Monday, April 7, 2014

(Just Another) Melange Monday

Hello everyone from a simply gorgeous, sunny spring day here in this particular corner of the Pacific Northwest. I'm starting a new series of Monday posts. While I don't know if they will appear every Monday, I do know that I plan to blog (maybe) about fiber as well as other non-fiber things I've either previously completed or on which I'm currently working, and of course, any other topic(s) (non-design/art related) that may strike my fancy because, hey, it's my blog, and I'll write what I want to. 

Gratuitous George Bailey photo.

I have been without a personal computer since mid-January of this year (I short-circuited my former laptop - don't ask). I cannot tell you how great it feels to once again have a home computer - I feel like I've been liberated. While I've managed to communicate on a somewhat irregular basis since my technological fiasco, taking a look around the blog tells me that I need to update things in a fairly major way - which I'll get to in due time.

However, initially I want to post photos of the two paintings I completed in late fall of last year as part of my Romantique collection. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the year that I would work on painting more in 2014, and these two canvases remind me why I made that promise. There is something about the flow I achieve whenever I paint that just works. There is an unmediated blissful connection between my paint brushes and the canvas that is indescribable. I can lose all sense of time when I am painting - it's just me, the brush, the paint and the canvas. And even though these two works were specifically created with the collection's theme in mind, there was still a high level of freedom in each painting session. 

Ode to Demeter
Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 34
October, 2013

Snacks in the Underworld
Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24
October, 2013

This isn't to say that I don't find freedom in fiber design (because I do!), but there is a certain amount of rote work between design and finished project that tends to detract ever so slightly from the bliss (but only a little - I'm still loving designing and am definitely not complaining).

Along this more artistic line, I'll be reviewing Gwen Blakley Kinsler's The Fine Art of Crochet next Monday. The book is on a blog tour, and you can and should check out the schedule here and read what other reviewers had/have to say about it.

So I'll end today's post with some of the fiber currently on my hooks:

See a color trend here?

Until next time -