Archive for May, 2011

Treading water in the deep end…

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Following is a post i made to the blog for my BIG painting class. Since the recurring theme is to be/become FEARLESS, I am posting it here and then I will take a deep breath and link it to fb…FEARLESSly…

As week one passes by, I find myself a little more in touch with the idea of process. I have known for some time I am a process knitter, but I also have an art/craft form of ADD. I find new techniques or practices that interest me and learn what I can about them, sometimes taking classes, sometimes not. Sometimes something clicks and a practice might develop, but more often I continue searching. Seeking out something that feels right. I already know that this is likely knitting, but what if there is something else and I am missing it? This is why I keep seeking, but I am deeply grounded in it being okay if knitting is all there is that is so deeply satisfying.

Here’s my lovely sketch. Yesterday, I sat for 8 hours of advanced Photoshop education. I was treading water all day. Two tracks were offered and Track 1 was too elementary, Track 2 a bit (ahem) over my head. I decided to sit through the more advanced classes and I soon discovered that while I am in no way experienced or proficient at the topics, I did know what we were talking about. I have done a lot of tutorials when I have down time at work and have been using PS for a few years. I learned I know more than I thought I did.

After the workshop which was on the other side of town, I had about 40 minutes to think about it all and process it on the drive home. When I got home, I had the brain burst that it is Thursday…gotta do billpay online before 6…omg…6 on Thursday…hmm…CHAT! YES! …and it was 5:45…

So I paid bills and logged into chat and everything was fine…then Connie said open your sketch books…ooopsie, I dashed from the computer to find/grab mine and then I grabbed a box of colored pencils I was recently given from a friend who was purging some supplies (a lot of supplies…) because they were right on the table and accessible.

Turns out it was a good choice and they were easy to use for the exercise we did. I took some notes in my writing journal (I had to dash and find that, too) and all of a sudden, chat was over.

It all moved too quickly, but taking this workshop will also move quicker than I might like, but that is part of the charm for me. In trying to keep up, much like I had to in the PS workshop, I take more in because I have a better attuned attention, and as it processes over time, it reveals itself in many different ways. Realizing this as I type it is sort of profound and will also take the time it needs to sink in. Ultimately, time is all we have.

More Abstract Adventure

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Glad it is Friday. I don’t know if I could take another day in this work week as it is totally kicking my ass. Still trying to find a painting groove. I don’t think being un-enamored with it has anything to do with the size of this journal, but more to do with there being zero sense of confidence in knowing what I am doing. I try to just do it anyway, but it is a challenge. I can appreciate that I am just throwing paint down on a page and that it can become background paper for a later date.It doesn’t have to look like anything¬† and there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong. This however, seems terribly unfinished. Or maybe just terrible. I’ll ponder that and take a bite of my cake pop.

I have been trying to get two Gratitude Project gifts finished up. I have made a couple journally note book sorts of things and while I like how they have turned out, I am feeling like maybe I should stick to knitting my gratitude gifts…except maybe sometimes the recipient isn’t a knitwear type of person…

I brought pieces to work today to finish them up and both glue sticks I had on my desk just ran out. I really had hoped to put these in the mail today before starting on my new workshop this weekendI find it interesting that both journal covers have elephants on them. Sort of makes it feel like a phase. Also an elephant in a spread I did inside one of them…hmmm….

The new class is called BIG and is by Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio. It is a 6 week long online workshop and will feature her method for FEARLESS painting (think big here) and my plan is to pretend I am in any way comfortable with this.

There is a focus on process not product and this is something I have been working on. With knitting, I am totally a process knitter and knit for the sake of knitting. I get totally lost in it at times and feel it nourishes me in some necessary way. I can totally dig it as a process activity, but in part that is because there *is* a tangible resulting product.

With painting, not so much. At least not yet… and there is a serious learning curve going on here…so please, pardon the crap that will appear here over the next few weeks…

A new adventure…sort of…

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Since I am going on a FEARLESS painting adventure called BIG, I thought I would play pretend being fearless right here and now.

As a prelim to BIG, and as part of the 21 Secrets (you can still sign up through the end of May) online workshop, I am currently taking Connie’s Abstract Adventure workshop. It’s painting in a BIG (22×30 I think)journal. A large watercolor pad to be more precise. “It’s just your journal…” I repeat to myself…it’s my new mantra…really…

This is the first one…I tried to not listen to my inner critic telling me it is crap and when I was feeling it all a bit too smarmy, I watered down some black and white and splashed them across the page…much better in an instant…

I liked this one better from the start…I did the outline first and was feeling all leafy…leafy is a feeling, yes? Yes. but then the leaves became eyes, sorta and the spiral I started out with became a little nose-ish…

Then eb came in from seeing it and exclaimed “Very phallic…you painted a penis!” I. Did. Not. Paint. A. Penis…

So let the FEARLESSness begin with posting these crappy paintings…I was talking with GFLS (that’s good friens Lisa Smith) yesterday via skype (we try to have Skype Studio time each week to motivate each other on this 21 Secrets journey) and we came to the conclusion that yes, they are just journal pages, but that they could also be used as a background base for collage…or torn up as bits of ephemera…or as pages in a handmade journal…or as covers for handmade journals…so the experimenting continues…

Sweetie Pie Hat

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

It’s just about the cutest thing ever…it’s a safe bet that there might be a theme of cutest thing ever recurrung here for a while. There is a new baby girl to knit for…the Fabulous Miss Ella…

I went to Nimblefingers to pick up a pair of size 6 circs with a longer cable and there was a display of Bambino Taffy yarn from Be Sweet. I always like their pretty yarns, but they can be a bit pricey if you have a larger project in mind. I don’t generally mind this because of their fair trade status, and this hat was a one ball project so I snatched it right up.

I got home on Tuesday and had some sushi for dinner and then I set to work casting on and getting started. From its picot hem to its lacey hearts, I had smooth sailing. On the last row of the hearts I was off two stitches and I knew right away I had dropped or missed two yarn-overs, so I found them and it was a pretty easy fix. Also a good place to stop for the night.

On Wednesday I picked it back up and sludged through the bobbles. Not my favorite thing to knit, but as it is a baby hat, they numbered just few enough to comply with the pattern direction. Once past those, it was a few rows before the crown decreases and i-cord ties.

Oh my! just about 24 hours later and it is finished! Cutest Hat Ever (number 1) for the Fabulous Miss Ella!!