Fabric Landscape Study 7 and SUGAR SCULLS!

Here is yesterday’s painting… would you believe that after more than two hours of playing tennis yesterday I was so wiped I didn’t feel like blogging? Well, that is what happened.

Blanket Landscape Study 7, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Fabric Landscape Study 7, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

What have I been up to today? Crafting!!

It’s a lot of fun running an online craft shop and one of my favorite things to make are stitch markers. They are used to mark the placement of certain stitches or patterns within a knitting project. Knitting as a pastime has really picked up in recent years and there are knitters of every age and interest. Soooo, you can get quite creative with what you make into a “marker”…

For example, with Halloween coming up I’ve done a recent shop update with many scull-themed markers. Many of the beads used in my store are purchased from small shops around New Mexico from hispanic New Mexicans. It has made me very curious about all of the scull/skeleton imagery associated with their culture:

SUGAR SCULLS (and scull masks and skeleton imagery etc.) are symbols of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrated these days on All Hallow’s Eve (Oct 31) and All Soul’s Eve (Nov 1). These traditions go back thousands of years and included dancing in honor of deceased relatives. Sugar Sculls with the name of the deceased on the forehead are eaten by a friend or relative of the deceased. These celebrations are exactly that; celebrations of death, not as a tragedy, but a re-birth. Living is but a dream and when we die we wake up… or something to that effect. (Information from: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070911144931AAzPwvu)

Making Stitch Markers.
Making Stitch Markers.

So anyway, I spent some time making stitch markers today and taking pictures of the process to give you and idea of why I’m attracted to such a simple activity. All of the colors and the huge variety of different combinations you can make keep me interested while giving my mind and body a break from painting.

To buy stitch-markers, project bags, knitted items or knitting patterns visit multicraftual.etsy.com

¡Tenga un buen fin de semana!

Blanket Landscape Study 5

Today’s “landscape” features some mighty tasty strawberries… believe me, it was difficult not to pluck them from the still life set-up and gobble them up with the rest of the box! That is quite the motivation to paint more quickly, n’est pas?

Blanket Landscape Study 5, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Blanket Landscape Study 5, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

 

Quilt and Lamp

I think vacation is the best recipe for making art. I’ve been back for four days now and I’m spending every minute that my body will allow in the studio. That said, yesterday was spent groaning around the house and podcasting… the aftermath of my first ever tennis lesson and two days painting. Yowch!

Since my second ever tennis lesson is this evening, I thought I better get back to painting today so that Friday can be spent grumbling around the house some more. Ha!

Here is my first finished piece this summer, although technically it is still Spring until tomorrow… I took the reference photo at my friend’s house this past year. It’s so cozy! The perfect painting to work on while the desert gets hit with heavy downpour after heavy downpour.

I have more photos from my friend’s place that will be used as reference material for more paintings soon…

Quilt and Lamp, oil/canvas, 16 x 20"
Quilt and Lamp, oil/canvas, 16 x 20″

A kitten in the sheets

Here are some progress pictures of a recent painting, Kitten in the Sheets!

It is usually my intention to take more “in progress” pictures while I paint but most of the time I’m drawn right into the act and when I look up it’s hours later and I’ve missed meals and phone calls and bathroom breaks!

the first sketch
the first sketch
painting in the kitten
painting in the kitten
adding in the sheets
adding in the sheets
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20"
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20″

The beginnings of a theme?

Here is another painting very recently finished in the studio. It features another cat portrait! I don’t know if that will become a theme yet. I’m more interested in the spaces and fabric patterns right now… it’s just that the cats want to be in the cozy spaces! What can you do?

Cat on the Rug
Cat on the Rug

In the studio: update

I’m working on a few paintings simultaneously these days and although none are done yet I thought I’d post a progress picture:

Jessie Dodington painting in her New Mexico studio
Progress picture of “Cat on the Attic Window Quilt”