November 2010

Thankful thankful thankful

Uncategorized

Comments (5)

Permalink

Geeking out

These paintings combine a bunch of geeky ideas that have been rattling around in my head for a while.  A reduced palette, low light conditions, and a one-over-f distribution of spatial frequencies colored such that saturation is inversely related to shape size.  They look a little like watercolor illustrations but are actually oil on gessoed paper.  Oh yes, and the round-edge windows are almost certainly printmaking plates in disguise.

As I hoped, I did learn something from this exercise.  The drawing for the top (New York) painting obeys the usual rule: about equal numbers of big, medium, and small shapes.  But the second one (the view from the fourth floor conference room at work) does not.  It’s only the colors that unite the big light and dark areas, and create the larger shapes the painting needs.  So clearly there is more to this than my simple rule of coloring the big shapes duller and the small shapes brighter.

I also noticed that for two days after finishing these, everything I looked at appeared more vibrant. I think it was painting all those closely related grays.  I often think of learning to draw or paint as mostly being about learning to use materials and control your hands.  But really I think it has more to do with changing how you see.

I tried to explain all this to Joey (and to thank him for waking me up to catch the source photo for the first painting) but he was unimpressed.

Uncategorized

Comments (2)

Permalink

Yak pie

Uncategorized

Comments (0)

Permalink

The lure of the jacket muslin proves impossible to resist

So far I’d managed to get through the fall without making a muslin.

I know, I know.  Muslining is supposed to be a sign of sewing maturity.  The problem is…I’m kind of a muslin addict.  I just bought my second 50 yard bolt of muslin (having polished off the first one in under two years).  I’d rather muslin six garments than go through the tedium of actually *sewing* one.  Muslining lets me try out lots of ideas without investing a lot of time.  Only once I’ve made the muslin, I’m tempted to think I understand the garment and immediately lose interest in sewing it.

But having made four bona fide wearable garments, I treated myself to a jacket muslin:

This is Burda 7424, which I had though of making up in a blue-gray houndstooth.  Please excuse the mismatched sleeves: only the one on my right is appropriately shortened.  The mismatched shoulders are me, unfortunately, not the jacket.

What do you think?

The truth is I am trying to decide between three different cropped motorcycle-ish jacket patterns, and this one— being an envelope rather than a magazine pattern— required the least effort to make up.  Here are the other two:

(Burda 12-2008-119)

(Burda 9-2008-104)

Then I’m trying to decide about fabrics.  How wearable is a houndstooth motorcycle jacket really?  Will it keep me warm?  Will it be too ridiculous to wear?  Maybe a cropped black jacket would be more useful.  I found some heavy-weight black wool doubleknit that might work.  Or maybe a heavy dark gray twill:

(Houndstooth on the bottom, twill in the middle, doubleknit on the right)

Not to mention the hikaru military-style jacket that I muslined back in August.  And cut the fabric for.  And now realize needs a swayback adjustment and some other tweaks.

Which one should I make? Help!

Uncategorized

Comments (2)

Permalink

People-watching

Before Joey was born we made sure to reserve a domain name for his blog.  Alas, we forgot to set up said blog while we were still well-rested and had continuous stretches of time available.  Therefore I will continue to post the baby pictures here.

Uncategorized

Comments (3)

Permalink

The clown blouse

This sort of loose unstructured blouse is not usually the kind of thing I go for at all.  But I became obsessed with this pattern (Burda 08-2010-119) ever since seeing the preview for it, in the infamous “clown”-themed feature:

In retrospect I think what appealed to me was the ruffled neckline, and perhaps I should have spliced that ruffle onto a more structured top.  Alternatively I could have made this back in August when “makes me look pregnant” wasn’t really a design flaw.  Despite not being much of a fall/winter garment I suspect I may find myself wearing this a lot, as it is nearly as comfortable as it is voluminous.  I also made myself a scarf from the left-overs for the days when I’m not feeling my inner clown:

Uncategorized

Comments (2)

Permalink