Fabric postcard loosely based on a photograph I took from the cruise ship between Vancouver and Alaska.
The title is from the first line of Golden Rowan by Bliss Carmen.
I recently watched a video demonstration by Dory Kantor on Notans. Traditionally these are done cutting out black paper and gluing the results to white paper. In the video Dory uses colour and that was a major stimulus for me to give it a try.
I started by experimenting with face shapes. Once they were done I traced and scanned them and then used my embroidery software to make embroidery patterns.
Next I tried a flower shape and I cheated on this one as I changed it while I was tracing it to get the form and shapes I wanted.
Then, just for fun I did cat silhouettes.
All the embroideries are done on white organza.
Two new dolls. These are forest sprites made from the same pattern as the fairy from last week (see here).
I just finished a new doll. I thought it would be quick as she is only 4 1/2 inches sitting. However the doll was a challenge as the parts were so small the stuffing kept escaping from the openings.
She hasn’t told me her name yet.
Here is a watercolour portrait of my mother using an old photograph taken by my father as reference.
When I was a teenager we had a cottage in the Eastern Townships in Quebec. Our closest neighbours lived on a farm where we all learned how to milk a cow by hand.
This is my sister Donna who isn’t quite sure if she wants to do this. The watercolour painting is based on a photograph taken by my dad.
Another image from my trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. The photograph I used as my reference was taken from the courtyard of the Hacienda el Santuario.
The watercolour was painted with M Graham’s Perylene Maroon, one of my favourite colours. I found that painting in monochrome went very quickly as I didn’t have to worry about colours running into each other. It is also a good exercise in finding values.
I recently returned from a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico where I spent a wonderful week at a Dory Kanter watercolour workshop. At the workshop Dory presented her unique approach to colour. I made several paintings during the workshop using her colour palettes but my favourite one had some flaws. So I retraced my original sketch and repainted it.
The watercolour is from a photograph that I took of the rooftop of the hotel – Hacienda el Santuario – where we stayed and had our classes. The photo is taken from the rooftop garden of the house across the street.