Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Productive Day

Today has been great! Not only did I get all my grocery shopping done this morning, I also purchased two gorgeous artworks from Collage Mania - creations of the very talented Fannie. I'm so excited my bids were accepted, both of these were lovingly and graciously made by Fannie in memory of my mum, Zelda, who passed away from cancer two years ago. I am going to keep one and give one to my sister.

After lunch I thought I might go down to my studio and have a bit of a tidy up as it hadn't really been touched since my sister moved out of it in March. Having cleared my work surface I decided that I would do some wet felting to refresh my memory from the 2.5 hour course I did on the weekend. I am making a sketch book cover. There are no seams, it is felted with a pocket in it. I haven't finished it yet - it needs to dry and then I am going to add some further embellishments to it. I am really enjoying wet felting - I can just see the potential and possibilities. Don't you just love the colour of the pouch?

After dinner tonight, I again ventured down to the studio (it is in my backyard). I decided it was about time I did some more painting. I have started two girls, transferred from some sketches I did back in November last year. One of the girls has 3 coats of fluid titanium white on her face, the other only has one coat so far. I will photograph progress as I go so you can see how I go about it. I'm really not sure how these ones are going to turn out as when I prepared the backgrounds in December last year! I texturised them and some of the texture is on the face and neck - almost looks like they are prematurely aged! Oh well, we'll see how we go - gotta try these things.

I have also decided, in hindsight, to never do 3 courses at the same time ever again. Only ONE! OK, so if I ever again do anything so silly, please email me and tell me that I must be out of my mind. I couldn't do justice to any of the courses because not only was I really busy at the time, but I really needed to concentrate on just one process so that I could do that well, instead of three badly! Never mind, we live and learn.

Well that's it from me for today, I'm hoping to get some studio time tomorrow, though one of my things I really want to do is make some drawstring bags for storing heuristic play materials in for my babies at work. Hmmmm, that housework may just have to wait!


Chavah Kinloch said...

That sure is a productive day! I wish I could say I did the same. I am loving the colour of that purse, felting sounds intense. I love hearing about what you're up to. Hopefully I'll be able to start doing some courses later in the year/next year. They're all advertsing now but I'm too heavily pregnant to make all the classes so I'll have to be patient. Keep up the good work! The girls are looking great.

Vicki Holdwick said...


It is good to see you posting again. I do love your faces and can't wait to see how they progress as you work on them.


Sherry said...

Oh boy Brenda, you are in for a huge surprise! Fannie's work, up close and personal, is even more gorgeous than the pictures. I bought her collage last year and was in awe when it arrived. Glad to see you back into the arts.

Teri Leigh said...

The felted wool is so beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished. I really the drawing too. I'm so glad that you are putting paint to it.

Linda said...

I've recently discovered felting myself...its quite addictive! I like your book cover - such a yummy colour.
Linda x

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I love the color of this, it's so rich. I'm happy to see you back at work in your studio, it's amazing what we find when we go back after a short absence and how inspiring it can be, how lost we can get back in our work. Good for you!

Fannie said...

Hi, Brenda. Thanks to Sherry, I learned that you purchased two of my collages. Thanks for your generosity and supporting the ACS through FFAC.

Love your felting and portraits.

Having fun in NC with Sherry.

EWian said...

Jepp, that sure is a productive day. I feels good those days when everything fall in to place and you get to do exactly what you wanted to do..


P.S. grate felt work!