Sunday, March 29, 2009

I have a really tiny notebook for visits to galleries etc and for
stray notes.
Still Life with Lemons and Oranges. Melendez

Still Life with Glass and Lemon. Picasso 1910

I went again for a family visit and fitted in a visit to the National Gallery and their exhition on Picasso and his interpretations of other paintings by great masters. It was brilliant, and one of his still life paintings was an interpretation of the sister painting by Melendez to the one that I am using as a theme, and hangs beside it in the National Gallery.

This month I was very lucky and had two trips to London. The first was a day trip with my sister in law. Ryan air makes it cheaper to fly to London for a day trip from Cork than to take a train up to our capital city Dublin, which is plainly daft but there it is. We went to see an exhition of hats at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it was brilliant!

1.2.7 small sketchbook. These pages are based on
piled up and stacked boxes and I have used the pages
as layers to cut into to give the idea of heaps and heaps!

1.2.8 small sketchbook

1.2.9 small sketchbook

Friday, March 20, 2009


1.3.7 these folded paper shapes seem to relate well to the
stacked boxes, with their vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines.
I increased the contrast in the pictures to mirror the high contrast in
painting. I would like to take these into textiles if I could.


1.2.6 These two are a rough sketch, rearranging the elements of the
painting. The top one has placed them in a different triangle
in the centre of the picture and you can see through the image to the one
below. the bottom one has split up the elements over the surface
which makes them look whimsical and the surface of the picture


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Ireland to all Distant Stitchers!






1.2.5 small sketchbook

1.2.4 small sketchbook
although it is not clear from the above pictures, the 2 images above are made up of 2 pages, one a window with wires across it relating to the shapes from my boxes and an image behind.

1.2.3 small sketchbook . the pictures above and below
investigate the light, mid and dark tones of the painting,
both as sketches made using masking fluid as a resist,
and using photoshop to pick them out.

1.2.2 small sketchbook.

1.2.1 Small sketchbook. using photoshop I looked at
over-emphasising the lighting affects on the surface of the
picture. I amazed me to be able to move the lit area around
the surface of the painting at will! Extreme lights and darks.



I had a go at the rust dyeing in Module 1, chapter 6 using rusty objects and cotton fabric soaked in vinegar. I did it in the airing cupboard in a plastic bag and left everything for 2 days. The cogs gave a nice definate mark.