Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Using time wisely

I haven't really felt like posting over the past week.  Sometime life just needs quiet times alone to work through things. 


I lost a friend last week from cancer.  She was only 24 years old.  She has a beautiful wee girl who is 2 and a devoted husband.  She showed me grace and dignity in life and death and proved to me age is not a barrier to maturity.  I will really miss her sweet smile, infectious laugh and peaceful spirit.

 When she passed away my priorities seemed to change overnight. I had a paradigm shift.  

What is a Paradigm?  It is when You see something differently after new information 
is given to you either through an experience or through verbal discussion.  

I started thinking about how we would cope as a family and what I would do with my time if I or my husband only had a short time to live.  How would things change in my home and in my life?  How would I feel about my use of time?  

What would you do differently?  
What would you do the same?
Who would you spend time with?
How would you spend that time?


What really is important?

  • Time with family.  They grow so fast and people's lives are fragile and you just don't know when they will go.
  • Putting people first. 
  • Using time to make wonderful memories
  • Viewing time as a precious and wonderful blessing
  • Helping and serving others.  Isn't that what we are all here for?
  • Sharing ourselves
  • Being creative
  • Loving and caring for people
  • Gaining and applying knowledge
Remember it is the small and simple things that make a difference.  The small things is what life is made up of not big things.  The simple everyday I love you,  hugs,  smiles,  a chat with a loved one, a game of monopoly,   snuggling on the sofa with your grand-kids or children and a book,  a walk in the rain or painting in the studio. 

Have a beautiful day with your loved ones 
making precious and simple memories.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Turning ideas into an artquilt series

One thing I learnt this week is when you have something planned the best way to get out of it is to sneeze and to badly put your back out.  I didn't even know this could be possible until it happened to me yesterday.  It was so bad that I have been on 2 lots of pain killers for the past 24 hours.  This is amazing for someone who very rarely takes pain killers.  Life has interesting and unexpected twists and turns that can lead down 'exciting paths'.  Yesterday I had planned to painted and make collage all day.  I ended up snuggled in front of the fire keeping still with my drawing book researching a series of work I am beginning to work on.  Although my day didn't turn out as planned and was a wee bit uncomfortable it was so nice just to rest and draw and collect ideas.  
(sorry about the quality of  some of the photos but I am still pretty sore and I can only manage limited time at the computer and behind my camera.)

How to collect ideas for  new work?

So you are planning a new group of art quilts.  Where do you start?  How do you get ideas together?  What drawings could be useful?

I start by collecting different sketches,  photos and other peoples art work.  It gives me a reference point to start from and inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.

Next I get out a pen and a sketchbook or my I pod sketch app and begin to work ideas out by drawing and redrawing things I have seen or ideas that are in my head.

These are some of the ideas that I have been collecting.



Draw simple outlines of photos or ideas in your head.


Sketch an idea and colour in with pencils or water colours.




Try making different compositions of your subject 


Sketch simple shapes 


Sketch and colour in simple shapes

Repeat ideas again and again reworking those ideas 
in different ways.



Use a I pod and draw with a simple sketch programme.  Use only one colour.

Sketch in an I pod and fill in with air brush using different colours.




Try sketching only silhouettes 



Make a collage of an idea you like

The next thing to do is to start to go though your ideas and to find the ideas you would like to work more with more and to try to keep reworking them until you are happy with the composition.


  

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Quilts in the news


It is great to see quilts getting recognition in the news and on-line. Here are a few that caught my eye.

Although there are only 5 quilts on-line from this challenge "lest we forget" ( which was open to all New Zealanders and Australians) They are worth a look at.  
                                                                       anzac quilts


My entry "Remember"


Here is a link for the  True Blue challenge being held in
Melbourne,  Australia and the Australian quilting convention.There are some beautiful art quilts in the competition.  


A quilting company in USA has won small business of the year.  A huge achievement and great to see quilting getting good recognition in the business world. To read the article press the link below.

The quilt museum has beautiful quilts on display.  Although not all the quilts are on-line there are many photos on there web page. 


Nelson is host to  a national textile show. This link below take you to the new press release of the show.  If you are in the Nelson area it would be a great exhibition to visit.  Closes 6th June 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My baby girl graduated!!

We've been a way for a few days in Palmerston North New Zealand,  to our daughters Graduation from her Bachelor of Agriscience (hort)  degree.  It has been absolutely wonderful to see her being presented with a degree and to celebrate her achievement.  We are so super proud of her.   I don't know where the time has gone.  She has grown up into an absolute stunning woman on the inside and out.  

I was thrilled with how the photos turned out.  especially the first one as we were in the circle of the Regent which was 'miles' away from the stage,  It also rained very heavily so all my sitting down portraits could't be done.  We were just lucky to have 2 1/2 hour slots in the weather to get some photos taken outside.










Saturday, 9 May 2015

A new art quilt: Sunbathing

Sunbathing

Tuatara's are an endangered lizard from New Zealand.  They are so beautiful.  I got a chance to touch one a few years ago and I was so surprised to find they weren't pointy and prickly but felt like a uncooked chicken.  They were soft!!!  


Sunbathing
33cm x 33cm (13" x 13")
Whole cloth quilt,  painted and quilted.





Thursday, 7 May 2015

Photography this week: Cello

Cello

The cello is not only a beautiful sounding instrument but beautiful to look at.  The shape is elegant and refined.  













Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sketchbook tutorial: Adding texture



How to use paper to add texture and 
interest to a sketchbook page


  I have always been fascinated by the look and feel of texture. I was one of those kids who couldn't stop touching different surfaces (actually I still find it hard as an adult not to touch.  I have just got a little more discreet)  I particularly love fur and leather.  

This sketchbook tutorial today is how I create that leathery feel.



Finished Sketchbook page :Unfurling browns and golds

Equipment

  • An old book or junk mail or paper
  • Scraps of paper in the colour of your choice
  • Paint. At least 3 colours 
  • One metallic paint
  • White glue
  • Paper towel
  • A selection of stamps and stencils.  
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil paintbrush
  • Gold pen
Method




1.  Smear Watered down glue over the whole page.  (half water half glue)  You could use a brush or your hands.  The book That is being used in this tutorial is an old seed catalogue.



2.  Tear up small strips of paper and stick to the glue. Layer the paper over each other so none of the the back page is visible.  It is good to create as much texture as possible with the paper.  Put a layer of glue over the top to keep the paper flat.




3.  Let the glue dry.  Then smear paint over the whole surface.  Use 3 colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel.  This page has red brown,  mid brown and chocolate brown on it.  Take a paper towel and wipe a little paint in selected areas to see more of the papers underneath.  Press a stamp into the wet paint to create more texture.



4.  Let the page dry.  Then choose a stencil that you like.  Stencil it randomly over the page in the metallic paint.  Rub a little metallic paint on your finger and smear that over selected areas of the page.




5.Chose a stamp and sequin waste (or something similar)  Stamp over the page in your metallic paint.  Then put some brown paint on your finger tips and smear randomly over the page. 




6.  Choose another stencil and print over the surface.  In this example a maple leaf stencil was chosen.  You may like to use 2-3 colours in each leaf to add more texture and interest.



7.  Chose a large stencil as a focal point. Using a mixture of gold and red brown paint stencil it over the top of the page.  



8.  Finally add details with a gold pen.  

Try to Experiment 
  • With different colour ways  
  • Different stencils 
  • Other papers 
  • Working in fabric
  • Different paintbrushes
  • On different book surfaces




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