Friday, December 30, 2011

Fingerless Mittens





These fingerless mittens are newly finished and I can't wait to wear them. Inspired by the Composed Mitts I mixed up the colors and yarns, using wool, mohair, and a little cashmirino. I shortened the original design and changed the thumb opening.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Knitting in the Nordic Tradition




I walk while I knit! People are amazed and think I am very talented, but perhaps it is just genetic.
Knitting in the Nordic Tradition was in my stocking this year. I am drawn to the Faroe Islands Knitting as well as the Shetland Island traditions for two reasons, my mother is of Norwegian decent and my father of Irish. That really only counts as one reason, the other is that these islanders lived in a place that had limited natural resources and they sold their exquisite handmade treasures as a part of their livelihood. I live in a tourist town that is much like an island, it is a small peninsula on a larger peninsula, which is remote in that there is one road in and one road out. You can also access it by boat. I am hoping to create my own independent economy!
Now for a little trick, winding yarn. If you like to knit or crochet by pulling the yarn from the center of the skein, first loop the loose end of your yarn around your thumb and pinkie about 8 times. Fold this in half keeping the end hanging down and away from the loop. Wrap this ring of yarn around your thumb and continue to wrap the rest of the yarn around and around keeping track of the original tail. When you come to the end, wind the yarn around the center of your skein about 6 times and tuck in the end. Be sure not to wind too tightly as it supposedly stretches the yarn and reshapes it.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hang on We've Almost Survived Christmas

This is my personal painting of The Scream. I gave it to a friend of mine. I hope that she finds comfort in it. I think it pretty much sums up how we all feel once in a while.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree oil painting and New York City

I dug out a couple of old oil paintings for fun. The Christmas tree was painted from life and it is really amazing how much color is captured compared to painting from photographs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Amazing Portrait

Tonight was Gallery Walk in Port Townsend, our little city was buzzing with Christmas Cheer and interesting art.
Recently I checked out an American Artist magazine and ran across an article about Nelson Shanks. His portraits are right up my alley. Colors and images that appeal to me. Like a small child, I try to immitate what impresses me by copying. My intention is not to copy his portrait, but to use it as inspiration and infuse my own creative ideas.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Great Grandma's Vase still life

Sometimes I feel like oil paintings compared to watercolors are paint just smooshed around on the canvas.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Girl in the Window Drinking Coffee

I call this work vintage Tam, it is a small oil on canvas painting. This week I will be showing quite a few of my oils from 2002 - 2003.
Some works of art you part with willingly while others haunt you, this is a haunter...I wish I had never let it go. The good thing is that it has inspired a new work coming soon and on a much larger scale! See Below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gypsy Girl watercolor fashion illustration

Gypsy Girl
watercolor painting
I was thoroughly disappointed to see that I missed posting on Halloween, but I painted this painting yesterday while listening to Steven King's book IT on tape. So now when I look at this miniature gypsy girl, I remember the sense of the day and the scary book.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dock Buildings and Van Gogh Style Sunflowers

Dock Building
to purchase BID HERE
watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper
miniature 6" x 6"
Van Gogh Style Sunflowers
To Purchase SOLD
8" x 10" oil on stretched canvas

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sea Oars Resting

To Purchase

watercolor on cold press paper Being a big fan of some established watercolor artists, I can't help but mimic their work. Jeanne Dobie is one of my favorites when it comes to color and color mixing. Perhaps I like her work so much because she creates some amazing greens.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Baby Chicken oil painting miniature


Baby Chicken oil on gesso board
miniature
I still like the idea of painting baby chickens and eggs. Painting and having to finish it every day is really a good idea.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bird's Nest on a Cherry Blossom Branch with Eggs

SOLD
"Bird's Nest on a Cherry Blossom Branch with Eggs" oil on gesso board
8" x 10"
The late summer farmer's market inspired a series of sunflower paintings that I have showing at the coffee bar uptown.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gypsy Cart Watercolor painting

Over the summer our neighbors had a gypsy camp in their field. The carts were so beautifully made and so interesting I had to paint it.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wildlife watercolor Black Wolf

My mother and I were having a conversation about wildlife artwork, so I was inspired to post this one. The great thing about painting is that the more you do, the more interesting the paintings get. Sorry, this painting is not for sale.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Seashell watercolor

Seashells as a watercolor painting are delightful. I think I need to do some more.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lonesome Cowboy and his Dog

SOLD This is one of my favorie paintings. Done after an N.C. Wyeth oil painting I think it looks equally good as a watercolor cowboy with his dog.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Violinist

SOLD

This is an older painting from 2003. I was doing a lot of oils then and I really like the shapes of the colors and the black and white.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bride Crossing Ahead

I think this may be the end of the bride season.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crochet by Marie Wallin

Love this. Rowan shows some of their design process on this project.

Watercolor in your tea

A little watercolor in your tea this morning.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dalesmen by Martin Storey

The light in the morning has begun to glow a little orange while coming in the windows at a lower angle. Though the air has not yet turned crisp, that lighting is a sure sign of the coming fall and the knitting bug begins again.
This book of men's designs that I happened upon by Martin Storey for Rowan yarns is just about torture. Which one to make and which yarn to choose. I also love the photography and settings. Time for a little travel to go with that knitting.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Doodle Dancer

There is really nothing so real as kid drawing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Samurai Knitter

If you are interested in some paintings check here.
Honestly where was this woman when I was knitting mohair sweaters as a teen. I had no idea back then that the sweaters I began wouldn't look on me the way they looked in the books or magazines.
The Samurai knitter reviews Vogue Knitting every issue and it is really remarkable the way she sees things that we all might miss.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mod Dresses

Go-Go Style
Dovima has found and delivered several inspiring looks on her flickr account.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Betsey Girl

Love the Vintage Betsey Johnson look as she ventured into making patterns for Butterick called Alley Cat. Here is just a sampling of her work then and a pattern. A wrap dress with a hood, keep a lookout for this.