Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mid July Drawings

I really haven't been doing a lot of drawing, but I did spend a couple of days doing some rabbit sketches and drawings from Photo's I downloaded off of the Internet.

Above is just one of several pages of sketches I did, the guy with the long ears is a Jack Rabbit, and they really do have those long ears, makes them a bit funny looking doesn't it. Then I did this pair of rabbits, probably nest mates and fairly young. I can recall friends finding rabbit nests and trying to raise the young rabbits when I was young, mostly it didn't work and they died, but they were sure cute.

Last rabbit drawing is an English bunny, looks like a stuffed rabbit doesn't it, but truly the photo I was working from was of a real live bunny, very cute, as long as it isn't eating your garden of course.

Last image for you is my finished Seagulls drawing. I used pen and ink for this, well pigma technical pens which I love to work with. I use the .005 mm size for these drawings as it gives me a finer line for shading. I was working with both black and blue pens, so the blue water is pen not brush. This drawing is a combination of a couple of photos I took last winter of seagulls gathering in a local park. Not so many of them around there right now though I think most of these were still fairly young gulls, a couple still had some brown feathers on the head. I am sure there is now better feeding elsewhere which is why they have temporarily moved out. They will be back with the cold weather I am sure.

I need to get back to my Nature book studies. I am supposed to be doing an exercise with round objects. For that I picked up some peppers at the supermarket this weekend. Now I just need to sit down and do some studies. Peppers do come in wonderful colors, sometimes I wish I was painting since the colors are so lively. I may do something with color pencil instead we will see.

Hope everyone is having a good summer. Per usual comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

FFFC Challenge #34

Chair With a View

No update last week, sorry about that, I have been in a bit of a mental fog and haven't gotten a lot accomplished. I finally pushed myself to finish this June's challenge quilt, image above. I am calling this little one Chair with a View. It is smaller then the last couple of challenge quilts I have finished only 9.5 x 13 inches. The challenge was to use a color triad, I choose the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, though my blue looks very grayed in this photo it is really a brighter blue in person. The design element to be included was texture, so I decided that buttons would be my texture element for this small quilt. I went out to a local (well semi local, I don't have a store that is closer then about 20 miles) Joanns to purchase the buttons since I didn't have the right colors in my button hoard. I was lucky to find most of the ones I needed at a discount so didn't have to spend too much money, buttons in case you haven't looked have gotten a bit pricey, esp when you need a lot of them. I picked buttons in the 3 colors I was using in various sizes. I used machine applique to sew down the fabric design elements, then sewed on the buttons. No particular plan except to try and balance the sizes and colors. I used pearl cotton to attach the buttons with so they should be attached for life. Then I machine quilted the chair, walls and floor. Actually though it took way to long to finish I rather like it. It was a bit of a change from my usual, though the chair is a structure so it does fit with my theme of structures that I am doing for these challenges.

Per usual comments are welcome. Hopefully I will be back on track with another blog update next week. Probably drawings, at least I hope so since I have been slacking off and need to get back to them.