Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 292 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Two

Today I hosted Sanda Cook and her Abstract Art Workshop at my house.  In attendance: Took, Terri, Juana, Peggy, and Franciney.  Sanda brought all the materials we needed and showed us some techniques for painting in an abstract way with acrylics.  This is much different from anything any of us usually do and it was great fun!  Here are some photos from today:

Sanda arrives with some of her supplies.
Skip drove Sanda to my house...he is looking around a bit.
Sanda unpacking her supplies.
Here we are -- ready to get started.  (Me/unseen), Terri, Juana, Sanda, Peggy, and Franciney.
Sanda gave us each a canvas that had she had started with textures and gesso.
Sanda starting her talk.
Showing us about drawing around the textures and also making outlines to fill in.
I chose to outline the texture on mine...later I drew a freestyle shape.
Sanda talking about her process with a previous painting of hers.
Here is what I have so far...what could be a bear or bear-like creature and a blue blob...maybe slightly rabbit-shaped.
In this direction it looks more like a map to me...this is how I will work on it.
Sanda works on a painting along with us.
Peggy and Franciney working.
Terri and Juana working...Sanda at the end of the table.
My "map" shaping up a bit.  I think I will continue to add more things after it is dry enough and I think about it a bit more.
Sanda shows her painting.
Sanda taking a photo of Terri and her painting.
Sanda talking to Juana about her painting.
Peggy couldn't decided which direction she preferred...landscape or portrait...
...Peggy decided she liked this direction best.  I agree.
Juana still working on her painting.
Franciney still working on her painting.
Terri's finished painting.
Franciney -- almost done.
Juana with her completed painting.
Ta-daaa...Franciney is done!
Detail of Franciney's painting.
Sanda's completed painting...she gifted it to me!
Sanda's palate.
Skip arrived to pick Sanda up.
Final chats.
Wow...it's like they were never even here -- no mess!
We all had a really great time today and we all painted in ways we never would have on our own.  We are very happy with our paintings.  THANK YOU, Sanda -- maybe we can do this again some time!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 291 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety-One

Tonight I worked on the bowling pin guy for a while.  I think he is beginning to shape up nicely -- he is some sort of cat-creature.  I am happier with the roundy head and face that he has now...so far.  I also put some plaster cloth on the mid-and-lower parts of the bowling pin.  I am still not sure about what I will do for his eyes.  I had sort of totally dismissed the yellow glass cat eyes but now I am reconsidering them...dunno yet...I will most likely paint the eyes on.

before

setting up to get to work
shaping up nicely
another view
yeah...I like him better now
he might get these eyes...but probably not
another view

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 290 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Ninety

I know, I know...I need to get my act together, and I will...just not today.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 289 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Eighty-Nine

Jan and I went on a road trip to OH today to see my friend Val who had two bins of fibers for sale that Jan was interested in.  Val has recently moved on from working with fibers and spinning and textile work to her newer passion for wood working.  Val has an incredibly wonderful workshop set up in a huge space with all of her supplies and tools and power tools.  She has projects laid out all around the studio/workshop and also does woodworking for other folks.  Here are some photos from the visit Jan and I had with Val.

Jan and Val talking when we first arrive.
Big time power tools...wall art in the background.
More wall art and other projects laid out on tables.
And speaking of tables, Val is also creating some absolutely gorgeous wood slab tables.
This is the one I fell in love with...it is made of cherry wood...I swear, I could buy the slab of wood (with 14 sanding/varnishing coats) and use it for dreamy relaxation therapy...I just want to touch this wood all day long.
One of the beautiful edges of the slab I love.
More larger pieces in progress.
Wooden birds and other parts.
Jan and Val.
Jan and Val start to sort through the two bins of fibers that Jan went to purchase from Val.
Jan is very happy with the fibers!
Val also makes holders for knives.
A before-and-after shot of the cedar wood for the racks.
The other huge, gorgeous wood slab that has been sanded/varnished 14 times and will become a table.
That wood is walnut and starts out looking like the unfinished piece in front of it.
And this is what cherry wood looks like -- before-and-after.
Val with "my" slab of cherry wood.
Jan and I had a lovely time with Val and we are both looking forward to a return visit in the future!  Maybe I can come up with a simple, small project featuring wood items...Val says she will cut shapes out for me (that I design) and get me started next time.  Here is a link for Val's website.

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