27 Feb

Figure Friday

We had another snow day, but this time drawing session was cancelled. Our instructions were to draw the dog or cat at home, but I’m going to share one of my stitchy ladies.

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“Jilted Lover 1″ by Kristin La Flamme 16″x 20”

She may be my favorite so far. I’ve got two more in progress though, using drawings from this session, and concentrating the embroidery on the negative spaces.

 

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20 Feb

Figure Friday

Figure Friday: Snow Day Edition

I’m sure most people are familiar with the juggling of schedules and expectations when there’s a snow day at school. I’m in the enviable position that my kids are now old enough to be able to be left home alone if they don’t have school but I still have commitments. Also, my not having a job outside the house makes me quite flexible. Most working parents, especially those of young kids just don’t have that luxury. This is the long way of me saying that because of Thursday’s Snow Day, and the unavailability of an alternate model, our scheduled model had to bring her four-year-old to our drawing session.

 

Snow Day 1

No problem. We’re not picky about what we get to draw. We had a G rated session and our young guest was eager to get on stage himself. Gotta draw quick though — even the most motivated Kindergartners can’t stand still for long.

 

Snow Day 2

Next, he let mom model, and our engenue joined the other artists in drawing.

 

Snow Day 3

We had a few mother son poses, and even pulled it all together for one where he was both modeling and drawing.

 

Snow Day 4

And finally, if our guest and his mom were modeling, then it stood to reason that others in the room should model too. These are his drawings of me on stage for the last pose. I was sitting on the floor with one leg extended, the other crossed over, and my chin on my hand with my elbow on my knee. I think he totally captured all that!

Though not our normal routine, it was a fun and challenging (in a good way) morning of figure drawing. I won’t go so far as to say “bring on the snow days,” but I’m totally OK with “bring your kid to drawing group” days.

13 Feb

Figure Friday

This week’s session was good. We had one of my favorite models — the one who dresses up and inspires me to infuse stories into my drawings. No dressing up today, but lots of twisty, fun, challenging poses to draw.

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Figure Drawing 2.12.15

 

It was almost like I had spent all week with this model. I’ve been working on transforming some of my drawings into stitched versions. This one isn’t her:

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Clean Sweep, 20″x 20″

But this one is:

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Kitchen Superhero, 11″x 14″

 

This one is her too:

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I’m not sure where these stitched drawings are leading, but it was an idea I needed to pursue. I’m trying to finish this last one (the original drawing is one of the Jilted Lovers with a knife) in time to submit to Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky.

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After that I’ll need to focus my attention on updating my web site. if things are wonky here next week, just know it’s me futzing around and things should get back to normal soon — hopefully with additional galleries of my more recent work!

06 Feb

Figure Friday

Life Drawing: Theme and Variation

Check it out, McGuffey Art Center’s Figure Drawing: Theme and Variation is now an annual show! This year it is in the main gallery and it’s looking great. Many styles and media are represented and everyone outdid themselves with the quality of work. It’s also great fun to ferret out the same poses drawn from different angles by different artists.

On one of the movable walls is my stitched drawing, “Nice Jug.” Not seen in this photo is one of the drawings I later added stenciled texture to.

 

 

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As if that weren’t enough, on the back wall I have three more drawings! One Jilted Lover, an oil pastel, and a charcoal drawing.

Life Drawing: Theme and Variation

 

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Join us for the opening reception tonight at McGuffey Art center, Charlottesville, VA from 5:30 to 7:30. Or, see the show throughout the month of February, 2015.

30 Jan

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.

 

Sassy Housewives WIP1

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

 

22 Jan

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.

 

16 Jan

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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29 Oct

Not One, But Two Exhibits

November is shaping up to be a big month for my art. I’ll be in Houston at the very beginning for the debut of the annual Dinner@8 exhibit premier (and a whole lot of quilt show fun and inspiration too).  My pixelated portrait, Selfie is part of the show.

But as soon as I return, there’s two more local exhibits I’m part of.

The first is McGuffey Art center’s art fundraiser. I’ve donated one 12×12 piece for the incredibly affordable $150 collection, plus my crazy quilted Flag from which 50% of the proceeds benefit the art center. There will be a preview and meet the artists on Wednesday November 5th. Plans have changed a bit and the art WILL be on sale at the preview. The usual First Friday opening will also be happening on the 7th. I hope to be there both nights. Come early for the best selection! I hope to see lots of red dots.

Art Fundraiser at McGuffey Art Center

MAC Fundraiser

 

Wait, there’s more. I also have three of my favorite figure drawings at Charlottesville’s brand new jewel box of a gallery, Yellow Cardinal. They will also be having  a First Friday opening on the 7th, so I’ll split my time between there and MAC. I am very excited about both of these shows because I know many of the artists involved and admire all of their work. I’m also looking forward to having many of their loyal followers see my work as well, since I have not been in town and showing long enough to gain much in the way of an audience for my work.

Life Drawing at Yellow Cardinal Gallery

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