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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Painting-Bissful Day

This new painting went out to the gallery today. It is an 18x24 oil on linen canvas titled "Blissful Day." The little girl is from the Montana photo shoot. The background was a shot that my dad took in Jackson Hole. I added quill work to her buckskin dress. There was a lot of buckskin and it needed something to break up the expanse of gold.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Santa painting...

I have officially sold my soul to the devil. This painting just went out to my gallery today. It is an 8x16 oil on linen panel. I never saw myself painting such a saccharin subject, but once I got started it was hard to stop...I wanted to put in a plate of cookies and stockings, but ran out of room.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Painting-First Born

This piece went out to the gallery yesterday. It is a 20x30 oil on linen canvas. This is the second painting from the Montana trip in September. I used a background from Jackson Hole instead of the one from Montana. The Montana background was really green, and it seemed to clash a bit with the buckskin. My Dad and I pulled over to get a picture of the rock, as it had a few aspens that were starting to change color.
She is holding a plains/Sioux style beaded cradle. They were fastened to the back with cords like a backpack.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New painting-annual Santa painting

 It's that time of the year again! I like to paint a Santa Claus piece every year, and this is a 9x12 oil on linen panel.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

new painting-"Francis"

Here is a new piece I just sent out. The title is "Francis." This is the name of the little girl that was in the photo shoot out in Montana  last month.  It is a 9x12 oil on linen panel.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby born today-but it's not mine!

 Congratulations to my sister and brother-in-law. We welcome baby Ryker O'Dell Chandler into the world. He is a very healthy 7 pound 5 ounce boy with a good set of lungs on him.
I am now the proud aunt of two great boys and am excited to see them grow up.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Painting-Bear Baby

Here is a final finish to a piece I started for the Watts Atelier Friday Night Live painting demo. This was given to my new nephew-to-be for his nursery. It is a 9x12 oil on linen canvas.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Trip to Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho

 A couple of weeks ago my dad and I took a trip to Montana, Jackson Hole, and Idaho.  I scheduled a big photo shoot with a Native American coordinator. Although this shoot was planned for months and months, we did not foresee the weather being a factor in its fruition. The shoot was originally planned in take place near Jackson Hole Wyoming. I booked the flights and lodging and prepared for all the other things. The location was changed to Montana a few months after the booking. Of course, the flights and lodging were non refundable! I told my Dad we would need to drive to Mo for the shoot, which is about an 8 hour one way trip. I paid to change our flight to land in Montana and fly out of Wyoming, thinking that would save one 8 hour trip. We would fly in, get a hotel for one night and then drive out to Wyoming after the photo shoot. The first issue was getting a rental car, as the airport in Montana was sold out and they sent us to another location in town. It was starting to rain on the day of our arrival and the prospects of a photo shoot the following day were not good. The coordinator got in touch to re-schedule the shoot for three days later. We knew we would have to drive to Wyoming, stay in our lodge for a couple of nights, then drive to Montana for the photos, and back to Wyoming to get our flight home. The second issue was the rental car. Enterprise would not allow us to rent a car as we had only credit cards that are linked to bank accounts. Erik and I gave up our revolving credit cards years ago in a pledge to live debt free. My Dad follows that plan as well, so we were unable to get a car. To their credit, they tried all around town to get us a rental, and there were only two places with rentals for debit/credit cards-Rent a Wreck, and Avis.Avis was sold out for two days. Off to Rent a Wreck. The man at the counter got off the phone and told me he had rented the last car "just now." Well damn! We were starting to panic. I saw he had Uhauls in the yard, and asked if we could get a van. So, we rented a van, drove to Wyoming, and back to Montana it this:
It was terribly loud, uncomfortable, and huge, but it had wheels and an engine. 
The drive to and fro passes one through not only Yellowstone, but the Grand Tetons National Park.
Sunset through the Tetons was quite lovely

By day they have a majestic purple glow. We caught a lot of snow flurries on the drives

It was eerily gray and quiet, except for the loud popping sound of the rocks that got caught in the van tires.
The day after the storm was sunny, and had blue skies.
This was one of the first times my Dad used a digital camera, and he took a lot of great photos. Our legs and knees hurt quite a bit after the shoot, from squatting and maneuvering around.
After the shoot, we drove BACK to Wyoming (third time making the drive at 8 hours a pop!) Just to add to the drive, we went to Idaho, which is on the border. My Dad shot some aspens out there:
The photo shoot went well, quite worth the driving and expense of a remote photo shoot. Here, the coordinator puts the moccasin back on the little girl. It was a glorious day of sunny weather.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New paintings-finally!

 Here are a couple of new pieces, things have been really busy, but paintings are in the making right now. Above is a 9x12 oil on panel titled "Golden Beadwork"
This is an 18x24 oil on canvas titled "Coral Scarf." It is a larger version of a head painting piece done earlier in the year. I changed her scarf in this one to a coral red shade, and made the background a green tone.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zorn palette and extended palette

I like to use a modified Zorn palette, which is generally the Zorn colors plus one or two additions. The Zorn palette does not have any truly transparent colors, so that is what is usually chosen. Above is:
Titanium white
yellow ochre
cadmium red medium
transparent maroon-winsor newton color
blue black.
The first order of business is to mix up a pile of "green" and "blue" using black, white and yellow. This opens up the Zorn palette and helps one to see the range of possibilities.
The reference is sketched with a mechanical pencil...for me it is less messy than a paint sketch and I can erase more easily.

