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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number eight, tea tin and oranges..last in the series on: November 24, 2015 01:55:40 PM
So we reach number eight, the last in the series.

This is a jasmine tea tin and some clementines in a bowl. So tired when I was painting this and I pretty much grabbed the first thing that I saw. But this I am more happy with.

and the original

it is actually a very difficult room to paint in as the light is directly over head and behind, so the shadows are exaggerated.

Next term I am moving back into my comfort zone...acrylics. Oils are a good discipline, but I don't love them. I won't abandon oils completely, I have a lot to use up!.

Thanks for the advice and comments on the series.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number seven, block plane, pears and a knift on: November 17, 2015 11:51:05 AM
I have wanted to use this block plane in a painting for ages, it is an old one and really quite beautiful. I was going for a sort of 'workman downs tools, for a snack' type thing. The knife is a gorgeous new kitchen knife that has a great shape, plus a wooden box and some pears.

this was very frustrating and I am not sure it is still quite right, the plane is just a funny shape and I think it still needs a little bit more work...I keep seeing flaws and have fixed them, but there is still something wrong...

I see from the photo that the back curve of the plane is wrong, needs to dip down a bit more..the angle of the photo isn't quite the angle that i painted it at, I was looking down a little more..also I had to extend the box as once painted the plane looked as though it was floating and was really wrong...it could do with a bit more shadow at that extended side

comments and suggestions really welcome.

Ok so I have reworked it a bit, deepened the box shadow, and the side of the box and adjusted the top of the plane. but  I am stopping now because each time I rework it I feel it loses some of it's immediacy..and it definitely becomes something other than a 2 hour oil painting..

Good points Always, I see what you mean about the shadow on the cloth.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / another round of Fabric printing swap? on: November 03, 2015 01:18:08 PM
Anyone fancy another round of this, It was a great swap the last time.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number six, tankard, candle, bread on: November 03, 2015 04:33:13 AM
back to my art group last night, a group from my house this time, the black lidded tankard in the background is an antique that my cousin gave to me as a house warming as it is contemporaneous with my house, (c1840), bread and a lighted candle.

the bread is OK, the candle was a bugger to paint, flames are hard, especially when the stuff around the flame is not really dark enough. The tankard is OK, but very black so there was a lot of contrast...all in all I am reasonably happy with it.

Constructive criticism very welcome.

this is the original group, I adjusted it from this, tore off some bread and changed the angle of it relative to the other things. I had painted the motif on the tankard, but it was only after I painted it that I noticed that it wasn't put on properly on the tankard, I painted it as I saw it but it messed up the perspective, and flatted the tankard into 2D, so I wiped it and painted an invented one.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number five, another random grab from the charity shop on: October 20, 2015 03:38:06 AM
So this was last nights effort.

Difficult as the wicker basket was a bit of a puzzle but I am happy with the elements, not particularly happy with the fabric, I even reworked it a little but gave up in the end. and resolved to never paint folds of stuff again..

however it fits really well with the rest.

I renovated this dresser,  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440719.msg5338669#msg5338669 the supports for the drawers were lying around the place, so I used them to make a little display rail over the sofa.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / oil painting number four, things that don't go together, bert, vase and jug on: October 13, 2015 10:26:00 AM
This is another eclectic collection from the charity shop. I was thinking of a HP craftalong challenge, working with things that don't naturally go together. So I paired a soft toy with kitchen stuff. Turns out I may have an obsession with jugs.. (said the bishop to the actress..*groan* sorry I couldn't resist)

this was a tricky composition and I am not sure I got it right (comments??) It is, as all of the previous ones were, oil paint, wet on wet and done from composition to finished picture in about 1 hour 40 mins. It should have been two hours, but the woman who locks up had her coat on and keys in hand 20 minutes before the time was up..and maybe it is a skill to know when to stop.

i am reasonably pleased with it, but interestingly when compared with the others that I have done, I have a definite 'style' I wonder where that comes from, is it how I see, or how that gets translated into paint..
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Monster Journal, with eyes on: October 13, 2015 05:49:18 AM
I made this journal for my partner in the recent 13 days of halloween swap. I had seen things like this online but wasn't sure that I could make it.

I scavenged eyes from a soft toy  and glued them into position onto the grey board that I had cut for covers.

Then used chamois leather, draped them over the eyes, using plenty of white glue on the underside, allowed to fully dry and bound some stitched signatures as normal. Because the leather was so bulky the inside wasn't as neat as I would have liked, but it still worked and the leather is beautifully soft.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Sorting hat, tea cosy on: October 03, 2015 03:07:31 PM
Lucky me, I had Mistress Jeannie in the recent return to hogwarts swap. She is very cool and very nice and I wanted to make something special. Plus she has an awesome pinterest board, so I was very inspired.

I decided, in a moment of insanity to make a teacosy in the shape of the sorting hat from harry potter. There were many occasions for profanity. I did an extensive search and found nothing at all like this online, so I was on my own.

To make it I cut a random oval shape out of brown felt, using some wadding at the back, I stitched and gathered, needle sculpting the face, to give the brow ridge and nose. Once I had the face done the rest was pretty easy. I cut shapes to turn the front half into the triangular shape, with folds to cover the seam, ditto the back.

padded it well and lined it with some brown cotton, after adding a brim.

I left openings for the spout and the handle, so you can pour the tea without taking off the hat.

It has to be admitted that I really love the way it turned out and it was hard to let it go. It was pretty time consuming, but totally worth it!

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / oil painting number three, witches hat and two tea light holders on: September 21, 2015 03:27:53 PM
this is oil painting number three, from my weekly art group, we just sit around and paint. This time I went to our equivalent of the dollar store for three random items, inspired by the nerd games prompt good vs evil, I found these things and this group

I am actually pretty happy with this, but would welcome any comments and criticsm.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hand crafted christmas gift for you on: September 21, 2015 02:06:48 AM
I don't know if it is just me, but I have learned over the years that it is a tiny bit hearbreaking to give handcrafted gifts to some people. They are the ones that really haven't a clue, or don't care about the amount of time and effort that goes into hand made things. they get shop bought stuff

but I really like making handcrafted gifts, and I love receiving them just as much. Sadly I am pretty much the only person that I know that makes things, so 99% of the gifts under my tree on christmas morning are from shops, which is lovely of course.

And then there must be some people out there in craftster land who don't have a lot of family, friends, and who are perhaps not going to have a lot of gifts under the tree

so I was wondering if there would be any interest in a christmas gift swap. Just one large nice item, gift wrapped to go under the tree, to be opened on christmas morning? your partner could choose from a list of themes, and/or pinterest, to make one lovely item.

What do you think?
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