Taking a Break

 

This week I’ve been sewing. I’ve been fitting a pattern from a book called The Tunic Bible by Sarah Welch and Julie Starr. After making two muslins and being happy with the fit, it’s easy to make variations in neckline, sleeves, and length. I’ve made a knit tunic and a long dress to wear to a wedding.

At the moment, I have a few different and unrelated projects going on. Spring seems to have arrived early in South Carolina and the garden is calling. I’m also sewing, drawing, and taking care of family responsibilities.

For the time being, I don’t have a lot to write about concerning art, and I’m eliminating as many deadlines as possible. So, for the near future, my emails may be sporadic. I hope to get back to painting more regularly in the future and resume weekly posts.

In the meantime, let’s all MAKE something!

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View 5.5 x 17 inches Watercolor and ink in journal ©2018 Lucinda Howe

A Room with a View
5.5 x 17 inches
Watercolor and ink in journal
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Happy Tuesday.

I’m a little late with my post this week because I’ve spent most of the last week with my parents in North Carolina. My father has been in the hospital and my mother is in a nursing home.

On the way out the door, I grabbed my small travel journaling kit.  As I sat with my mother while she was napping, I drew the scene outside her window. I selected a page in my watercolor book that already had an abstract light colored background.  The weather was overcast and there was not much color among the bare trees, but I feel that spring is just around the corner, so the light colors seemed to lighten the mood. Having something to do with my hands makes me feel better in these types of situations. 

 

 

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Palmetto Crown

Palmetto Crown Gelli print, experimental Acrylic on paper ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Palmetto Crown
Gelli print, experimental
Acrylic on paper
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Palmetto Crown is a continuation of my series of Gelli prints featuring palmetto trees.  Looking up toward the sky from beneath the tree, I notice the contrast of the solid trunk and the translucent fronds.  Focusing on a small section of the tree allows me to abstract shapes and layer paint.  

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Making Progress


In my last post, I was working on several things without finishing anything.  Since then, my husband and I took a few days for our annual warm weather vacation.  I was very relaxed on my poolside chair, but I did manage to look up and draw the palms overhead to make a journal page. 

After returning home, I received my hardware for the “Podium”, the January Bag of the Month. In the past, I’ve made unstructured tote bags, but this was the first pattern I’ve made with lots of interfacing structure and hardware.  The pattern was somewhat complicated, but the instructions were thorough and had good pictures.  After making the components and stitching the exterior to the lining wrong side out, one of the last steps was to reach through the zipper pocket and turn the whole thing right side out.  I had my doubts, but it worked!  Here is the finished bag.  

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Work in Progress

Palm fronds
Gelli plate print
from hand-cut stencil

Work in progress.  Under construction.  Delayed. 

Sometimes that’s all there is. Nothing is finished. Projects are at a standstill waiting for something.  That’s my story this week.  It’s frustrating, but I know that eventually I’ll finish and check off several things at the same time.  

This week I cut another three-part stencil based on an abstraction of palm frond and printed some tests with the Gelli plate.  It was cold in the studio in the mornings, so I moved some projects into another room.  I started sewing a bag but put it aside waiting for a hardware order to work its way through customs from Canada.

Bag fabric waiting for hardware

I started fitting a muslin for a french jacket and realized I didn’t know what I was doing so had to stop and study.  

Dreaming of a jacket beyond my skill level

 

Making a muslin for the french jacket

 

In the meantime, there were computer problems that I don’t have resolved yet. 

So there it is.  Lots of action, not much progress.   Hope your work is going more smoothly!

 

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Boots

 

Boots 3 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 3
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 2
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1 Gelli plate print 7x5" Acrylic ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Boots 1
Gelli plate print
7×5″ Acrylic
©2018 Lucinda Howe

I’m back to Gelli plate printing this week. As you know by now, I like painting South Carolina’s state tree, the Sabal palmetto. For today’s experiment, I decided to use a drawing of the boots on the trunk of a palmetto tree from my travel journal as inspiration.

I started with this small (6×4”) drawing and enlarged it on my scanner. Then I cut a three-part stencil. I made a stencil for the background, blocking out the silhouette of the tree. I cut two other stencils for medium and dark values, allowing for some overlap, and planned to leave some of the white of the paper, giving me 3 values in the trunk.

Palmetto Boots from travel journal 6x4" Watercolor ©2017 Lucinda Howe

Palmetto Boots
from travel journal
6×4″ Watercolor
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I printed several of these pieces today using the Gelli plate and acrylic paints. Each one is different depending on the colors and the order of printing. I may embellish some of these with ink drawing before I’m finished. The 3 prints above are my favorites so far.

 

Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress Gelli prints drying on studio floor ©2018 Lucinda Howe

Work in progress
Gelli prints drying on studio floor
©2018 Lucinda Howe

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Make

Journal page

Journal Page
from Jane LaFazio’s class
December 2017

Happy New Year!

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I choose a word to use as my focus for the year. In 2017, my word was SPACIOUSNESS. I did some mental and physical decluttering and opened space for new ventures. I learned some new art journaling techniques and renewed my dormant interest in sewing.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been taking an online mixed media journaling class from Jane LaFazio, a continuation of what I learned on the trip to Canada last summer. The journal page above was inspired by memories of Wildacres and incorporates collage, watercolor, stamp carving, and stenciling techniques from the class.

I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I’m making something, whether it’s painting, drawing, sewing, or gardening. I enjoy translating concepts of color and design from one medium to another. So, for 2018, my focus word is MAKE.

Do you choose a word of the year? What is your word for 2018?

 

 

 

 

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Rearranging

Emerald Palmetto 7x5 inches Gelli print with Sharpie ©2017 Lucinda Howe $125

Emerald Palmetto
7×5 inches
Gelli print with Sharpie
©2017 Lucinda Howe

I hope you are enjoying your holidays in whatever way you celebrate.  I spent a quiet afternoon in my studio moving sewing aside and setting up art supplies to do some Gelli plate printing.  My favorite thing about making art is being able to move from one medium to another whenever I get bored with what I’m doing.  

Gelli plate printing uses stencils, masks, drawing tools, and layering to make one-of-a-kind prints.  Emerald Palmetto is part of a series of images of our state tree in different colorways.  The emerald color in the background represents growth, reflection, peace and balance… my wish for all of us in the new year.

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Peace to You!

Solstice 9x12" Acrylics, torn paper & ink on watercolor paper ©2015 Lucinda Howe

Solstice
9×12″
Acrylics, torn paper & ink on watercolor paper
©2015 Lucinda Howe

Amid the overwhelm of the holiday season and the precious few hours of daylight, it’s a pleasure to take a moment to notice a beautiful sunrise.

Wishing you some moments of calm and peace this week. 

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Decorations

White Cyclamen 20x16" Oil on panel ©2015 Lucinda Howe

White Cyclamen
20×16″
Oil on panel
©2015 Lucinda Howe

I decorate for Christmas (and the rest of the year) with paintings.  

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