Knitting as Art

January 24, 2011
Pen & Ink and Watercolor
My youngest sister recently learned to knit. At a gathering last week she soon attracted a curious audience:
"What is that? What are you doing? Can I try?"

In the spirit of this sensational painting modeled after "The Reader," I've based my illustration on Emile Munier's painting, "A Special Moment." It was fun to pull details (the color scheme, clothing inspiration, vine-covered wallpaper, and purple flowered carpet design) from the painting and give them a new twist!


IF: Dusty

January 22, 2011

 This week I took out my spinning wheel (it's a Kromski Polonaise--a fun name for a really beautiful wheel). Was it ever dusty! I think it needs a tune up and lots of oil before it's ready to go again.

That reminded me of a picture I started a summer or two ago when I was experimenting with spinning milkweed down. I thought it would make a good fairy tale: the princess who spins the thread for her ball gown of milkweed down.

I discovered that it doesn't really spin that well (the fibers are too short and slippery)--but what's the fun of being an artist if you don't take artistic license once in a while?

IF: Chicken

January 17, 2011
My sister is devoted to her flock of chickens, so it wasn't hard to find inspiration for this week's prompt.
We were gone over the weekend so grandpa collected the eggs--along with a golf ball or two!
I guess they all feel the same in the dark and the cold. :)

Pencil sketch with digital color

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