Stitchy Stitchy

Have you seen the Feb/March 2015 issue of Quilting Arts?

 

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Jane Davila has written an informative article on ways to use seed stitch. It’s, in my biased opinion, beautifully illustrated! My Army Wife: Home Fires apron graces both the contents page and the first page of the article. I absolutely love the detail photo showing off my multi-colored and dense stitches. They are a lovely counterpoint to the more spare use of the stitch by Natalya Aikens, Deborah Boschert, and Gerrie Congdon highlighted on the next pages. I also need to say that I am so tickled the four artists chosen to show off this versatile stitch are also my close friends, mentors, and much respected peers. I hope we can share pages and galleries for years to come.

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Figure Friday

Yesterday was not quite as good a day as two weeks ago, but I did take some time at home later to add to a few drawings and I like what I got.

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Here’s my Jilted Lover: Before with some ominous paint and splattery resist. I like.

 

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This week’s Jilted Lover. I think she’s just dreaming of the possibilities. I added a little collage flower and sheer sparkly paper.

 

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Finally, just a regular reclining nude. The best part about her is that half way through, her arm was a little off and I was afraid I’d messed the boobs up, and the legs were going to look too small. I worked through it though and in the end, she’s pretty well put together. Also, she has a nice face. It’s not the model’s face, but it’s a nice face.

Now my challenge will be which three drawings to choose for the life Drawing show at McGuffey. No framed drawings. But, I will try to create at least one stitched one out of curiosity.

 

Knit Night

How I wore it:

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I haven’t quite figured out how to wear shawls without looking frumpy, but I love knitting them, so I usually wear my shawls like scarves or kerchiefs. I love the colors on this one (color changing cotton yarn by Wolle’s of course). It’s Butterfly Forest and here’s my Ravelry link.

 

Figure Friday

Have I posted these two ladies yet? Let’s assume not. I’m going to call this post Backs, Two Ways.

I’ve been working with oil pastels just for curiosity’s sake. Sometimes the results are OK, like the first drawing.

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And sometimes I can do much better. I can’t ever predict what kind of day I’m going to have though, and I haven’t figured out at what point in the process things go either right or wrong when they do go one way or the other. Obviously, this means I need to do more drawings! Perhaps an actual class would be a good idea. I also want to stitch figures, so I may go off in that direction instead.

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Meta Afghan

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed. Bed is warm and cozy. Right now I’m enjoying this combination of duvet, store-bought knit blanket, and the colorful afghan I crocheted a few years ago. It is an homage to an afghan my paternal great grandmother made. I had always admired it in my grandparents’ home and then in my dad’s but the last time I saw the afghan it was quickly disintegrating. It’s gone now, so I am pleased to have this version to carry on the tradition. All the yarn details are on my Ravelry page.

Privacy in America

I think I mentioned that February was going to be big. There’s the Home Fires show at Etui Fiber Arts, and the Fiber Art for a Cause 100 fundraiser.

And, there’s a group show at my favorite place, McGuffey Art Center, in Charlottesville, VA. The theme of the show is Privacy in America, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My Security Blanket series fits perfectly. Temporary Safety and my newest finish, Exposed, will be part of this mixed media, group show. Come see it if you’re in the area in February (or make it a point to be in the area and come see the show).

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Figure Friday

I went to life drawing yesterday feeling a bit rusty after not gong for about three weeks. I left feeling great! I think maybe I do better work when I can get into a kind of a story with the pose. Yesterday’s session developed a kind of domestic theme (at least to me).

Things started out innocently enough with poses meant to represent a muse — though I saw a kitchen superhero if I just changed the staff to a mop.

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But then a jilted lover emerged. I’m pretty sure this is the morning after, and she’s contemplating action.

 

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And I’m assuming this is the aftermath.

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I drew these with watercolor pencil so now that I’ve scanned them, I will probably see what happens when I take a brush and water to the originals. I would also like to make versions in fabric and stitch. I have a vision of a whole series of stitchy, sassy, housewives, and these last two drawings excite me to change that sassy to fierce.

Part of Those New Year’s Goals

Some of my goals for the new year are to post to my blog more, update my website, and get better at promoting my work. I tackled an easy one first. I created a Facebook Fan Page and it’s going to be awesome. Why? Because I am somewhat ambivalent about my personal Facebook page. I know that FB is a good way to connect to people who might be interested in my art. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with far-flung family and friends. And then there’s the people from past lives or professional connections, who I want to stay connected to, but don’t necessarily want to know what they are doing on a daily basis, or want them to see all of my goofy antics. I’ve limited my Facebook “friends” to people I know personally or have established professional relationships with, and I try to keep my posts pretty art-related. It’s a tough balance and it means that not everyone who is interested in my artwork will be able to find me on FB to see what I’m up to.

A fan page is open to everyone. I will post my art, some inspiration and in-progress work, and information about where to see my work. February is a big month for me, so be sure to “like” the page to get updates, and tell your friends too. I may even end up posting more on my Kristin La Flamme – Artist page than on my personal page. My personal page will probably narrow down to travel, family, knitting, goofing off with friends. I may even unfriend a bunch of professional contacts if I know they are happily following my artist fan page — where my professional info will be. That would come in time though.

Next step should be to create a newsletter. That will be awesome for those who don’t do much Facebook.