Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do I really need a new project?

Sometimes my mind reminds me of a young puppy - running and jumping after every new idea. Surfing quiltblogs affords me ample opportunity for that. Some days ago my attention was caught by a sew along project for the blocks of The Farmers Wife Sampler: 3 6inch blocks every first and third Wednesday of the month - sounds doable, doesn't it? It's only the second round after all, so I should be able to catch up:While thinking about what fabrics to use I stumbled over my unfinished Dear Jane quilt and the yards of fabric I bought for it. Started 2006 I finished all the center blocks and the top, "only" the triangles and corner blocks remain to be sewn. I remember the pleasure of hand piecing, and the doubts I had about the colors chosen for the triangles. Laying out the top and looking at the fabrics confirms my doubts but also lets me see a very simple (and as I hope right) solution.

So having finished those lovely six blocks I turn my attention back to the older project, plan a lovely weekend of fiddling with freezer paper, remembering how important correct numbering, marking directions and crossing points is, and above all loose myself in the relaxation of taking tiny stitches and see something grow from the tiniest of scraps into a bigger part of a large quilt; but this one will only be shown once it is finished. Sometimes starting a new project is all that is needed to give life to an old one.

Friday, February 24, 2012

51 Photos - (in) motion

This weeks theme left me scratching my head for the longest time. How am I supposed to take a picture - something static - of something in motion so that this motion is implied? OK, I could have taken a night photo of a car and have the strip of light stand for the motion.

On Monday when I examined my office orchide anxiously if it was really working on new buds an it was not just some strange dream I had over the weekend I suddenly realised that

a) it was true
b) the buds were so much bigger than on friday!

Lightbulb moment: Orchid on Tuesday:
Orchid on Friday:

Quite a bit of motion, wouldn't you say?

Friday, February 17, 2012

51 Photos - White

The theme white was fun for me. With two weeks freezing cold weather and a weekend spent in Styria I had many opportunities to take photos of snow, frozen waterfalls and my car with a white coat. Instead I chose my biggest challenge - a piece of white paper. What to paint and where to start.....

At the oil painting seminar I attended last weekend we covered all the canvases we used with acrylic paint in burnt sienna before starting to paint. Watercolor though lives from the light the white paper provides.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Drawing again

At the end of January my teacher started giving classes again and not only I have been waiting for that. 13 pupils in a grafic class - in the three years I study with him that was a first! We started to warm up with charcoal sketches of a motive we all know by heart: Kärntner Straße and St. Stephans Cathedral in the back (which we all drew the wrong way round...). Not having drawn for some time our sketches turned out rather heavy handed so we immediatly went to work again, trying to pay attention to light and shadow and defining the center.And then again with the same motive but switching to indian ink - working in series and getting to know ones motive (even if we all drew it wrong...)
After lunch we had to visit Venice again :-). Again starting out with charcoal and then turning to indian ink.
Changing the viewpoint and capturing the gondolas in front. St. Giorgio in the back should be much smaller, but I am certain that I will have many opportunities to virtually return to Venice and capture that image again.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

51 Photos - World

This weeks theme "world" resulted in a lot of journaling. What is my world view, what does my world consist of, who is my world, what is important in my world / life?
A sleepless night and looking out the window made me realize how much of my world/life/thoughts is dominated by the building site on the other side of the street. Even the full moon...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

51 Photos - Sounds

I thought I was to late for the link up, but Karin opened it up for me. It is always fun to see, how others interpret the theme. The picture above might serve as a reason for my lateness. Vienna is caught in freezing temperatures coming to us straight form Sibiria and the sounds of my life are not easily caught in photos. My windows are frozen, and so it seems is my creativity.
For the last few months and at least the rest of this year, the sounds of my life are mostly connected to the building site across the street. Either machines get delivered or picked up during the night, or work proceeds all the day and sometimes even into the late evening or on Satureday mornings. Even during the night, when I look out the window at the resting machines, the pumps are running to deal with the groundwater. It's a good thing I have to keep the windows closed right now to get respite from the sounds of a building site.