Figure Friday

This week’s drawing session was only OK. The model was great, but my drawings were meh. But that’s OK, because what I’d much rather share is stitched versions of drawings from the last year or so.

I’m starting with drawings like this one and scanning or tracing them at the size I’d like to make my stitched art.

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First, I used the copies as templates to stitch onto canvas, adding some background fabrics as I went. I worked up three because I didn’t really know where I was going with these and I wanted to let them talk to me as I progressed.

 

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I added some more fabrics, now using the stitched figures as my guide and paying much closer attention to the placement of motifs, and thinking about how I’d proceed with hand and machine stitching.

Sassy Housewives WIP2

This one spoke to me first. I like the way she dangles the jug, so I decided to focus on it by “coloring” it in with embroidery floss. I continued stitching sketchy highlights using my original drawing as a reference.

Nice Jug WIP1

Blech, the hand stitching was too heavy and it detracted from the jug. So I cut it all out.

Nice Jug WIP2

I stitched highlights and shadows again, this time with my sewing machine. I like it much better. But the nipples are too dark. It could use a little more hand stitching too.

Nice Jug WIP3

 

When I was satisfied, I dampened the work and stretched it around a canvas. Once dry, I think she looks quite nice. I finished her just in time to hopefully be included in the annual Figure Drawing: Theme and Variation show at McGuffey Art Center along with a Jilted Lover drawing and a few more from our weekly drawing sessions.

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Nice Jug, 2015, 11″x 14″ by Kristin La Flamme

 

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Nice Jug (detail), 2015, 11″x 14″ by Kristin La Flamme

 

And Now For Something Completely Different

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art with my friends Lorie and Jill. We went to see the Forbidden City exhibit of Chinese treasures, which was absolutely gorgeous. We took a little time afterward to wander around the museum’s permanent collection and I stumbled upon two tiny pieces that cracked me up.

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These are part of a series by Italian artist Francesco Clemente. He takes antique Indian miniatures of little value and replaces their images with his own in the same style — except that his subject matter is much more subversive. I think what attracts me to these is that they look like one thing from afar, but tell a completely different story up close. I also like the absurd.

Knit Night

When I posted about my new Aran sweater, I mentioned that it was to trade off with my other favorite winter sweater.

Sweatshirt Sweater

 

Behold the Sweatshirt Sweater by Purl Soho. Like a favorite sweatshirt, this is the coziest, easy to wear sweater — and perfect for the sweater-knitting initiate. I added a hood to mine just for fun. I wear it out with jeans and boots, but mostly I like to lounge around the house in it and a comfy pair of velour sweatpants.

PS: I’m knitting my first sock in this photo, and after three tries it’s coming out quite nicely.

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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Knit Night

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.