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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bag Lady Christmas


This year I decided to sew up some bags for Christmas gifts. The first bag I made was from Colette patterns. I made the "Cooper" bag, in style number 2, the back pack. This was a really good pattern, well put together, and with three variations for most any need. I made the bag for Erik. The dark fabric is waxed canvas from England, which is a great material, a water resistant cotton with wax melted into it. It is contrasted with heavy cotton twill denim. 
 There are magnetic snaps to close the flap at the top.
 I lined it in cotton Bat-man fabric, since Erik is on a Bat man kick these days.
 This is a view of the back, showing the straps for wearing as a back pack.

It has brass rivets on the front flap portion.


These are some box bags I made. These are fully lined and have handles and tabs. I made them with a different fabric combination for the girls in the family, plus one with trains for my nephew to store his Tech-Dech toys.
These are great for holding knitting supplies, cosmetics, toys, etc.I like to put knitting projects in different ones for on the go readiness. The snap handle enables them to be attached to purses or other handles.
The full lining hides all the seams and makes for a neat finish to the inside.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Painting for charity raffle

This is a 9x12 oil on linen panel I painted for the Watts Atelier Xmas raffle. All the proceeds went to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The school raised over 1300.00 from the event.

Monday, December 9, 2013

New painting-another Santa


Here is a new piece just sent out to my gallery. I had done a very similar piece a couple of years back. My gallery saw it on this blog and requested I paint one for them. This piece is a bit larger at 9x12, and is a bit more colorful. I don't generally jump at a chance to repaint an older piece, but this is a pretty fun portrait opportunity.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Paintings

 Here are a couple of new pieces I just finished. The above painting is "Next to Dance." It is an 11x14 oil on linen panel. I took this shot just before the sun went down. The original background was a hazy dusky gray shade, and my husband suggested going with a fiery shade instead. She looked rather nervous about going out to dance, and I can't blame her. I am embarrassed to dance by myself!
This is a very small piece titled "Mother's Weaving." It is a 6x12 oil on linen panel She is Navajo, and that weaving she is holding is a pattern that her family uses.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New painting-Pendleton blankets"

 Here is a new piece, it is titled "Pendleton blankets." The donation and showing of blankets between tribe members is meant to place the importance on giving in the community. Pendleton blankets are highly esteemed and have been traded and given for many many decades. As a matter of fact, one blanket design is named after Chief Joseph.
This painting is oil on linen canvas measuring 24x30

Sunday, November 3, 2013

New painting- "Three years old"

Here is the last new piece I took out to Tucson. This is a very small painting titled "Three years old." It is a 12"x6" oil on linen panel. I am amazed how young dancers begin training in the Native American culture.
This shot had really nice lighting, the fingers had a glow as well as her face.
This dress is wool tradecloth-the bands of color at the lower edge as well as sleeves are part of the weave. Early trading as well as the reservation years saw a lot of this wool, and it is still produced today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New painting-"The new fan"

This piece is titled "The new fan." The character on the left is showing her new feather fan to the other girls. I wanted to paint each girl with a different reaction to the fan.
All of the characters in the original reference were wearing very plain dresses. Beadwork designs were added to them to establish a rhythm and color variation to an otherwise gold palette. The three girls grouped together were further grouped with their beadwork patterns continuing  into each other.
Originally I tried to paint this character with a Shirley Temple-esqe reaction. It proved to look too cutesy and distracting. Her body stance as if she was not going to be impressed with any new fan went better with a more subdued expression. 
 
This girl had her own fan-lets say an older plain model. I wanted her to look as if she wished she had the newer fan and felt a little embarrassed about her old plain fan.
While this girl was shy to show her reaction, her hand is starting to clutch her dress in excitement. Her feet are leaning towards the fan to get a better look at it.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Painting-Rides with eagles"

 This is another new piece. It is titled "Rides with eagles."  It is a 40x50 oil on linen canvas. The large size makes it difficult to photograph in details, but I have included some shots anyway.
The horse is a paint horse, which is a difficult coat pattern I have only painted a few times. Howard Terpning says that he "never saw a paint horse that didn't need repainting."
I am trying to better learn how to interpret the reference in front of me. The original model was younger and looked to be more of Italian descent than my idea of Native American. 
His head piece being smaller in nature allowed for too much dead space, so it was changed to a larger war bonnet. 
I gave him more of an aged appearance, hoping it would lend an air of wisdom that tends to accompany one who has earned the right to wear a war bonnet.
 



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday demo day-portrait and still life at Watts Atelier


These are my demos from yesterdays classes. The first is from the still life class. I apologize for the photo glare and quality, these were taken on the easel as the demos progressed.
The second demo of the day was for the portrait lighting class. This is cool light for the main light source and warm light for the rim accent.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Painting-"Legacy"

 Here is another new piece. It is titled "Legacy." It measures 18x24 and is oil on linen canvas

Friday, October 11, 2013

New paintings

                                        "Charging In" 9x12 oil on linen board. We just took a batch of pieces out to Tucson this week. I have some more to post, but for now here are some of the smaller images.
                                                    "Hot Pursuit" 16x12 oil on linen panel.
                                                   "War Paint" 16x20 oil on linen board

Friday, October 4, 2013

New painting-Yellow Feather

 Here is a new painting titled "Yellow Feather."  It is oil on linen panel, 16x12. I have several more pieces to post, but have been painting furiously for the last month and have not had a chance to post. 


Monday, September 16, 2013

New Regency bonnet

Here is a newly finished commission for a Regency era bonnet. This one is made from a dark gray silk taffeta outer and a deep cherry black silk taffeta inner fabric. 
This style has a round crown, and a shorter brim. It has been trimmed with antique silk velvet ribbon, pleated silk taffeta fabric, antique ostrich plumes, antique silver lace, antique button and silk lily with antique metal fabric overlay.
The brim has also been covered with French antique silk bonnet veiling in a dot pattern and handmade lace edge.
These usually covered the front of the bonnet, but we want to see each other, so I used it for the brim instead.
Here you can see the proportions being round and smaller brimmed.
The inside is pleated silk taffeta with silk ribbon ties in a mulberry shade.
This is the ribbon flower I made from silk and it is covered in antique metal tricotine fabric.