Friday, May 31, 2019

Whales tails in Vermont?

There are two whales tails not far from my house in landlocked Vermont. Here is their story:

Reverence is a sculpture in Vermont created by Jim Sardonis in 1989 that depicts two tails of whales "diving" into a sea of grass. It is meant to symbolize the fragility of the planet. The tails were made from 36 tons of African black granite and stand 12 to 13 feet (3.7 to 4.0 m) tall.

You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging much lately. For one I have almost given up on the blogger platform since I only have an iPad to post and it’s not easy to do . I have started a blog on Wordpress to try it out and may just go with that one. The address is here.
Also I’ve been spending most of my online social quilts time on Facebook in our quilters show and tell group. I’m on there daily and find it more interactive.  When I stop blogger completely I will put up a post with the link to Wordpress. I would love to have you join our show and tell group.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Drawing a face

Faces are hard for me but after watching a video on the sketchbook revival this past week I learned this. (Unfortunately the classes are over. They were free but for only one week) 

First draw two lines for eyes and one for nose.

Do a little scribble under the eyes

Draw up from the nose into an eyebrow and add an eyebrow over the other eye and add a line for the mouth

Add a smaller line under the lip - nothing over it, keep it simple

Now draw in the outline of jaw, neck and any hair but try to keep it simple.
 Don’t be blue - you can draw faces.
 All your friends will be green with envy when you show them this technique 

In the class she used a heavy watercolor paper and watercolors but since I don’t have watercolor paper and I am a quilter I tried fabric. What makes this technique cool looking is that the lines get blurred. In the class she used regular graphite pencil and then added water with a brush and the pencil lines sort of smeared but you could still see what was going on. She used some of the smear to shade etc. with the fabric that didn’t work. I changed to a charcoal pencil and it was better  but not great. Inktense pencils might work really well with this but I haven’t tried that yet. I did take a spray bottle and wet it all then took a regular colored pencil and colored. It blended some. I’m going for a blended ethereal look. Although these two are far from that. This was all for fun and play and this is an easy way to do a face.

Try it! You can do this!