Friday, October 2, 2020

A Copy For Me

So many time I create gifts.  I enjoy making them and love that I have made someone smile or enjoy something that I have spent time creating.  A few days ago I decided to create something just for me!

 I have admired Jill Harrison's needle felted creativity for a few years. Her work has a mystic quality to me. She is an amazing artist. You can see her web site and shop here.

One of my favorite fall pictures that she has done is this one that you can find  on her website here.

So I decided to try something similar.  Just for me!

I am pleased with it.  It certainly does not have the ethereal quality that Jill's work has but it evokes a feeling of autumn and cooler weather for me.  This is my favorite season of the year.  I enjoyed school starting as a child and the relief from the hot summer days.  There is also much fun to be had in the coming months!  

Even though I tried to duplicate her picture, it took on a life of it's own.  It is very similar in content but so different in color and feel.  I will enjoy it with my fall decorations!

You really should check out Jill's work on the links above. Her portraits are stunning... all of her work is stunning!

Happy Fall!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mixed Media

I've been painting with Arteza Real Brush Pens, Inktense pencils, Maimeri watercolors, Schmincke watercolors, gauche and Sharpies. Mixing them up and trying different things.

I want to try minimalist painting but I find I can't stop. I need to be more disciplined and plan ahead. That's hard for me to do with creating anything. I like to follow my muse.

These paintings have a little bit of everything in them.  It actually makes it more interesting to work in different mediums.

 I definitely got carried away with details on this woodpecker.

 This owl has a little looseness going on.

This chickadee is a combination of detail and some less defining brush strokes. 

Practice helps. There are so many variables with water based mediums. 

I need to do more research. You will find me on Pinterest! Talk about being disciplined. I can spend a day there easily!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Great Horned Owl

I was challenged to create a needle felted Great Horned Owl by my nature loving brother.

It took me a few redos but I ended up with this guy.  He seems right at home in that bush.
Making two things the same are always a challenge for me. The eyes and feet were redone a few times.  So much to learn!  Owls are magnificent creatures!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Painting With Wool

3D sculptures have been my main focus in needle felting. My interest in creating a flat felted picture increased as I perused Pinterest.   Who came up with that addictive site? I have a love-hate relationship there. Love looking at it... hate the time consumed by getting lost in wonderful inspirations!
I used this pin photo as my inspiration. I love the sandhill cranes.

I didn't have any wool flat felt to use as a base so I purchased a few "felt" pieces from Hobby Lobby. They are very thin so I folded it in half. I have mostly wool roving in my stash. It was easy to use on the background.

Work in process!

After getting most of the picture felted I decided I didn't like the background.  I had to work with it but I was able to pull enough of it up to change the background to what I wanted. I felted over most of the yellow. It covers well and I did let some show through.

This took me about 6 hours to finish. I'm working on the next inspiration! How did we survive without smart phones?

Here is my finished piece in an 8 x 10 mat.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Needle Felted Flamingo

I have made a flamingo for a Florida friend. Wool and Florida dont seem to go together but I think he turned to be very cute!

 Here he is a few days ago before eyes and leg details.
 Finding a way to make him stand up was a challenge.  I used a metal napkin ring for some weight.
I needle felted around it and anchored him in the water. 

Here is a close up of his eyes.  They are black headpin beads.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Mixing Hobbies

I have primarily worked with polymer clay the past 10 😳years. Painting and drawing have been my peaceful place since I was a teen.  I started needle felting about 5 years ago. This works for me because I get bored with one medium and move to the next.

Needle felting has become my obsession this year because Fall and Christmas decorations are so beautiful in needle felting.

I have made and collected Santas for many years.  I enjoy making needle felted Santas but the eyes are a  bit of a challenge. This year I decided to mix my hobbies together. I made polymer clay eyes for my Santas and gnomes.

I purchased glass eyes and have needle felted eyes which looked okay.

The one on the left has glass eyes and the one on the right has needle felted eyes.

I have to say though the clay eyes are so realistic!

Have a joyful holiday and a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pumpkins of Many Colors

I was at the grocery store yesterday and saw gray pumpkins. Fits right in with today's decor.  Hard to believe they can do that. Well if they can, so can I!

I also made turquoise and blue ones!

Fun stuff for "Fall"!