Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pictorial tour of my daily life...

Well, kiddos, it's me again.  I had initially planned to wait until I completed my drawings before posting them.   I suppose I am like many of you, in that sometimes I start another project before (gasp) finishing the current one. This is what I have done, so I decided that I would stop dragging my heels and go on a post the photos anyway.

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to take you through some of the current projects that I have going. Remember this needlepoint project?  Well I did finish it, but this photo is to show you the black and white color chart in the background.  The color chart for this project "spoke to me".  I thought that it would be fun to take this color chart and make a pen and ink drawing from it.  So this is what I started on...not sure if it is done yet.

This turned out better than I had anticipated.  If you are stumped for a design, or aren't one that can do drawings or doodles from your imagination, this just might be a good source of inspiration.

It's not quite a zentangle, but it allowed me to use various designs and repetitive shapes in a fashion that I find quite interesting.

As much as I love to draw or do needle work in the living room while I watch television, there is a downside.  I, being the spoiled child that I am, don't like to put my toys away.  It doesn't take very long for a previously neat living room to start to appear less than straight...

If you come to visit me, don't expect to have a large glass of sweet tea, as I've used most of my large cups for holding my colored pencils.  I start off neatly, but as I work through a drawing, not only has my 1950's end table become completely overwhelmed with my accoutrements and paraphernalia, it usually spills down to the floor below...

In this photo, I attempted to used some creative cropping in an effort to make the extent of my mess less alarming.  I usually have books and magazines and catalogs for each of the project that I am currently working on and once I have gotten something out from storage downstairs, I just don't want to put it away. I'm just like that.

The main thing that got this drawing frenzy started was a tutorial that showed an easy way to draw op art.  Using the ideas presented in this tutorial, I came up with this...

It's not really an optical illusion, as the coils are supposed to look like they are moving in some fashion, but it was fun to work on...for a while.  After working on it several nights in a row, I was bored with it and went on to something else.

That something else is often called impossible art.  It's a form of optical trickery that makes your brain kick into overdrive.  I'm all about the brain and visuals, so this was right up my alley.  You may think it is a bit confusing to look at, you should try to draw it.  Even with a sample to go by, it is almost impossible to get your brain to "switch over" while drawing these illusion.

The tuning fork was almost impossible to draw.  Not impossible in a "drive you crazy" way, but impossible in a "I know I can do this" way.  There are lots of illusion art out there.  I'm sure you have seen the sidewalk art that is illusionary, but have you seen the art done on a rooftop that looks like giant spiders...

I know, it's freaky.  You can read about it here and see how it looks from the rooftop instead of above.  It's very interesting.  Please check it out.

Now I know that my skills in illusionary art don't compare, but it's fun to dabble in.  There is something called impossible architecture that is a bit easier to draw.  I came us with this one...

If you click in, you may be able to see various levels of stairs that when turned in different directions, change the look of the drawing.  On the right page is a spiral that I have started and I'm not sure where it will be going, but go it will.

When I wasn't making myself crazy with op art, I was cutting out slacks...and making rice bags.

I tried five times to get blogger to accept this picture in the direction that it was taken, but to no avail.  Please humor me and tilt your head to the left to see what a rice bag made from monkey flannel looks like.  Hubby loves monkey art and he picked this fabric.

The pants and the rice bags were made downstairs in my basement on my Bernina and seams are pressed open in the laundry room.

As I sew, I usually watch television.  I can never get the remote to work with the television, unless I stand up, and I'm way too lazy for that.  With that in mind, please see my redneck solution...

Yes, in order for the remote to activate the sensor I had to elevate the television and what better to use than books.  So I have my studio television securely lifted on a stack of books.  Necessity is most certainly the mother of invention.

Well, I suppose that is it for now.  A blog post that should have taken about an hour took four hours.  Recently blogger changed things and if I turn my camera when taking the picture (an old habit from my 35mm SLR days) it requires tons of photo program work to get the photo to load correctly. 

Hope everyone has a great week and stays (or gets) creative.  We'll talk soon. Take care.


Peri said...

Busy, busy, busy!! Lots to look at and much inspiration. I have done these same illusions...won't say how long ago, though. The trick is to not think about what it is, but to turn it upside down and just draw it..pick a line and follow it. Have to check out the impossible architecture...I think my architects all follow that school! Your living room looks like my dining roon! Have a studio and am too bone lazy to go there, so I work on my dining room table a lot!
Love the rice bags from monkey flannel! Can't wait to see the color version of the flutter-by!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Dang, woman!! You are quite the busy bee!
The butterfly stitchery is beautiful! Such vibrant colors!
Let's just say your work area is much neater than mine.
My hubs is very organized and I am... not. I see him cringe when he steps into my studio. He would also just about have a heart attack if he saw how you have that t.v. balanced! I may have to show him your photo and keep a defibrillator nearby. ((giggle))
All your artwork is fantastic, Peachy! Keep showing us!!

Tina said...

I have always been amazed at how diverse your talent and artful interests are. What a range. I never know what you are gonna be up to next.