Saturday, September 22, 2007

Painting: First Landscape

Well, the second painting class is behind me! This was the product of it. A little 8"x10" landscape based on a photo I took at Bay of Fundy State Park in New Brunswick when I was on a road trip up the coast in college. I loved the landscape--such fabulous, rich fall colors. I always hoped I would paint it.

I haven't really painted landscapes. In highschool I did a bunch of pastel landscapes, but painting has always been based on the figure.

It was fun to do this. I wanted to do a bunch of landscape studies in this class and my goal was to finish this one in the class time and I did. That's at least progress I think.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Crochet: Pink Lace Sweater

I saw this fluffy sweater on the cover of a Moda Dea pattern booklet (Moda Dea Babies & Kids Collection 1) and ordered the kit. I thought it was so darling! A bit hard to work with, with all the holes--hard to see how it's really going to take shape, but this Dream yarn is so soft (totally artificial but silky feeling) and I love the shade of pink. I think Audrey looks darling in it.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Painting: First Painting in Years!

My sister, Christine, was also an art major in college. And she hasn't painted in years either. I just got so busy in my career and then marriage and other fun creative pursuits that didn't take the same kind of mental space. And then my daughter arrived of course. But I'm back! Well, trying to get back anyway. Christine convinced me to take a painting class through the university continuing education program. We signed up with another art major friend and thought of it as a way to commit the time and spend some time together.

It was pretty funny, the three of us trying to put paint to canvas again. It was interesting how some things seemed familiar and others were completely lost! We had to laugh a lot.

So this little 8"x10" still life is my first attempt to get back in it. We painted this set up in the studio and this represents about 2 hours of work. Not bad I think given the time and given my long absence.

I just hope I can come back to this at the end of the class and see some improvement!
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