Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Becoming a Monthly Thing

Yup. Blogging is pretty much a once a month, maybe more if I feel like it, thing. It's not that I don't have things to share, but I have so many other places I am sharing things on - Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook - that sharing on here keeps taking a back seat.

Starting off with some new oil paintings. Smaller works on wood. Not my best, but not awful either. I really just needed to knock out a couple more before my show in Salina next week. 

Second "Bad Oyster" shawl and already planning a third. This one was a shop sample for W.C. Mercantile. Playfully titled "Poseidon's Oyster".

My blue shawl is about 8 rows away from being complete, but that is slow going given the current size. I am hoping to have it done for my art show next week. :) Knitted in Alpha B Yarn (which by the way is a very yummy yarn!), this has been a very fun project!

Since I have left overs from my two Bad Oyster Shawls I decided to make socks. I wanted them to be opposites, but alas I did not have enough green to do so. So I just kept going and let them be playful.

And then there are road trips that result in new yarn. This is from Twisted Yarn in Spring, TX. Ella Rae Lace Worsted (oxymoron?). I got it in the clearance rack and now I am dreaming of two color shawls. But I can't decide on a pattern (Just too many!) so I am thinking of designing my own...

And a second yarn shop on my trip, ipurl in The Woodlands, TX provided me with this yummy "Raspberry Lime Sorbet" yarn. I can't decide what this will be, as it isn't recommended for machine wash, so socks may be out.... 

I hope everyone had a wonderful June! I am heading back to Kansas on Sunday for a week or so. I have a show opening there and also family that will be around. I'm pretty excited to get away from here for a bit.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moving Forward

Wow. Once again it has been longer than I would have liked between my last blog post and now. How does that always seem to happen?

We had our Art Open House at my residency this past weekend, so maybe that was it. All the stress of preparing for that.  But because it has finally come and gone, I am excited to share all of my completed art with you all! And some new knit adventures as well.

"Dust" Gouache on Paper, 18x24

Frozen Summer Harvest, Oil on Canvas, 40x50

My giant paper mache tree. I think he's about 4.5 feet. I am so happy that he's finally done :)
Knit wise I finished that tank I was working on. I had to re-start it once and ended up having to do some crochet doctoring. Right now this is my best photo, which was taken at open house by the lady who BOUGHT this painting! (and is also an amazing fellow knitter)

So I started a lacy shawl, from the same pattern collection as the tank. It's with Alpha B sock yarn that Ivy gave me for my birthday last year.

Poseidon's Oyster, playfully called as such because it was started while watching "The Poseidon Adventure" on TV. It's a shop sample Bad Oyster shawl for my LYS.

First bobbin of colored spinning on my wheel. It's taking some getting used to but it's going well. The tension is constantly giving me grief.
And because I haven't done this in a while:
Weekly inspirations:
Probably about half of my knitting group is working on this project right now, but I have yet to jump on the bandwagon. What do you think?
The city of College Station, where the Arts Council is at, does a summer student residency program. Their new artist for this year has some pretty intense work!
I made Beer Butt chicken last week, thanks to Rachael Ray. I may have made too much though, as I am still eating on it this week. I hope it's still good....
Well, I am going to be a busy beaver for awhile. I get to spend all this week working in an antique shop, all next week teaching summer camp and then the end of June traveling home. Will there be time for art making? I sure hope so!