4.21.2013

symphony in blue and green.......and yellow

My school holidays officially end tomorrow. I am back at school on Tuesday and I still have to work out menus for the term. Urrrgh! I have had a super-busy, but really, really wonderful break - the timing was perfect for our summer garden produce so I've been doing lots of preserving. I've also been experimenting with some more involved cheese-making and finally built up to making a hard cheese yesterday - my first cheddar is curing on the bench. Too bad I don't get to taste it for a couple of months.

I saw this amazing quilled portrait on Pinterest yesterday. I particularly loved the scroll-y smoke streams, the little teardrop shapes, the circles, the EVERYTHING! Here's the drawing it inspired:


I went mostly freeform and just kept building from the middle. I didn't worry about my colouring too much (don't look too close!), if I went out of the line, I just drew another line and filled it with a different colour to camouflage. Probably why some of the scrolls grew so big! Really fun to use some blue in this one - it is not my go-to colour and I did lean towards the green end of the spectrum. Touches of yellow in here also along with my fave lime green.

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4.18.2013

Challenge #114 - Stars

This weeks diva challenge was to draw inspiration from star shapes. Even though I don't draw stars a lot, I had fun with this one.

So, here's the background story. Occasionally......ah....sometimes......o.k., o.k........a lot of the time I get locked into an idea and I can't just leave it alone. I don't know why I'm drawn to it or what the end result will be. This week I could not move past the idea of a connected 5 pronged star pattern. This was what I was doing or nothin'. And, ya know what I found out? 5 sided things are not so easy to work with so there was some frustrated hair-pulling along the way.

Here's the end result:

Can you see the stars? I actually loved the negative pattern created and chose to highlight that. I loved the way it varied from 3 to 4 petal flowers seemingly randomly - maybe if I drew a bigger sample I could see some consistency in how this happened.


Drawing it the first time was okay, I didn't really think about it and just got into a rhythm - but trying to figure it out and break it down for a pattern.............difficult. This isn't an easy pattern to get, but if you want to have a go, here's the step-out. You may find it easier to draw it one star at a time so that you don't lose track of where you're going with it. I tend to draw a section of the pattern - maybe the framework of 5-6 stars, fill them in, then continue on with more framework.


Another tip: the dots created in step 4 are the centre points of the new stars - it's a good idea to continue marking the centres with dots throughout the pattern so that your don't lose your way.

This is a pattern that will have a limited amount of repeats/growth possible due to the geometrics - you can't continue stacking like you can do with an even sided shape like a hexagon, but hopefully you'll have a bit of fun with it :)

I've been playing with a fun curly bracket pattern and will (hopefully) have a step out for it put together in the next day or so.

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4.12.2013

challenge #113 - squares

preserving, cooking, milking, catering for 70 at a family event afternoon tea on Sunday. Ah, the holidays......so......um......relaxing.

This weeks challenge was a little hard for me to get into so I just did a quick one using on one of my favourite techniques.

Suspended frames laced together.


Side elevation. Should have shaded the top image more to give the appearance of each frame dropping further back, but, ah well. Maybe later.


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4.07.2013

paisley mooka

Daylight savings ended today, so now begins the slow, inexorable slide into winter. I hate winter....the cold, the mud, the constant cycle of bringing in wood for the heater. Urrgh! But, I do love the food - lots of slow cooked meals and puddings. Oh, yeah!

Some weekend snapshots:


* The continuation of the tomato harvest - we should get a few more weeks of ripe tomatoes off the vine, so I see more rounds of sauce, passata and salsa in my near future. *Our little bully. He loves bread - keeps him nice and tame, too. *The milking paddock posse. The bull is on "holiday" with the jersey for a week or so.

Paisley Mooka: This one has been in the works for a few days. When I do a heap of paisley together like this I find it's always a struggle to think of something different to put on each one. The shading was a hassle - it was done after I completed the drawing and is a bit inconsistent as a result. Next time I would shade the outline first before filling with pattern. Pretty sure I have told myself that before........but I forgot.....again!



Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
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4.05.2013

Challenge #112 - Tuxedo

All this extra time on the holidays hasn't been spent doing as much drawing as I hoped......oh, no, instead I've been spending a lot of time cooking. Our goal with our veggie garden over the last few years has been for us to be self-sufficient, eat seasonally, and, therefore not have to buy any vegetables in - we managed this pretty well last year, though there were a few lean weeks end of winter/beginning of spring - suffice to say I could definitely live without seeing any more turnips of swedes for the rest of my life! This year we think we have planned a bit better and are gearing up for the last big sowing before winter which will include plenty of beetroot and silverbeet - because that's what my jersey girl loves - she always gets a little bit of produce from the garden to snack on during milking time.

So, in order to expand on the variety of food we have available, the last couple of weeks have been filled with making passata, salsa, apple pie filling, preserving pears, drying chillies - a big job in order to put away as much as I can whilst the summer crops are still producing. Then, when that winds down, lemon season will be in full swing! I LOVE lemon season. I've already made my first batch of lemon cordial and lemon curd. yum.

The challenge! This month's UMT Diva Challenge is a pattern designed by one of my most favourite tanglers, LeeAnn I love, love her gorgeous organic tangles so it was a thrill to work with one of her patterns.

Since I haven't done a geometric/fantasy/trumpet style drawing for a while, I decided to play with tuxedo on a ball shape and went from there. I've taken a picture prior to shading so that you can see the contrast with the final result. It could probably do with a bit more depth in the shading but I got a bit bored with it so declared it officially done! lol.

Before Shading:


After Shading - I decided to extend the pattern from the top right trumpet further along the stem as it looked a bit unfinished where I previously ended it.


Back out to the garden to do a bit of tomato pruning......

Have a great weekend!

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