Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Needle


I’ve heard it said by People Who Are Experts In These Matters that, if you want to get better at your art, you should learn from the best.  For me, that means turning to my library of copyright-free books and sketching.
Several weeks ago, I was sidelined by a sinus infection (nasty little bugger), and the only thing I felt like doing was drawing – I couldn’t even bring myself to sit at the sewing machine for five minutes.  So I pulled out two of my favorite design sources: “Floral Patterns,” by Pepin van Roojen, and “4000 Flower & Plant Motifs,” by Graham Leslie McCallum. 



I copied motifs and embellished them with my own details and generally tried to make myself feel as though I was producing some art from the snuggly comfort of my bed.
And, by gosh, between blowing my nose and using the neti pot, I had fun.  My plan is to turn some of these drawings into postcards – after all, the real fun is in adding the COLOR.



Diane

10 comments:

Jackie said...

Diane, I would so buy your cards!! Those drawings are just too gorgeous. I can only imagine what they will be like in color.

moosestashquilting said...

What a great idea. I forgot all about those books that I have. Now where are they again! :-) Thanks for the inspiration! Hope your sinus infection is better.

Quilt Rat said...

These are FABULOUS! I can only imagine how wonderful they will be in your meticulous stitching!
Are you feeling better? Hope so

Bee said...

Ugh! Sinus infections are so miserable! I hope you are feeling much better now. I love your drawings! They are beautiful. I can't wait to see them as postcards.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Wonderful drawings! You found the perfect activity while trying to feel better.

Marilyn Rock said...

Fantastic! Hope you are feeling better. I'm nursing the same thing!

Deborah said...

These are beautiful! Looks like fun.

希綺希綺 said...

志不立,天下無可成之事。........................................

imquilternity said...

Again...very lovely work! You're the only one I know who is productive when they are sick in bed! And, you actually had fun doing it...isn't that the best part? Can't wait to see your postcards.

Amalia T. said...

These are beautiful! I went to your website, too, and looked at the quilts and I am blown away at what you're able to do as a quilter! If I ever want a quilt commissioned, now I know where to go! :)

Ben Lamb linked to your blog on facebook, and I found you through him. It's great to see what you're up to these days!

-Amalia (Stankavage) Dillin

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