Friday, August 11, 2017

Loving this Baby Owl

On the same cruise... another painting.. this time a baby owl just out of the nest... on it's own.  Drawing down and covered... the beginnings of this baby begins first thing with his tender left eye... That has to be good so I enjoy the rest of the painting.   I don't think I've painted anything more tedious than the owls body of feathers.  Painting owl feathers is definitely a "Journey" of patience and change.

I can hardly wait to quilt this piece. I can feel the craggy grey/black twigs.
                                             (c) image

Cruising The Waterways with "LaLa"

Sometime back I was given owner permission to paint this gorgeous dog named "LaLa"  I'm doing this on a cruise ship.. Perfect time to relax and paint.
Drawing down, fabric taped over and away we go... first the eyes and face .... then blocked in wet into wet body colors.
 I rather like this unfinished..out of focus look... I may do this a second time and keep it loose.
For this effort, I chose to stay real. "LaLa" painted... now to frame out with a bit of white fabric and gray to keep a fresh clean look.. 
Quilting is back home and so fun.  Wind sweeping upward into the clouds so quilting was too.
I'm using a multi value blue twist... a thread type I seldom use on competitive quilts as the twist can sometimes be interpreted as an irregular length stitch
Overall...looking pretty sweet!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Dawg is done!

I was so very tickled when a beagle had won the Westminster Dog Show a while back... They are so danged cute.  So frankly to put a smile on my own face, I had painted one on my recent retreat in Sedona. The "DAWG" is now quilted, bound, hanging sleeve complete. He still tickles me.
Lots of thread on this doggy.
Click on photo for an enlarged view.  Contact Patt with questions about The Dawg!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Apron Tails Flying

This is a group project for a friend...   You know... the type that deals with UFOs.  This started with individual Apron blocks made by the Wanabe Quilters of Orange County, Ca.
Time to help out the blocks owner by putting them together, adding sashing and a border ,  making a quilt sandwich and quilting it for the owner.  No idea where the old pattern came from but it has turned out really cute.   Since this is Father's Day.... I'll showcase the matching His and Hers aprons. What a hoot!

One of my favorite blocks...

 The overall quilting is  now finished and ready for binding....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tucked Away To Play

I am on hiatus in one of my favorite places on earth..... Sedona,  AZ voted some years back as one of the ten most beautiful cites in the U.S.   Gotta be true!
 Because life has been a bit tense of late ( bad news about health of my step son. etc... I was ready for downtime and some fabric painting.) I am able to take a full set of Tsukineko inks and markers with me in a small plastic case.   heres how I travel with them... even internationally ...   Bottled inks in a plastic case... Fantastix applicators divided in small plastic bags in low to high numeric range.   Pretty simple plan... easy enough to pull out the needed fantastic and inks as needed.
This is a "friends traveling alone together" experience meaning we have separate rooms  next door to each other...   rooms on the edge of Oak Creek.    Well, somebody has to stay here.  ;-D   While we are all quilters, one is piecing,  one is drawing, one painting.  We spend time together daily and also have downtime on our own. Perfect.

I needed to paint some small fun things as relaxation  therapy. First up a playful beagle. He made me smile.

Then a small bird .. this time not painted on white fabric but a pale soft green batik.  As long as the base fabric is a light value... these transparent inks can  completely change color and value.
..After being here a couple of sweet  relaxing days....  I am ready to work on a more complex project. 
While I seldom do this... this time I am doing a smaller painting before tackling my large project of the same subject.  I do this when 1) the  ultimate piece is pretty important to me,  and 2) I want to discover  where the bumps in the road will be and maybe how to solve them before I embark on a really large project.  

The subject : a barn owl in flight....   here's the early start - up close. 
(c) patt blair 
This will be a long width, short length composition...    Plenty of time invested... close to the end of the learning process.  Time to let my eyes rest before I make a really big mistake.
(c)  patt blair
Click on any photo for enlarged views. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Viewers Choice - Spring 2017 Paducah

How Sweet This Was...
"White Knight" 52.5 L x 60"W"

detail quilting:
The drawings for this piece sat  rolled up in the corner for 3 years ... ready when I was.  The problem??.... How to paint that massive mane I wanted. Finally.... 'caution thrown to the wind and off I went..... painting seemed much like weaving.. or maybe braiding. All good. 'Happy he is done.  Click on photo/s for enlarged view.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Pride of a Lion

Well, what else would you call it...?  I've wanted to create a class piece like this for some time... just what animal??  The  self created challenge.... no more than 6 inks, 1  black marker, and an on hand black pigma pen.  I chose a mid value purple, blue, yellow, orange, cherry pink, and lime green.    I created a basic contour drawing, placed it under my favorite painting fabric... and away we go.  Using a black fabric marker, the the eyes, nose, and mouth are marked in. Simple enough.
Next I decided which color I would use as a dark. and blocked that in.
 I then added some would-be lighter , warmer colors...  yellow in the eyes.. Then a puzzle fest began adding some orange.

Once the yellow and black around the eyes were dry.... some extra warmth. darker value on the edges of the eyes.  Starting some dry brush value of blue.. then the creating in the zone journey began until...
He was one colorful and proud lion.  Once all ink was bone dry.... The black marker returned to add a FEW interesting darks and swirls.  I'll likely try this approach again. Soooo fun!
Couldn't stand it.... quilted!!