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Spring, Inktense pencils and Silk

Posted in Drawing and Painting, Embroidery with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2017 by suetortoise

Almost March already. Sorry, folks! I kept holding off writing a new post, waiting for the sale of my Father’s house to happen – or fail to happen (which was seeming increasingly likely as the sales-chain continued to have endless hold-ups). Well, the week before last the sale did finally happen as planned, after we exchanged contracts in January. The new owners (who have been waiting surprisingly patiently since September) have moved in, and my sister and I can take a deep breath and move on.

daffodil-bud-mini

I have been playing with silk again. (It doesn’t take very much to tempt me to play with silk.) This half-open daffodil was really just done for practice, but it seems appropriate to put at the top of the post as it will be St David’s Day on Wednesday. The thread is mostly Devere Yarns 06 filament silk, although there’s a tiny bit of Stef Francis Superfine Silk in the papery spathe at the base of the flower along with a little pale greenish-brown rope silk that is at least 40 years old. The background fabric is Egyptian cotton sheeting. Continue reading

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And Back Again…

Posted in Australia, Drawing and Painting, Embroidery, Family and Friends, out and about with tags , , , on October 16, 2016 by suetortoise

Well, I’ve been home for a whole week and I’m wishing I was still in Australia.

It was a good holiday, although the weather could have been kinder to us. It was great to meet up with KRin again at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in Melbourne, and go with her to L’Uccello, The Kimono House and Maria’s Beads and Trims. When Kevon and I returned from a few days in Hobart, I got to meet Megan for the first time, in her brand new flat. I enjoyed seeing the originals of embroideries on her Emsley Rose blog and met Tommy the cat. Thanks for the Anzac biscuits, Megan, they were smashing!

cake-spotting

KRin and I choosing cakes at the Tea Rooms

Also on the needlework theme, I went to the excellent Annemieke Mein exhibition at Brighton Town Hall, and an equally wonderful quilt exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Add in a fair bit of sightseeing, visits to friends, great meals, fresh air and exercise and you can guess that I have come home very happy.

I’ll write a little more about the holiday once I’ve got my photos edited and my thoughts in order. This may take a while as I’m busy getting pictures ready for the annual art show at Novacon next month. I’m currently inspired by 19th century printers’ ornaments. Here’s a sample of what I’m doing:

strictly-veg-mini

I am still around!

Posted in Drawing and Painting, everyday life, Family and Friends, science fiction with tags , , , on June 30, 2014 by suetortoise

My apologies for a long delay since the last post. Life’s been a bit busy.

4-leaf clover

My father’s health started deteriorating in April. By Easter he seemed to be failing fast. We thought it was something connected with his stroke at the end of January – the stroke he seemed to have survived so well. It wasn’t. While he was in Hereford, the hospital doctor had stopped one of his usual medications. Once his GP restarted the tablets, he started improving mentally and physically. He’s pretty much back to where he was before the stroke now, and keeping busy with various projects. But April and May were a bit of a blur as a result. I also had a few hospital visits of my own, so my spare time has been a bit limited.

No further news of the death watch beetle (no more click-click-clicks in the quiet, as the mating season is over), and no more news of getting the leak in the ceiling by the window fixed. So that side of the living room is decorated with my hi-fi speakers in a tower, topped by a piece of chipboard, topped by a spare plastic washing up bowl. Not an elegant piece of sculpture, but effective. Fortunately, there hasn’t been enough heavy rain to start the leak again recently. I will be very glad when something is done about the roof.

Hungry Martian

Thank you for your comments on choosing a third flower for my set of silk pictures. I am definitely planning to do daisies now. I haven’t done more than look at daisies very carefully, make a few sketches and do a couple of small samples of petals to see how to go about them. That project is on hold. I’m trying to get work done for the art show at the World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, in August. The deadline for finalising what I will put in the show is fast approaching, so I dare not start any other embroidery projects until I’ve got the show pieces done and mounted. I’ve made a start – you can see a couple of the coloured drawings here.

Pink Ray-Gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d never found a four-leaf clover before this summer, but I have found a clump of white clover, quite near where I work, which has a tendency to put out the occasional quatrefoil leaf among the usual three-leaflet ones. In fact I’ve found four of them on that group of plants so far. I picked a few of the dead flower heads this week, and I have put them into some soil in my Dad’s garden – in the hope that some of the heads have viable seeds and that some of the seeds carry the four-leaf trait and one or two of them will germinate. You never know, I might be lucky!

What happened to October?

Posted in Digital Art and Fractals, Drawing and Painting, Embroidery with tags , , , on November 5, 2013 by suetortoise

Guy Fawkes night already. About time I updated the blog.

Martian in Hiding

I’m currently in a last-minute mad rush to get my art show pieces ready for Novacon – the science fiction convention I go to every year. It starts this Friday.  One of the pieces I’m taking is this stitched box called Sugar Rush.

Stitched Box - Sugar Rush, closed

I’m doing my best to get a second stitched box finished in time, but that’s looking unlikely.

I am taking two stitchery pictures – this piece of whitework is called Shadow of the Exterminator:

Shadow of the Exterminator

Alchemical Dragon – a pastel drawing:

Hermetic Dragon

And several pieces of digital art, this one is An Entertainment.

An Entertainment

Right, I’d better get back to finishing that last stitched box before it is Too Late….

February Update

Posted in Drawing and Painting, Embroidery, everyday life with tags , , , on February 4, 2013 by suetortoise

Shopping Trip wip

January seems to have flown by. I am now starting to work on pieces for the art show at EightSquaredCon – this year’s national science fiction convention in Bradford over Easter weekend. This unfinished picture has been in progress for a couple of days, and I’ve still got a lot to do on it. I am trying out Derwent Inktense pencils, combined with my usual Studio pencils and ink. The Inktense take a bit of getting used to – they don’t work quite like ordinary watercolour pencils, but they are worth persevering with. I was unsure in the beginning  – this is the first time I’ve used them, but I am already getting to like them very much.

Spring Corners wip 2

‘Spring is Just Around the Corner’ has grown a lot since my last post about it. Progress on that and other stitchery will be slower now, until I am done with all my art-show work.

Busy, busy!

Life Goes On

Posted in Drawing and Painting, everyday life with tags , , on October 19, 2012 by suetortoise

Firstly, thank you to those who sent supportive messages and kind thoughts during the last few weeks. They were appreciated. Life is slowly getting back to normal, but I will still be spending a fair amount of time helping my Dad get sorted out. Things like the blog have had to take a back seat for a while, and I still don’t know how soon I will be able to get back to volunteering at the museum.

I’ve had time for a bit of embroidery, while I’ve been at Dad’s, but at the moment I am working on a few pieces for a small art show at Novacon science fiction convention in Nottingham. Here’s a quick shot of a work in progress:
Dragon in progress

It’s in coloured pencils on Rowney Cryla paper, a primed, fabric-textured surface that I find very sympathetic to this type of pencil work. I’m quite pleased with how the picture is turning out so far.  Now I must try my best not to rush it, or work on it when I am too tired, and spoil it. It’s hard to force myself to slow and stop when I’m ‘on a roll’, but I’ve learnt the hard way….

And once I have my art show pieces ready, I’ll be back to working on the next proper blog post, which is still sitting on my computer, half-finished. That’s a promise!