me in your blog, it was really nice of you to do that. I look forward to one of our get togethers soon.

I have not been able to do any of my creative work and I am not even ready for Christmas but I have a photo showing how beautiful it was on my road this week. The snow really does change dramatically how a place looks, this could be inspiration for more work. I am having withdrawal symtoms as I am not able to get any work done, I guess this always happens at this time of the year.

Friday 4 December 2009

Changes in the creative process of the Painted Man

Working on this piece of work has been very slow. I am finding that the changes made to my original drawing have at times left me feeling as though there are two or more pieces comming from it. My children (Mel and Lena) thought that the chin on the original protruded too much, so I changed it. This meant that the facial features have also changed. He has evolved into another man.

My creation of the Painted Man has been achieved with the help of some machine felting and free machine embroidery on the hair/headress. I have added additional pieces of printed metallic fabric to emphasise the shapes formed between the lines. The white painted lines have been enhanced with a line of white stitching. I have cut the image from it's original background of white fabric and placed it on the background fabric I am intending to use.