Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

I've been plugging away at my latest quilt, "Wind Beneath My Wings," and the progress is steady and slow, so I don't have any exciting pictures to share yet.  In the meantime, I've been playing in my sketchbook and taking a new watercolor class from Alisa Burke -- loving every minute of it.  If you're interested, you can join in anytime -- here's the link.
I thought I'd share more of my experiments with you -- some were hits and some were misses, and just being able to put that last part in writing is a big step forward for me, since I usually agonize over the things I've made that didn't please me (and then I throw them out).  So here's to the Likes and Dislikes and the learning that came with each of them.
(I folded a piece of tracing paper into eighths, drew a design on one-eighth of the page, and then traced it by reflecting it around a point onto the journal page; it was colored in with paints and markers.  There may be a future quilt hiding in here . . .)
(My effort at limiting the palette to two colors -- this was difficult for a person whose motto has always been: "If you can't decide what color to wear, wear 'em all.")
(Filling the page and learning to add depth to the image)
(Just plain having fun)
As always, thanks for sharing this journey with me -- it's really great to know you're out there. 
Diane

  

7 comments:

Lynne said...

Oooo! I enjoyed that very much - thanks for sharing.

Dawn Browning said...

I love the peeks you allow us into your sketchbook and your wonderful use of vibrant color. Your work is beautiful!

Quilt Rat said...

well all I can say is....It is a good thing I don't have gas!
Why? well this post of yours caused a massive spark....I mean MASSIVE!!!

I can not begin to tell you how inspired I am.

and this from someone who thinks colourful means wearing white, black and grey all at the same time LOL

Marilyn Rock said...

Lovely sketchbook art! It is fun and it sure looks like you're enjoying it, too! Thanks for sharing with us! xxoo

Victoria said...

All your work is so lovely to me, and I truly appreciate you sharing a bit of your sketchbook. I have such a hard time even keeping a sketchbook, (too critical and I also wind up throwing the pages away), so I get how hard sharing this can be. I think I will take a page from your wisdom and try to look at my future attempts as lessons being learned, and not judge whatever comes out so harshly. Thank you. xo

JMack said...

I love love love the first picture. Especially all of the math connections there. And the colors are beautiful too. Let me know if that one becomes a quilt! Might have to make that my first purchase :)

Nancy said...

I found your blog by way of Marilyn Rock...and I am so glad......I love your blog; it's full of color and beauty....

After not working on wallhangings for 15 years, I just last week started another one.....I'm afraid I like to do too many things and find it hard to stay with one....

I love your art quilts; they are amazing and your sketches as well....Just love all the color.....

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