Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finished! (except for the framing)

Last Sunday PBS aired the Downton Abbey series 2 marathon.  I had never heard of this series.  I'm often in the dark about goings on.  Anyway... my husband and I are addicted.  So addicted that I went to Target and bought Downton Abbey series 1. We started watching one episode a night on Tuesday.  Tonight we see episode 3. We're trying to savor it bit by bit.  I can't wait. 

So the point of all this is, you ask?  Well, the beauty of rug hooking is that you can sit on the sofa and hook while watching the TV.  That is as long as what you are working on isn't too complicated, you can get a lot done.  Hence, I was able to get the background hooked in behind my sheep! Yeah! I did end up going with a blue-violet and I really like it. I shaded it from light to dark from the bottom to the top.  I think it adds a bit of drama.  After all art is about the drama, isn't it?  All that's left now is the lacing, matting and framing. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

After a bit of being sidetracked...

This past week I got sidetracked by a large dye order.  Needless to say no work was done on my sheep piece.  I did however take some time the past two days to get some more accomplished.  I was able to get the entire sheep done, except for the tweaks here and there that I will make before I finally call it finished.  I still need to do the background and am leaning towards a blue-violet.  Because the sheep's fur is mainly gold I thought going across the color wheel and using the complement, blue-violet, would be a good choice.  Hopefully I'll get some time in the next day or two to try this out.  For now...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sheep Profile Days 4 and 5

I 'finished' the face in the past two days and moved on to the top of the head.  I always say finished with reservations as I know I will certainly go back and do some tweaks here and there.  I find it best to leave things alone until I can get the big picture and then make my adjustments.   So for now...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Continuing 3

I took some time today, in between dye batches, to do some more work on the sheep portrait.  There are some things I want to tweak, now that I see the photo.  This often happens.  Looking at a photo of your work gives a different prospective.  For now this is what I have...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Continuing progress...

I got the nose and mouth hooked in and am working up the face towards the eye.  I also tweaked the eye a bit.  I continually hook some in and then take some out and adjust.  I want to get it just right.  I'll continue on the face before starting on the neck and body.  I think he's off to a good start!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Getting back to my roots

I've had a lot of distractions lately and have not had time to participate in my first passion, rug hooking.  Well yesterday I dug out some photos I took last fall while in Virginia.  My husband and I took a long weekend and went exploring some of the historic sites there.  We took in The D-Day memorial in Bedford, Appomatox Courthouse, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Monroe's Ashlawn Highland.  We really had a great time. Of course all the while I was on the lookout for animals that are willing to be put into a hooking.  James Monroe came through for me.  They have Romney sheep at Ashlawn Highland!  I took more sheep pictures than anything else.  It usually takes about 50 pictures to get one or two that I can work from.  Just when you think you've got a good pose, and your ready to snap the picture, the animal flings his head away from you and all you're left with is a blur.  So yesterday after sorting through my pictures I found one I could work from.  I cropped it, played with it a bit in photoshop to enhance the values and set to work drawing up my pattern and digging around for some wools I could use. 

The eye of the animal is where I always start as it is the focal point of the piece.  Next, I'll move to the nose and then I'll place in highlights and shadows and then fill in with the middle values.  This method always works the best for me.