Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Something Old..... Something New!

I bought a pomegranate whilst doing groceries the other day... Not to eat (well not yet anyway!) but to paint! We had a pomegranate tree at home when I was growing up and I'm afraid I haven't even seen a fruit for years and years! These were imported from the US and I just knew one had to come home with me as inspitation! They have such a gorgeous voluptuous shape and beautiful colour  topped with a quirky crown!


Pomegranate on Saucer
 WIP
Collage

Still quite a lot to be done on this; highlights, shadows and I'm not so sure about the window frame colour.

Here's something else new, pretty faces painted onto onion skin dyed silk.



Pretty Faces
Painted Silk
WIP

Now for the something old! Here is this mosaic style stitching I was working on a few months ago. The stitching is finished but I haven't done anything with it yet!



'Mosaic Rose'
Rayon Thread on Inkjet Transfer on Cotton

This little cross-stitch was completed about 3 years ago. I designed it from a pastel painting I had done (with the aid of some Cross Stitch software)


'Posy for Klimt'
Cross Stitch on Linen

This Tree of Life is my own design too; from an acrylic painting. It's also about 3 or 4 years old.


'Tree of Life'
Needlepoint on Canvas

And the shape of the day is... SQUARE! All these pieces are square format; which is not usual for me as I'm a circle fiend! (Except for the last photo which is a bit off skew as it hasn't been blocked yet!)

Looking back, I have also noted that generally I am using more earthy colours than I have ever before... My work is becoming more muted, rusty, earthy... I think I like that.

I love colour and I have always used quite saturated colour; lots of colour contrast and solid colour with black and or off white. (This is true of my home too... ) Maybe it's an age thing?! Or maybe it's just a realisation that maximum volume loud colour isn't the only way to get noticed! Or maybe I just don't care about being noticed at all!

My alpacas are shorn and I have another couple of bags of beautiful wool to play around with! Really must get my act together and hunt down some carding combs! Think of all the fun I'm going to have! The girls really aren't happy with me and seem to be quite indignant about the whole process- and they do look rather hilarous without their thick coats!

2 comments:

Sparklyjools said...

What a wonderful variety of work you do! I especially love the Tree of Life. I hope your girls get over their indignation soon! Julesx

Puddleduck said...

Hi Jules! Thanks for stopping by! Yes the girls are only giving me the occassional sideways look...! Yes, puddleduck- that's me.. I jump around from one thing to another. I haven't done a pastel or acrylic painting in more than 6 months but feel one coming on soon...Then I'll probably be on a painting binge again! I like variety (guess that rules out ever becoming an expert at something!)
I'm finding readers challenges and contests to be perfect for me as it gives me deadlines and parameters to work towards and therefore a small amount of discipline! The parameters appeal to the designer in me!
Sandi x

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