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Monday, February 24, 2014

Some manly sewing

My dads birthday was this week and I made him two things. I apologize for these quick phone shots, they are not very clear, nor as colorful as in real life. Tradition has it that I get him a really ugly shirt every year. Last year I made him a shirt without using a pattern, and it was rather ugly. This year I wanted to really do it right, so I used Colette patterns Negroni shirt. It was a great pattern. The fabric is what makes it a ridiculous shirt. I used a Japanese double gauze cotton with this busy train print in bright aqua/green.
Of course, my dad likes the print, but he likes very colorful clothing, so I should have known. I also made him a woodworking apron. I found one online and tried my best to mimic its look.
I had to guess the sizing, but it came out pretty good. I thought I would try a hand at machine embroidery, but that did not come out too well. I put my dad's name darrel on the flap pocket...he said-"well at least you spelled my name right!"
You can barely see the name on there, but maybe that is a good thing, it is pretty wonky. I had  a bit of trouble with the bias trim, it is fiddly and not perfectly sewn. The fabric is a nice heavy denim twill and I used antique bias binding from the 1910s to trim it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New paintings-last minis

 Finally, the last of the miniatures sent out earlier this month. Above is a 9x7 oil on linen panel titled "Not easily impressed." This was a tough expression....even Erik wondered why I wanted to paint her. That's what is so fun about painting kids, they can often have more natural moments captured on camera than adults. Below is an 8x10 oil on panel titled "Soft light." I sometimes go back to my previous reference for  a change of pace.

Monday, February 10, 2014

New paintings-more minis

 And...more miniature paintings. Above is "Buckskin dress" 8x10 oil on linen panel. Below is "Looking West." It is a 9x12 oil on linen panel.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New paintings-more miniatures

 The above piece is the smallest of the bunch, it is a 6x8 oil on linen panel titled "Cherub."
 The piece below is a 6x12 oil on linen panel titled "The Tall Thin One." That was Erik's title. He was asking what we were going to title the tall thin one, and that became the name.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New paintings-

 Two more small paintings. Above is "Competition" Oil on linen panel, it is an 8x16." The one below is titled
"Silver Braids." It is also oil on linen panel, 9x12.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Paintings-

 I have been M.I.A. lately due to a painting frenzy. I am sending off 10 new pieces this week to my gallery. They are all smaller sizes, which are perfect for doing a variety of themes. Here are two tractor pieces. The one above is titled "Red and Ready." The one below is "Rusting in Peace." They are both 8x10 oil on linen panel.