april 28, 2016

04-28-16 "Iowa hills"
04-28-16 “Iowa hills”

8×5.5″ acrylic, collage on matboard

I’m still catching up from the daily janes sale last weekend, but in doing some organizing/de-cluttering of my office/studio I found an old “Iowa hills” poem painting that I had de-framed some years ago. I didn’t really like it any more. I had a newer scrape painting that was intended for the “Iowa hills” poem. I decided to create a collage of the old painting’s poetry lines on the newer painting. I thought it might create a more multi-dimensional feel. This is the result.

april 15, 2016

04-15-16 "mottled dream"
04-15-16 “mottled dream”

3.5×2.5″ acrylic, marker on ATC (artist trading card)

The scraping, using some leftover paint from yesterday’s daily, took on a smeared, dream-like quality. (The card has a very smooth surface.) I then used a variety of archival markers to fill in some of the bare areas and to dress up some of the colors.

april 11, 2016

04-11-16 "bluebells"
04-11-16 “bluebells”

digital photo

We were out looking at our garden area over the weekend, and a very healthy bluebell plant is growing alongside our raspberry patch (far away from our normal bluebell bed)! This plant was so vigorous and beautiful, I decided to take some photos for my daily art. Because these “dailies” are more intermittent this year, I was going to stop including photos. But these bluebells are so sublime (and hopefully the composition is artful), that I’m telling myself it’s okay.

april 6, 2016

04-06-16 "crochet downpour"
04-06-16 “crochet downpour”

approx. 8×10″ wool/mohair yarn

Remember when I asked you to vote between the fuzzy felted circle and the soumak knotted circle? Part of the reason I asked for input is that I really didn’t like either one (well, at least neither fulfilled the image I had in my mind for this project). (Here I should also note that I changed up the yarn because I realized I needed more yellowish-orange for this piece (even though I love the other yarn, too—it was too close in color to the paint).)

Someone (I’m looking at you Maggie! ;-)) mentioned that I should learn to crochet. *sigh* I think I have used only one crochet needle in my life, for pulling fringe through knots on the ends of scarves. But it seemed like it was worth a try.

I looked online and actually found patterns (inscrutable patterns, I might add) for crocheting circles. Instead, I mostly used the online tutorials for various basic crochet stitches, and some general concept of creating a circle using crochet. Even now, I really couldn’t tell you if I used a slip stitch or a single crochet stitch because I’m not sure I understand the difference! But using one or both of those, along with the chain stitch, is how I created this. I see mistakes, but I also discovered that freeform crochet is a real thing, so that’s a good cover story.

This image shows a close-up of the crochet spiral that I just attached to a canvas. I’m not ready to show the whole piece quite yet, but the painting, crocheting, and tedious attaching (with invisible thread) to the canvas, has been my daily work for a week or two. Stay tuned!