This morning I was working on weaving the eye and eybrow section of Harriet's portrait and it wasn't going well at all, so I spent a good ten minutes unpicking what I had just woven and started again. You can see the crinkly threads from a section that was woven yesterday.
I am much happier with how it is looking now. I will be working on the eye proper tomorrow.
The drawing of Libby.....
Today I went for a walk into Hamilton East shops and saw that it was Market Day. As I wandered around the stalls I talk a number of photographs as resource material for a series that I have in mind to work on in the future. Here is one of the images.
This painting was made a bit over a year ago and is of my grandson Connor. I have been painting since I was a child, but when I started to weave tapestries in the early 1980's tapestry took over and I have only recently over the last three or four years started to paint with acrylics again. I am struggling a wee bit with the techniques of acrylic paint and am thinking to have a go again with oils. I did my first oil painting at the age of 13 - many many years ago. I do think I enjoy the process of tapestry more than the process of painting, but drawing has always been fun for me and I have always kept that skill going all my life.
This afternoon I started working on a drawing of a friend's little dog Libby. I think I have captured her pensive look. It is a long way from finished as yet but I have made a good start I think. I offered to draw Libby with the idea that if the drawing works well I might get the odd commission to draw other people's pets. If any of you out there would like drawing of your pet do e-mail me a good photograph to work with or contact me through the blog. I would like to hear from some of you who are looking at my blog. Aren't I doing well with my resolution to post at least one image a day......hope it lasts!
Progress on Anna's tapestry
I have started working on the second section of Harriet's face.
On the way home from Tauranga yesterday we stopped by the McLaren Falls. This is an amazing place, very inspirational.
A Day away from Home and Studio
My friends Maxine, Craig and Maxine's Mum Maureen have been staying with me for the last few days and today we took a drive over to Tauranga. We had a lovely day, visited the Tauranga Art Gallery where we saw a great exhibition of paintings - Modern Fables - by Ray Ching. Awesome works. I took Maxine to see the Baycourt tapestries which were woven by myself and Jill Kobayashi almost thirty years ago. They are still in good condition. We then drove over to the Mount and had a walk along Pilot Bay and the Ocean Beach and on the way home stopped at the McLaren Falls. Took heaps of photo's of the lovely rocks and falling water there.
Here is Maxine in front of the Mount.