(These shots were taken on the easel, and they have glare!) Darks are laid in with black and maroon, and a bit of red, plus the bluest blues and greenest greens are put in the background as a starting point.
The basic flesh tones are laid in using the full palette and the whole canvas is covered.
Highlights are put in with pale shades of blue,green and purple tones. These are super colorful, but help to give the warm undertones balance and show effect of outdoor lighting on the subject.
By contrast, the above is a general palette I use for everyday painting. From left to right:
titanium white
radiant violet-Gamblin
ivory white-Holbein
yellow ochre
cad yellow light
coral red-Holbein
transparent red oxide-M. Graham
cad red medium
permanent rose
transparent maroon-winsor newton-or Lefranc's Transparent red ochre (same pigment)
radiant magenta-Gamblin
compose green-Holbein
sap green
olive green
cobalt blue
royal blue-Lefranc
radiant blue- Gamblin
ivory black
monochrome warm-Holbein

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Website address

I have been rather M.I.A. lately, but I am back and ready to get some posts going again. We decided to change my website name from meadowpaint to meadowgist.
So, my new website is
I will have some more paintings on there shortly.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Father's Day shirt-Nani iro fabric and Collete Negroni pattern

I thought I really outdid myself on the crazy shirt fabric this time. Of course, my  Dad loved the fabric. I think it looks like popcorn falling on grass. It is another double gauze from Nani Iro. The fashion police ( my mom) were not convinced that this shirt could be worn out of the house.
The fabric is a sort of border print motif, the pattern is more flowery on the sides and greener in the middle.
I did my best to coordinate the pockets to somewhat match the pattern. The buttons are vintage.
We all decided that rolled up sleeves  were a  better look. My Dad later put on dark jeans with the shirt and he did have a bit of a hipster vibe going on.
This is the same shirt pattern as before for his train shirt, but I tried the long sleeve version this time. Colette pattern Negroni.

Monday, June 9, 2014

My first bra-VeraVenus pattern 1940s style brassier

Did you think I was going to show you a picture of my first bra? It was a wonder woman bra with a big W on it and patriotic colors. I really did not have any use for it, but that did not stop me from wearing it and hoping for something to happen. 
I am showing you my first finished sewing attempt at making a bra. This pattern is from VeraVenus, for an early 1940s brassiere. It is a great way to get a correct look for vintage clothing, as well as use up small bits of lovely lace and fabric.  I used a heavy antique silk satin, antique lace, and vintage bra straps.
One does not need very much lace for a project like this, and this old 1930s alencon was a very good color match as well as historical match. Using a glue stick for sewing is a lifesaver. Instead of pinning fiddly bits, you can use the glue stick around the edges and mate two things together. It washes out and dries clear.
I was drawn to the bust supports in this pattern. The pattern called for more rows, but I messed that up, and had to go with this number. These parallel lines add some extra support under the bosom. The use of underwire was not seen very often during this time period. The 1950s saw a great use of it, and the birth of the bullet bra and cathedral bra began.
The two cups are sewn and assembled before joining together. I did not do the greatest job of sewing my lines on the bust supports, but I did try.
The inside is lined in cotton net...perhaps good for structure, but a bit scratchy.  If I make this again, I will use silk or something to line it. Here you can see the vintage bra straps, as well as a reproduction back closure. I don't like this back closure, it is difficult to fasten, and will use something else next time.
I think the finished product really has that old style look, and I am pretty happy with this first attempt. The pattern maker has a lot of good information on her VeraVenus site. She is going to come out with a bullet bra as a future pattern, and that is something not to miss.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nani Iro double gauze fabrics...two Washi dresses

Two quick sewing projects. My favorite cotton fabric right now is Japanese double gauze. It is two thin layers of fabric that are lightly tacked together, creating a lofty, soft, and airy material. Some companies make patterns that are different on each side. This is a single patterned fabric from Nani Iro. Her designs are happy and colorful. These dresses are sewn from the indie pattern company made-by-rae. It is called a Washi dress.
 These photos are terribly rushed. The dresses are much better on a live model, but I wanted to get the aqua one mailed off to my sister.
The darker blue one is for myself, and it is so easy to wear that I may have to make another.
At first I was hesitant to sew a dress that required shirring:
After watching The Great British Sewing Bee, I decided to give it a try. They showed the participants making a 1930s shirt that used shirring, and the effect was lovely. You wind elastic thread around the bobbin by hand, and use that in place of regular thread. Your upper thread is regular thread.
Here is the back showing the elastic thread, I used red, but it comes in many colors. It was much easier than I had thought, and now I am thinking of all the ways to use it for custom fit in a dress.
Once the first row is sewn, the rest of the rows start to shrink in, and a blast of steam from the iron further sets the puckering effect.
The facings are hand tacked so they lay flat. That was perhaps the only difficult area to manage in the pattern, the opening wanted to ruffle a bit.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Oil Painters of America Show

This piece "Pendleton Blankets" was juried into the the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. If you happen to be in Vermont next week, go check it out! Otherwise, you can see info about it on the website