Sunday, December 23, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Here is a pair of leather moccasins I just finished. They aren't much to look at, but are appropriate for everyday dress. I am planning out a new large painting with three figures. My reference is going to be composed of multiple pieces of reference. Erik will be modeling for one of the Indians in the scene.
This means learning a new sewing skill- hand sewn leather work.
These are some leather buckskin hides. They came from an unusual seller on Etsy. He does not hunt any of the animals that are made into hides. All his animals come from roadkill and other sources of recycling so nothing goes to waste. Sewing leather by hand is slow and painful on the hands. I don't know how Native Americans accomplished such fine garments using sinew of all things.
Here are some antique moccasins I own. After seeing how wonderful the beading was on these, I decided to use them for display and reference. The use of color and pattern is quite lovely. These are beaded using the lazy stitch technique.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Antique brass rolling wheels were added to the legs. This chair is quite heavy, and they help to move it around.
The edges of the linen were topped in vintage cotton tape, with a subtle pale green coloring. The brass tacks were put over this for a cleaner edge.
Badger cat loves his new chair. An old down pillow was added over the foam cushion, making for a pretty comfy cat chair.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Here is a chair from Restoration Hardware's Deconstructed line that borrows from this stage of uphostery:
My chair will be finished on all sides, however.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Here are two new hats I was commissioned for. The first is a flat straw bonnet. My client requested a green bird and a golden/natural color palette.
This type of bonnet is more difficult to make. The straw cloth must be dyed and treated. It is more flexible than buckram. All edges have to be covered to prevent fraying of the straw. I used silk satin for this purpose.
The second hat is a Georgian style late 18th century hat. These were sometimes called flower pot hats, and were similar to mens riding hats. My client requested a blue palette for this. It is made from silk taffeta in a navy blue shade
The back is trimmed in an antique silk woven plaid ribbon from the Victorian era.
The front is finished with antique ribbons, an antique millinery plume with porcupine quills, and an antique bullion star.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Last friday Erik and I did our usual beach steps workout followed by an ocean swim. Rarely does the water get warm enough in San Diego to actually go swimming. This month it has been in the high 60's/low 70's. I barely went out in the water and immediately stepped on a sting ray. If you have ever stepped on one, you will confirm it is about the worst pain ever.
To quell the pain, you need to get your throbbing foot into really really hot water, and keep it in the hot water for a couple of hours. Flush the wound, and keep it clean. I thought everything was in the clear over the next couple of days. My foot only hurt mildly, and I went for a few short runs during the week. On friday, the week after the sting, my foot starting itching with crazy madness. I wanted to take a bbq brush to it. By Saturday morning, after a night of itching and pain, it was obvious that it was now infected. I went to the urgent care and got the nasty antibiotics and some hydro cortisone.
My foot feels like a flipper.
If you do step on one, keep your eye on it, the bacteria from the stingray stinger gets trapped in the wound and gets you later!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Here is my color comp for the next large piece. This is from the reference I shot in Montana two weeks ago. I spent a couple of days stretching the canvas and drawing in the image. It will be a 40"x60."
The comp is sized at 8" by 12."
I learned a lot from doing the comp. The original reference is very high in contrast. I tried to adjust this in the comp by adding cool highlights to the horse and to the rider.
I think it could receive even more of the sky colors to make the image more believable. Erik suggested lowering contrast in the sky area as well.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Last week I went to Montana to photograph the Crow Fair Festival. It is a large pow wow type event with over 1000 teepees. Of course, there are modern amenities as well, and the teepees really represented a link to the past. Most sites had trailers, gas stoves, etc. Each day had a pow wow dance, all-Indian rodeo, and a parade.
I tried to get some action shots of the rodeo
The sun was going down, which helped with the warm weather for the dancers:
The weather was actually quite cooperative-the preceding weeks saw temperatures in the high 90's to 100's. The first day of festivities saw a break in the temp down to the 70's.
The parade was a great opportunity for the participants to show their family's pride in terms of beadwork and costumes.