Still resting but check out my art haul

You may recall I went to Jerry’s warehouse in Greensboro a few days ago. Well, I’m happy to share with you the goodies that I bought.

I purchased a couple of the portfolio folders, 5×7 inch and 14×17 inch. I needed somewhere to put my soft pastel paintings that are 12×16 inches. I do have an 11×14 inch portfolio (which is too small) but I can’t seem to find it. I need to clean up a couple corners in my art space to see if I can find it. I also will probably pick up a 9×12 inch one the next time I go because I have a lot of 8×12 inch paper.

I also have been following Sandi Hester lately and she has inspired me to go big with sketches. I already knew I didn’t like small sketchbooks given how many are sitting around with only a few pages used. So, I picked up a couple of 11×14 inch sketchbooks. I have an even larger one I bought from Blicks and I plan on sketching with paint in all three of them. I want at least 3 so I can move on to another ones while paint is drying in the first one.

The last item in this pic is Art Graf. I have the carbon black Art Graf block but decided to pick up the primary set because I’ve think it might be fun to use in my new sketchbooks.

Oil sticks

I can’t remember if I shared that I am starting to learn about oil painting but I knew that I would want some way to make chunky marks on the top later so I got the 24 count set of mini oil sticks from Sennelier. I have only peeled of the coating on a couple sticks but I love the feel of them already. I can’t wait to dive in to oils and really get my hands dirty playing with them.

I hope to get feeling better tomorrow so that I can actually make art again. Until then, hope you have a great day!

Practice makes progress

It’s that time of year when I start to think about painting my self-portrait again. This year I’m thinking of painting it in soft pastels and I had sketched it out on some inexpensive unsanded pastel paper.

This morning I started my practice piece. It turned out ok, but I realized that I neglected to include the part of my face that was in the deep shadows. I didn’t notice it until I went in with pastel pencils to add some details. It’s ok. I’ve learned a lot and will be doing this again on a bigger sheet of paper so I can get ask the details using the pastel sticks instead of needing pencils.

Top: my finished practice piece, Botton: my portrait sets of soft pastels

My plans are to sketch on the grid again for the bigger piece but try and remember to erase the grid lines once the sketch is in place. They blended into the background in a bunch of places but not on the face itself.

Casting on a new project… and f/u on the funeral cake

I won’t keep you waiting about the cake. I’ll be honest, I didn’t care for it to much yesterday. It had a funky taste which was probably due to the fact that I made it with gluten- free flour. But, I just had a nibble about 10 min ago and it was pretty tasty. So much better than when it was fresh baked. I’ll probably wrap it up and freeze it in pieces so I don’t feel like I need to eat an entire cake in a few days. It could be done, but I really don’t want to do that.

Now, about the new project. I’ve realized I have a plethora of really lovely yarn and I’d like to start using it up. So, when Meg @postmodern.meg on Instagram shared her pic of this beautiful sweater it looked like the perfect project for me.

The pic from the creator’s website

I’ll be using some sport weight baby alpaca from Knit Picks to make mine. It looks similar to a children’s sweater that I made for my son so I think I can handle the “advanced beginner ” techniques. Honestly, once I get past the short rows I think it will be a breeze.

Why a new project? Well, I seem to have more energy lately and have been staying up later at night. If like to have a simple project I can work on while watching TV with the hubs.

Anyone else getting back into knitting? What other hobbies are you working on?

Funeral cake?

Have you seen the Facebook post with the recipe for an easy cake recipe. Apparently it was something easy to make to take to a funeral ceremony.

I started feeling noshy earlier this morning and decided to make this recipe because I had all the ingredients. It’s egg free and dairy free, similar to the depression chocolate cake recipe except for a bigger cake pan. My son is severely allergic to egg and nuts and I am trying to avoid dairy and gluten, as it seems I am sensitive to them. I substitute King Arthur Cup- for- cup gluten free flour. I tasted the batter and it was delicious; o haven’t tried the cooked cake yet because I just took it out of the oven

I have also started to take steps in my self-portrait that I will be entering into the Jerry’s Arterama self-portrait competition this year.

I decided to attempt my self-portrait in soft pastels. I don’t use them often but I just love them so much. If I had a way to store them in a way to see them too I’d be so happy! Right now, they are in wooden trays that get pushed under a shelf when not in use.

First step… make it green!

I’ve read the using a green underpainting for portraits makes the skin look more natural so observe – the paper is green. The lighter color is for where my face will be and the darker area is for the dark area in the reference photo. Stay tuned as I make next steps.

Up next, set up an A4 page of lined paper in photoshop. Should be pretty easy now that I’ve done it successfully yesterday!

Getting back into the swing of things…

I’ve just learned of the #100daysproject and think it’s just the thing for me to get back into blogging regularly.

My goal is to create a short blog post daily for 100 days related to art. There are no limits to the relevance to art. I may write about art I’m creating, art books I’m reading, ideas I have for future projects, etc.

I’m trying to start this project a little early, so this weekend I got back into my art space and painted some cute notebooks for a local shop. Rainbow and hearts – I’ll never stop loving that theme!